There’s a cycling phrase used by the professionals. It is called Eat Sleep Repeat. I tried it but I’m too old to be a pro. However, my interest in gardening, and my knowledge of my inner workings, leads me to an understanding of how important writing is for me. So I changed the cycling phrase to suit my purposes. What are the three important elements of my gardening?

  • Grow: the garden needs a helping hand
  • Write: record for reading in my 80’s in order to keep my 60’s head in a good space.
  • Repeat: do it regularly.

Thus, my garden diary is called GrowWriteRepeat.

I have a dinky little paint-by-numbers app called Happy Color (you guessed its American!) that I started using during the Covid-19 lockdown, and I spent a happy hour creating these two animations to represent my two greatest passions:

I’m a real bike rider but not that skinny.

Little insights into Pádraig de Búrca:

  • Writing is good for my head. When head is good so is everything, including some fast biking and slow gardening
  • I sure hope they’ll give me iPad or tablet when I’m in the nursing home 2050 so I can look back on my gardening
  • I write when I’m well, go quiet when I’m struggling. Maybe it needs to be the other way round?
  • retired teacher, slightly overweight
  • cyclist and Crystal Palace fan
  • husband, father, occasional hooverer and humanist
  • I have seasonal depression (in spring ffs)
  • I love when folks respond to my writing, but it is primarily therapeutic.

Sometimes, I try to bring up some world issues in my writing. I do so as a way of clarifying my own moral compass. In other words, views are my own, but I’d be happy to think that writing has an influence on others.

I’ve offered myself a suggestion which is undoubtedly very sensible. I do this regularly and find that I’m pretty good to listen carefully to myself. I am a native speaker of the Irish language, sadly in severe decline (the language, that is, not me!). In an attempt to spread awareness, I’d like to use a simple Irish phrase in my articles ó am go h-am. Linguists will likely guess the meaning from the context, and may use An Foclóir website or Wordhippo for assistance. Others might like to use Mrs. Google, or perhaps not. As my life-motto would remind me: No worries, a chara.

Welcome to my garden diary. I hope that you will read some of what I have written, and that you’ll be back if what I write appeals to you.

A very small donation of €3 would make my day! It’s the cost of a cup of coffee. Here’s the way to go