Donegal Tweed – A Timeless Fashion Classic

“For over a century, the village of Ardara was at the forefront of the production of handwoven Donegal Tweeds. A building known as “The Mart” was the central marketplace with all the local tweed produced, inspected, stored and sold inside its walls. Photograph courtesy of Triona Design However, in the sixties, the arrival of modern machinery decimated the indigenous industry. […]

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Supporting Natural Honeybees at Cluain na dTor Gardens

Bee populations are declining around the globe due to increasing loss of wild habitats, hunger from a decline in wild flowers, pests and diseases… Conservation and Rewilding I recently attended a one day workshop on the conservation and rewilding of natural honeybees, at Cluain na dTor Seaside Nursery and Gardens. The workshop was led by Mick Verspuij of “Boomtreebees” whose […]

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Clootie Dumpling Recipe

Clootie dumpling is a traditional Scottish steamed pudding, usually eaten at Christmas or New Year (Hogmanay). The term Clootie comes from the Scottish word cloot (clothe) which encases the dumpling while it is cooking. My mother always made a clootie dumpling for Christmas, and I have carried on this tradition. Ingredients 500g plain flour 500g mixed dried fruit (I used […]

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Triple Layer Pavlova Recipe

I am sharing this post once again as inspiration for Christmas dinner dessert. In 2015, my pavlova style changed forever after witnessing Welsh actor Michael Sheen’s winning triple layer pavlova  on “Great British Comic Relief Bake Off. ” Michael used passion fruit and lemon curd for his filling – a beautiful combination. Preparation Preheat oven to 150 C/ 140 for fan […]

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How to Decorate a Christmas Wreath

It seems timely to share this seasonal post from last year. I recently learned how to decorate a Christmas wreath at our local Women’s Shed. I will share the technique with you step by step: Resources You will need: A basic straw wreath Green plastic tape Rolls of florist’s wire Metal pins Assorted foliage, including holly with berries Decorations including […]

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The Home under the Dome

Mrs Cobs is a magical crafter who is also a “lover of fun.” She blogs at https://thecobweboriumemporium.wordpress.com I follow her blog and always feel uplifted when I read her posts. She recently held not ONE but TWO giveaways, and I was very lucky to win “A Home under the Dome.” If you look inside it contains ” blue freckled Fairy […]

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St Brigid’s Cross Making

The 1st of February is the feast of St Brigid, one of Ireland’s patron saints.  It also marks the first day of spring, also known as Imbolc. History Brigid was born in 451 AD, and was destined to become a nun and an abbess.  She founded several convents, the most famous at Kildare, on the site of a shrine to the Celtic […]

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Recipe for Seafood Chowder

Last week, I made a pot of homemade seafood chowder and posted a photograph on social media. A request for the recipe followed. Ingredients 500g fresh white fish – I used haddock 500g fresh salmon fillets 200g cooked jumbo prawns – I used frozen 1 litre milk or unsweetened soya or almond milk 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into […]

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Black and White Photography

I recently participated in two 7 day photography challenges on social media. The first was in Nature photography, which I will share in a little slideshow: The second was in black and white – which created more than a little apprehension. However, I accepted the challenge. The full moon in October was already captured on my camera. I used it […]

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