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WW45 2019

Woman's weekly magazine







50 Wants to keep
€un5d0er Ireland talking 11th November 2019

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50 and thriving
Celebrating experience and talent with our 2019 initiative

To highlight our commitment to empowering all why living your best life can happen at any stage.
ages, we’re launched 50 Over 50, an initiative Our interviewees are those who strive in their
that will honour the incredible, vital and necessary
work and achievements undertaken by so many professions, who make a di erence to those around
living in Ireland. them and who aren’t letting something as trivial as
age be a barrier in achieving goals.
Each week, the magazine will showcase an Irish
person who is continuing to make their mark in their We believe that everyone, no matter their age,
chosen field and in public life. We are speaking to can e ect change and truly, make a di erence
men and women from the arts, literature, sport, to others. Because you can be a trail blazer no
television, science and more, about their lives and matter your decade. And why should young
people have all the fun?

#50over50 is to be celebrated – and that’s what Woman’s Way intends on doing


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Nov 11, 2019 Contents Have you entered the Woman’s of next week, which - deep From relationship advice
Vol.56 Issue 45 Way festive short story breath - is our Christmas gift from our agony aunt to a how-
competition? What can I do guide. We have MANY, MANY to guide to cleaning make-up
COVER IMAGE: to urge you to do so? We have prizes to give away next week brushes and getting out into
Conor McCabe/RTÉ lovely competitions, from and are thoroughly excited the open, we’ve got a packed
book hampers to a literary about the whole thing. magazine which is exactly the
afternoon tea. See page 35 for way I like it!
more information and pretty, But back to this issue. We
pretty please do consider have a great interview with So for now, sit back, relax,
writing a magical themed Claire Byrne, a Q&A from make a cup of tea and enjoy
short story. ank you. musician Jimmy’s Cousin this week’s magazine.
plus a gorgeous photo essay
In this week’s issue we have courtesy of Team Hope as it From the
a mixed bag of treats ahead turns ten. team, have
a fab week.

On the cover Pg 10 Regulars

4 Claire Byrne Pg 23 20 Una Rice parenting
8 50 under €50 Pg 12 26 Puzzle special
15 Win Gionni bags 36 New in books
18 Agony advice 38 Reader fiction
35 Short story competition 40 Soap gossip
52 Hairy Bikers’ recipes 42 is week
58 Center Parcs review 43 It’s your letters
62 Julia Roberts 44 Your stars
45 Tarot advice
WIN 46 Una Power
48 Latest health news
54 Food news
60 Home & away

Pg 54

Pg 60 Your life Pg 56 WELL DONE WINNERS!
Pg 52
Editor: Áine Toner 10 e new colour Issue 42 (October 21)
Email: [email protected] 12 Travel beauty Glenisk/rugby cards Jane Conalty, Co Wicklow
Assistant Editors: Amy Wall 14 Beauty under €15 Shakti acupuncture mat Lynn Betson, Co Dublin
Email: [email protected]; 16 Team Hope turns 10 Sunway vouchers Noeleen St Leger, Co Dublin; Frances
Michelle Newman 22 How to... guide Moran, Co Mayo
Email: [email protected] 24 Jimmy’s Cousin Titanic Belfast break Margaret Gormonly, Co Sligo
30 Chevron throw Beauty bag Diana Micu, Co Kildare
32 Striped bag pattern Oracle deck Éidín Finlay, Co Dublin
34 Elizabeth MacDonald Crossword Áine Dillon, Co Wexford
50 Handling bad news
56 Big Man, Tiny Homes

Pg 48


Email: [email protected]

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Catching up

From becoming ‘softer’ to creating new family features of a current affairs
traditions, Claire Byrne tells us what she’s been up to show and Claire agrees.

“It’s been great. It’s been a impacting someone’s life people involved.” “Yes, I think so. We
great start to the season,” in a really deep way. [What And it’s also important for mentioned Brexit before and
says Claire Byrne, speaking we’re trying to do] is find that I think some people switch
about her show Claire Byrne story and bring it to a wider members of the public to have off when they hear the word
Live on RTÉ. Recently back audience and I actually think that necessary platform to ‘Brexit’ but sometimes it’s
on television screens across that is part of what a public share their story. important to say, ‘I don’t
the nation, the show has service should be when it understand this’ or, you know,
tackled insurance fraud, comes to broadcasting. That “I really think that should ‘Someone’s not agreeing to a
looked at dementia, celebrated you allow people who are be our function and that’s deal, why?’ And I don’t know
the late Brendan Grace and suffering something in their what we should always why. You need to be able to ask
investigated ‘shrinklation’ – lives to come on television and strive to be as a current the questions in an honest and
the shrinking of our favourite to tell people about it. affairs programme. I think an authentic way and say, ‘It’s
chocolate bars. And that’s just sometimes the definition of difficult for me as well and I
so far this season. “It mightn’t affect 10 per current affairs can be too work in the news business,’”
cent of the people in the narrow. Current affairs is not she says.
Always thought-provoking population, but for the people just politics, it’s not just about
and incredibly fast-paced, it does impact it’s really what’s on the news – it’s about “And to be able to
does Claire find it hard to keep important that we get it out what’s current in your life, and explain those issues in an
up with the speed of the show? there. Whether that’s about that’s in everybody’s lives in understandable way is so
people who are caring for sick Ireland,” says Claire. important and just to be able
“It’s great and it is fast-paced children not being able to get to admit that it’s not easy to
but that’s what it needs to be to respite, all of these issues are “And that’s what I always get your head around all of
keep people’s attention and it really important.” try to keep in the back of my this stuff, but what we should
seems to be working for us so mind when we’re putting the really be interested in is how
I’m happy for that to continue. Part of what makes Claire show together and that’s why this is going to affect our lives
It just becomes second nature Byrne Live such great viewing I encourage people as well if and how it’s going to affect
really,” she says. is the input that the members they feel they have something peat on this island and all of
of the studio audience have going on in their lives that those really important things.
One of the best things and Claire agrees. we should be talking about, We get stuck sometimes in the
about Claire Byrne Live is how that they come and talk to nitty gritty and it’s good to be
thought-provoking some of the “What I love about our us about it and let’s see what able to find a way through that
content on the show is. Does live studio audience [is] that we can do and whether we to get to what really matters.”
Claire think it’s important you will uncover things or can tell people about this in a
to expose people to things you’ll come across things in way that gets the message out While stories like Brexit are
they’ve never heard about and that audience every Monday there for them.” very facts-based, many of
teach them something new? night that you mightn’t have the stories featured on Claire
heard about before but are At the time of our Byrne Live are quite emotional
“What we’re always trying really important for us to be conversation, there’s only and follow real people as they
to do is find the niche story. talking about as a nation and one story on everyone’s navigate through tragedy and
Whether that’s a minor hopefully trying to resolve lips – Brexit – and whether a difficulties. I ask Claire if it’s
injustice in the grand scheme and get some justice for the deal will be made. I say that hard to report on the more
of things, but something that’s honesty must be one of the key emotional stories.

