The Hermitage

05 Dec

Today, I truly feel like a farmer’s wife again. As I sit here, I have a pot of Hermit Soup (a name I’ve just given it… for fun) on the stove – to be served with buttery slices of crusty Killruddery cheese bread.

hermit soup

Jurgis is snoring in front of the fire, sinking ever lower into the couch. We have spent the dark afternoon time watching videos on permaculture planning and design, drawing up elaborate plans involving chickens, vegetables, fruit trees and forests. At this point, I’m relatively content.


It’s out second day at The Cottage in the Wicklow mountains. We woke up to what we thought was a thick frost layer this morning. It was, instead, thin, icy snow and it stayed. Needless to say, I slipped on an icy log. I consider the place now initiated into my stability. No harm was done, though my dignity suffered yet another blow.

I set up the compost bin today and frittered away 10 minutes picking up pine cones, which are now, hopefully, drying out nicely over the fire. If not, they look decorative(ish). Jurgis has started clearing the pine. That will be a major job. We’ll need to get some serious equipment in to clear the part we’ve demarcated for the veggies and fruit trees. Right now, cleaning and clearing is about as much as we can do… at least until we get to see the owner again. He was meant to arrive last night, then today… maybe tomorrow. Time will tell. I have an internet bone to pick with him *Needs Internet*. The cottage is warm. Barring a fairly serious plumbing issue that was meant to be sorted out today (I think the plumber got lost or something), we’re fairly comfortable. It’s a huge change from the ‘palace’, but has its own compensations.


So why hermitage? We’re about 4km away from the nearest village, Roundwood, which boasts a population of 800+ and 5 pubs. Yes, it’s like that. We’ve met one of the local population, a chap who came to drop the top halves of a few pines that were threatening to fall on the cottage. He was nice and is now a familiar face. We’re considering a walk into the village on the weekend to see what it’s like and perhaps meet a few locals.

Life, at this point, is pretty good. Now if I could just get online… I’m missing talking to my little girl.

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6 responses to “The Hermitage

  1. Tatiana

    December 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    And your little girl has missed talking to you! The place looks nice enough! :) I’m glad. Good to see the fairy lights – also guessing they weren’t dad’s handy work. Nice to see some things never change (re: dad falling asleep on the couch and sinking ever deeper)… So good to hear about the new place! Sounds like it’s going to be a LOT of work, but I know you two will ace it and make it perfect! I love you lots!!!

    • tintalasia

      December 8, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      I figured you’d get a kick out of that photo *grins* It will be a lot of work, but it will be interesting. We’re to hire help as the work gets heavier and there are more interesting things in the pipeline. I’ll fill you in as we go along. So, so happy to be online and talking to you again!!

      • Tatiana

        December 8, 2012 at 11:36 pm

        Me too! Hire help? Wow. Now I’m curious about what’s going to happen!

      • tintalasia

        December 8, 2012 at 11:37 pm

        Wanna come work for me? ;)

  2. lekkerjeuk

    December 10, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Klink lekker. Ek was al daar in die Wicklowberge. Pragtig.

    • tintalasia

      December 10, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      Dit is werklik pragtig! Wanneer was jy hier? Net ‘n kuiertjie?


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