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Walking on the southwest Irish coast

Walking and writing go together for me, whether I’m working out a specific issue, letting my wander, taking a break or not thinking about writing at all. I love getting outside and heading off on a trail or a garden walk or a beach or a city street, whether for a short distance or f0r…

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It’s back: Strawberry Meringue Roulade Recipe

Strawberry season is upon us (soon!) and here again is my recipe for strawberry meringue roulade. It’s gluten-free, relatively easy to make and delicious. I only make it when local strawberries are available. The recipe also works well with mixed fresh fruits or raspberries. Enjoy! Strawberry Meringue Roulade Ingredients 4 egg whites 1 c superfine sugar…

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The Elusive Finian Bracken

Irish priest and whiskey man Finian Bracken has become a reader favorite. A man with a tragic past, serving a parish in a struggling Maine fishing village, he appears as a key secondary character in every Sharpe & Donovan tale. And he started and has remained one of my most elusive characters. The clock was…

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The joys of rhubarb

My first encounter with rhubarb wasn’t promising: I was around seven and ate a chunk off the ”vine.” It was ultra-tart. I had friends who loved it straight that way but not me! I don’t like it too sweet but I do like some sweetness. Since then I’ve come to love rhubarb stewed, in pies,…

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Spring flowers…I’m ready!

With a surprise ten inches of snow and a spell without power this past Sunday, I’m in the mood for flowers! Maybe you are, too. Here are some images from our visit last spring to the Keukenhof gardens just outside Amsterdam in the Netherland. They open for the 2024 season on March 21. Enjoy!  

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