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Lord, I come before you in need. Exams are approaching and I am worried. Give me courage to face the coming weeks calmly. Concentrate my mind on my studies. Help me to use my time well. May I read each question carefully, identify what is asked and answer well. When the results come, may I… Read more »

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In the past 25 years various social and economic changes have resulted in a major alteration of the role of women in society. In tandem with these changes has been the emergence of improved health care services for women. Consequently women are now living an average 25–30 years after the menopause. The quality of life… Read more »

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May is the month when temperatures rise and the day length increases. The growth rate and workload springs into overdrive. The bare earth of the spring has disappeared and in every corner of the garden plants are shouting for attention feed me, trim me, plant me out, stake me, so start now! May can also… Read more »

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April, the clock has gone forward and with the arrival of the long evenings our interest in the garden has been re-awakened. Following our recent spell of fine weather where the ground dried out and soil and air temperatures rose, growth began in earnest. Trees are beginning to break into leaf and soon you will… Read more »

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Welcome to the new millennium. We would like to wish you all the best wishes for the new century, and particularly with your garden. We will be able to look back now and tell our children and grandchildren that we planted that in the last century or your granddad built that in the last century—a… Read more »

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The easiest and most effective way to get fit is to get out of the house and walk. The best way to get in shape, and benefit your heart and lungs, is simply to walk—and you don’t have to go overboard, either. Walk for just 15 minutes twice a day, and you could lose up… Read more »

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Christmas is well and truly upon us and we can look back and review the year that has gone, from a gardening perspective. From a positive point of view, many would see it as a good year, particularly people who are starting off and getting the garden off the ground. The more experienced gardeners will… Read more »

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Congratulations to Christine Keaney, Lakeview, on winning Galway Federation section of the National Healthy Competition sponsored by the Health Promotion Unit, Department of Health & Children and also by An Bord Glas. Christine came second in the country for making a healthy recipe for under £4 and was presented recently in Dublin with a Waterford… Read more »

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You try to enter your password on the microwave. You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3. You chat several times a day with a stranger from South America, but you haven’t spoken to your next door neighbour yet this… Read more »

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Gardeners look at Autumn in the different ways, the lazier of us because garden maintenance is greatly reduced now that the grass has stopped growing and the weeds are no longer germinating in their hundreds. The rest of us see Autumn as a busy and rewarding time in the garden, as the leaves change to… Read more »

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Sitting down on a fine Midsummer’s evening writing this article, I am gazing out on a group of lavenders; a spectacle of liliac splendour (Lavandula Stoechas), my mind is caught by the noise that breaks the beauty of this. The lavenders with hundreds of spiky scented flowers are home to dozens of bees. They twist… Read more »

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After a somewhat false start on January 16th, due to severe weather conditions, we set off on Saturday, 6th March on our trip to Omagh. Our original plan was to fill one bus, but such was the demand for seats, that we hired a minibus as well. The weather looked promising on this occasion and… Read more »

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