“Yes, I think some of them
are and I think you’d be made


By Amy Wall. Photo by Conor McCabe


continued on next page


continued on next page Disease (MND). A tireless “Christmas is a been joining forces with my
campaigner for MND, Fr big deal in our family so we have this great
of stone if you weren’t moved Tony made a lasting impact house because system in place now where
by some of the stories like on Claire. Santa comes to we go to each other’s houses
Clodagh Hawe and Laura three very excited and somebody cooks a turkey
Brennan… Yes, it’s hard “I’ve been very lucky not little people” and the other person does all
but it’s very human to feel to experience the death of too of the trimming. It actually
emotion about those things many people who are close for Motor Neurone Disease and works brilliantly because
and I don’t think there’s any to me, but I got to know Tony for the Irish Motor Neurone there isn’t mountains of
shame in that. I think people very well in the last year before Disease Association. pressure on one person when
who are watching [feel] that he died and I think about it comes to cooking the meal
same level of emotion about him most days. It’s funny, for “Hopefully that will and it’s just great fun to have
those things but there’s also somebody who I only knew continue and people will people around to do proper
joy there as well,” says Claire. for a year, he had a big impact continue to ‘walk while you old Christmas games after
on my life and he taught me a can’ which is the event he set Christmas dinner,” she says.
“We had the mother of a lot of lessons without actually up, and his legacy will live on.”
little boy called Sam, he was overtly speaking about those “That’s the system that’s
the same age as my son and lessons when he did have the Moving on to a lighter note, working really well, not going
he needed a transplant and ability to speak. I ask Claire if she’s thought to change it, doing it again this
now he’s had a transplant. about 2020 and if she has year. It just makes Christmas
“I saw how he dealt with anything she’d like to achieve dinner much easier so you can
“When you get the the challenges he was facing in this new decade that’s fast enjoy the day.”
feedback down the line which were huge and for many approaching.
and when you stay with people they would have been And does Claire have any
the story and you find out insurmountable when it came “I haven’t even thought Christmas traditions that hold
that, actually, people are in to Motor Neurone Disease about 2020 yet but I have a special place in her heart?
a better place now. There’s and how it impacted him thought about Christmas!”
great hope and joy in that physically, but yet he was still she laughs. “Well, because my family
too. But yes, absolutely, they going to the cinema, he was are young, I think we’re only
affect you, all the time.” still going to the theatre, he Christmas chat it is then! finding our feet when it comes
was still seeing friends all the “I love Christmas. It’s my to Christmas traditions, but
Claire has said previously time and making plans and favourite time of the year so I’ll tell you one that I think
that becoming a mother has writing his book. And when I’m always in competition we have started as of last
‘softened’ her. you see that, you sort of look at with myself to get ahead of year. Alan Hughes and Karl
your own life and you think, myself. If I get my Christmas [Broderick]’s panto.
How has becoming a mum ‘Well am I living as much as shopping done a week earlier,
impacted on her experience I can?’ And it does make you I’ll be delighted and I love “I would have gone to that
of pain and empathy? think about that. I think about being ahead of the race as an adult when I worked
that just about every day.” because I’m quite a last minute with Alan in Virgin Media
“I think you just do have, person so I always feel it’s a big [formerly TV3] as it was, but
well, I think I have more The lessons that Fr Tony achievement when I’m ahead last year I went there with
empathy. It’s not true for passed on remain strong in of myself,” she says. my children and it was such a
everybody and I don’t Claire’s life to this date. “I’m already flicking joyful experience – their faces
want to suggest that people through catalogues and were transfixed for the entire
who don’t have children “The last time I saw him on websites to have a look thing. They just thought it was
have a different view of he gave me a beautiful box of at Christmas presents and magical and it was just such a
the world but just for me, I chocolates and I was loathe to Christmas food and Christmas happy two hours to sit there
think I understand things open them for so long after he decorations. I saw a lovely, and watch them enjoying it,”
more when it comes to died and then I thought, ‘Oh he glitzy reindeer the other day says Claire.
children and grief and that would have wanted me to eat that I have my eye on. So yes,
unassailable love that you these.’ So most nights I’m there big into Christmas and really “So for me now, my promise
have for your child. picking away and them and I looking forward to it. It’s a to myself and to them is that
might have one or two. I just big deal in our house because will become a family tradition.
“That sense of awareness look at the box and I smile and Santa comes to three very That we will go to see Alan
and empathy deepened after I I think, ‘There was a man who excited little people.” and Karl’s panto every year. I
had children and I know that couldn’t walk, who couldn’t So what makes a great say there in my seat looking at
there are some people who speak and yet he managed to Christmas for Claire? their faces for almost the entire
always had that empathy, but get a box of chocolates to me in “In the last couple of years thing!” WW
maybe I was just a bit more of the week before he died.’ Even my sister and her family have
a hard-nosed person before in that there’s a message about Claire Byrne Live is on RTÉ One
my children came along and keeping on – keep on keeping on Monday nights at 10.35pm
I’m softer now…” on,” she says. If you would like to be part of
the Claire Byrne Live studio
One thing that I want “He’s a big loss but he taught audience, please email:
to ask Claire about is her a lot of people a lot of things [email protected] or call 01
friendship with the late and and I think the legacy is his 208 3494
great Father Tony Coote, who book and the work that he did
sadly passed away earlier this
year from Motor Neurone


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TTEUARMNSH1O0PE The joy on the children’s faces says it all. Team
Hope is eager to deliver a record-breaking 280,000
To celebrate 10 years with Team Hope,
we took a trip down memory lane over gi -filled shoeboxes to children this year
the past decade and talked to this year’s
ambassador Elena Tice

Team Hope is encouraging Team Hope Shoebox Appeal
all families, friends, schools Distribution trip Swaziland 2015
and community groups
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together to aim to deliver a
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gi -filled shoeboxes
to children a ected by
poverty. Celebrating 10
years, we took a trip down
memory lane with Team
Hope to understand the
importance of giving back
and had a talk with Elena
Tice as she discusses her
memories of the Shoebox
Appeal and the importance
of the campaign.

Never underestimate
the joy of a shoebox

Distribution trip to
Africa 2016

Two young girls from
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their shoeboxes in 2013


Sharing is caring - boys from IN DEPTH
Ngangani Primary School showing
what is inside each other’s shoeboxes ‘IT’S A NO BRAINER’
Elena on the appeal of the campaign
Shoebox distribution
trip to Croatia 2012 “I suppose it was kind of no brainier
for me because it was something I
Child Shepherds from had taken part in [in] primary school.
Lesotho with their When I was either nine or 10-years-
Shoeboxes in 2013 old I remember being hugely excited
bringing my shoebox into school
knowing that I can help other children
from di erent parts of the world. I
have really vivid memories of it all. It
is also Christian based organisation;
I think that in itself is brilliant. The
campaign is just excellent and it is
something I am absolutely delighted to
be apart of.”

Why is giving back so important to child. And a big part of the excitement
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“I think I’m not really doing that much as taking part. We would stack the boxes
it is, if I could I would be doing so much up in the main hall and you would see
more to be honest. I am very fortunate the stack getting higher and higher as
that hockey has given me somewhat of the days passed.”
a platform so it I feel it is important to
use that in any way you can to encourage Would you define yourself as a role
people to take part in really good model? If so, how important is it to you
things.” to promote such important messages
like the Shoebox Appeal?
What are the simple moments in life “I suppose I am a role model in a
that you feel we take for granted? way. It’s a great honour to play for
“I think we probably have the my country and to be seen as a role
opportunity to be helpful and to be kind model along with my teammates. It’s
to those that need it more. I suppose therefore important to align yourself
this is more of a practical way in doing with important messages, like the
so, you make a box and bring it to Shoebox Appeal, and encourage others
school, or your local centre. But there are to get involved in the good stu around
more opportunities throughout our lives us. The Shoebox Appeal is an example
that we can help out with, not just at of how we can ‘love our neighbour,’
Christmas, but it is definitely a start.” even if we don’t know them, and so it’s
certainly something I am delighted to
What are your Christmas memories and promote.”
your typical Christmas Day like?
“I come from a Christian household What top tips would you give to those
so although waking up to presents on making their shoeboxes?
Christmas Day, I think going to church “When you are thinking about making
and spending time with your family and your shoebox, think of the four W’s;
remembering Jesus was born on this day something to write with, something
many years ago, is something special.” to wash with, something to wear and
something to make a kid go ‘WOW.’
What did you love the most about If you get those key things ticked o ,
making your shoebox as a child? you are doing a pretty great job!”
“I think it was the excitement of
physically helping somebody whom The deadline for the Shoebox Appeal is
you had never even met. Filling the box November 8. For more information
creatively and wrapping it up, knowing on how to get involved check out the
that it was going to travel to another
country and bring a lot of joy to another



Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers advice

I have fallen in love with did some stupid things to pay Rather than just changing result caused you to have a
a fantastic man. He’s him back, including sleeping the subject though, explain breakdown that took you a
everything my previous with his brother and his best that you have been hurt long time to recover from,
boyfriend wasn’t - he’s kind, mate, something I still feel badly by a failed long-term which is why you find it
sympathetic and loving. guilty about. relationship and that you hard to talk about.
We’ve started to talk about would prefer not to talk
getting a place together and We posted some malicious about it. Tell him you’re Let him know that your
I think he may even pop the things about each other on trying to put what happened relationship with him is
question soon. social media but despite all behind you and ask him for important to you, and that
this, I still fell apart when we his help. you didn’t want to tell him
I would love it if he did, but split and had a breakdown, because you didn’t want to
my problem is that he keeps which took ages to get over. From there on, there’s risk spoiling the happiness
asking me about my previous no obvious reason why he you’d found with him.
relationships and this is one Now my past is threatening should ever find out what
subject I would prefer not to to spoil my future with my new happened, unless those If he is as sympathetic and
talk about. boyfriend, and I don’t know if social media postings come loving as you suggest, I am
I should tell him? I can’t keep back to haunt you (have you sure he will want to spare
My last relationship, which changing the subject but, at deleted as much of it as you you any further pain and
ended over two ago, was the same time, I have no idea possibly can?). Should your accept this.
disastrous, as my boyfriend how he would react. new boyfriend ever find out
back then was a bully who H. A. and question you about the In the meantime, please
tried to control everything I fact you slept with your then try to stop feeling guilty
did for the seven years we FIONA SAYS: YOU DON’T boyfriend’s brother and his about what happened. e
were together. He messed with HAVE TO DISCLOSE friend, I think it would be break-up was difficult, bad-
my head a lot too, frequently EVERYTHING wise to be honest with him. tempered and emotional, so
standing me up and pretending it’s not surprising that you
he’d been with his ‘other lover’. Your new boyfriend’s Explain that your ex- acted out as you did. You
boyfriend had cheated on can’t undo this but that is no
At the time, I wrote this off curiosity about your previous you repeatedly and that reason to go on punishing
as teasing but towards the end you were upset, angry and yourself. You have a chance
of our relationship, I found out relationships is not unusual very unhappy at the time. here for some real happiness
he HAD been sleeping around Let him know that the end and it would be great shame
and then things got nasty. I but, if it is making you if you let guilt spoil things.

uncomfortable, I see no reason

why you shouldn’t continue to

deflect his questions.


BAD NEWS? It’s never easy to stand back LATE TO LEAVE MY
and let loved ones make ABUSIVE MARRIAGE
My daughter’s boyfriend is mistakes, but sometimes AND FIND HAPPINESS?
a waste of space – he never that’s exactly what you
does the right thing but have to do for them to I’ve been in an unhappy,
somehow manages to win learn. Your daughter abusive marriage for
people around because he probably already knows 33 years. We have four
manages to charm them. that this man is taking great children, but
advantage of her but, as she my husband has been
He’s dumped my daughter loves him, she can’t resist unfaithful regularly.
several times, and then, a few his charm.
days later manages to convince He’s very coy about it,
her he’s made a mistake. When You need to be cautious which makes it hard to
she does take him back (as she about trying to force them identify, and his latest
always does) he simply carries apart, or your daughter may is with a near neighbour.
on messing her about, standing grow to resent what she I’ve had enough and
her up on dates and generally could see as interference. I want out, but have I left
taking her for granted. know it’s difficult, but try it too late?
to stand back and let things I. W.
I wish I knew what to do to run their course.
get her to understand that he FIONA SAYS: IT’S
will only ever hurt her. She Hopefully in time, she will NEVER TOO LATE
loves him and cannot see the realise he’s no good, but until
bad in him. then, let her know that you Certainly not - it’s
L. B. love her and will be there for never too late to walk
her if she needs you. away from an abusive
relationship. You
WHY ARE MY have asked me out, but I’ve most certainly no longer need to make plans,
PARENTS SO turned them down, because I a child. If that’s how you especially if you’re
OVERPROTECTIVE? know it would cause no end see yourself, then it’s not going to take the
of problems. surprising your parents are children with you.
I’m an only child and I live overprotective. It seems
at home with my parents. I understand they want to to me that they haven’t As you’ve been in
I’m 19 but have no social protect me but, although I’m recognised you’re an adult. this relationship for
life at all, as my mum and their only child, I think it’s 33 years though, I’m
dad are very restricting and time I was allowed to make It’s time you started to guessing the children
insist I’m home by 11:30pm. more of my life. stand up for yourself a little are old enough to look
B. M. more, whilst recognising after themselves? I
When I was younger, they that you’re living in their suggest you contact
used to come and get me FIONA SAYS: IT’S home, so need to abide by Women’s Aid website
from parties and discos, but TIME TO STAND UP FOR certain rules. (, 1800
I was so embarrassed, I just YOURSELF 341 900) for support
stopped going. That shouldn’t mean and information. Please
You may be your parents’ doing without relationships don’t wait any longer
A couple of guys at college only offspring, but you’re and a social life though, than is absolutely
and it’s time you started to necessary.
have both. Have you told
them how you feel? WOMANSWAY.IE 19

In the age of
smartphones, it’s not
difficult to stay in touch
with your parents if
you’re out with friends.

Finally, I have to
ask - are you using
your parents and their
restrictions simply as
an excuse for failing to
build a social life? Is
it possible that you’re
afraid of failure, so you
blame your issues on
your parents? If so,
please write to me again.


meal planningWhy

can help all parents

If you want to eliminate a lot of stress from a busy week
and tackle fussy eating, try planning all meals in advance

As a parent the week can be Thursdays when there’s no and/or yoghurt. Cover and cooked and frozen in advance. By Una Rice
frantic enough without the time to cook it in between place overnight in the fridge. The advantage to this is that
added extras. Like having a the football and piano runs - In the morning it’s a to-go it takes the strain out of those
fussy eater in the house. Or unless you cook it the night handy, filling breakfast. afternoons when you are not
allergies to navigate. Or days before. If you are planning to around to cook. If you don’t
when you are hardly there and cook the night before, it’s time STEP 6 Quiche is king when fancy full on batch cooking,
haven’t got a moment to fry to get a slow cooker. Try to it comes to busy days. A pre- you can at least get a couple of
an egg on the pan. Or running plan in advance what the best cooked quiche can sustain sauces like bolognese cooked
out of tasty fillers for school meal is for each particular day. you and other busy family in advance.
lunches. And as Christmas members until a proper
comes closer, the extra STEP 3 Cook a little extra. evening meal. They’re also STEP 9 Meal planning is very
shopping and traffic delays Once you safely cool and great for fussy eaters - as long handy if you are weaning a
leave us with even less time for refrigerate leftovers you can as they like eggs. You can baby onto solids. Once you
cooking up a daily feast. turn them into lunch for prepare a quiche in two halves cook up an evening meal,
yourself the next day. If your - put all cooked ingredients make sure you set aside any
But there is, thankfully, one child takes a heated food flask on one side and eliminate meat or veggies (before you
thing that can help save your to school some leftover pasta what your fussy child dislikes add seasoning and sauces)
sanity. Parents are swearing dinner is a perfect filling on the other. and keep these for your baby’s
by having a menu plan. There school lunch dinner. Cajun dinner. Your pre-cooked
will always be someone chicken strips can become a STEP 7 Do school lunches baby meals can be frozen in
objecting to onions in the stew, filler for school lunch wraps. come home uneaten? Doing portions in clean ice cube
or saying they don’t want a menu plan for children’s trays and defrosted for meal
dinner because they don’t like STEP 4 Make sure your lunches can help you stop times. While baby jars of food
tomatoes or cream, but your food plan includes an after wasting time and food. are handy when in a hurry,
menu plan takes care of that school snack, and again, Whether it’s sarnies, wraps cooking your own can save
too. Here’s how to get the most consider each day’s schedule. or heated pot lunch, ask your you money, and you know
of it for all family members. Sometimes just knowing children to write down what what your baby is getting.
there’s soup in the pot can they want every day. There’s
STEP 1 Draw up your menu be a life saver when your usually something that comes STEP 10 Meal planning
plan the night before you do child needs to eat something home in the lunchbox - dinners and/or desserts
your big food shop. Include quickly that’s nourishing and perhaps an uneaten banana can help a fussy child.
breakfast, at home lunches, warm, before you have to dash or an unopened yoghurt. If Make it relaxed and fun.
school lunches and an evening out to a class or activity. you child is doing this a lot, You can end up having, for
meal. Include a couple of then it’s time to leave those instance, a Mexican Monday,
healthy snacks every day. STEP 5 Are breakfasts a items out of the lunchbox a Taco Tuesday, Waffles on
Ask everyone for input. Now nightmare? We can run out and consider using them as Wednesday, Tuna Pasta on
write your corresponding food of time in the morning so it toppings for your overnight Thursday, Fish ‘n’ Chips on
shop list. Try to organise the may not be our most inspired oats instead. A large piece of Friday, Stew on Saturday.
groceries into categories. It’s time of the day, but simple fruit may not appeal to your Often children love knowing
even better if you type it up breakfasts like overnight oats child, but peeled and chopped what’s coming next and they
and print it out. might appeal as it’s quick, in a small tub might. may look forward to their
easily prepared and nutritious favourite meals. Get them to
STEP 2 Allocate an evening and children of all ages will STEP 8 Meal planning can fill in what they’d like each
meal for every day, but enjoy preparing their own. inevitably lead to batch day. Pin it up on the fridge
consider the afternoon extra Put around 35g of oats into a cooking where you can pre- and see how excited they get
curricular schedule. For glass or jar. Add a little dairy plan so much in advance you knowing what’s coming for
instance there’s no point or almond milk. Top with fruit can have the week’s meals dinner. WW
putting lasagne on your busy


