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A Year in the Garden 2018

The weather remains mild here in Donegal, and Mother Nature seems more than a little confused.  Growth appears to be around a MONTH ahead of this time last year! It seems timely to share some of my floral highlights from 2018, before I continue with my regular monthly gardening posts: January/February/March April/May/June July/August/September October/November/December I feel incredibly blessed to have […]

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The Gift of Time

I took a month off from blogging and social media over Christmas, And I embraced the gift of TIME. My dear aunt Peggy was nearing the end of her TIME on this good Earth, Thus I was able to spend precious quiet TIME by her bedside. The last of a family of eleven, She passed away peacefully, aged 94 years […]

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Brigid P. Gallagher’s Golden Chapter — Books in my Handbag Blog

On 7 January, my memoir “Watching the Daisies” was featured on Jessie Cahalin’s blog “Books in my Handbag”, in a “Golden Chapters” post by author Jena C. Henry, who blogs at http://www.jenabooks.com It was a wonderful start to my New Year. Thank you Jessie and Jena. You can read this post via the link below: J ‘If you enjoyed “Eat, […]

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Happy Holidays

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy holiday season, and an abundance of blessings for 2019. I am taking time out to rest and restore, and I shall be posting again from 16 January. Many, many thanks for your support and friendship throughout the year. It means such a lot to me. Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural […]

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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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