Happy Mothers Day

I’ve had one of those weeks.  You know how it goes – respiratory flu, gastric flu; I had heard that there was a terrible virus doing the rounds, now I know for sure there is! I’m rarely ill and I confess that I’m not really a great patient.  Life is for living and it’s a sure … Continue reading

Turkish Delight

Last week I left the cold and rain behind me and spent a week in the south of Turkey (aka the Turkish Med).  Partly work, partly rest, I couldn’t wait to feel the warmth of the sun on my face if only for a few days. I love going to the sun outside of summer … Continue reading

A date for your diary: Afternoon Tea at Ariel House

You all know by now that I’m a big fan of afternoon tea – particularly afternoon tea at Ariel House in Ballsbridge. For me it is truly one of life’s little pleasures.. My Author’s Afternoon Tea event with fellow author, Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell (“Like Mam Used to Bake” in bookstores nationwide) at Ariel House last December was such fun … Continue reading

RTE Guide – out St Patricks Day

Happy St Patrick’s weekend folks.  I hope you are taking advantage of this fine spell of weather to get out into the garden.  Now is the perfect time to get the likes of salad leaves, herbs, tomatoes and peas started in your greenhouse or on your kitchen windowsill.   Today I am putting shallots on … Continue reading

The Honesty Box is back

The amount of eggs that the hens are laying at the moment is a sure sign that spring has sprung.  The rhubarb is shooting up, spuds are chitting, seeds are germinating and the evenings are stretching. It seems a bit earlier this year, but the time has come to set up out little Surplus Stall … Continue reading

Buckfast Bees and Devon Teas

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you will know that I’ve spent this past weekend across the water in Devon.  Sadly it wasn’t a happy occasion that brought Eamonn and I to the village of Ashburton in the southwest of England.  No, our good friend’s mother passed away so we travelled with heavy … Continue reading