Dream It & Do It!

Following on from the great success of my first ‘Dream It & Do It’ event in Ariel House with Nicola Carolan (The Naked Blondie), I am delighted to announce that I am teaming up again with Nicola.  This time we have even bigger and better plans. We invite you to join us in Killashee House Hotel … Continue reading

Rosehip Syrup

Yesterday I climbed a ladder to the top of the garage here at Hunters Lodge where a forest of rosehips awaited my arrival.  Now my balance is not great at the best of times so my nearest and dearest were more than relieved to see me descend without incident and armed with my little red … Continue reading

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

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

Fiona Gets Fit – Days11-31

And so it continues – Project World Domination  FionaGetsFit! Want to know how I’m getting on?  Well I left you on Day 10 after a great zumba glass and then, well, Day 11 happened… Day 11: Decide to accompany my long-suffering husband on a trip to Tullamore.  He has an early morning meeting and by 11.30 the … Continue reading

Food, Family & My Latest Venture..

At a talk I was giving recently I mentioned that I only work with people I like.  A pretty broad statement I know.  In hindsight I probably should have said people I admire.  But that doesn’t sound right either.  So I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what I meant… The most important thing to … Continue reading

Dream It & Do It!

I’ve been dying to tell you about a little event that I’ve been working on for some time and I am so excited to finally share it with you. You see, I think we all need inspiration and motivation from time to time, and one of the people that most inspires me is Nicola Carolan, aka The … Continue reading

My Working Week..

Instead of doing a #FionaGetsFit for my Friday evening blogpost, I’ve decided to fill you in on the working week of a blogger/author/broadcaster.  I’m prompted to do this in advance of an event I am speaking at next week.  “Follow The Recipe”, an event organised by Lorna Sixsmith and Amanda Webb of We Teach Social, … Continue reading

Fiona Gets Fit – Day1-Day3

I love food.  I love eating it, talking about it, growing it, shopping for it and writing about it.  I appreciate good food, especially real Irish food – we are blessed in this country with amazing food producers.  Now I’m not talking fancy shmancy food that costs a fortune.  No, I’m talking freshly baked bread, … Continue reading

A Week In The Life…

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a hundred times recently.  You can’t live a life of self-sufficiency and write full time about it too – not unless you’ve got a staff to help you, which I haven’t.  It’s not the first time this year that I’ve blogged about this.  I’m not moaning.  Nor … Continue reading