Where to stay and what to do in Portaferry, Co. Down

It seems as if we have been in Northern Ireland quite a lot over the past year. First was a wonderful stay at the Galgorm Resort & Spa near Ballymena and a tour of the

Shopping for the Real You

Good morning. My last blog post is all about looking the best you can for your age. It is about taking care of your skin, boosting collagen and elastin with customised treatments and products. I

Endymed – The Non-Surgical Facelift with Jeanne Brophy

Is it possible to tighten the jawline and have some of the effects of a facelift without having surgery?  The answer is Yes.  I have been lucky enough to have been gifted some treatments at

Bewley’s Cafe Tour – a trip down Memory Lane

Bewley's was the place where I spent quite a lot of time in my student days back in the '70s. I studied English in TCD, which meant only a few hours of lectures and lots

July 1st, 2019|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News|8 Comments

Flaming June Fashion with ‘Style not Age’

‘Flaming June’ may be something of a misnomer as it is very likely that June 2019 might be our wettest June on record.  I can tell you that the two most used items in my

June 24th, 2019|Home, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|14 Comments

Ageism is Never in Style and Brands should Take Note

Within the next two years, for the first time in human history, there will be more people worldwide over 65 than under five.  That should be a wake-up-call to BRANDS that they should be more

Health Checks for Women Over 50

Most of us tend to avoid doctors and health checks in our younger years unless there is some specific reason to book an appointment. But when we reach 50 or so (and have been lucky

Stylish Mondays Summer Whites Collaboration

Stylish Mondays feature Summer Whites this month. I actually do not have a lot of white in my wardrobe and the whites I have tend to be soft not bright. In fact, I am not

Recycled fashion challenge with Style-Not-Age

  The word 'recycled' has become very fashionable again in today's more environmentally conscious climate and Anna (Annasislandstyle) chose it as the theme for this month's Style-Not-Age challenge. The idea is that we put together

May 27th, 2019|Friends and Family, Home, News, Style & Beauty|18 Comments

‘How to Live Better for Longer’

Tonight I will be making my television debut on ‘How to Live Better for Longer’ on RTE1 at 9.35pm! Having told everyone who listened that I probably would end up on the cutting room floor,

 Fried Halloumi in The Cairn Bay Lodge Starfish Cafe

When in Bangor, County Down recently, GG and I stayed in The Cairn Bay Lodge, the most amazing B&B or guest house we've ever experienced. Friends of ours were putting on a play in a

May 13th, 2019|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News|5 Comments

Serious Readers’ Alex Light Review

I can see clearly now…. I am actually talking about my vision, but it is also a bit of a ‘light-bulb’ moment. You see, I took delivery a few weeks ago of my Serious Readers’

May 6th, 2019|Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News|7 Comments

Pastels as worn by our ‘Style Not Age’ group

Wearing Pastels is our ‘Style not Age’ challenge this month and that is, indeed, a challenge for me, because regular readers know that I do not have many pastels in my wardrobe. However, I do

April 28th, 2019|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty|24 Comments

Top Tips to help improve your Memory

There has been a lot written about memory recently and what we can do to help prevent dementia and maybe even Alzheimer's so I thought I would re-post this. I waited until after Easter to

Top Tips for Visiting Lisbon

Lisbon is one European city we have been eager to visit and we were not disappointed. 1. CLEANLINESS Graham and I were astounded, because Lisbon was so clean and we hardly ever saw litter on

April 15th, 2019|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|14 Comments

Review of ‘The Middle Place’ by Kealan Ryan

What an incredible first novel. No, what a brilliant novel. Full Stop.   I was an English teacher in a former life and I know the narrator of The Middle Place. I taught him. I