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She’s back! But then again, has can really put a great meal presented it so that you “I am never
she ever really been away? together.” couldn’t help but enjoy the more at home
Mary Berry has been on the subject. When it came to than when I have
trail of the Best Home Cook Mary Berry needs little leaving school I couldn’t think my judging hat
and brought to our screens introduction of course. She has of anything else other than
some great ingredients for a been described as the ‘Queen something to do with cooking. on”
fascinating insight into just of Baking’, the ‘Queen of the
how good some people cook in Kitchen’ but there is a lot more “I had some formal cookery pudding. Someone will
their own kitchens to Mary than simply being the education but cooking is very eventually be crowned Best
‘Monarch of the Pans’. much about trial and error Home Cook.
“It’s a great show and for and experimenting...”
me it is very special because Baking seems to have “As for me I am never
I get to meet people who are run in the family as Mary’s In Best Home Cook, more at home than when I
not professional cooks but are great-great-grandfather was the cooks are asked to have my judging hat on. This
just really good at it and who a master baker by the name of demonstrate skill and series is about encouraging
produce the most brilliant Robert Houghton. individual flair under pressure proper home cooking which
meals and creations in their since they have to serve the I have always championed
own kitchens,” said Mary. “I think the ambition to be “most perfect version of dishes and once I knew it was going
a cook and especially a baker, that define modern home ahead I could not wait to get
“We often hear people watch must have been with me from cooking,” as well as create started. Hearing that Claudia
cookery programmes because a very early age. The baking their special take on well- Winkleman was going to be
they like to watch other people was my favourite smell and loved classics.
work and we also hear that I was fascinated by how my
there are more and more mother created such mouth- “As judges [Mary is
takeaways because people are watering things. partnered with Chris Bavin
not interested in cooking. and Angela Hartnett], our
“I wasn’t a very good pupil job is to hunt for dishes that
“Well, Best Home Cook at school, in fact I really didn’t “define a new benchmark
proves that those statements like any of the subjects, except of excellence”, whether it’s
are not strictly true and that cookery. perfect pork crackling, an
there are millions of people ingenious twist on the chicken
– men and women – who “I had an inspirational pie or the ideal chocolate
cookery teacher, Miss Date,
and she was the sort that



By Bernard Bale the main presenter was the cooking abilities. fantastic but doesn’t look very disorganised preparation
icing on the cake.” “We often look at great chefs appetising. This show is about and panic when things don’t
hitting the mark from both go right - an organised cook
Mary is delighted the show is from overseas and see how angles,” says Mary. works in a tidy kitchen.
all about home cooking. marvellous they are – and
they are. But as a result we “The Ultimate Challenge is “One of the great things
“It opens up all kinds of start thinking less of our own exactly what it sounds like, I about this new series is the set.
possibilities without having to abilities and the meals that we want to see the type of food It is fabulous!
go down the exotic route,” she can create at home. they cook for their friends and
said. “We are looking at the family for special occasions. I “It means that we can move
meals and treats that people “A good home cook will give them quite a narrow brief about more, go into different
make for their families week in cook with love and passion and it’s so exciting to see how room, make a cup of coffee
and week out. for their family, their partner they interpret it. I have chosen and chat between us. The set
or even for themselves. They classic, well-loved family is every cook’s dream and the
“It is not just about a will have an understanding dishes that all the viewers will design is bang on trend!”
competition, it is about of, and a flair for, flavours and be able to relate to.
showing people at home that presentation. Has the show been set up
they can also do this, the show “Also, I want to see our to rival The Great British Bake
really is about showing people “Sometimes a pie or contestants enjoying their Off? Mary is very definite with
what they are capable of something else looks great but cooking and showing their her response.
achieving for themselves. doesn’t quite hit the mark in enthusiasm to get results.
flavour. Sometimes it is the “Absolutely not, I don’t think
“I think that we other way round and tastes “I do not want to see I could take part if it was.
underestimate our own
“The Great British Bake Off
is a super show and I was very
happy to be involved. When it
switched we all had to decide
what we were going to do.

“I chose to stay where I was
and have been privileged to
be part of some other great TV
shows since.

“No, this show is not a rival,
it is something different and
something that will hopefully
inspire and encourage more
confidence in those who cook
at home – or would like to.”

With nearly 80 books to
her credit and a career in the
kitchen that has made her
such an iconic cook, what
would Mary hope for if she was
invited to the home of any of
our readers?

“When I was a little girl my
mother was the cook in the
family, and the family roast
of shoulder of lamb and fresh
mint sauce with new potatoes,
home-grown seasonal
vegetables and bread and
butter pudding was paramount
to family life and my really
great favourite.

