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Midway through the year, your garden should be beginning to look good. Having done all the hard work in March, April, May, be it your vegetable garden, lawn, shrub borders or bedding plants, they should all be thriving now. Your lawn should continue to be mowed weekly as growth is at its peak. You may… Read more »

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What do you see nurses, what do you see? Are you thinking when you’re looking at me A crabbity old woman, not very wise, uncertain of habit, with far-away eyes, Who dribbles her food and makes no reply When you say in a loud voice—“I do wish you’d try”, Who seems not to notice the… Read more »

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Summer has arrived and the cuckoo in a wood near my home heralds its arrival every morning with his call and so too in the garden centre, summer has arrived with people busy getting ready in the garden. A lady told me recently that the most satisfying thing she did in the garden last year… Read more »

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With the summer weather finally arriving and everyone spending more time outdoors this month I will discuss some common injuries. Insect stings & bites: Milder reactions resulting in itchy hives or rashes can be treated with antihistamines and/or hydrocortisone cream. If there are signs of anaphylactic shock ie. the face and neck start to swell, difficulty… Read more »

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Middle age is when your age starts showing around your middle. Middle age is when your wife tells you to pull in your stomach and you already have. Middle age is when you need to have a rest after tying your shoelaces. You know you’re middle-aged when the dog lets you get to the stick… Read more »

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As many as 12% of the population are believed to suffer from hay fever, and the incidence is thought to be increasing. Non-prescription treatments for hay fever are available in both oral and topical formulations. Antihistamines, decongestants and topical steroids are the main treatments used to combat the symptoms. Antihistamines: Antihistamines are generally effective in… Read more »

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We had the pleasure of dining out in the Abbey Restaurant recently and it was a perfect ending to a perfect day. Before our meal, we had a drink in the Summerfield Lounge, whilst perusing our menu. At this stage of the evening, music over the speakers would have been welcome, as we were all… Read more »

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Local lady 42 year old Geraldine Carr from Gortatleva, Claregalway has shown what it takes to lose 8 stone 7 lbs by sheer determination and willpower. Geraldine was always conscious of her weight and worried about her children being embarrassed about her weight. She was especially conscious before her daughter Siobhan started school and decided… Read more »

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Colour is an important factor in setting the scene in the home. Different combinations influence and create moods, seem to alter the proportions of a room and will help to create a particular period feel e.g. Victorian style. Vivid, bold colours tend to give a room a lively image, while pale ones create a more… Read more »

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Massage helps to boost circulation and get rid of puffiness and toxins. Massage your face every morning while you are applying your moisturiser, and feed your skin with collagen regularly. The muscles on your neck stretch down from the face towards the collarbone. Use upward sweeping strokes to discourage wrinkles, always apply moisturiser to your… 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. Trees are beginning to break into leaf and soon you will notice all the flowering cherries and flowering crabs break into bloom. Vegetable Garden You can start planting. Seed potatoes can be still… Read more »

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