Plants for shady border

Well we added some plants to the new border in our garden. A professional gardening friend helped us select them.

From left to right, we have a Choisya ternata, Fuchsia Lady Boothby and a Sarcococca confusa.


Another border

Carmel decided that she quite liked having some plants in a border along our left fence and that we should really have another row of plants on the right fence. That implied I had to shift more pebbles and dig another trench. Which is what I did on a nice autumn afternoon.

Just needs somebody to decide what plants to put in it now. That’s not my job.


For the record, a Clematis got added to the left hand border near the shed.


Kalymnos, Greece

Carmel and I spent a week in the small village of Elies on the island of Kalymnos in the Greek Dodecanese. The weather was perfect until the last day when in the evening it rained for the first time since March! Carmel unfortunately had to return to Ireland mid-week for a funeral so her holiday was cut short.

Here’s the bay our village was in, the photo was taken from a monastery on the steep hill side above the houses.

Everytime Carmel and I go away somewhere we feel obliged to climb the highest mountain. The one on Kalymnos was Profitis Ilias at a height of 676m. This didn’t sound very high to us but by the time we got to the top in the approaching midday sun we were fairly exhausted. In the photo below my t-shirt is not wet due to any rain! (In the background you can see how the Kalymnians converted a mountain into an airport and also you can see the bay near where we stayed.)

On one of the days we went on a boat tour to Pserimos and Plati.



I had a go at Scuba diving – in total managing 1 closed water and 3 open water dives. I am totally addicted and now need to consider where we’re going diving next.

This is the little boat that Kostas Valsimades used to take myself and my instructor, Tiia, out diving. We sailed from a beautiful little inlet called Vlychadia.



Dragon boat racing

The company I work for, Symbian, took part in the annual Cambridge Dragon Boat Race on the River Cam. The race is made up of corporate teams from the local area who each put a crew together, with the aim to raise money for local children’s hospices.

Team Photo
Our team didn’t make the top 12 (we came a lowly 37th out of 48) and hence we didn’t make the semi-finals. But it was a good fun day anyhow and every seemed to enjoy it. Carmel, the nominated photographer, even got to row as a sub in one of the three heats when our team was short of a rower!

Another close race at the finishing line (the pole on the far bank) in this photo below. We came second in boat 3 by about half a second… the time keeper must have been asleep!