“If anyone invited me
round and gave me that, I
would be very happy and
eternally grateful. I might even
recommend them to have a go
at winning the crown of Best
Home Cook.” WW

Best Home Cook is on BBC
One, Thursdays at 8pm



T here, I said it:



In my apartment, I love occasionally alone. indulge more frequently and a period of 30 days - has been
creating compositions with According to a report in higher volume because our shown to reverse damage to
furniture. Whether it’s consumption goes unchecked. the liver, and improve overall
transforming a bench into published in the Journal of One friend, located in rural help and wellness,” he says.
a bookshelf or upcycling Public Health: “ e past 30 Ireland, even confessed that
old, rusty mirrors, my years have seen a shift in opening her cherished bottle For those wanting a
years working in theatre, the culture concerning the of wine gets earlier each week reprieve, Fraser notes that
surrounded by beautiful set consumption of alcohol. One (“Initially, it was when the having the support of others
pieces, has clearly stood me in of these is the increasing trend children went to bed, then at increases your chances
good stead. for adults to consume alcohol dinner, then when preparing of success as you’re then
‘at home’. To date, this is a dinner, then when I returned accountable to others rather
Unbeknownst to me, there development that has received home from work.”) than just yourself.
was one piece of furniture little research attention.”
with which I’d become overly Fraser Edwards from “ is has been identified
enamoured: the wine rack e report cites One Year No Beer, a popular in US studies to statistically
- a criss-cross framework ‘convenience’ as the principal alcohol-free, online improve the success rate.
that houses everything from reason for this trend. Words programme, agrees that It’s also important to have a
Prosecco to Sauvignon Blanc; and phrases like ‘relief of drinking at home is now a support network around you
Cava to Merlot. Dating an stress’, ‘reward’, ‘social familiar scenario - prevalent to give you the option of being
Italian cultivates a taste for occasions’, ‘accompanying amongst those over 25 - and able to share your thoughts
vino in a person, it seems. food’, ‘drink driving’ and it’s a cause for concern. and feelings as you progress
However, recently, I began ‘child care’ paint a familiar through the challenge.”
suspecting that my love affair picture for many of us. “It’s hard to keep track
with the grape had become of what you are drinking While I often enjoy long
somewhat one-sided. Alcohol is also getting whilst in the privacy of your periods of abstinence,
cheaper with every passing own home,” he explains to following recent conversations
In my younger days, I’d have day - bottles of wine for less me. “You’re less likely to with friends, I realised that my
scorned the notion of having than €5 is commonplace - so be drinking recommended focus needed to be creating
a tipple at home - drinking there’s no noticeable impact on measures, and just free long-lasting changes and not
was a social act, something to personal finances, something pouring your drinks, which just short, intense spurts. And
be enjoyed with others on a that might have curbed such can increase the consumption so, Gabriele and I decided that
night out. Now, at 37 years of splurges in our younger days. in comparison to what you from now on, our home would
age, imbibing a glass of Pinot would drink out of the home.” be alcohol-free.
Grigio of a Tuesday evening My friends and I conceded
had almost become as routine that this shift often leads us to More positively, Fraser As such, that once-
as taking out the rubbish. reveals that younger, health- worshipped wine rack quickly
“In my conscious generations are found itself a new home in a
Concerned, I broached the younger days, I’d consuming less. It’s also local charity shop - replaced
subject with friends, and we have scorned the encouraging to see the by a new, funky magazine
all agreed that our drinking notion of having growing popularity of alcohol- stand.
patterns have drastically a tipple at home free periods now scattered
altered since our twenties. - drinking was a across the Irish calendar such Whether this shift in our
Today, we’re more likely to as Dry January, Sober October domestic habits will lead to
ignore the lure of pubs and social act” and November’s Mí na Marbh a permanent residence down
clubs and, instead, drink (Month of the Dead). in the local pub remains to
at home - sometimes with be seen; for now, at least,
our respective partners; “ e benefits of taking a it feels like it’s the right
break from alcohol - even for decision for us. And our well-
worn livers. WW

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Fashion is what is trendy and is The right colour can make your skin
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We are all aware of the need to Centre at Beaumont Hospital, Co Limerick. Studying to be a realisation
buckle up as soon as we sit into were not wearing a helmet. The priest, the young man played that life would
a car but many people ignore research also found that cycling hurling for his local team and never be the
the very real danger of cycling had the highest numbers for was in both an athletics club same again”
without a helmet. Acquired referral to the neurological and a cycling club.
Brain Injury Ireland urges centre at 86 cases, followed by outside,” he recalls. “After I
cyclists to protect themselves Gaelic football at 30 cases and Having finished a laborious was hit, a neighbour called an
before they set off on a journey, horse riding at 23. day of haymaking he was ambulance and I was taken
however short, with their watching the Tour de France to the University Hospital in
latest campaign entitled Mind Brian O’Donoghue from on TV and was inspired to go Limerick and was transferred
Your Head. Limerick is one of those out for a cycle. But after ten to Cork Regional Hospital with
statistics as at just 23 years minutes in the saddle, he was a Garda escort.”
The national brain injury of age, he was involved in a hit from behind by a motorbike
charity makes this plea cycling accident which left him and landed on his head – he The Limerick man, who has
following recent findings which with a brain injury for life. In wasn’t wearing a helmet. a brother called John, was
confirmed that 70 per cent of 1983, the now 59-year-old, unconscious for six weeks and
cyclists treated for brain injury was helping his father on the “It was a lovely summer’s spent the following two years in
in the National Neurosurgical family farm near Granagh in evening, there was no other and out of hospital. His family
traffic and it was bright