5-MINUTESimple, effective solutions
In a report by the University of Essex
fixesto autumnal dilemmas for The Wildlife Trust, findings
suggest that people experiencing
DON,T FORGET problems such as anxiety, stress
YOUR ROSES and depression, reported feeling:
“Significantly better, both emotionally
You may have cut down your removing individual stems. and physically, after taking part in
perennials, done the last weeding However, if you are using a hedge outdoor nature conversation projects.”
of the year and neatened the edges
on your borders - but what about trimmer, make sure you remove dead To bring the concept of “green
your roses? or diseased branches within that prescribing” home, here’s how to get the
framework afterwards to keep the air kids involved in nature-based activities
While many gardeners traditionally circulating and the framework open. and shine the light on a greener world...
prune their roses in late winter or early
spring, it is possible to tidy them up in Remove damaged and diseased 1. Take time out from the school run to
autumn, especially if you want a neat leaves and faded flowers, but don’t stop by the park
framework in place for next year. deadhead roses which are going to It may feel like an e ort but saving some
produce hips, which add both colour stale bread to feed the ducks on the way
Climbing roses and form to the winter garden. home, or lobbing their wellies into the
back of the car for a splash through the
Established climbing roses will benefit If you grow tall, unstaked roses in a puddles to release any pent-up energy
from pruning from autumn to early windy spot, it’s advisable to cut back will do you, and them, the world of good.
spring. Cut back old unwanted stems to the shoots by a quarter to a third to
30cm (12in) above ground level, thinning stop windrock loosening the roots in 2. Give the kids their own plant
out crossed stems and congested growth the soil. A spiky succulent might not need much
before tying in the new season’s stems. love and attention (and isn’t very child-
Other roses friendly), but taking care of a flowering
Remember that when you are making a bulb, watering and watching it grow or
cut above a bud, that bud will grow in the Other roses, such as modern bush starting a herb garden is really easy. And
direction in which it is pointing. roses, can be left until late winter or you can always take inspiration from The
early spring, cutting out the dead and Herbs children’s TV show and give them
When training the new season’s stems damaged wood before pruning the names such as Parsley the Lion and Dill
on to horizontal wire, create an evenly stems you want to keep by two thirds. the Dog.
spaced fan of around half a dozen stems
from which the new flowering shoots will Also, look out for suckers at the By Hannah Stephenson
grow, tying them in as you go. base of the plants, locating their
starting point underneath the
In spring, you can again cut the soil surface, and pull them away
sideshoots back to two or three buds from the parent plant rather than
from the main stem and tie in any further cutting them off, which may leave
upright shoots which have developed. dormant buds at the base of the
shoot which will lead to more
Shrub roses suckers emerging.

ese don’t necessarily have to be pruned
in autumn, but a tidy-up won’t do them
any harm. ey can be trimmed back
so the longer stems aren’t damaged by
windrock. It also gives you a chance
to get the bushes into a good shape, by
cutting away straggly growth.

Trials have shown that you’ll get just as
good a show of shrub roses whether you
cut off the top of the bush using a hedge
trimmer or prune in the traditional way,



3. Eye spy with my little eye CLEAN YOUR MAKE-UP BRUSHES PROPERLY
A fun way to get the kids into the
garden is to make a list of things you To help give your make-up brushes the of different textures, levels and layers
can see – whether it’s something in treatment they deserve, Isa Lavahun, that will help clean even the deepest of
the trees, a shiny garden tool or a beauty expert at Cosmetify, shares her bristles. All areas of the mat should be
creepy crawly, it’ll encourage them to top tips on how to clean, dry and prep used with the cleaning of each brush,”
explore. And if you’re short on outdoor them for a perfect makeover... explains Lavahun.
space or it’s raining, it can always be
things you can see from the window. WASH THEM ON A WEEKLY BASIS “Once you’ve wet your brush, apply
the cleanser and massage this around
4. Leave food out for hedgehogs “Make-up brushes should be cleaned the palm of your hand to create a lather,
Homing in on hedgehogs is easier once every week - you most certainly then you can then rub the brush around
than you think – they love leaves, wouldn’t leave the same layer of make- the different levels of the mat - watching
insects and logs. Along with leaving up on your face for a week or longer, so as the make-up residue rinses away.”
out specialist hedgehog nibbles don’t let it sit on your brushes either,”
(which can be bought from wildlife says Lavahun. “Not only will the brushes “The one rinse may not be enough
food suppliers), they’re also happy be softer on your skin, you’ll also be though,” she adds. “Once you think you
with tinned dog food and crushed dog reducing your chances of clogging your might be done, rinse the bristles and
biscuits. Think of the excitement of pores and causing acne breakouts and see if the water is running clear, if not,
coming across this little one first thing dermatitis.” repeat the process.”
in the morning.
5. Introduce nature books to BRUSH CLEANSER
bedtime reading “Before putting your brush out to dry,
Stirring their imagination with pretty “If you can’t find one or don’t have the ensure you squeeze out all excess water
pictures of butterflies, exotic birds, time/finances to do so, you can use and pat dry with a towel. You can then
ladybirds, squirrels, trees and flowers a shampoo or soap you have in your either lay your brushes down flat on
will make the kids that more interested home. This will work temporarily, but the towel to dry, or you can invest in a
in what’s going on outside, and a it may not be as effective at cleaning make-up brush dryer which will
great building block to identifying bird your brushes and removing the make- hold your brushes in place,” says
species and their squawks. up residue [as a proper make-up brush Lavahun.
cleanser would be].”
“Homing in on “Just ensure not to let your
hedgehogs is INVEST IN A MAKE-UP brushes dry standing up as
easier than you BRUSH CLEANING MAT the bristles may fall and bend,
think – they love making them less effective when
leaves, insects “Brush cleaning mats have a number putting on make-up.” WW

and logs”

By Sam Wylie-Harris
By Sam Wylie-Harris



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Bias-knit strips are transformed when Corner dec section
joined to create graphic oversized Row 1 (RS) Sl 1, ssk, k to last 3 sts,
chevrons that zigzag back and forth in k2tog, k1—2 sts dec’d.
garter stitch. Row 2 Sl 1, k to end.
Rep rows 1 and 2 nineteen times
Approx 35 x 45½”/89 x 115.5cm Next row (RS) Sl 1, SK2P, k1—3 sts.
MATERIALS Next row Sl 1, k2.
Next row SK2P. Fasten off last st.
› 12 1¾oz/50g skeins (each approx
110yd/100m) of Noro Kureyon (wool) in
#188 Moss/Purples/Navy/Black/Grey Weave in loose ends and lightly block
all pieces. Using the embroidery floss
› One pair size 8 (5mm) needles, OR SIZE and mattress st, seam long edges
of strips to each other, alternating
TO OBTAIN GAUGE direction of garter ridges from one
strip to the next to form chevrons (see
› One size 8 (5mm) circular needle, photo).

40”/100cm long Borders
With RS facing and circular needle,
› Removable stitch marker pick up and k 111 sts along one long
› 1 small hank of embroidery floss edge.
Rows 1–11 Sl 1, k to end.
GAUGE Bind off all sts.
14 sts and 28 rows to 4”/10cm over garter Rep for other long edge.
st using size 8 (5mm) needles. Pick up 94 sts along shorter edges and
TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE. work in same way. WW
1) Sl sts purlwise with yarn in front (then
bring yarn to back of work again).
2) For ease of working, mark RS of work
with removable stitch marker.

Designed by Grace Akhrem THROW “ e muted tones Knit Blankets (Sixth &
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Strips (make 5) is available online and from
Cast on 1 st. Corner inc section Row pattern is perfect all good bookshops
1 (RS) Kfbf—3 sts. Row 2 Sl 1, k2. Row for snuggling up
3 Sl 1, [M1, k1] twice—5 sts. Row 4 Sl underneath on WOMANSWAY.IE 31
1, k to end. Row 5 Sl 1, M1, k to last a cold winter’s
st, M1, k1—2 sts inc’d. Rep rows 4 and
5 nineteen times more—45 sts. Next night”
row (WS) Rep row 4.
Bias knit section
Row 1 (RS) Sl 1, M1, k to last 3 sts,
k2tog, k1.
Row 2 Sl 1, k to end.
Rep rows 1 and 2 until piece
measures approx 32”/81cm from beg
(measured along RH edge).

