Sunday, 17 November 2013

Autumn colours along the River Blackwater.

The late Johnny Cash once wrote a hit song called "Forty Shades of Green" about the lovely greeness of the Irish countryside. I`m sure that if his visit to our shores was during the season of late Autumn then he would surely have called it "Forty Shades of Brown". Here are a couple of pictures that I took in the garden this morning. The timber from the hornbeam tree is one of the hardest of our native trees and was used to make the cogs in the windmills and watermills that were one time vital in the production of flour. The picture of the larch plantation that I took on the bank of the Blackwater near Coolbagh pier
shows how much easier it is to pick out the different trees in a mixed forest at this time of the year. Larch is easy to pick out as it is the only species of conifer which turns brown in the winter. It produces excellant timber and many of the traditional salmon yawls which fished out of Youghal for generations would have been built in larch. I used it myself to make a draining board in our kitchen and so far it is doing the job lovely.