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2018 Highlights

As we approach the end of 2018 we take a look back at another successful year here at The Store.

Our Turf Bog Tours grew in popularity, Kathy from the USA even made a return visit! Our season kicked off back in February in the deep freeze and then continued during the heatwave in midsummer.  No matter the time of year, the turf bog is a magical place.  Youngest Clan member Ava, made her debut as a Turf Bog Tour Guide and was a big hit!  Also joining the ranks as canine tour guide was Bailey Dog.  Well we couldn’t let her miss out could we?!

 


Summer 2018 was a turf cutters dream,  a full-on heatwave and it was like the turf baked before our very eyes. In our four years cutting the traditional way with a spade, this year above all others, working in the turf bog a total pleasure. We took further advantage of the good weather and even managed to drain a big bog hole with the help of veteran turf cutter Sean O’Loughlin.


We still found time for adventures with a spot of sledging in the snow, a walk around Dunlewey in the shadow of Errigal Mountain, a midsummer midnight walk on Cuilcagh Mountain,  hitting 54mph (according to Map My Ride!) on the bike coming down a hill at Lough Navar Forest Park,  canoeing on Lough Erne and Lough Melvin and catching a spectacular autumn sunset at Little Dog.

On the product development front, in March we took delivery of a batch of new look Mighty Turf Sack, complete with smoke coming from the cottage chimney!  The Mighty Turf Sack now takes centre stage in our product offering and is proving very popular with our customers.  Some subtle changes to packaging has also helped the slickness of our packing operations.  We don’t sit still here at The Store!

 


In October we visited the GPO in Dublin to view the Easter Rising Exhibition.  It was a brilliant insight in to this huge event in Irish history.  We then hopped on the Luas to visit the impressive Collin’s Barracks and National Museum of Ireland.  A great day out for sure.

 

The final achievement of 2018 is fulfilling my plan to write a blog post every month and with this post that’s another tick!  What will 2019 bring?  Who knows but we will definitely #chooseturf and we hope you do too!

 

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