was told that he would never part of the drama group there also to help me with spelling alive but his life was drastically
walk or talk again and that it which I loved.” and writing. I rely on my altered the day he decided to
was miraculous that he was phone to remind me to take cycle without a helmet and
even alive at all. Brian’s GP encouraged him medication.” he would urge others to think
to go out and meet people so twice before getting on a
But Brian went on to surprise when a friend asked him to a But while these things help bicycle without protection.
them all and doctors said his dance at the Two-Mile Inn in Brian to manage the practical
fitness played a huge part in Limerick, he decided to go and things in life, he struggles with “If I could give any advice I
his recovery which saw him made a pact with himself that social isolation and loneliness. would say to make sure to wear
returning home for a short he would ask someone to dance a helmet and never get on a
period before going to the – and it was there he met his “It took me years to accept bike without it – and always
National Rehabilitation Hospital wife, Maura. it [his accident and Maura’s concentrate,” he says.
where over the following death] but when I did, life got
couple of years he relearned The pair were very happy easier,” he says. “Being seen is really
how to walk, talk, read, write and married in 1990, spending important as well so make sure
and communicate again. many contented years together “After my accident, all my to wear a high vis vest and
before she was diagnosed in friends dwindled away and it remember that most accidents
He also had to learn to accept 2003 with ovarian cancer and was hard to make new ones happen close to home.
what had happened to him – sadly died in 2007. because of the brain injury.
that he was living with a brain I used to be refused entry to “Overall life with a brain
injury – and four years after “Adapting to living alone bars and was even almost injury is good – it left me
his accident, returned home to again with a brain injury was refused a coffee once because bitter for a long time but I’ve
live with his parents where the a big challenge that I had to I sometimes struggle with learned to accept it. So I would
reality of his day-to-day life face,” he admits. balance and can have slurred encourage others who may
finally struck home. speech so people don’t realise have had a similar accident to
“But thankfully while I was that I have a brain injury. keep positive, never give up
“At the age of 27, I had the married, I continued to seek or let negative thoughts fill
realisation that life would never access to services to help me “I discovered that it is really your mind. There is life – it has
be the same again,” he says. cope with my brain injury important to build a routine changed but it has not ended.”
“I had to give up my dream of including working with a and get out and talk to people
becoming a missionary priest Rehabilitation Assistant from and join clubs – so I go out and According to the national
because I couldn’t retain the Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. buy a paper every day, I go to brain injury charity, wearing
information I was learning and the Divine Mercy Mass on a a helmet is not new advice. As
my short-term memory is still “I learned how to use Tuesday evening and to aqua recently as 2016, Australian
very bad. computers, how to cook aerobics once a week –it’s not researchers showed how cycle
and how to deal with other even about the fitness, it’s to helmets reduced the risk of
“My speech is also very activities of daily life and this meet people afterwards and go serious head injury by nearly
affected, so I began to work helped me to cope on my own. for a cup of coffee. 70 per cent and the risk of fatal
again on the family farm. But In order to help me remember head injury by 65 per cent.
I craved social interaction as I things, I use a whiteboard and “It helps people to recognise
used to be involved in so many pin notes on it so I won’t forget me and say hello as I know I Statistics published in 2018
clubs. So after talking to a appointments and I also use a have to make it happen and by the Road Safety Authority
neighbour, who was a member communications book to write put myself out there because (RSA) showed that as many as
of Macra na Feirme, I became down what I have done with no-one will coming knocking 153 bicycle users experienced
the rehabilitation assistant and at my door otherwise.” serious injuries on Irish roads
and a further 778 cyclists
Brian is incredibly lucky to be reported minor injuries.

