Allicano – no longer a secret

Shsh! I am going to tell you a secret. Why? Because I am a sharing kind of person. Maybe some of you already know about this little gem, this wonderful little boutique called Allicano. It's

Avoiding ‘the morning-after-the-night-before’!

The older I get, the less I am able to drink and the less I want to drink. Now, I am no saint and I have to say I am rather partial to a gin

‘Selected’ stylishly Scandinavian

Have you heard about the Danish label Selected Femme/Homme? I have only recently discovered it since it arrived at the end of last year in my local shopping centre Swords Pavilions, but you can also

Pretty Provence, Peter Mayle and me

Having just returned from a break visiting friends in Provence, it is easy to see why Peter Mayle, the British author of 'A Year in Provence', fell in love with the area about thirty years

The most versatile shirt-dress ever!

Regular readers know that I cannot resist a good bargain and so when I found a Halston Heritage Shirt Dress on the discount rail at Arnotts in Dublin a few weeks ago, I promptly snapped

March 29th, 2017|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Monart Spa Mid-Week Break to Remember

The 2017 Jaguar sports coupe purred up the drive just in front of us as we arrived for our mid-week break at Monart Spa near Enniscorthy. One of the valets on duty took out the

Introducing an unsung creative writer

In a departure from my usual post, I’d like to use the platform of my blog to introduce you to an inspiring woman I encountered recently - another ‘Fierce 50’ woman. Deborah Blacoe, however, is

March 15th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Love & relationships, News|3 Comments

The Sleep Obsession

Apparently, we sleep for about one-third of our lives, or we spend it in bed trying to sleep. We are obsessed with sleep and how well we sleep. When my children were small, I never

The importance of Vitamin D – don’t be left in the dark.

Fake News seems to be the ‘in’ phrase in the media these days, thanks to The Donald. So in researching this post, I have done my best to provide a balanced article, based on the

March 1st, 2017|Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News|0 Comments

Staying fierce with the Fierce 50 Movement

  Following on from the Fierce 50 Campaign launched by a group of bloggers (including overthehilda) worldwide on February 20th - the 50th day of the year - I am delighted to announce that the

50 fierce over-50 women collaborate to launch global campaign

Today, February 19th, I am honoured to be part of a movement with over 50 “over-50 bloggers” around the world to launch the first Fierce Over-50 Campaign on the 50th day of the year. Brainchild

Valentine’s Day…what we do for love!

History lesson. Where did Valentine’s Day originate? Who was this St. Valentine fellow? Seemingly, Emperor Claudius made it illegal for young Roman men to marry, because he felt that single men made better soldiers. But

February 9th, 2017|Home, Love & relationships|2 Comments

‘Then Comes Marriage’ RTE 2 -my take!

‘Then Comes Marriage’ I don’t know if many of you have been watching this programme on RTE 2. Three couples are brought together over a weekend and their relationships are analysed by psychologist Allison Keating

A little bit of Paradise in Harvey’s Point, Donegal

When we turned the corner, the sun shone and glistened on Harvey’s Point Hotel, nestled among the trees. Two mute swans kept each other company among the rushes on the mirror-like lake; it was four

January 26th, 2017|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Tired of your ‘old man’? Get a new one!

  GG has been given a make-over by the stylist daughter. She went through his wardrobe like a dervish and threw out (the local charity shop benefited) anything she thought was old, old-fashioned, dated, or

5 tips for staying happy and stress-free

  The pursuit of happiness can often lead to unhappiness, possibly because we all have some vague notion that happiness is bound up with material things and money and success. Nothing could be further from