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DROPS design: Crocheted bag with stripes in DROPS after knot. Distribute strands in 3 piles
Pattern ne-309 Nepal. Piece is crocheted bottom with 7 strands in each pile. Plait the three
Yarn group C up with treble crochets in zig-zag piles together until approx. 20 cm remain
SIZE: pattern. (do not plait to tight). Divide the strands
Circumference: approx. 60 cm in 2 piles, pull 1 pile through a chain
Height: approx. 30 cm (measured at the BAG spaces on the last round. en make a
shortest, without bottom). knot with all the strands on the outside of
MATERIALS: Short overview of the piece: the bag. Untie the knot at beginning of the
DROPS NEPAL from Garnstudio (belongs to Piece is worked in the round, bottom up. plait, fasten the end to the bag the same
yarn group C) way but in the next chain space. Work
200 g colour 0506, dark grey BAG: another strap the same way and fasten it
50 g colour 0501, grey on the other chain spaces. If you want you
50 g colour 2923, goldenrod Use hook size 3.5 mm and dark grey. can make small plaits in the ends of straps
For a uni-coloured piece use 250 grams Work 5 CHAIN STITCHES – read on the outside of the bag (see photo). WW
DROPS Nepal. explanation above, and form a ring with
CROCHET TENSION: 1 slip stitch in first chain stitch - READ DIAGRAM
18 treble crochets in width and 10.5 rows CROCHET INFO! Work diagram A.1 (1
vertically = 10 x 10 cm. repetition = 3 treble crochets), then work = Begin here: the chain stitch ring
CROCHET HOOK: diagram A.2 3 times in the round in total is explained in the text. Move
DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 3.5 mm (3 repetitions = 9 treble crochets). When directly to the next row, and begin
Hook size is only a suggestion! If you have too all 4 rounds in A.1 and A.2 have been at the dot
many stitches on 10 cm switch to larger hook. worked, there are 48 treble crochets on = 3 chain stitches at the beginning
If you have too few stitches on 10 cm switch to round, and 4 chain spaces. of round
smaller hook. REMEMBER THE CROCHET TENSION! = treble crochet around chain
PATTERN: Now work according to diagrams A.3, A.4 stitch ring/treble crochet in stitch
See diagrams A.1 to A.7. and A.5 as follows: Work A.3 (= 1 treble = treble crochet around chain
CHAIN STITCH: crochet), * work diagram A.4 until chain space
If worked on the tip of crochet hook, the chain space, work diagram A.5 around chain = 3 chain stitches
stitch tends to become too tight. 1 chain stitch space *, work from *-* 4 times in total, = this row has already been
should be the same length as the width of 1 work A.4 until beginning of round (= 16 worked, start at the next row
double/treble/double treble crochet. treble crochets increased). = 3 TREBLE CROCHETS
CROCHET INFO: Continue to work diagram like this TOGETHER AT BEGINNING OF
Replace first treble crochet on round with 3 until there are 32 treble crochets in total ROUND - read explanation in
chain stitches, finish round with 1 slip stitch in between every chain space and 128 treble pattern
3rd chain stitch. crochets and 4 chain spaces in total on = 3 TREBLE CROCHETS
STRIPES: round. e bottom is done. TOGETHER - read explanation in
* 2 rounds dark grey, 1 round grey, 2 rounds pattern
dark grey, 1 round goldenrod *, work from *-* en work in STRIPES - read explanation
until piece is finished. Adjust if possible to above, and work according to diagram
finish with 2 rounds dark grey. A.6 and A.7 as follows: Work A.6 over the
3 TREBLE CROCHETS TOGETHER AT first 32 treble crochets and 1 chain space
BEGINNING OF ROUND: (= 1 repetition), work diagram A.7 over the
Work 3 chain stitches (= 1 treble crochet), work next 96 treble crochets and 3 chain spaces
1 treble crochet in next stitch but wait with (= 3 repetitions). Increase and decrease
last yarn over and pull through, work 1 treble stitches on every round but keep number
crochet in next stitch and pull last yarn over of stitches the same. Continue to work
through all 3 loops on hook diagrams and stripes like this until piece
3 TREBLE CROCHETS WORKED measures approx. 30 cm (measures at the
TOGETHER: shortest without bottom). Fasten off.
Work 1 treble crochet in each of the next 3
stitches but wait with last yarn over and pull STRAPS:
through on all treble crochets, pull then over
trough all 4 loops on hook Cut 21 strands of approx. 180 cm. 13
strands with dark grey and 4 strands with
grey and goldenrod. Place the strands tog
and tie a loose knot, leave approx. 20 cm