By Arlene Harris Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
also reminded the public
that it doesn’t have to be as
dramatic as a road collision
for a cyclist to come off
their bike. Other causes can

› Greasy surface
› Faulty mudguard
› Bump on the road
› Cardiac event

For more information or to
support Acquired Brain Injury
Ireland visit



5 Habitsof highly effective
grandparents Caring for
grandkids? Here’s
how to make it work
AND IT CAN BE EVEN MORE FULFILLING... Did you know that in
Ireland the most popular
source of childcare is
grandparents? An Irish
Your life becomes magically hours outside the home and Times/Ipsos MRBI Family
enhanced when you become requiring childcare, as well Values poll found it to be at

a grandparent. But there can as issues that arise where 42 per cent, with grans and
granddads looking after
be a few uncertainties too. there is a family breakdown, a vital support role to parents, all ages of grandchildren.
Depending on the family grandparents play a naturally and being part of a wonderful Your role as grandparent is
dynamic, you may wonder significant role in being an wider family dynamic, that’s important, but if you have
how your role will play out. additional support, not just for an arrangement in place
How can you develop a close childcare, but for emotional for childcare, a few golden
and significant relationship balance and stability. rules will help keep neat
with your grandchildren, boundaries in place.
without stepping on the 2 They use time wisely

parents’ toes, and even, It’s not to say that parents crucial to raising a child. 1 It’s tempting to jump

despite not having an don’t use time wisely, but 4 They have boundaries in and offer unlimited
incredible relationship with very often grandparents childcare for working
your in-law? In most cases aren’t in so much of a rush, But don’t be a pushover. parents especially when it’s
there’s an unspoken respect so they can take the time You’re not just free childcare your grandchildren. But,
between parents and the to stroll, tell a story, bake a or last-minute babysitting. although rewarding, it can
grandparent generation, cake. There might be a limited Respect for your grand be exhausting and you will
but problems can occur. The time to spend with a child or parenting is a mutual, almost probably incur expenses.
important thing throughout, children, and you can achieve unspoken, thing and issues Agree in advance the type
is knowing how positive and so much in a short amount can arise when grandparents of childcare on offer - is it a
few casual hours a week, or
important your relationship of time that really expands a feel taken advantage of, or something more formal? A

with your grandchild can be, child’s mind. The main thing when it’s assumed you’ll be good discussion at the start
is vital.
how children can flourish is the idea of a connection there at the drop of a hat for 2 It’s a good idea from the
in life by having you around with a child, where the unlimited free childcare. start to be clear on routines
them, and how it’s good for little one is learning or Hopefully, if you are involved that the parents prefer.
your wellbeing too. experiencing something new. in your grandchild’s care, it’s Because over time problems
Children also love and benefit a comfortable arrangement can occur when there is
1 They’re simply involved from slowing down, being where everyone benefits and a clash of interests. For
unscheduled, and taking where no one feels slighted. example, parents may not
Whatever the circumstances, the time to enjoy a quieter wish to have any smokers
being involved in your pastime, perhaps something 5 They weave magic in the environment of their
grandchild’s life make they don’t do at home. from the past children, or be quite strict
a staggering difference. when it comes to treat food.
So again, to avoid issues
Research from the University 3 They are diplomatic As the grandparent you later on, these aspects need
of Oxford established are the link between your to be discussed openly.
that high levels of your Being a highly diplomatic grandchild and their 3 Review your grand
involvement increases grandparent means you are ancestry. You often hold the parenting childcare
children’s wellbeing. Over attuned to knowing how you vital clues, the pieces of the arrangement often.
1,500 children were involved play an amazing role and jigsaw, the quirky otherwise Situations can escalate
in that study, which found when it’s time to step back forgotten family stories that quickly and you might find
that they had fewer emotional and let the parents do their are passed down generations

and behavioural issues when thing - in other words you through word of mouth. You year on year, you don’t have

grandparents played a part know your value. Diplomatic are the link with the past, the same energy you had
before. Also, if you were to
in their lives. Just consider grandparents have notched and you also have the songs, get ill, what are the short By Una Rice
for a moment how the role of up enough life experience traditions, crafts, stories and term emergency back-ups in
the grandparent has evolved to focus in on what’s truly recipes that you grandchild place?
over the years. With many important - special times to might not otherwise have
create memories, and playing access to. WW
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Help the pencils to get to the middle of the maze and colour the Find the correct image to fit into the picture below
butterfly and flowers



GROWN by Sophie Hannah
Over 700 recently polled Eason customers
(Hodder & Stoughton) voted Room by Emma Donoghue as their choice
for Irish Fiction Book of the Decade, reinforcing
Beth takes a detour from her son’s football the female-led suspense story as a favourite
match to have a nosey at her former trend of the last ten years. Although the
best friend’s home. Not wanting to drag up very painful last decade began with uncertainty over the
memories of an intimate and much appreciated friendship, viability of printed books and high-street book
Beth hasn’t seen Flora for over a decade. But when she stores, Eason data shows that book lovers continue to enjoy
spies Flora and her children, son Thomas and daughter physical books as a form of entertainment.
Emily, she realises that they haven’t aged in 12 years. It’s
not possible, is it? There begins a complicated tale in which Reader review
Beth tries to get to the root of what’s really going on. It is,
as expected from Sophie, a twisty read with red herrings and THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE
an explanation that leaves you reeling. Wonderful thrilling OF URIAH HEEP
writing from someone who is a master of their trade. Utterly
unforgettable. by HG Parry (Orbit)

