Well, October was a busy month!
I still have not got back to golf since I broke my finger. The weather has been too wet and the course has been closed quite a bit. My finger is not back to normal yet and yes, I am doing my exercises.
Boots held their Christmas launch in the beautiful surroundings of Dublin’s City Hall in early October. My friend Anna was staying with us so she came along with me for the craic and the bubbles.
Their Christmas gift boxes are amazing value. It is always worth a quick trip into one of their stores or you can also buy online if you prefer. In fact, I just checked and they have some brilliant offers online at the moment.
LYONS SQUARE TEA PARTY
Lyons has ditched the triangle and returned to the square tea bag. The move is being made to improve quality as well as for eco-friendly reasons as less packaging is needed from ‘field to shelf’. Also, the blend has been changed and I definitely prefer it. I discovered this when I attended the launch in The Salt Cellar Cafe near The Pepper Canister Church.
What a fun event and such a clever concept by Katie Jane Allen at Agency Fourteen.
This was a Square Tea Party and ‘Square’ was the order of the day. A return to olden times with such activities as knitting, playing games, doing crosswords and chatting was encouraged. Phones were used purely for taking pics. The food was delicious as was the tea, served in beautiful teapots and china cups.
You need to follow them on FB or Instagram @lyonstea.ie if you want a good laugh. Check out Square Talk.
I was back to The Skin Nurse Clinic in Clontarf for a Scarlet treatment, a combination of Radio Frequency and Microneedling and I could see the results very quickly afterwards. There is a definite tightening in the lower face and my skin was glowing.
I have written about the treatment in a previous blog post, so check it out HERE
‘Demon Copperhead’ by Barbara Kingsolver (winner of The Pulitzer Prize 2023) is a slow burner. It took me a long time to get into it and weeks to read it. But boy was I glad I stuck with it. It has been described as Dickensian and it is, but it is also deeply moving and beautifully written. I did not want it to end.
Have you watched ‘Cobra: Rebellion’ on SKY? This, the third in the series, did not disappoint. It follows serious issues facing the British PM (played by Robert Carlyle) and his colleagues in the Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBRA exists in real life), with family matters adding to the tension and intrigue.
Loved ‘Beckham’. I think he and Victoria came across really well. And wasn’t he treated really badly by the press and ‘FANS’?
I have been following Dan Buettner for years and so watched his ‘Blue Zones’ series on Netflix, though I had read it all before in his newsletters. He is such a charismatic man. I try to eat more plant-based foods and have definitely cut back on alcohol. I think as I age it agrees with me less and less. Speaking of health, I was sent some Yakult…and Graham and I have been taking them to help boost our immune system. Pleasantly surprised at how tasty they are. And so far so good as regards bugs and colds. Fingers Crossed.
I, like any human being, am horrified by what is happening in Gaza. Honestly, I find it difficult to watch the news, though I do read opinion pieces in the newspapers from both sides in the conflict. I choose not to share too much on my social media. But I am deeply saddened by the loss of lives. Like many of you, I have been praying for a ceasefire and a means to find a resolution.
Thank you for reading.