Córdoba was like a to proclaim your status as “Nothing had King Frederick had been
waking-dream of beauty. a cleric. And,’ his eyes had prepared him encouraging of his desire to
A dream, however, that fallen on Michael Scot’s for the vistas explore the famed libraries
would metamorphose reddish beard, ‘as it is no he came upon of the Moors, and had
horribly, terrifyingly, into harm to err on the side of there, not even extended such patronage
a nightmare. Nothing had prudence, I would advise you to him once again as would
prepared him for the vistas to keep the hood pulled up.’ Palermo” obviate financial worries
he came upon there, not He had reached out a hand for the duration of his stay
even Palermo. How was he and pulled back the cloak. should be left in peace to go there. e lodgings were
to know – how could he have ‘Yes, the cord belt will do about your business. You are pleasing without being
guessed – that what started too. Christians and Jews are a guest here. Do not expect wasteful: clean, well situated
out in a blaze of wonder, not allowed to wear belts to find a welcome; but by near the centre of the city,
would end up as a whimper made of silk or other such respecting the laws, you may and – to his incredulity
in the dark? materials.’ He let the cloak hope to be tolerated.’ – equipped with indoor
fall to. ‘But whatever you do, sanitation arrangements. He
He pulled the wooden door never display the crucifix.’ With his Arabic, he was was advised to try one of the
to behind him and looked his managing to make himself many public baths for his
last on this tiny outpost of a ‘What are the risks?’ understood. e gap between own personal hygiene.
monastery, tucked away up Michael Scot had asked. what one learns through
in the heights of the Sierra reading and writing and He was told which library
Morena. en in the early ‘ e risks… ’ e abbot the spoken reality of the he must go to for the
morning light he turned had shrugged. ‘ e risks language was disconcerting, manuscripts he was seeking
and finally gazed down will be of your own making. but he was managing to on medicine. It was not far
on the opulent splendour Be mindful that there are get by. First, he set about from the Jewish quarter,
that was Córdoba, capital restrictions. ose are not of finding some lodgings. within the Almodóvar
of the Western Caliphate your own making and must Gate that led back into the
of al-Andalus. Despite the be observed. If you do so, you Moorish part of Córdoba.
earliness of the hour, a pearly A spacious building, with
heat haze already enveloped those same horseshoe-
the city’s shimmering mass shaped arches he had seen
of golden stone, which in Toledo in the Mesquita,
stretched away to the south decorating the many
east towards the towering columns within. It housed
snow-capped austerity of the countless manuscripts and
Sierra Nevada. He had heard was provided with alcoves
tell it was home to over half a for reading and others for
million souls. writing. Michael Scot came
armed with his stylus, pen
e words of the and some parchment; his
monastery’s abbot came hope was that he would
back to him. e previous be allowed to copy any
night, as he had shown available material by Al-
Michael Scot into the Zahrawi. At the far end
minuscule cell reserved for of the main hall he saw a
travellers, he had cautioned turbaned figure, bent over
discretion. ‘Above all,’ he a pile of manuscripts. He
had warned, ‘do not draw approached.
attention to yourself. Do
nothing that might provoke Extracted from
an outcry.’ He had observed A Matter of
Michael Scot closely from Interpretation
head to toe. ‘Your attire will by Elizabeth
pass muster. e black cloak MacDonald
is a good choice as it covers (Fairlight Books)
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The new assistant
Impeccably dressed, carefully made Stella was assailed by a waft of expensive Bad enough for the poor woman
up, and humming to herself, Stella perfume and a loud greeting, “Morning, concerned, but if her behaviour was By Siobhan Flynn
Scott hunkered in the window of Stella!” to discourage Tanya Foxe – and maybe
her up-market boutique, ‘Madeline’, her affluent, well-connected friends
easing a floral dress onto a svelte Tanya Foxe was one of her best also - it would be akin to a disaster.
mannequin. customers, a lady of late middle age, who
regularly spent a generous portion of her “I, oh… excuse me for a second
Beyond the glass, the streetscape husband’s considerable income on top- Tanya… I’ll ah, just… sorry!”
was lit by watery sunshine – a of-the–range clothing.
sign, Stella hoped that the weather Stella charged towards the changing
was picking up. At the back of the A tall, heavily-boned woman, who area, calling out in an unusually sharp
shop, her new assistant, Anna, was looked magnificent in linen culottes tone.
diligently polishing the spotless and a smart blazer, her penchant,
glass shelves which held the nevertheless, was for short, fitted “Anna! Anna! Sorry to disturb... but
handbag display. Anna, Stella could I just have a quick word?”
reflected, was coming dresses and fussy little cardigans.
along well. Petite and “Tanya!” Stella greeted her warmly, “Yes, of course!” her assistant
pretty, nicely spoken replied pleasantly, just as the shop
with a pleasant, friendly stepping out of the window space. phone began to ring shrilly.
manner, she was quick to “How are you?”
learn and a willing worker. In that instant, the voice of her “Your phone, dear!” announced
assistant reached her from the Tanya Foxe, looking less than
When training her in, changing room area, pleasant, but impressed, as Stella, badly flustered,
Stella had explained to her insistent: “No way! No! That dress rushed to grab it. Keep calm she told
that ‘Madeline’ was more than doesn’t suit you at all!” herself, keep a cool head!
just a shop. Her customers A shiver of alarm went through
– who were willing to Stella, though she smiled broadly As quickly as she could Stella dealt
pay a little extra for high at Tanya. with her supplier, all but slamming
quality clothing – expected “I rather like that little floral down to phone to get back to the crisis
assistance and constructive dress in the window!” Tanya on hand.
advice, encouragement and declared, edging Stella back
flattery, where appropriate. towards the window display. Both customers, along with her
Straining her ears, Stella assistant were gathered in the
Stella might have added tried to make out the ongoing large mirrored area adjacent to the
that the success of her conversation between Anna changing room, the new lady dressed
boutique was the result of and the new customer, but the most becomingly, in a ballet length
the many long hours that expensively decorated fitting dress and a fitted bolero jacket.
she had invested in it over rooms were thickly carpeted,
the past 15 years, of which their velvet curtains heavy and “Stella,” cried Anna, holding the
she was quietly proud. dense. From the corner of her smiling woman by the arm. “ This
eye she watched Anna select a is my mam, Margaret, Doesn’t she
Initially the girl had been number of items from the rails look amazing?”
rather shy, but one could see and move quickly towards the
that she definitely had a way back of the shop. Giddy with relief, Stella greeted
about her, a natural charm, Within moments, Anna’s Margaret warmly, agreeing that she
and a good eye for line and voice could once again be heard, certainly did look wonderful.
followed by a snort of laughter. Introductions were extended
The door opened to admit a “Oh, my God! You look like you’re to include Tanya, who gazed
middle aged lady, whose face thoughtfully on the small assembly.
was unfamiliar; Stella greeted about to run away with the circus!”
her cheerily, as she did all her Tanya, a floral jacket clutched to her “Aren’t you fortunate,” she said,
customers. The woman smiled shyly regarding Margaret, “having Anna
and proceeded down through the ample bosom, swung around sharply, to advise you! I only have three big
shop. Stella continued working on her brow puckered in a puzzled frown. galoots of sons, who wouldn’t notice
her window display – Anna would if I spent the day in my dressing gown!
handle the customer. ‘My goodness!’ she murmured, tartly, Would you perhaps have something
just beneath her breath. similar in my size?”
Immediately the door
swung open again and Stella experienced the beginning Margaret, blushed with pride,
of panic – what had come while Anna smiled, saying
over the girl to speak to smoothly,
a customer in that way?
“Absolutely! Lupin Lane has a
new range for taller ladies – and
there’s a 10 per cent promotional
discount this week…”



The challenge
Bleep… bleep… bleep… the sound of the reset the heating last night to take account
alarm clock infiltrates the duvet finally of my early rise this morning. I swear that of the road and head for the lake my
reaching and then stirring the inert is an ice layer on the inside of the bathroom boots crunching on the frosted grass
form lying underneath. window. I make a mental note to check out underfoot. The normally unremarkable
those SEAI window upgrade grants that all lake is resplendent and luminous in the
Dear God, can it really be morning? and sundry are talking about. dark. Peace permeates the scene. I am
I think. Well not morning in the usual surprised to find that I am not alone as
sense which begins around 8am but I quickly don my waiting T-shirt, fleece I spot a number of other enthusiastic
5.45am on this morning that I have set and jeans. I seek out my old reflective jacket morning walkers, mostly of the canine
myself the challenge to be up and out – a throwback to my long forgotten cycling variety accompanied by their slightly
for an early morning walk followed by days and struggle into my weighty walking less eager owners. I nod amicably in the
an hour at my laptop, writing up my boots. The heating on and the coffee direction of three docile greyhounds
morning experience. I read somewhere percolator set for my return, I slip out and their well wrapped up owner and
it was a great way to kick start a writing through the front door and into the early have to jump to safety out of the way
habit for those of us who dream of being morning risers waiting world. It’s a dark, of a power-walking collie, dragging a
a writer. I’m determined to give it a try. crispy cold and the sky is still displaying a small breathless woman behind him. I
glittering array of stars. The car in the drive walk on for some 30 minutes, noticing
I peep over the edges of the duvet. My is glistening with early morning frost. I the small slivers of blue penetrating
eyes are aching and my vision blurry. lament the passing of my geraniums heads through the blackened cloud cover.
They refuse to focus on the cat-faced sadly bent under the weight of the black The day is dawning unspectacularly.
clock lying by my bed. I know, I must be frost. I meant to pot them up and move No magnificent pink horizons this
the last of clock users. Finally, it swims them into a safer place. Too late now. morning. I find I am unexpectedly
into focus. Yep, it’s 5.45am and time to enjoying the solitude offered on this
begin. I struggle with the temptation Despite the morning chill the air early morning walk while the rest of
to just stay in bed for another hour feels fresh and pure, not yet filled with the world sleeps on.
and invent a suitable piece of writing car pollutants emanating from the
instead. I turn on the snooze button and gridlock on the Naas dual carriageway Back on my street I notice that life
consider my options. that is the morning traffic inching its has begun again. I feel a smug sense
way to the capital. of satisfaction that I have not only
At once the torturous countdown completed the challenge of my early
begins, like the self-inflicted torment of For once the surrounding houses are morning walk but am already mentally
the swimmer who immerses themselves asleep, their usually watchful eyes closed planning my next one. Back indoors
inch by inch into a freezing sea. I know and darkened. I climb a stile at the end the aroma of coffee and the warmth of
now there is no chance of returning the house assail my senses. The heating
to sleep as my has kicked in thankfully. I shower
conscience kicks in. feeling re-energized and more alive
I struggle out of the than I’ve ever felt at this time of the
glorious warmth of day. I take my coffee to the awaiting
my bed and marvel laptop and begin the second part of
at how much more my challenge, which is to write up my
attractive bed is in morning experiences before they fade
the early morning into the obscurity of the day ahead.
than in the late There might be something to this early
night. morning game.

I feel at one with
those marvellous
Antarctic explorers
as I trek around the
house in similarly
icy conditions. I
have forgotten to

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Crash, bang, Robert

Is the two-timing character about to be gazumped?