THE HUNGRY WMINE I have never read anything like this book in my
ROAD by Marita Conlon- fairly long life. Two brothers – the younger one a
brilliant academic with the power to summon book characters into
McKenna (Transworld) life and return them (so he thinks) when he’s done, the older a
pragmatic lawyer who is frequently called upon to get his sibling
As a child I read Under the out of trouble. Add to this, a street inhabited by fictional men
and women - Imagine five di erent but not dissimilar Darcys,
Hawthorn Tree and tried to imagine what Dorian Gray, The Artful Dodger, a teenage adventuress who says
things like “Come on, chaps” and “Jolly good”, a murderous,
being a child experiencing the Famine moody Heathcli e and you may have some inkling of what I speak.
There is, however, a villainous, inimical summoner with ideas of
would have been like. Now, decades later, changing the whole world into a personal possession and thus
is set a struggle to the death between good and evil. For anyone
Marita has released an adult novel of the with an interest in classic Dickens (chiefly), Conan Doyle and Wilde
this may seem like sacrilege, but I’ve never encountered a plot
same period. It is 1845 and Mary Sullivan struggles to ensure written so intricately and with such obvious enjoyment It was a real
pleasure to read and I wholly recommend it. Brilliant!
her family is as well cared for as possible when the dreadful

potato blight hits crops around them. She must get creative,

and in certain ways, must become selfish and think only of

her family as they grow increasingly hungry, ill and fatigued.

At the same time, Dr Dan Donovan is Medical O cer to the

Skibbereen Union, a location under unpredicted pressure as

starving men, women and children crowd into the town and

its workhouse in desperate need of help. Meanwhile, Fr John

Fitzpatrick’s faith is tested by the su ering he sees daily. WOW!

I love that Marita’s book is inspired by true heroes of the

time, and this read is every bit as e ecting as that children’s Hachette Children’s Group is
delighted to be publishing a
classic from the 1980s.

MISS AUSTEN special full-colour picture book

by Gill Hornby (Century) WMINE edition of Ian Fleming’s story

It is 1840, over 20 years since about a magical flying car, Chitty
the death of Jane Austen and
Chitty Bang Bang. This is an

exciting new adaptation of a

her beloved sister Cassandra much-loved family classic –

returns to the village of Kintbury reimagined in glorious colour

and the home of her family’s friends, the for a new generation of young

Fowles. Cassandra knows that there is a collection of family readers. Chitty Chitty Bang

letters whose secrets she desperately wants to preserve. Bang is the only children’s book

Through the letters we learn of the heartache that caused written by Ian Fleming (1908-

Cassandra to never marry, despite o ers, the impermanence 1964), creator of James Bond,

of a single lady’s life and secrets of the well-known novelist. the world’s most famous spy.

Cassandra must decide whether to protect Jane’s reputation Fleming wrote the book for

or let the letters be unguarded. I read this in one day and it his young son, Caspar, and since its publication in 1964, it has

was a pleasure to delve into the fictional accounts of sisters, continued to win readers’ hearts while also becoming the basis

whose relationship was one of the most important for Jane for the much-loved musical film and stage show.



by Cara Hunter (Penguin)
All The Rage is the fourth novel featuring
DI Adam Fawley from award-winning
crime author Cara Hunter. The team at
St Aldgate’s police station in Oxford are
back; this time investigating two attacks
on young girls – both reminiscent of the
Roadside Rapist, Gavin Parry, who was
convicted in the 90s and is now up for
parole. Hunter blends first and third
person narratives with court transcripts,
tweets, voicemails, vlogs and interviews. The police procedure
lends a realistic element to Hunter’s novels, and there are
plenty of twists and turns intertwining the human side of both
victims and police. All The Rage expertly tackles timely issues
such as transgender hate crime, malicious online forums and the
prevalence of social media, with Hunter weaving a gripping story
throughout it all.


