Tag Archive: Ireland

Strawberry Meringue Roulade

We can’t get enough local strawberries now that they’re in season here in Vermont. Love them! It’s been quiet here the past few days with writing, post-race running (sort of) and gorgeous June weather, and I admit we’ve had strawberries every day. Plain, with yogurt, with whipped cream, bundled into shortcake. Can’t go wrong!

We love strawberry roulade. We first had it in Ardmore on the south Irish coast (where part of my Sharpe & Donovan series takes place!). It’s not that much work, and with two young grandchildren with celiac, we’re thri

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Walking the cliffs of Ardmore, Ireland

The historic village of Ardmore on the south Irish coast plays an important role in my Sharpe & Donovan series. Fictional Declan’s Cross, where a mysterious art thief got his start, is a stone’s throw. Ardmore–Ard Mohr in Irish, or “great hill”–is an intriguing, picturesque mix of old and new.

Joe and I had the opportunity to visit the area again a few weeks ago. We did the cliff walk along the headland, winding our way to the ruins of Saint Declan’s medieval monastic settlement, and his empty crypt. An impressive twelfth-century round towe… Read More

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Just a few weeks until race day!

My next half-marathon is June 3rd and I am not ready! I get this feeling with writing sometimes, too. Weeks out from a deadline, I look at my work-in-progress and don’t see how I will be ready to turn it in. For most of us, running a half-marathon and writing a novel don’t happen in a matter of a week or two. We need time.

This is when I remind myself of the line from the Tao: “Let life ripen and fall, force is not the way at all.” Just show up every day and keep making progress. It’ll all work out.

But…there’s always my other motto: “Anxiety focuses the m… Read More

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Happy Star Wars Day!

Today is Star Wars Day. The magic of the original trilogy, especially the first two movies, stays with me. What are your favorite(s)? I have one friend who’s never seen any of the movies!

We took this photo on a hike from Waterville to Caherdaniel. That’s Skellig Michael in the distance. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site but also where scenes of the most recent Star Wars installments were filmed…and it plays a role in my upcoming Sharpe & Donovan novel, Impostor’s Lure.

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