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Lughnasadh -When Paradise is a Garden

I explained on one of my earier blogs that I had grown up in the north east of England, in an industrial town, in a house like this one. The “garden” at the front  was paved over and I grew up yearning for plants, for the countryside and to make a connection to Nature. Now, Read More

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Let Food be thy Medicine and Medicine be thy Food

Yet again it is a gloomy, windy day here in Connemara so I thought I would take  pictures of some flowers that are nevertheless, looking very bright.  I realised as I was snapping away that many of our garden flowers belong to medicinal plants as well as to plants grown for eating.  I was reminded of Read More

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Mid Summer – An Abundance of Beauty

I always find June to  be quite a wet month (today is no exception) but a sunny Monday and Tuesday led into a dry Wednesday, 21st June, the high point of the Summer Solstice and we were able to enjoy a bonfire last night with some good friends who arrived unexpectedly. I was celebrating the beauty and abundance Read More

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Dandelion – A “Self-Contained Pharmacy”

Dandelion, Taraxacum Officinale, is a common spring flower that can be seen everywhere at the moment, on meadows and lawns, in hedgerows and fields and even growing through tarmac.  There are over 1000 species of Dandelion in Europe alone, with 250 different plants in the British Isles.  The Dandelion can also be found in the Read More

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Waste Not, Want Not

Many, many years ago in pre-famine Ireland, the peasants  did not own their homes and rented their cottages as  tenants.  The dunghil, a pile of household, human and animal waste was outside the dwelling.   Social commentators at the time criticised the Irish peasants for piling up all their waste,  thinking they must be slovenly and dirty not Read More

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An Bhean Feasa – Continuing the Story…

When I opened my shop I knew a little about herbs, homeopathy and supplements but I had to learn more in order to help my customers.  I followed the I.A.H.S. training, (Irish Association of Health Stores), and completed all the training that the supplement and herbal companies provided.  I studied and researched and then I Read More