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Summer and The Rough Month of the Cuckoo

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This week sees the publication of the second in my series of Finfarran novels, set on a fictional peninsula on Ireland's west coast where, in real life, I have my own home. Both the book's nameand its release date, May 18th, signal the approach of long, lazy summer days of reading. 
And, in my case, gardening. It's important not to get ahead of yourself where the garden's concerned, though. Because, round these parts, we still have to get through The Rough Month of The Cuckoo. Scairbhín na gCuach* (The Rough Month of The Cuckoo) is the name given in Irish to the uncertain weeks between mid April to mid May when chilly winds from the north and the east can blast the early growth in the garden and send us scuttling home from walks on the mountain to nights of music by the fire. You could call it the extra month in the Irish calendar.
One day you can be strolling on a beach by a shimmering ocean. The next day you can wake up to find snow powdering the mountain. Writing and …