Sunday Lunch at Our House

I spent eight hours in the kitchen today – five hours preparing lunch and three hours sitting around a table surrounded by some of my favourite people in the world.  It wasn’t a quiet affair.  It was a noisy gathering and laughter was the order of the day.  That’s what happens when you are a fairly large family – … Continue reading

2014 Irish Blog Awards

Dear Readers Back in July I was delighted to have “Fiona Dillon Writes” nominated in the 2014 Irish Blog Awards and of course I was even more delighted to be then shortlisted in four categories in August.  Imagine how I feel today to discover that I am now a finalist in all four categories!   The four … Continue reading Blog Awards

I am  happy, excited and delighted to announce that I have just been shortlisted in the Lifestyle Category of the 2014 Blog Awards. I know, I know – I ‘ve been asking you to vote for me in the Irish Blog Awards (and a great job you’re doing too!), but if you had a … Continue reading

Fota Wildlife Park – our first visit

At the start of the school holidays I  promised Ruth a trip to Cork.  With the weeks flying by and a return to school on the horizon, we took our little roadtrip this week before we ran out of holiday time.  As an ESB ECar ambassador I thought it might be fun to travel in the Renault … Continue reading

Spare Me A Vote Please?

Last week I received an email from the good folk at Irish Blog Awards telling that my blogpost   ” Saving Money the old-fashioned way” had been nominated for best blogpost of 2014. How cool is that? But here’s the thing, I need votes to make the Top 10.  If you could spare a minute to vote … Continue reading

Great British Bake Off v Me on IrishTV!

Some weeks ago I was invited by Lorna Sixsmith, author of “Would You Marry A Farmer” and co-founder of KLCK Bloggers Network, to join her in Ducketts Grove to chat to IrishTV about our blog to book journeys.  Of course I was delighted to go and chat (me being not exactly shy like). Anyway, there we … Continue reading

Blog Awards and Birthdays

Back in April my parents were visiting Waterford which gave me the perfect opportunity to introduce them to the delights of Bodega, one of my favourite places to eat in the southeast.  Last week they spent a few days in Castlemartyr (glowing reports) and finished off the week with a couple of nights revisiting Waterford.  Now last … Continue reading

How does your garden grow..

Confession Time My garden is a bit of a mess. Now at any given time it’s not the most tended of plots but this summer we are doing some work here at Hunters Lodge. And work=mess. Many of  my readers presume I have a perfectly manicured garden but nothing could be further from the truth – … 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