Coronation Street essentally bribes her with a handbag. Also this week
Ches and Gemma are approached by
Oh Robert. Distracted by a call from › Who has eyes on the prize?
Michelle (about Ray, the dastardly swine), Frescho supermarket - the quads are › Who plays peacemaker?
and, you know, a bit confused by the wanted to be the faces of the shop. Will › Who is on the warpath?
whole being involved with two women they say yes?
at the same time, he crashes his car.
Michelle hurries to meet him in a hospital Yasmeen implores Geoff to come with
- not where he was supposed to be, shock her to Vegas, but he heads out without
horror - and spots a rather odd piece of bothering to reply leaving Yasmeen
jewellery. Hopefully a ‘helpful’ nurse upset. is relationship makes us feel so
won’t ring his other next of kin... is we uncomfortable. Will they get away?
will gladly watch!
Fed up of Steve and Amy’s continual
Roy explains his online Scrabble sniping, Emma suggests they take it in
interest comes from his belief that his turns to pick something fun that they can
online partner is his brother. He and all do together. Decisions, decisions... but
Carla decide to go sleuthing... but who who is worried about what happens when
will they turn up? Will Roy come clean all the fun is over?
about who he is?
Ken and Claudia return from Scotland
Maria backs up Emma’s pleas that Dr having failed to find Daniel. Peter
Gaddas goes easy on Ali. It was one stupid eventually gets hold of him and he admits
mistake, right? Meanwhile, Gary is totes he is in Cheshire. Will Peter give him the
jealous of Ali being supported by Maria so advice Daniel so clearly needs?

When Billy offers Bernie a cleaning job
at the church, Gemma insists she accept.



Emmerdale EastEnders Fair City

Vanessa gives Charity a chance to tell the It’s the day of Louise and Sharon’s party Doug and Erica make steps towards being
truth about her dealings with Mandy. and neither’s too happy. As they arrive, friends while Dearbhla’s got a warning.
I’m not sure Charity knows how to be Mel’s plan starts to unfold. But will she go Meanwhile, Darragh makes Doug feel
truthful! What will Vanessa do? through with it and reveal all? Or will her even worse.
plan be thwarted?
Liv’s suspicious of what’s going on Cristiano issues Will an ultimatum but
between Aaron and Cain. She probably Linda covers when Shirley asks about Will threatens to end the relationship.
wouldn’t like where this storyline an empty wine bottle in the bin... on Sneaky Will also has a cunning plan.
is going, as A and C are soon on the the day of Ollie’s assessment. In a sweet
warpath. ere’s a rift coming. moment, Linda and Mick reminisce. Mairead is worried by what she finds on
Damien’s phone. Should she be worried?
Arthur’s unhappy when Jai brings Jean struggles to contain her emotions
Archie to Ashley’s birthday picnic. ings and opens up to Shirley. Sob. Pete fancies himself as a property
turn nasty and someone’s got something developer while Barry gives Fiona one
bad to say about another villager... Chantelle bumps into Denise but is left last chance to come clean to Paul.
confused when she mentions a fight Gray
Elsewhere, Amy wants Kerry to talk to was involved in. Mind you, that’s not the Hughie gets an estate agent in to value
Dan and Graham wants a weekend away. only thing she has to worry about. McCoys while Jane tries to talk him out of
doing something he may regret.

Holby City Ros na Rún coSnfiOdeAntPial

By Áine Toner Jac feels she is the centre of hospital Gráinne is trying her hardest to adjust Corrie’s Katie McGlynn revealed that she
gossip when word spreads Emma is now to life back in Ros na Rún but after an pushed for her character Sinead’s death.
living with Jonny. As Elliot’s concern for unfortunate incident, she comes to a On a BBC Radio 5 Live podcast You, Me
her grows, will he be able to be open? realisation. And who is she missing? and the Big C, she said producer Kate
Oates said about two years ago, ‘What
After a few false starts Lofty wants to Tony investigates who broke into do you think about doing this cancer
be there for his new family, but as he, Gaudi’s but Tadhg thinks he is wasting his storyline?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, that sounds
Dom and Helen, the mother of his unborn time. Is he? great’, and she said, ‘We don’t know how
child, clash over the basics, will it be it’s going to end though, Katie’.” The
smooth sailing from here? Micheál apologises for being so negative actress went on to say that she protested
about Laoise’s venture. Is this a time for against Sinead surviving the storyline,
Sacha is conflicted when his feelings for proper peace between them? adding that she wanted her to die so she
Essie bubble to the surface once more. But could make a “big impact,” saying, ‘It
as it becomes clear Essie is on a different Michelle, peeved with Rory for does happen, life isn’t a fairytale.’
page when it comes to dating, will Sacha standing her up at the house party, gives
be able to move on? him the cold shoulder. Ooh, you could
have blown your chances, son.



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What’s in your stars this week?

Scorpio Sagittarius

Oct 24 - Nov 22 Nov 23 - Dec 21

Feel like thrusting Is someone inspiring you to
yourself into something get out and about a bit more?
new? e challenge Seems like a great way to get in
of learning more is training for the festive season?
irresistible. Someone No, it is not so very far away.
who tries to dissuade you In fact, scanning the shops for
may be afraid of losing bargains now could be a good
you. ere’s no harm in move. One invitation midweek
raising your sights. seems quite unappetising.

Capricorn Aquarius Pisces Aries

Dec 22 - Jan 20 Jan 21 - Feb 19 Feb 20- Mar 20 Mar 21 - April 20

Organising something for Someone is looking for Working to a budget? Realise A flow of optimism brings a
family and friends means reassurance about the future. early on that it is not possible sparkle to the week. ere
some careful budgeting. Still, If you are able to give it then to please everyone. In is a generally warm feeling.
it is a good exercise to see sooner rather than later is business, meetings are most Something that you have not
just what you can get away best. A purchase made at the likely to bring progress and been looking forward to goes
with on a small investment. beginning of the week can understanding. Romance is ahead. It is far from as bad as
Did you realise that bringing bring a smile. When planning a linked to a class or club that you anticipated! Mixed feelings
these people together was an trip next month take care that you attend. Hold on to your about a change at work soon
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A very strong nesting instinct do is answer
comes over you midweek. Is someone on a spending Not everyone realises how the following
Be you organising a seasonal spree? Keep a close eye on much you work away behind question
party or just coffee with finances this week and try the scenes. You can be using the
friends, make it something to keep a balance. Make a list surprisingly vocal this week. form on page
different. Being in a creative of priorities and share it with 43: Which
mood suits you. It can also your partner. You welcome at is probably because you star sign is
bring you together with like- a casual and relaxed attitude are doing it for someone else! represented by
minded folk. usually but some things are You are a good friend to have. the fish?
different. However, be careful when it
44 WOMANSWAY.IE comes to criticising others.



What do the cards have in store for you?

Illustrations by Jeffrey ompson | I am in my 50s. This even though anytime you’ve his motives when you Six of Swords, I honestly
summer I was in contact gone against it you’ve started to see cracks appear wouldn’t be surprised if
with a man via the internet. regretted it. I would urge in his story. What I can tell he told you he had a ticket
He worked abroad and you, going forward, to place you is that I do think he is booked to visit here or
things became very intense more weight in these gut attracted to you, but sees more. The Five of Wands
between us for over six feelings because they won’t you as a means to an ends. tells me that this is bad
weeks. He was insisting lead you astray. news and you would do best
that he was coming to The Hermit, out next, tells to stay out of the drama.
Ireland to live with me. My As for your man, the first me that you would do best Know that there are better
gut feeling told me he was card I drew was The Moon to move on because there things on the horizon for
bad news, appeared to be which leads me to believe is someone out there who you. Know that a new love
very controlling etc. We that things were never as is much better for you. I will come when the time
had a big fight and I haven’t they seemed with him. I don’t believe that this was is right for both you and
heard from him since. But do think you’re right when it for you. I do think that him to be together. In the
I can’t get him out of my you say you’re convinced there is a greater love for meantime, I would advise
head. I was convinced he he was telling you lies about you that will come along you to do some reading on
was telling me lies about himself. The Moon covers according to the concept of the topic of divine timing –
himself and how he felt everything in shadows and divine timing. You will meet I think this will bring you
about me but what if I was it makes it hard for us to this man through friends great comfort.
wrong? I guess I’m just know who we can trust. It or a social group and I see
wondering will I always be can also signify someone dancing and celebration. I hope this helps –
on my own and was that who is quite skilled at You will know him by how although I feel that this
it for me? I have a lot to emotional manipulation kind his eyes are and how reading will just confirm
give but is it too late at this and I do feel that this man upfront he is about his everything your own
stage? may have been trying to get personal history. I see you intuition has already been
GEMINI the better of you. I want to beginning as friends, but telling. Again, please do put
say that there were more gradually developing into more trust in your intuition
One thing I will say to people involved in his plans something more. – it’s the most powerful
you, Gemini, is that you’re than you realised (perhaps gift that we have and it will
naturally blessed with a children or family) and he The cards offer a final never, ever lead you astray.
strong intuition and you hoped that you would be an warning to you in the form It is safe for you to trust it,
would do well to start easy way for him to begin a of the Knight of Pentacles, especially when it comes
paying more attention to it. new life here in Ireland. the Six of Swords and the to people. You can sense
I feel you’ve been intuitive Five of Wands. I do see your the energy off them and
from a young age, but you The Queen of Wands current man resurfacing in you’re a fantastic judge of
struggle to place mass up next shows me that, your life before Christmas character. I’m wishing you
amounts of trust in this gift, thankfully, you have a level and trying his hand at all the best for the future.
head on your shoulders and manipulating you again.
you were right to question With the influence of the

