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Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2011’

  • Do you stop and smell the roses… and then eat them?!

    Roses are red, violets are blue, Both taste divine, So why not try some too! There is nothing more sensual, exotic and heavenly, for me, than the scent of roses… they are my favourite flowers… I have rose scented perfume, deodorant, face cream…putting them on […]

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  • But I’m not creative…and other blocks to getting creative with our kids

    Dear mama, Sometimes we want to be creative, we want to be that mama who paints pictures every day, makes incredible scale models of the Titanic using only match sticks with their two year old, bake billowing cakes…but… you can’t bake, you don’t have time, […]

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  • Creative mamas questionnaire

    I am writing a book on the subject of creative mothers and would love to include lots of mothers’ voices in it. If you consider you are a creative person (not necessarily a professional artist) at the same time as being a hands-on mother, I […]

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  • A pot-tea place!

    What I want from a cafe is a home away from home. A place to go to chat with friends, to linger, and to treat myself and not have to clear up afterwards. I bake well at home, very well, so the cake has got […]

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  • Happy days

    Today didn’t start out promisingly. Boy with temperature home from school, girl with the ever-lasting screaming whinges, baby with lentils all over the floor, house a tip… But then I created some divine coconut kisses… recipe on Queen of Puddings…how I love creative cooking… and […]

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  • How does your garden grow?

    The weather has been against us gardeners this year. A month of chilly days and bitter winds has burnt the leaves and stalled growth of anything that was planted out. Six packs of seeds direct sown into the ground have produced not a sign of […]

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  • It’s not easy being a blow-in

    I have always struggled with my English versus Irishness. I own both passports. I have lived long term in both. But I am an outsider here, in the land of my birth. I feel at home in the mystic landscapes of this island. Where I […]

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  • Know thy neighbour?

    “The community you want starts at your front door” Neighbour Day, Australia We have just past our first anniversary of living in the Pink House. And along with boxes still to unpack we have many neighbours yet to meet.You see, unlike my mama, I am not […]

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  • Fresh and good

    Every time I feel too tired to cook I yearn for the wonderful takeaways we had on our travels in Australia – gorgeous fresh fruit salads with yogurt, fresh vegetarian Indian, Korean, Greek, smoothies, wonderful wholesome salads, sushi galore, stir fried noodles, all freshly made […]

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  • Are you a morning goddess?

    How do you start your morning? I know that how I start mine sets the tone for my day. A few moments mindful breathing and I am a far nicer mama. Hassle and whinge and jump on me and I’m set to banshee mode for the rest […]

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