Blogging and Balance

Blogging is not for the fainthearted; it takes real commitment and many hours spent at a computer to create blog posts, comment on other blogs, reply to comments, create bonds with new followers… It is also rather addictive! Finding a balance between real life and blogging takes quite a bit of fine tuning… My own self care continues to be a […]

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On the Beach

Cloudy skies  I purchased a little, open fronted beach tent two summers ago; it has been such a blessing – I can now spend quality time by the seaside in inclement weather. The beach called me last Wednesday, so I packed my tent and a picnic, before heading out to a quiet cove. A few clouds graced the Donegal skies:   Inside my beach tent Then the […]

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Breakfast in Amsterdam

I have just returned from a four night break with my dear sister in Amsterdam, where we stayed at an exceptional Band B – http://www.barangay.nl – run by three lovely men – Wimmo, Edson and Godwin or God. Our room at Barangay was a delight – furnished with an eclectic mix of artwork from the boys numerous trips overseas, and the added bonus of a beautiful garden room, perfect […]

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A Gift from Barbara

A gift from Barbara  The blogging community is overflowing with creativity; I enjoy following authors, artists, cooks, photographers, gardeners, travellers, fashionista, health and wellness experts and gifted handcrafters: Barbara Lindsey hails from Melbourne, and showcases a multitude of beautiful cards and gifts on her blog. She runs classes from her home “teaching card making, mini album making and scrapbooking.” Barbara has created a […]

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Miracles

  A few weeks ago, I was feeling particularly overwhelmed and totally out of my depth, at the thought of formatting “Watching the Daisies” into paperback form. I sent out a prayer for HELP! Miracles do happen… A reply came forth immediately. A lovely Irish lady, (who had crossed my path a few months back, but I had forgotten about) e mailed me that […]

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Enjoying the Journey

Fibromyalgia makes driving long distances a challenge for me; I am comfortable on short drives around home, but anything beyond that requires careful planning and extra rest, both before, during and after the journey. Last week, an unexpected funeral around 60 miles away, took me out of my driving comfort zone. However, I decided I was going to enjoy the journey regardless, as it […]

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Frogs have Spawned

Clumps of frog spawn in local pools Spring is well underway here in Donegal, and frogs have been busy producing frog spawn for around 2 weeks now.  I always feel such JOY when I see their clumps of eggs in water pools along my regular walking route. They remind me of my childhood, when I used to collect frog spawn in a jam […]

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A Birthday Makeover

My birthday falls on 8th March – International Women’s Day.  I felt in need of a beauty boost this year, so I booked a makeup lesson with local beautician Nikki Doherty . You can see my “before” photograph below: I wore a jacket embellished with flowers which I hope to wear to future book signings… Nikki is a genius with makeup and taught me […]

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Looking for Lambs

Yesterday afternoon, I set out on my usual walking route, hoping to capture some photographs of new born lambs.  Sadly, none were to be seen… I passed several grazing sheep and stopped for a few minutes to say “Hello”. I attracted a few curious looks… Followed by a tentative step towards my camera amidst a few baahs… We have a family […]

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