Good morning, battered and bruised West Clare. Thanks to the swift action of those at www.fruithillfarm.com, garden supplies, who posted me tunnel repair tape, my plastic survived the battering Northerly winds last night, the gash to it’s 3rd.rib, repaired and holding strong. Rain and sleet in sheets across the Atlantic ocean, a mile from my door. The Winter has been long, though not too severe, until now that is. The pear tree buds are wind burnt, the buddleia’s new leaves blackened, where, oh where is the softness of Spring.