Honey For Sale

Once again we have lots of honey this year so the Surplus Stall is back in action for the foreseeable.  Miss Ruth has taken charge this time so each morning she pops down to the gate and fills the shelves with jars of pure, raw honey from the bees in our garden.   As usual, the … Continue reading

Easter Eggs from Marks & Spencer

With all the writing I’m doing at the moment, I had forgotten that Easter was almost upon us.  But you can’t beat a chocolatey reminder – especially if it’s from Marks & Spencer, and comes in the form of an Irish easter egg.  I was really delighted to discover that Lir easter eggs (which are made in Co … Continue reading

Spring is in the air…

“There’s a grand stretch in the evenings”  You’ve been hearing this right?  Or maybe even saying it?  I must admit “the grand stretch” is one of my favourite things – ever.  And why wouldn’t it be when it coincides with so many of nature’s magical moments.  It heralds the arrival of the flower that was … Continue reading

Organic Garlic Spray for aphids

With the evenings stretching and the temperatures rising, here’s a handy recipe to see you through the Summer in the garden.  This garlic spray recipe is from my book “Food From An Irish Garden” and it will stand you in good stead in the months to come.. Just because I try not to use chemicals and … Continue reading

More Books On the Way!

It feels like only yesterday since “Food from an Irish Garden” was launched.  In my wildest dreams I didn’t think it would be so well received.  That it has become a beginners bible for many starting on the road to growing their own food is truly an honour.  I was so fortunate that the reviews were all … Continue reading

The Honesty Box Is Back

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  Even earlier than last year, but we have had so many requests for our honey from the garden that we are setting up our little Surplus Stall at the gate today.  It’s the perfect time to up your honey intake before the old Spring allergies kick in. The … Continue reading

A Bloggers Confession

It’s been twelve days since my last blog post.  It feels like ages ago. Blogging affords me the opportunity to reflect on my week and I miss it if I don’t blog regularly.  It’s not that I haven’t wanted to blog – I have lots of posts in my drafts but none of them felt worthy of an … Continue reading

A Picture tells a thousand words..

Sometimes I have to remind myself to stop.  To take five minutes.  To take a stroll around the garden.   When you love your job it’s easy to become totally immersed – whether it’s writing lifestyle pieces, a magazine photoshoot, creating recipes or book research, God knows I love it all. But all too easily we can ignore … Continue reading