Musings – I bring glad tidings of being longlisted

Good morning,

It’s Monday morning and I am sitting here with a large bandage on my left middle finger.

Bread knife 1 – Brenda 0

I was trying to slice a bagel yesterday when there was a slip, a gasp, and a lot of blood. It was my left hand so in that respect I can manage well with it but being in the office means I am doing a lot of typing and making an awful lot of ‘melling pistakes’, if you know what I mean.

Anyway enough about that. I dropped on here to bring you glad tidings about this very blog being LONGLISTED for the Blog Awards Ireland in the Health and Wellbeing Category. I am over the moon about it as it has been a real labour of love and a lot of the posts had me in tears as I was reliving the awfulness of that time.


Thank you all for reading and sharing my posts and to those who have taken the time to email me directly with comments or to use the comment option on here. It means a lot to me.

So the shortlist is announced this week. I have almost all my fingers crossed (couldn’t ask the sore finger to get involved in the crossing bit) that I will make it to the shortlist.

If you want to find out more about the Blog Awards Ireland you can check out their website and if you fancy being one of the judges then you can apply to do so as they are still looking for some categories to be covered.

I will keep you posted.

Thanks again.



Musings – Paris is always a good idea

I’ve seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.
– Ernest Hemingway

We had four days in Paris in August. It was warm and sunny with our last day being the warmest.

We flew with Aer Lingus direct from Dublin to CDG Airport. The flights were pleasant.

We stayed in Montmartre within walking distance of The Moulin Rouge and Sacre Coeur Church. Paris is a city of juxtaposition!

The art and architecture were breathtaking.

We got a three day bus and boat hop on/hop off ticket which served us well.

While 4 days was never going to be enough to see and do all we wanted to, we found that four days in a city is more than enough in another way!

I took 400 pics on my Siemens camera and I have yet to sort through them but here are a few from my iPhone.

The Arc de Triomph


Eiffel Tower


Sacre Coeur


Van Gogh in the Musee Dorsay


The Louvre pyramid


Street life


Paris is a beautiful city with something to catch the eye on every corner. It’s expensive but worth a visit at least once in a lifetime.

In Rome we threw a coin in the Trevi fountain to ensure a return visit. Is there an equivalent gesture for Paris? I don’t know so I gave the Eiffel Tower a hug and promised that I would be back!


Notre Dame


Musings – Out of Office

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

I’ve been in ‘out of office’ mode since the beginning of August which has been great for me but not so for this blog. I have so many book chapters ready to go but never quite got around to polishing and uploading them. I will get back to regular posting in the next few days.

It has been a lovely few weeks with the hubby and kids. We had a trip to Paris, some day trips, a birthday and Emma got her Leaving Certificate results.

Paris was wonderful and as the saying goes “it is always a good idea”. My highlights were the Van Gogh paintings, seeing the Louvre pyramid for the first time and my first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower through some buildings.



While we were in Paris Emma got the results of her Leaving Certificate exams and she did wonderfully well. She got her first choice in college and has accepted her offer from UCD where she will begin her studied on 1 September. It’s an exciting time for her – for all of us really. I’m so proud of her achievements. My baby girl is off to college!

Cathal turned 11 on 19 August. We had a party for him and his friends in June so it was a small family party for us with cards and presents on the actual birthday. I also used sugar icing for the first time and created a cake for him. We had a lovely day.



I am starting to feel an autumnal chill to the evenings and I have noticed the dusk drawing in much earlier.

I will miss the lazy haziness of August but in a way I will also welcome the routine of September.

I will be back soon …..

Now where did I leave the school bags and the uniforms?


Musings – Hospital Food and Driving Home From The Gig

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

I went to a play last March in the local arts centre here in Newbridge. It’s called the Riverbank Arts Centre and it’s an intimate setting for the presentation of theatre and other shows.

My daughter Emma and myself went along to see the newest production from Kildare Youth Theatre which was called ‘Hospital Food’. The play was written by renowned Irish writer Eugene O’Hare and its setting is a room in a hospital where young cancer patients hang out to be away from the intensity of their treatment and where they seek refuge from all the worried faces of the adults in their lives.

The play was directed by Peter Hussey – I should say renowned director, arts mentor and all round very talented person Peter Hussey.

It was another stunning production from Peter and his talented young actors and actresses.

As part of the arts show that I produce and present on local radio station Kfm, I sometimes do these slots called ‘Driving Home from The Gig” (TM) where I capture what I thought about the gig immediately afterwards on my zoom recorder. I usually need a partner in crime to do this with me because otherwise I would just be talking at myself. Emma volunteered this time which was perfect as she would be watching and reviewing her peers as all the cast are in and around her age of 18.

We did not know the storyline before we went along but we knew the subject matter would be challenging in general as it was dealing with cancer – something which our family has been touched by.

I have had this “Driving Home From The Gig” on my laptop since 13 March last. I wasn’t sure I was ever going to let it see the light of day. I wasn’t sure that people needed to hear someone getting upset over cancer.

But upon reflection I think that the cast, crew, director and writer deserve to hear how their wonderful piece of work, of craftsmanship, of genius handling of a difficult subject moved someone to tears for the right reasons.

So below I am sharing the Hospital Food 2015 “Driving Home From The Gig”.

Oh and if you feel moved to go and see this play well you can see it again in the Riverbank Arts Centre as part of a double header on 14 August 2015. Don’t miss this piece of theatre……. it will make you think, it will make you reflect…. it might even change you!

“Grief does not change you. It reveals you” – John Green

DRIVING HOME FROM THE GIG click on link to listen.

For information on tickets see