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North star

“She reached for the moon and landed it had been a harvest moon and believed in “She dreamt rain
on a blanket of stars.” fate. He knew she was greedy and had to be lashed down and
taught a lesson. He put the talisman in her she was standing on
Once many moons ago there existed bag as she slept. the edge of a bridge.
a magical talisman made from the In the rain-soaked
fragments of a star. This was also known She discovered it before she le . It was night she discoverd
as the “North star.” Rumoured to have supposed to show prophecy in dreams. What an old woman”
fallen to earth from a meteor shower, it she didn’t tell him was that she had a dream
landed in the long grass outside the house that night. She dreamt rain lashed down and spoke these words a carriage of her estate
of a huntsman who lived in the woods. she was standing on the edge of a bridge. pulled up and she was ordered to climb
He saw this as a sign from the gods and In the rain-soaked night, she discovered an in. It brought her home as if nothing had
guarded it carefully with a cloth wrapped old woman huddled down in the storm, her ever happened. Nobody had noticed her
around it, hidden in his cloak. hand out for money. The young woman came missing. When she later tried to find the
to her aid and handed her a few silver coins huntsman, he too had gone. Disappeared
Further up over the hill and down the and sheltered her with her coat. “You have without a trace. The circus had moved on.
road lived a lady of the manor known as crossed my palm with silver so I will show The old lady was nowhere to be found.
Elizabeth. Young, beautiful and rich, she you the future,” the old woman croaked and
wanted for nothing. Alas, she could be produced a mirror from her bag. When she She changed her ways from that
quite scatty brained and wasn’t as clever looked in the mirror she saw an old woman. day onwards and took care of the poor,
as her brothers and sisters. She was also She had in fact stumbled across her future unfortunate and old. She shared her
greedy and spoiled. She loved more than self. It was a dream. Wasn’t it? “You will wealth with those that needed it. She
anything else to be entertained and she be poor and lonely like me one day, my lady. o ered shelter to the homeless. One
o en would visit shows in the village hall Change your greedy ways before it’s too late.” evening as she gazed out at the sky, she
to whet her appetite for drama. saw a shooting star streak through the
She awoke with a gasp and grabbed sky. She had changed her future for the
On this day in particular, the circus was her things and ran out of the huntsman’s better. She thought she had it all but by
in town. She loved the circus. Not the cottage. She found the very same bridge reaching for the moon, by being a good
animals that were caged, but the show. in her dream. An old woman was huddled Samaritan she landed on a blanket of
The ponies, the sawdust, the ringmaster on the bridge though it was a calm sunny stars. She did eventually grow old and
and the clowns. With glee she booked her day. She ran to the woman and gave her the she was not alone or poor. She had the
tickets and went one night with her lady- talisman. “I don’t want to know the future kindness of strangers to take care of her
in-waiting. She saw trapeze artists, lions, any more,” she cried out. As soon as she until her final days.
tigers and elephants. She had a wonderful
night and it was late at night when her
carriage arrived to take her home.

It was mid-September and the red
harvest moon shone high in the sky.
They were travelling across rocky terrain
on a chilly night when her carriage hit a
rocky road and violently turned over. She
tumbled out onto the grass and rolled
down a hill. She had no idea where she
was or what happened to her carriage
and her lady-in-waiting. All she knew
was she hit her head and passed out. She
didn’t hear people calling for her. It was
late at night and she was not alone. The
huntsman found her and carried her back
to his house. He tended to the wound on
her head, gave her soup and allowed her to
sleep. The huntsman was superstitious as

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I played a cowboy in a 4 LETTER WORDS: Eats; Joke. 6 LETTER WORDS: Africa; Bronze;
very famous film from Circus; Darker; Fourth; Friend; Gallop; Pluses; Russia; Splash;
the late 60s, with a Thrust; Treaty. 8 LETTER WORDS: Fiercely; Normally; Reliable;
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Independence Day... The word may sound familiar, but do you know what it means?

A River barrier A Magnesia mica
B Open country B Vascular bundle
C Using an axe C A hypothetical substance

A Greek tragedy A Worked gold
B A gum B A stone
C Illegal trading C Part of a coat

