Honey For Sale

Yes, the surplus stall at Hunters Lodge is back in action!  Ruth will be up bright and early in the morning (well, maybe not so early) to set up our little stall at the gate again.  We will have jars of honey from our own bees, deliciously fresh rhubarb and eggs from the garden when … Continue reading

Keeping Chickens

This time every year I’m  brought right back to basics.  Why? Because now is the time the bookings come flying in for me to give talks to groups, schools, libraries and businesses. Requests come in all shapes and sizes – will I talk about blogging, living self-sufficiently, children and social media and lots more (click HERE … Continue reading

Competition Time – Win Afternoon Tea For Two!

I’m finished.  Done.  The End.  Six Freddy Buttons Books gone to the printers.  The illustrations, text, covers, editing, barcodes; the reading and the re-reading, remaking the recipes, rechecking the facts again and again and again.  It’s. All. Done. Time for a rest?  No way!  Not when you have a Freddy Buttons Garden, sponsored by Glenisk, … 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

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

Farewell Willow Goose

It took two days for the inevitable to happen.  Two days for Willow Goose to die. I knew her death was inevitable. I knew that all the veterinary advice in the world, injections and well wishes weren’t going to work. Her time was up. But that didn’t stop me wishing to God I was wrong. … Continue reading

Chickens in Schools – the fun begins!

If you’re a regular reader of this little old blog, you may recall that earlier this year, I wrote about my collaboration with Slow Food Ireland and our competition to put Chickens in Schools . In the past week,  I have visited two of the winning schools with Emma from Old McDonalds Farm Store to deliver the … Continue reading

Chickens in Schools

You may recall back in June I announced my collaboration with the South East branch of Slow Food Ireland when we launched a competition for national schools in the SouthEast, with the winners receiving a chicken coop, chickens and all the bits and bobs required to get them set up as poultry keepers.  Well since then the … Continue reading