Sunday, we drove to Clare to commune with the ISSA and talk about de-hullers with other interested parties.
It was a great day, the place is looking terrific, the apple trees are now trees. What a lot of work has been done over the years.
One of the really nice things about the day was meeting people in the bus queue. We met a farmer growing Miscanthus, and my godson turned up with his family. Bepe's father, Nicola has been block laying through the celtic tiger years but is now selling Italian food specialities in Markets. Lynn, his mother, is teaching vegetable growing and chicken keeping.
There was a quiet optimism in the air, and nearly every family took a tree home. What could demonstrate faith in the future more than planting an apple tree in your garden?
And there was music.....