A Venerate A Imposition
B Coal seam B A tax
C Join C Laying on

ANSWERS: 1B. 2B. 3A. 4C. 5B. 6B




The word may sound familiar, but do you know what it means? 1 Today we have a Magic Square. get that this way,” Martin replied.
That’s a sequence of consecutive “The eldest is just twice as old as
WEALD PHLOGISTON positive numbers in a chessboard the youngest.”
A River barrier A Magnesia mica style formation, so that each row, You figure it out!
B Open country B Vascular bundle each column, and each of the two
C Using an axe C A hypothetical substance diagonals will add up to the same 3 “Are those the ones I told you
Magic total: 50. about?” asked John, holding his
TRAGACANTH LAPIS You only have to discover what the glass up to the light. “What I saw
A Greek tragedy A Worked gold smallest and greatest numbers in the window at Greenways?”
B A gum B A stone must be in this Magic Square. Lorraine smiled. “I looked at
C Illegal trading C Part of a coat those, but these are exactly the
2 “That’s right, six kids and all same except for price. They were
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a bug THE PERFECT SET TO HELP LITTLE ONES and hat set is ideal
for any new arrival.
WRAP UP WARM THIS SPRING Soft against skin, it’s
guaranteed to keep
Knitted pants with rib and hat with moss stitch for baby. switch to circular needle size baby feeling warm
The set is knitted in DROPS Baby Merino. Size: Premature 3 mm. Now work an elevation and cosy on chilly
to 4 years in the back as follows: Work
(7) 7-9-9-9 (9-9) stitches rib, days”
turn, tighten yarn, work (14)
DROPS design: NEEDLES: 14-18-18-18 (18-18) stitches rib,
Pattern no bm-101-by DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE turn, tighten yarn, work (20)
Yarn group A 2.5 mm: Length 60 cm. 20-26-26-26 (26-26) stitches
FOR THE ENTIRE SET: DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 3 rib, turn, tighten yarn, work
SIZE: mm : Length 60 cm. (26) 26-34-34-34 (34-34)
PANTS: (premature) 0/1 - 1/3 - DROPS DOUBLE POINTED stitches rib. Continue like this
6/9 - 12/18 months (2 - 3/4) years NEEDLES SIZE 3 mm by working (6) 6-8-8-8 (8-8)
Size equals approx. kid’s height in Needle size is only a suggestion! stitches more on every turn
cm: If you have too many stitches on until a total of (50) 50-66-66-
(40/44) 48/52 - 56/62 - 68/74 - 10 cm switch to larger needles. If 82 (82-82) stitches have been
80/86 (92 - 98/104) you have too few stitches on 10 cm worked. Turn, continue in rib
HAT: Fits head circumference in cm: switch to smaller needles. in the round over all stitches.
(28/32) 34/38 - 40/42 - 42/44 - HAT: When piece measures (10) 12-
44/46 (48/50 - 50/52) cm Size: (<0) 0/1 - 1/3 - 6/9 - 12/18 13-16-15 (16-17) cm mid front,
MATERIALS: months (2 - 3/4) years increase 1 stitch on each side
DROPS BABYMERINO from Approx. head circumference: of the middle 2 stitches front
Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group (28/32) 34/38 - 40/42 - 42/44 - and back – read INCREASE
A) 44/46 (48/50 - 50/52) cm TIP (= 4 stitches increased).
(150) 150-150-150-150 (200-200) MATERIALS: Increase every other round
g colour 37, lavender DROPS BABY MERINO from (8) 8-8-8-12 (12-12) times in
PANTS: Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group total = (120) 128-136-152-176
Size: (premature) 0/1 - 1/3 - 6/9 - A) (184-192) stitches. When piece
12/18 months (2 - 3/4) years (50) 50-50-50-50 (50-50) g measures (15) 17-18-21-22
Size in cm: (40/44) 48/52 - 56/62 colour 37, lavender (23-24) cm (increases are now
- 68/74 - 80/86 (92 - 98/104) KNITTING TENSION: done), cast off (12) 12-12-12-
NOTE! Because of the rib the 24 stitches in width and 48 rows 16 (16-16) stitches mid front
garment will be very elastic and vertically in moss stitch = 10 x 10 and mid back. Finish each leg
will stretch compared to the cm. separately, slip stitches for one
measurements in chart. NEEDLES: leg on 1 stitch holder.
(100) 100-100-100-100 (150-150) NEEDLES SIZE 2.5 mm = (48) 52-56-64-72 (76-80)
g colour 37, lavender Needle size is only a suggestion! stitches. Distribute stitches on
KNITTING TENSION: If you have too many stitches on 4 double pointed needles size
24 stitches in width and 32 rows 10 cm switch to larger needles. If 3 mm and continue in rib in
vertically in stocking stitch = 10 x you have too few stitches on 10 cm the round - insert 1 marker
10 cm. switch to smaller needles. on the inside of leg. When leg
measures 2 cm, decrease 1
PANTS needle size 2.5 mm with Baby stitch on each side of marker -
Merino. Insert 1 marker at read DECREASE TIP! Decrease
SHORT OVERVIEW beginning of round (= mid every (4th) 6th-6th-4th-4th
OF THE PIECE: back) and 1 marker after (44) (6th-6th) round (4) 4-4-8-
Worked in the round on 48-52-60-64 (68-72) stitches 8 (8-8) times in total = (40)
circular needles/double (= mid front). Work rib from 44-48-48-56 (60-64) stitches.
pointed needles, top down. mid back as follows: Knit 1, When leg measures approx.
Round starts mid back. * purl 2, knit 2 *, repeat from (13) 17-20-23-26 (31-36) cm (or
*-*, finish with purl 2 and knit desired length), loosely cast off
Cast on(88) 96-104-120-128 1. When rib measures 3 cm, with knit over knit and purl
(136-144) stitches on circular



