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Jim McKee's exhibition and funding available for the Kinvara Nature Park

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The Bee Orchid, one of the Burren flowers.
 Before I left for the meeting with Galway Rural Development last week I went down to the barn to feed the animals. The young doe hare sat up in the long grass and lolloped off into the wintery sun. I knew it was my lucky day. 

In August we were topping the fields with the tractor (cutting thistles) and my husband came in with a baby hare that had narrowly escaped the blades. It was only a couple of weeks old and so soft and adorable my seven-year-old daughter fell in love with it and desperately wanted to keep it. She put her in with the guinea pigs that night but after researching on the internet it seems that the mother hare leaves her young dotted around in different places by themselves for safety sake and most likely would come looking for her. So with many tears we left her back next to the old boat to take her chance in the wild. Sure enough a couple of weeks later I spotted mother and daughter haring around together!

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The meeting was a great success.

The Kinvara Nature Park ticks all the right boxes for funding and although there is work to be done on the business plan it will go to the board in January and should qualify for the full amount at 50 percent. We are over the moon as they are the only people with any money and having their support also means a lot of other back up; mentoring, employment grants etc.

The biodiversity officer is coming to assess the farm and they will be promoting it as an eco-tourism project. I am really looking forward to seeing the results from the turlough as she is a specialist in them. 

The turlough is a fresh water lake on the farm which   drains twice a day as it is connected to the underground Blackwater river that disperses at the foot of Dunguaire castle in Kinvara. The tide pushes the river back up into the swallow holes twice a day and this could lead to some unusual species.
Having got such a great response from Jim Mckee’s music a couple of weeks ago I have posted a video below of his exhibition of paintings in the Kenny gallery in Galway. What an abundance of creativity…. 
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I have my own creative person in the house, 5 yrs old and totally wearing me out at the moment. Her ‘projects’ are so numerous it is impossible to keep the house in order. In the last week alone we have had: crayons unwrapped and put in a bun tray in the oven to make new colours and shapes, a penguin made from scrunched up balls of newspaper and about a mile of sellotape, Christmas decorations made of wet loo paper wrapped around plastic bottles, lots of objects wrapped in cling film and many different items made out of wool and beads.
She has tied all her clothes together and hung them over her bed in a camp and has turned a large pink ball of wool into about 50 small balls. She wants to open a stall on the pavement in front of Geraldine’s knitting shop in the village to compete in the wool trade. Many tantrums ensue when her efforts do not go to plan, her wool gets knotted or she is told that Geraldine might not appreciate a wool stand in front of her window. Let’s hope it all gets channeled in the right direction eventually and maybe even an exhibition in the Kenny gallery!


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