On Sunday morning we left Cork city in a ‘deluge’ to make a day-trip to Sherkin Island for a ‘Bring & Buy’ fundraising sale in Nuala Mahon’s garden. The combination of heavy over-night downpours and high tides had resulted in the city centre being flooded. (A fairly regular occurrence as Cork city is low lying). We packed raincoats, and with the windscreen wipers at full throttle, we headed west, doubtful if the event would go ahead but keen to support it and hopeful all the same. The further west we went, the brighter it became and by the time we arrived in Baltimore an hour and a half later to catch the ferry, this is what the sky was looking like. We basked in the scorching sun on the top deck for the ten minute journey to the island (but had the raincoats close to hand at all times!). Those beautiful, though ominous looking clouds obligingly headed in-land, leaving us to enjoy a very hot and successful day in the most gorgeous island garden.