PLEASE NOTE: Tarot is not designed to replace any medical or financial advice or your own free will. Tarot can guide you and show you options of what
may happen. Remember, when it comes to making choices, you are the master of your own destiny. Have a question you want Amy to answer?
Write to: Tarot questions, Woman’s Way, Harmonia, Rosemount House, Dundrum Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14 or email: [email protected]


PSYCHIC SUANYAS“Geimtbiconorimriosewsveetdroymrseoltinuperpyne”irnygwhen


Renowned psychic Una Power offers
readers some guidance on life’s issues

ANONYMOUS Consider asking your GP for the name of a taken them doesn’t see it as theft, because
good trauma therapist to help ease this. until things are settled the rings still
I believe someone in our family is a thief belong to your mother. It has been taken
and won’t admit to taking my mother’s As a family you have poured your as a token of love and will be returned as
wedding band and engagement rings. current grief onto those rings. In keeping such. I believe your family do love you as
up the hurt about a possible theft, you are much as you love them.
I looked after them when she was having closing another door against dealing kindly
a medical procedure, but she died of a heart with your present hurt. Be kind to yourself. For you personally, Miss Scorpio, I see
attack shortly afterward. I was in shock, Acknowledge your need to be part of a a year ahead in which a lot of truths come
couldn’t take it in. It was then I realised that family again. Your cause might be noble, out about a situation at work. It’s very
her rings were missing and searched and but it’s played out in a cold and lonely much a boom or bust year. Canada has
searched again. place. Could you try for a less rigid way of a lot of appeal for you. A romance you
thinking and acting? believed to be over is back on again in
My younger sister asked if she could wear early November. It’s worth taking a chance
my mother’s rings for a while - our brother Scorpio woman searches for the truth, to see if it could work out. All in all, a
said it was up to me. I just looked very hard stores events somewhere deep in her satisfying year.
at her and told her she couldn’t; the idea psyche and doesn’t rest until matters
made me angry because she never came are fully exposed and explained. You are MARIA
near my mam when she was sick at home. alerted to something you think is being
When it came to looking again I said they hidden from you. In your grief you look I loaned my nephew money when he was
must have been stolen and the thief should for things you can’t find, getting angry emigrating to Australia. It wasn’t a huge
own up and return them to me. with people who don’t take you seriously, sum of money but I was stretched to find
always looking for some sign of negligence it. He hasn’t paid anything back as he
I thought and still think my sister has or someone to blame. In your case, you promised.
the rings. We have looked everywhere, I might believe that your mother’s death
can’t rest until they are recovered. No one shouldn’t have happened. I feel a bit stuck. If I press him he may
in the family is talking to each other and I never speak to me again. I don’t know
think they blame me. I regret that and keep Being a Gemini, your late mother was what to do. I am Sagittarius, he is Gemini.
telling them that if ‘someone’ would own a great talker and benefited from talking Will I get my money back?
up it could be forgotten and we could get on about her feelings, could you all follow her
with our lives. example? Your Scorpio instinct about the You might it’s a possibility. But Gemini is
rings having been stolen is probably in the very slippery when it comes to returning
I am a Scorpio. Mam was a Gemini and right direction. e one who has borrowed/ borrowed money. at’s male, female or
loved people who loved her. We had no idea young person.
that she had so many friends, she could talk “Scorpio woman
to anyone and was a great listener. Will the searches for the Did he leave any property (car for
rings ever surface? It’s what I pray for night truth, stores events instance) that you might sell? I feel there
and day. somewhere deep in is one and you are pleased with the
her psyche and doesn’t transaction. But it’s the same message,
Your mother’s real legacy to you all was to rest until matters are don’t loan money you don’t have.
show you the nature of enduring love, her fully exposed”
way with people, to be a friend, being a Specials express
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I am sorry for your loss, but you’re acting jewellery items you mentioned should
as though your mother’s rings belong to you have turned up by now. If they haven’t
as the eldest and that’s not necessarily true. will you write to me again?
You’ve used some very strong language Gemma, Waterford: Try Waterford IT to
in your complaint. Tone it down, it’s not get information about new courses.
helping. You haven’t fully accepted your
mother’s death yet, shock caused you
to think and act out of your character.

CONTACT UNA... If you have an unresolved issue you need guidance on, Una may be able to help. You can write to her at Una Power, Woman’s Way, Rosemount House, Dundrum
Road, Dublin 14; or email: [email protected] Please include your name, town, county and full date of birth. Please note, Una can only reply through this column.




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A psychiatrist shows us
how to deal when bad
news comes our way


It’s important to try to regain At the very least, bad news
some control over your
emotions after receiving house and valuables. You lost offers a window into the
bad news. A good place to human condition and an
start is breathing regulation. opportunity to exercise
Breathe slowly and deeply
When bad news arrives, it through your nose and hold a great relationship because dignity and self-control.
can knock us for six and the air in, before gradually you had one in the first place. Maybe you lost your job: time
make us feel as though our letting the air out after In that much, many a bad for a holiday and a promotion
entire world has been pulled several seconds. Let out as thing is no more than the or a career change, or the
out from underneath us. A much air as you can manage. removal of a good one. e freedom and fulfillment of
sad but true fact about life is Keep going until you feel Roman philosopher Cicero self-employment. Maybe
that no one is immune to bad more relaxed. tried to prepare himself for your partner cheated on you.
news. Unfortunately it’s a every eventuality so as never Even so, you feel sure that
part of life that none of us can 2. PUT THE BAD to be surprised, or overtaken, he or she still loves you, that
avoid. So what’s the best way NEWS INTO CONTEXT by anything. Cicero gave there is still something there.
to deal with it when it comes the example of the Greek Perhaps you can even bring
knocking on your door? Here, However bad the bad news philosopher Anaxagoras who, yourself to understand his or
Psychiatrist Neel Burton is, it is probably not the upon being told of the death her motives. Yes, of course,
outlines how grappling with be-all and end-all of your of his son, said: ‘I knew that I it’s painful, but it may also
bad news is really all about life on this earth. ink of begot a mortal.’ be an opportunity to forgive,
taking stock, flipping the all the good things in your
script and choosing to be life, including those that 3. NEGATIVE VISUALISATION to build a closer intimacy, to
optimistic no matter what life have been and those that re-launch your relationship
has thrown your way. are yet to come. And think
about all the strengths and Now focus on the bad news – or to find an easier or more
Bad news can leave us resources – the friends,
feeling like our whole world facilities, faculties – that you itself. What’s the worst that fulfilling one. You’ve been
is falling apart, as if we’re can still draw upon in your could happen and is that diagnosed with a serious
being driven into the ground. time of need. Try to imagine really all that bad? Now that medical condition. ose it’s
We cannot get it out of our how things could be much,
mind and we fear the very much worse – and how they you’ve dealt with the worst, very bad news, it’s also the
worst. Maybe your house actually are much worse for what’s the best possible chance to get the treatment
was burgled. Maybe you some people. Your house may outcome? And what’s and support you need, to
were diagnosed with a life- have been burgled. Yes, you
changing condition. Maybe lost some valuables and it’s the most likely outcome? take control, to fight back
your partner cheated or all such a huge hassle, but Imagine that someone is and to look at life and your
walked out on you. you still have your health, threatening to sue you. e relationships from another,
your job, your partner… worst possible outcome is richer perspective. WW
Bad news: We’ve all had it that you lose the case and
and we’re all going to get it. Bad things are bound to suffer all the cost, stress and
So, how can we cope when hit us now and then, and it
bad things happen? can only be a matter of time emotional and reputational Neel Burton is a By Neel Burton
before they hit us again. In hurt that would entail. leading psychiatrist
many cases, they are just and the author
the flip side of the good ough it’s unlikely, you of Hypersanity:
things that we enjoy. You got might even do time in prison. Thinking Beyond
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