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

Are you sale savvy or sale foolish?

You either love or loathe sales shopping and I am a member of the former category. I love a good bargain and I am easily lured in by the SALE sign. And this year I

January 7th, 2017|Home, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|2 Comments

A pure treat to make you feel like Cleo

Cleopatra and I have much in common.  I did date an Italian for a short time but it’s not that, so you will have to read to the end to find out what it is.

December 29th, 2016|Health & Wellbeing, Home, Style & Beauty|0 Comments

Kildare Village- shopping mecca for discerning bargain hunters

  It’s not often I can persuade the stylist daughter to come shopping with me; she is always too busy, you see. So when she offered to take me shopping in Kildare Village (in a

Sixty is the new 40!

I have been celebrating all year, celebrating turning 60. It started with a wonderful cruise of the Baltic with good friends, which I wrote about back in June. It  continued with a '60s and '70s

A special love affair like no other

  I never thought I would be a besotted granny! I like babies (well, I had two of my own) but I was not the type that stops stranger mums with prams and gushes about

Christmas sorted at The National Crafts and Design Fair

I haven’t been to The National Crafts & Design Fair for a few years and boy was I impressed by both the entrepreneurship and creativity when I visited today. There are over 500 of Ireland’s

November 30th, 2016|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cosmetology not plastic surgery best

Mirror Mirror Some days, when I look in the mirror I get a shock. When did all these lines and wrinkles appear?  Those of you who are regular readers know that I am seldom happy

November 23rd, 2016|Home, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|0 Comments

These boots are made for walking

Both of my gorgeous girls have had hectic years, in very different ways. The elder daughter Kirstin has been very busy getting engaged to Mark, buying and moving into their new home and then producing

November 16th, 2016|Home, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Galway Fashion Trail

Galway was where Graham (GG) and I first started going out, so it has a special place in my heart. I couldn’t leave him behind when I headed west for my first Galway Fashion Trail.

November 8th, 2016|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty|0 Comments

A theatrical delight….not to be missed

It’s claimed laughter is the best medicine! Well if it is true, anybody who is unwell – along with perfectly healthy people - should head to that amazing little theatre, The Viking in Clontarf (just

November 2nd, 2016|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Whiter than white…

I like to smile, perhaps because I am a happy person. Now smiling is good as you can brighten up somebody’s day with a smile. ‘Smile and the world smiles with you’ type of thing. But

October 26th, 2016|Health & Wellbeing, Home, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments