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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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Flowers in Bloom – Fennel

  Bronze Fennel stands tall to the right of her friends This weeks “Flower in Bloom” is actually a herb – Bronze Fennel. She has been a star in my garden for some years now, reappearing every spring after dying back each winter.  She is growing taller and more beautiful year on year. I wanted to showcase her this week […]

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Carrickfin

The Carrickfin Boat Strand  I wrote this poem last year for all those who had to leave Ireland after the very abrupt ending of the Celtic Tiger .  Who knows if they or the salmon will return?              Carrickfin Two pillars stand like sentries, Guarding a channel, Where ghosts of the past roam, On white horses stretching […]

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