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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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Wordless Wednesday- Midsummer in my Donegal Garden

This month’s garden post is part of Wordless Wednesday. Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness. She lives in Donegal, Ireland –  an area of outstanding natural beauty.  

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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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Wordless Wednesday – Errigal Mountain

Errigal Mountain, Co. Donegal, Ireland Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness. She lives in Donegal, Ireland –  an area of outstanding natural beauty.  

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Book Review: Greenpeace Captain by Peter Willcox and Ronald Weiss

Greenpeace “defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing responsible solutions for our fragile environment.” Book Synopsis In over 30 years as a senior captain for Greenpeace International, Peter Willcox has been in the vanguard of the international environmentalist movement. He has led crews into battle for the good of the planet […]

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The Gardens of Glenveagh Castle – Rainbows of Rhododendron and Azalea

The Pleasure Gardens In the spring of 2007 and the summer of 2008, I was very blessed to work in the gardens of Glenveagh Castle, set amidst Donegal’s Derryveagh Mountains. The gardens and castle are part of Glenveagh National Park, the second largest national park in Ireland. I like to return at least once a year, to reacquaint myself with The […]

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Massive Destruction of Donegal Wildlife on World Earth Day

Mullaghderg Mountain after the Wildfires On Easter Monday, a series of wildfires caused widespread destruction to homes, land and wildlife around The Rosses area of Donegal. Destruction and Devastation Sadly, these were not the first of the year. In the previous days and weeks, several wildfires had ravaged local villages, and destroyed one home, damaged many others, and devastated wildlife […]

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