Would I have been an Early Adopter or a Luddite?

Image from ICA book

I’ve been wondering recently what would I have been like if I’d lived during another era, I’m not thinking of too long ago, just the 1960s. I’ve been following the Electric Generations blog and Twitter account as they’ve been working on setting up their exhibition and thinking about the short talk I’m going to be delivering on 16th October. The exhibition shows how many people initially feared this new power – that it might be dangerous [...]

5 Tips on Attracting Eligible Farmers at the Ploughing Championships

How to attract and marry an eligibile farmer

Do you want to know how to attract an eligible farmer before you go to the Irish National Ploughing Championships this year? Farmers are now considered to be ‘a good catch’ and it’s not all down to the road frontage. They are seen as being hard working, eco friendly, kind to animals, community minded, dependable, fit and good looking. Add to that the wholesome goodness of bringing up a family in the countryside and you can see why farmers are [...]

What Farm Mums Want On Mother’s Day

7 Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is coming up next Sunday in Ireland, the UK and a few other countries. The US, of course, has its Mother’s Day in May. For most livestock farmers, having Mother’s Day in March means that it’s the busiest time of the year because even if calves and lambs aren’t being born that weekend, there’s usually lots of them to be cared for. Therefore, time tends to be short in terms of women getting time to relax and for [...]

Valentine’s Night on the Farm – A Short Story

Gifts for Valentine's Day - never give wellies without jewellery!

Below is a draft of a short story I was writing up for Valentine’s Day  until I ran out of time. I’d planned to read it tonight at the Carlow Writers’ reading night in Carlow Library but between not being able to make it there due to calf feeding and child collecting plus the fact that I needed to halve the word count and just didn’t get time, it hasn’t happened.

I’d love to know what you think of it. I [...]

A “Perfect Farm Wife” wins Best NonFiction Award

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25th October 2016 was  a big day for book awards. There was the Man Booker award announcement, the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards shortlists were announced and the Carousel Aware Prizes for Irish Indie books award night was held in Dublin. Guess which one I was at?!

Carolann Copland was the brainchild behind Writing CAP, determined to bring recognition to the quality of independently published books and she also thought it would be great if the charity [...]