Great tips, thank you! I have brambles growing wild in my (small, urban mid-terraced) backgarden – they’ve taken over! I’ve been picking for the last 6 weeks and they’re still coming! Ironic thing is, I don’t actually like blackberries, but my workmates are very happy to receive them, so as a little experiment I’m making blackberry vodka for crimble pressies. Thought I’d add a little orange zest and some spice – clove, star anise, cinnamon, maybe nutmeg. Probably in a muslin bag so it’s easy to remove.
Interested in Irish Poetry?Here's the easy way to collect them all (well, almost all, anyway).
Malachy McCourt says in his introduction, "With the republication of this book, the Irish recover under their roof of stars all the great poets and writers who have been falsely claimed by the saxon crown and its minions - even our reprobates."
Amazon states this is out of stock. They still have used copies for almost nothing (except shipping - chuckle). If you would like a new edition, it was available at Powell's. We can't promise it's still there. Click here for Powell's 1000 Years .
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The poem, which can be read in full here , begins with a robust confidence, when the speakers in the poem say, “We are prepared”, which means that the islanders on the island are all set to confront a storm, but all their practices and past experiences come to nothing when the storm takes fierce form, and devastate all that hinders its ways. The after-effects of a stormy weather on an island are so ravaging and destructive that the islanders have learnt to make their architecture and farming methods, as per the conditions of the weather. All the dealings with the environment must be according to the climate on the island. The islanders have not developed these practices in just one day, one month or one year, rather they went through several years of hardship by living on such island, and then they became accustomed to the tempestuous weather or climate of an island.