Basking in Sunshine at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Scotland basked in glorious sunshine during my recent vacation, which included a day at Edinburgh International Book Festival. The Festival ran from 10-26 August, and included “creative, joyful, and interactive experiences with the world’s finest writers and thinkers.” I joined the happy crowds on Sunday 25 August. Disaster Planning Mike Berners-Lee who is a sustainability expert, and author of “There is […]

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An Inspiring Introduction to Beekeeping

Continuing my quest to learn more about bees, I recently attended a beginners day on beekeeping  at my former workplace – The Glasshouses, Killult http://www.natithegloine.com Hive Health The day began with watching several videos from The University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre http://www.uoguelph.ca/honeybee/videos.shtml on best techniques for opening hives and colony inspection. In summer, it is good practice to […]

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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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