Join the Movember Movement



Every year, my brothers’ join the Movember movement to raise awareness and support. This year, there’s an event that Sana Govender is hosting this friday, 25th November, where he will screen his short film, 5 Stages of Grief (a long awaited screening I might add )

All proceeds will go towards Movember Ireland. If you can’t make the event, donate online. Because as we all know, every little helps.

Team Roders

‘Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent. We’re transforming the way research into men’s health is done, and the way health services reach and support men.’

Let’s be the change we wish to see.



New Website

June has finally brought with it, days painted in glorious golds and skies in the deepest of blues and even the birds have begun to shout their morning song for us. Here’s to letting more sunshine into our lives.

And so, to welcome in the month of wonderful weather and beautiful changes, I have the greatest pleasure of launching my brand new website – 




To say Thank You, for all the support, I will be running a Competition in the next couple of days. So stay tuned to my facebook page for updates. It’s going to be a good one.

♣Our Christmas Market Adventure♣


A few weeks ago, we visited the annual Christmas Market in Galway. It was actually my first time there and Let me tell you, it was Great. The atmosphere was mesmerising.

 Where: The Spanish Arch, Galway City | When: 20th November – 22nd December

After almost three weeks away, my amazing husband ‘surprised me’ with ‘we’re going to Galway for the weekend’ (not because I have been pestering him constantly, of course). We decided to stay a few nights in Galway after Elvis’s gig in Limerick so that we could visit the Market and do a little exploring.

Being away for any length of time often makes you think of home. And, do you know what one of the best things about living in Ireland is – The People. A friendly smile or a kind ‘Hello’ from a stranger, is never uncommon. And I find that travelling abroad is always great but, and it must be that I’ve now lived here too long, coming home to the atmosphere here is just magic.

And so our story begins…

The air was laden with heady Christmas smells as we tramped our way through bustling crowds. The last remnants of crumpled soggy leaves clung to drains and footpaths. Throngs of people draped in woolly hats, gloves and scarves trailed from stalls. Queues of chatter and Christmas songs filled the air. It was cold with not a hint of rain in the clear sky, surprising for the the middle of November. Irish weather is so unpredictable, as the next day brought with it a damp, muggy drizzle that lasted a week.

Anyhow as the day went on, smoke rose in tendrils from chimney’s all along the square, puffing away contently to the sound of Christmas. I can close my eyes and be transported right back to that moment. There was magic in my air.

We ate freshly cooked hot dogs, ketchup dripping onto our cold fingers and drank steaming cups of mulled wine. We soaked in every ounce of the Christmas Spirit.

And that was the moment Christmas kicked in…

This is what my brain now looks like…



So, as the cold began to creep into our boots, gnawing slowly at our toes, we decided to go on a little adventure to find a tea house that I had read about on tripadvisor. It’s a quaint little place that is terribly difficult to find when your phone has died. But worth it in the end.

The Secret Garden is a pretty tea room with an expansive range of teacups and pots that even I was jealous of.

As the door opened in, a warm wave of aromatic smells washed over me. Bathed in an ambiance of fruity herbal teas and candle light, I had met my heaven (If you know me, you know how much I LOVE TEA). It was the perfect end our Market Adventure.

Ok, it wasn’t exactly the end, we still had to walk 20 minutes back to the Hotel, which really is the best way to get acquainted with a place, I think.

To end off the weekend we stopped for Lunch in Bunratty in Lily Mai’s Cafe.

We had an amazing panfried salmon dressed in a beautifully tangy basil pesto. Resting, oh so precariously, on a bed of baby potatoes, rocket leaves and garden peas. Ok, I’ll stop, I’m making myself hungry just writing about it…


And that, my friends, was that…


To find out more about a Market near you, visit my latest blog post on Ireland’s Christmas Markets


Happy Christmas Market(ing)

Ireland’s Christmas Markets

Looking for something to do, something good to eat?

Are you sick of ‘Desmond’ tying you down (literally)?

Have you got kids, nieces, nephews, or are you the biggest kid in your life?

Want to just soak up some of that Festive Cheer (Yes, there is Mulled wine)?

Then visit a Christmas Market near you. There is literally something for everyone. Ok, maybe not the dog, Oh wait, Yes, him too..

And, you’re in luck! have kindly put together this amazing list of the best Christmas markets to visit in Ireland. You’ve got everything from websites to opening hours.

Ireland’s 13 Best Christmas Markets & Fairs 2015

A curated selection spreading that all important Christmas cheer.


Want to read about our trip to the Galway Christmas Market …

Then stay tuned….

♥To be cont→

Liepájas bráli – A Latvian Gig

Elvis was doing the Sound for a gig in Thomond Park Stadium (Limerick, Ireland), so of course I took my camera along to document it all.

There was a huge gathering of Latvian people, all there to see these legends perform. And it was a brilliant gig (even in another language).

Here’s a link to some of their top songs:


It’s Christmas Time…

Life stepped in and blogging stepped out. I have had so many ideas but no time (and I procrastinate – I’m sorry). Between being in South Africa (and all the drama that brought #staytuned) to settling back into our cold and damp Irish weather, I’m finally finding my feet again.

December has definitely arrived and I am determined to be on the ball this year.

I’ll be DIY-ing, decorating, baking, (eating), glittering, (eating some-more), and generally getting into the Festive Season. So join me for some Happy Christmas fun…


♥Happy December Everyone♥ 


Firsts all round (Part 2)

And then he was 31…
we looked back at the year and thought,
‘holy crap – did a whole year just fly by?’
This is my very handsome husband on the day of our Wedding. According to him, the grey hairs started to appear from this moment on. (what a drama-queen) ha
A year later and he’s got a following… (I don’t see any grey hairs, do you?

Relationships and marriages aren’t easy and there are always compromises to make…


as soon as it’s your birthday week you have the delightful knowledge that you have what we like to call,

a free pass…

which entitles you to things like;

breakfast in bed, not having to do dishes, cake, your FAVORITE dinner, your choice of movie in the cinema (pfft that’s a lie, it’s always his choice- i mean zombies?? why?!)


yes, you guessed it, endless amounts of xbox time (even though i’m sure he’ll dispute this)

Heart shaped crumpets with fresh strawberries and a drizzling of golden syrup