‘Then Comes Marriage’ RTE 2 -my take!

February 2nd, 2017|Home, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

‘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

5 tips for staying happy and stress-free

January 11th, 2017|Health & Wellbeing, Home, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

  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

Sixty is the new 40!

December 14th, 2016|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

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-becoming a granny

December 7th, 2016|Friends and Family, Home, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

  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

Guest writer Geraldine gives food for thought

May 7th, 2016|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Style & Beauty|

I always feel good when I have been to see Geraldine, for two reasons. First of all, my hair always looks a hundred times better when I am leaving (yes, she is my hairdresser)

“Sugar, sugar…..”

April 27th, 2016|Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

GG is an addict. He is not as bad as when I met him first. He had his fix numerous times a day then. I have managed over the 34 years we have been married

The Elephant in the Room-The Menopause

April 11th, 2016|Health & Wellbeing, Home, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

This week’s post is relevant to every woman out there (and men too because they have to live with us) and everyone should be aware of what happens to women at this stage in their

Do magic anti-ageing creams really exist?

April 5th, 2016|Health & Wellbeing, Home, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

Unlike the image (above) of a genuine, over-the-counter product, there is an advertisement for a “miracle” face cream that frequently pops up on my FB feed which suggests that if you use it, you will

Technology and me

March 15th, 2016|Home, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

Hello. My name is Hilda and I am a technophobe! There I have admitted it...I have a fear of technological things. Already I feel better for sharing. When I was a teacher, I relied on

A theatrical proposal

March 7th, 2016|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

Not many parents get to watch their future son-in-law propose to their daughter…..but that’s exactly what GG and I got to witness recently. Our daughter Kirsty has been going out with Mark for nearly four

Second chances at love – how soon is too soon?

January 29th, 2016|Home, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

There has been some controversy in the media at the moment about Peaches Geldof’s widower, Tom Cohen, dating fashion model Daisy Lowe. You see, Daisy was a very close friend of Peaches and some people

Champagne cure

January 1st, 2016|Health & Wellbeing, Home, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

I stopped making New Year resolutions years ago, because I never managed to last more than a few days. But this year I might make an exception. I try to stay as healthy as possible

Mum’s the word?

December 28th, 2015|Home, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

On Christmas Eve I was chatted up by a young man in a pub. Well, I thought I was being chatted up! Out with my two gorgeous daughters and my husband, I was briefly unengaged

The Soother Issue

August 11th, 2015|Home, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

I don’t understand all the furore about little Harper Beckham and her soother. It’s the first time I’ve seen her pictured with one, so most likely she was tired and cranky and needed a comforter.