Afternoon Tea at Killashee..

It’s been a while since I have had the pleasure of enjoying afternoon tea at Killashee House Hotel, but having visited again recently, let me just say I won’t be leaving it as long before I visit again.  The food continues to be excellent, but it’s the other changes that have taken place since my … 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: Days 4-10

Day 4: Another 2 mile walk done.  This time with Kate.  This time listening to music  (at last!).  More healthy BBQ food.  However, when they say nowadays that chocolate is good for you, I don’t think they meant the full bar of Turkish Delight I had after dinner.  Ah, it’s the weekend AND I’ve just … Continue reading

Freddy Buttons – have you spotted him?

I knew the time was fast approaching for my beloved Freddy Buttons to appear on some of the Glenisk yogurt range (2 of their products), but actually seeing Freddy “in person” in the supermarket the other day, was really quite something.  I may have screamed – okay I did.  There he was, my little boy, standing as … 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

Afternoon Tea: The Merrion Hotel

You may know the head pastry chef of the Merrion Hotel Paul Kelly, from the Great Irish Bake Off or indeed from many other TV appearances.  I know him through the annual Goodalls Best Scone competition.  He is, as my father might say, a ‘lovely chap”.  He is, in my opinion, a supreme artist and … Continue reading