Alan has been making a lovely Sloe Gin for the past couple of years. Blackthorn trees are plentiful in the Burren and so their fruit - the beautiful, round, black sloe - is usually abundant by late August. This Autumn it felt like there were sloes dripping out of every corner of every ditch and … Continue reading The Simple Art of Sloe Gin
The Danes are invading. Again. But no need to panic! This time around it's all love and cuddles as they share an age-old key to happiness they've been keeping under their uber-cool, snuggly hats for a while now. Hygge. In a world where the pace of life is dragging us all along to a seeming … Continue reading What The Hygge?
Did something happen to Autumn? I mean, was it always this gorgeous or has something changed either in me or the climate to make it appear so lush and alive and colourful? I had a lovely holiday one Autumn up around Maine and Vermont during 'Leaf-Peeping' season. No, I'm not going crazy, this happens! New … Continue reading Last Leaf-Peeping Fix of the Year
I have a bee in my bonnet. Over the course of the first eight Late Late Shows this season, 51 men have guested compared with 17 women. Just so you know, The Late Late Show is Ireland's premier primetime talk show - a bit of a national institution. I first learned of the growing furore … Continue reading We May Need a Bit Of A Jump-Start
What used to be frequent occurrences and a mere addition to an already teeming social calendar, are fast becoming infrequent treats which guarantee some child-free, stylish, adult fun with your other half. And fun is important! The baby years are busy and all-consuming but they are fleeting and when the chicks fly the coup, I … Continue reading Common Goals, Differing Approaches