Rambling House

PiGGOTT 031Soon I will be leaving Ireland and heading home to Maine. Lots of work waiting for me. I know the greenhouse needs to be opened up and the benches cleared off for all the flats to be sown. I must admit, that coming to Ireland where the fields are already greening up and many plants are already in blossom, has inspired me for all that awaits.PiGGOTT 011
Here in Ireland, I have been visiting with friends and sharing in some of their old but continued traditions. Wednesday evening we went to visit our friends the Piggotts, twin brothers who live high up in the hills and host a Rambling house once a week. A rambling house is an old time tradition here in Ireland, it is a gathering of neighbors and friends who come together in the evening to tell stories, talk about the days events, and play music and dance. The brothers have been hosting a rambling house once a week at their farm, for over 20 years. They are 84 years old and continue to meet with fellow neighbors to sit by the glowing hearth and share stories and music. The night we went, there were seven of us and four who played the accordion. I brought some walnut currant scones to share and we had the most amazing time listening to the music and hearing some old Irish tales. A broom dance was preformed and young Jack O’Malley accompanied a few songs playing the spoons. At twelve years of age, he is already an accomplished accordion player. PiGGOTT 014
The evening was truly a treat and it is always an honor to spend time with such fine people. These are the things that keep me coming back. The people, the landscape, and the farming traditions, also remind me of my own rural community back home. I am blessed to live in a place that also celebrates simple living and old time traditions.PiGGOTT 008

One comment on “Rambling House

  1. From day one I was struck with how all ages gather in sessions, meals, functions of all types, even dwell together here in Ireland. My children are so blessed to have trad music free in school. They have Sean-nós singing and dancing and a weekly session for national school children.
    Johnny (my husband) and I have been considering getting organic certification through IOFGA. It costs €150 per year and takes up to two years to qualify. We do organic farm and garden already. Weighing the value of it to us with much uncertainty. We are leaning towards doing without, though it would be a feather in our cap, we don’t really feel that we need to prove it to anyone. We sell our veg to local individuals and to the couple local restaurants, not too much, just some lettuce and herbs. Nice added income. They know it’s organic, really they all assumed it was. Why is this relevent you wonder? Well, today he said “I would sooner be known as growing using traditional methods, which is understood to be organic, and give attention to the traditional practices instead.” Of course this could be done as well as the organic certification. Anyway, your trad post led me mentally to this wonderment we are having and, well, what do you think? In your experience is there any reason we aren’t aware of that we should consider definitely going for the certification?
    Thanks, gonna keep poking around here now!!

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