For The Love Of Tree’s

Tree’s are my my connection with mother nature, a source of spiritual connection and joy. I ordered two more for my birthday, to add to my growing collection. I talk to them all in the morning and I believe this is helping these outdoor beauties to live and thrive in my home. If you grow trees I would love to connect, I’m often left with questions which I cannot find answers too.

fznorcalamondin citrofortunella – I over-fed this small orange tree last winter and had to prune it right back. I’m amazed that it has grown back so well, and two new branches are beginning to grow at the top of the trunk.


fznorFicus Carica “scone” – I also over fed my fruit bearing fig tree, however I didn’t need to prune it. The three branches have foliage that is in different health. One of which, the smallest on the right, has been poisoned, but is still producing foliage. The left hand branch is doing the majority of the growing.


hdrplApples and orange tree – thesr trees have been grown from seed.


hdrplOlea Europaea – a new edition and a birthday present to me.


hdrplFicus Benjamina – The first tree in my collection. A combination of growing this in a grow tent and over feeding meant that it shed most of its leaves. I didn’t think that I would be able to rescue it. It’s grown about 10cm this spring and is probably ready for re-potting. It’s wonderful to see this tree return to health.


qrfOullins Golden Gage – Another birthday to me. This plum tree was delivered with many broken branches and clearly hadn’t been watered properly in the weeks leading up to delivery. However, I’m sure that some of the branches are health enough to promote some growth.



Limited Photo Opportunity In Hospital

Sorry for the lack of blog posts or comments recently. I’ve been in hospital for nearly three weeks. I’m getting better slowly, and I have to say that on the whole, the hospital and its staff have been wonderful. It’s one of the better stays that I’ve had in hospital, and I think the staff are doing an incredible job.

Ive been out of it for the past 3 weeks, but slowly coming around and gaining the desire for photography. Here’s a couple to be getting on with.





An Enjoyable Day – Catching Up, And Eating Disorder Support Group – Plants

Its rare that I drink alcohol but I have done today. Ive had YouTube on, listening to techno and trance through my headphones, and have caught up with a few things.

Earlier in the year I made a montage out of around 500 photoso of grafitti and street art. I wanted to make a photo video out of the photos, but never got around to it. I will publish as soon as I have permission from the group whose music I have used. They had previously given me permission to use one track, but as Ive used three I have emailed them for permission to use the additional tracks. Fingers crossed.

A few OCA students are involved in group collaboration in which we make a project, based upon an agreed theme each month. We use photography, Music, written and spoken word. Ive caught up and added a response to other members contributions.

I have also attended to online 12 step eating disorder meetings over the past two days. I cant tell you that I want to recover, but its certainly given me hope seeing people who are in recovery and enjoying life without food interfering with the quality of their lives. It’s nice to have some hope. Ill just keep attending the meetings and let nature take its course. There’s a mens meeting shortly, so I’m going to pop into that.

Today has been enjoyable and I’m pleased that I have achieved so much. It’s nice to have caught up with some things.

When my wife and I split up (many years ago) she managed to kill my weeping fig. It wasn’t deliberate, just a bit neglectful. She also managed to kill her pear tree at the same time. I have wanted one since then, but haven’t put too much effort into it. Fortunately I found one in Sainsbury’s a few ago. I then decided to buy a fruit bearing fig tree, and also couldnt resist the orange/kumquat hybrid. As I dont have a garden I will be growing the fig tree indoors. So I have bought a grow tent, and led UV lighting system. I dont intend to keep them in their for ever, 3 months for the weeping fig, and 6 months for the fruit bearing one. Just to give them a boost, and strengthen them before spring when they can return to their natural growth cycle. Its wonderful to have plants around the home again.

Michelle recently rooted a pineapple and she has inspired me to try the same with orange, lemon, cherry and also pineapple. I’m a little impatient. No roots after three days and I’m worried that they wont root. Patience Richard.

Anyhow, wishing you a happy weekend. Take care and have fun.


Blarney Castle – Caisle├ín na Blarnan

Somewhere that I will have to go back to. I spent a few hours at the castle and the 60 acre estate, but as a photographer, taking my time to find the things that interest me, I hardly explored any of the grounds. However, here are my top ten, starting with my favourite. Oh and before you ask, no I did not kiss the Blarney Stone, just a wee bit to scary for me.

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