• 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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  • Archeology of the soul

    Digging Between my finger and my thumbThe squat pen rests; as snug as a gun. Under my window a clean rasping sound When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: My father, digging… My grandfather could cut more turf in a day Than any other man […]

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  • There’s no place like home!

    There really is no place like home. And whilst it was nice to have a change of scene, and the company of good friends, we’re glad to be back. All weekend whilst we were away the girls whinged and wailed and screamed and clung to […]

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