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Ireland Writing Retreat

Sean and Columbia Hillen have been providing creative writing courses in Donegal, and more recently on The Black Sea at http://www.irelandwritingretreat.com Sean has been a war correspondent, medical reporter, travel writer, editor and publisher and is the author of a novel  “Pretty Ugly.” We first met last year at a local Christmas Craft Fair and exchanged books. You can read […]

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Climbing Amazon

Watching the Daisies has been steadily climbing Amazon, reaching a peak of No. 3 on Amazon Kindle for Health, Fitness and Dieting > Diseases and Physical Ailments > Chronic Fatigue Syndrome on two occasions. It is now taking a little rest further down the mountain! Thank You I have many people to thank for supporting me on this journey: All […]

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Put on your SPF!

Donegal has bathed in six weeks of glorious sunshine so far this summer – such a joy after a long and dreary winter. I have visited the beach as often as possible. Indeed, I have even been SWIMMMING – the sea has been so much warmer… It seems timely to re-post “Put on your SPF” which originates from May 2016, […]

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The Garden in June 2018

Thankfully, my garden has survived a four week long HEATWAVE, followed by Storm Hector which brought much needed rain but rather destructive winds. I had a few floral casualties but they are all making an excellent recovery. The sunshine is back and I am outside as often as possible. June heralded a glorious display of Roses, and I have been […]

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Downhill on a Bike in Bali

Shaking out the Rice The highlight of my first trip to the Indonesian island of Bali was way out of my comfort zone. Indeed, I questioned my sanity at setting out on a Downhill Eco Bike Tour, on the singular recommendation of a seventy year old tourist, for I had not been astride a bicycle for more than fifteen years! The great […]

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In Dublin’s Rainy City

I arrived in Dublin on a cloudy day in mid May, thankful that it was not too hot. However, showers were forecast… After my visit to Alan Hanna’s bookshop in Rathmines, ( see my post HERE) I returned to the city centre. However, the weather Gods were angry, and it began to pour from the Heavens! I had to seek shelter […]

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Alan Hanna’s Bookshop

Last June, I approached Donegal Central Library, to ask if my memoir “Watching the Daisies” could be stocked in local libraries. They were incredibly helpful and advised me to have my book registered with Alan Hanna’s Bookshop, which is run by Irish Library Supplies. Almost a year later, I have contacted all the county libraries in Ireland, and orders have […]

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The Garden in May 2018

The garden has truly blossomed this month, and I have delighted in spending LOTS of time outside. I have enjoyed the scent of the Apple blossom from my late father’s garden bench.   And the view along the garden, including the flowering of these Alliums:   Yellow Narcissus “Sun Disc” companions have complemented their purple hues: Pink, purple, blue and […]

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The 3 Day Quote Challenge

I have recently been nominated by three lovely blog friends for “The 3 Day Quote Challenge.” Thank you to: Shannon at http://www.msnubutterflies.wordpress.com Annika at http://www.annikaperry.com Bella at http://www.thoughtsnlifeblog.com I love quotations, and I have a number of favourites. However, I will cheat a little on the challenge and combine three days into one! Caring for Mother Earth The first quote […]

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