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The Kippen Girls

Today I am sharing a little taster from my book “Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow” Today’ taster travels to Scotland, where I spent most of my childhood, apart from annual holidays to my parents’ homeland in  Donegal, Ireland, which I am happy to now call my permanent home. Callander “On March 1954, my parents married and moved […]

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Donegal- The Coolest Place on the Planet

Cows grazing near Dooey Beach County Donegal was recently voted “The coolest place on the planet” by National Geographic Traveller(UK). Outdoor Pursuits Donegal’s outstanding scenery provides a mecca for outdoor pursuits including: Walking Sailing Sea kayaking Swimming Fishing Photography Bird watching… We love to welcome new visitors.  Beautiful Beaches We have many beautiful beaches. The following video was filmed on Carrickfin Beach. […]

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A Pond No More!

My pond is definitely dead; it has sprung a leak and sadly cannot be repaired.  I shall transform it into a bog garden in the spring. Meanwhile, the remainder of my garden is ALMOST ready to sleep for winter.  I have been weeding and tidying in small bursts for several weeks, and only have a little weeding left to do; I shall then […]

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Flowers in Bloom – The Kingdom of Fife

The beautiful “Kingdom of Fife” lies north of the Firth of Forth and the city of Edinburgh. Fife’s inhabitants take great pride in their floral displays, enhancing already pretty villages and towns, increasing community spirit and attracting LOTS of visitors. Many of the villages are situated on the coast and have a seaside theme to their displays. A boat, an anchor, some old fishing […]

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The Power of Place

I grew up in a quiet village in Stirlingshire, Scotland surrounded by unspoiled countryside. In school, I learned the names of native wild flowers, birds and trees. Every summer, my family returned to their roots in The Rosses area of County Donegal, Ireland  – http://www.discoverireland.ie/places-to-go/donegal . My heart always broke in two on leaving my ancestral paradise. In 1999, I left Scotland and settled […]

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