THE PATTERN: - see explanation above.
Increase on each side of 2 knit TENSION. When piece
stitches by making 1 yarn over, measures (9) 10-11-11-13
on next round work yarn overs (13-14) cm, work in GARTER
twisted to avoid holes. Work the STITCH - see explanation
increased stitches in stocking above. On next knit round
stitch, and increase on the decrease (6) 8-7-8-8 (8-
outside of the new stitches (i.e. 9) stitches evenly. Repeat
do first increase on each side of 2 decrease every other round
stitches, second increase on each (i.e. every knit round) (5)
side of 4 stitches etc.). 5-5-5-5 (6-6) more times (= (6)
DECREASE TIP: 6-6-6-6 (7-7) decrease rounds
Work until 3 stitches remain in total) = (24) 24-42-40-48
before marker, work 2 stitches (48-45) stitches.
together (in rib), work 2 stitches On next round knit all stitches
(marker thread is between these 2 together 2 by 2. Purl 1 round
stitches) and then work 2 stitches and repeat decrease on next
twisted together (in rib) knit round in size 1/3, 6/9 and
GARTER STITCH 12/18 months and (2 - 3/4)
(in the round - applies to hat): years (do not decrease in the
1 ridge = 2 rounds. Knit 1 round other sizes) = (12) 12-11-10-12
and purl 1 round. (12-12) stitches.
MOSS STITCH: Pull a double yarn through the
Round 1: * Knit 1, purl 1 *, repeat remaining stitches and fasten
from *-*. tightly.
Round 2: Knit over purl and purl
over knit. DIAGRAM
Repeat 2nd round upwards.
= knitting direction
over purl.

Slip stitches from the other leg Knitted overall and hat for
back on needle and work as baby with moss stitch, garter
first leg. stitch and crochet edge. The
set is knitted in DROPS
ASSEMBLY: BabyMerino. Size overall: 1
month to 2 years Size hat:
Sew the (12) 12-12-12-16 (16- Premature to 4 years
16) stitches that were cast off DROPS design: Pattern no
between legs together. bm-102-by
Yarn group A
continued on next page
Work the hat in the round,
bottom up. Worked in the
round on double pointed


Loosely cast on (68) 80-92-96-
104 (112-116) stitches on double
pointed needles size 2.5 mm
with light lavender.
Work rib = knit 2/purl 2 for (2)
2-3-3-3 (4-4) cm.
Switch to double pointed
needles size 3 mm and knit
1 round while AT THE SAME
TIME decreasing 8 stitches
evenly = (60) 72-84-88-96
(104-108) stitches.


continued on last page EXPLANATION FOR THE (92-102) stitches. When piece of piece (= 2 stitches decreased)
PATTERN: measures 15-18-21-24 (29-34) - read DECREASE TIP! Decrease
OVERALL: cm, cast off 5 stitches at the like this on every other row 20-
SIZE: GARTER STITCH beginning of the 2 next rows 24-27-31 (35-41) more times, then
0/1 - 1/3 - 6/9 - 12/18 months (in the round - applies to hat): for gusset (i.e. cast off stitches on every 4th row 2 times (= 23-27-
(2 - 3/4) years 1 ridge vertically = 2 rounds. Knit 1 in each side of piece) = 58-62- 30-34 (38-44) stitches decreased
Size equals approx. child’s height round and purl 1 round. 68-76 (82-92) stitches. Put piece in total in each side of piece).
in cm: aside and knit another leg the DIVIDE THE PIECE AND CAST
48/52 - 56/62 - 68/74 - 80/86 MOSS STITCH: same way. ON STITCHES FOR SLEEVE AS
(92 - 98/104) Row 1: * Knit 1, purl 1 *, repeat FOLLOWS:
DROPS BABY MERINO from Row 2: Knit over purl and purl When piece measures 21-26-
Garnstudio (belongs to yarn over knit. Slip both legs on to same 30-35 (40-43) cm from marker
group A) Repeat 2nd row upwards. circular needle size 3 mm, with thread, divide piece at the 2
200-250-250-300 (300-300) g cast off stitches towards each markers and finish front and
colour 37, light lavender INCREASE TIP ( other = 116-124-136-152 (164- back piece separately. Adjust so
50-100-100-100 (100-100) g applies to overall): 184) stitches. Insert 1 marker that next row is from right side.
colour 23, light beige mix Increase inside 1 edge stitch. All thread in the piece. NOW Now work over stitches until first
KNITTING TENSION: increases are done from the right MEASURE PIECE FROM HERE! marker (= right front piece). Slip
24 stitches in width and 48 rows side. Work 6 rows moss stitch back the remaining stitches on a stitch
vertically in moss stitch = 10 x Increase by making 1 yarn over. and forth, begin mid front. holder. Now cast on stitches for
10 cm. Knit yarn over twisted on next sleeve at the end of every row
NEEDLES: row, it should not make holes. en work as follows: Cast on from right side as follows (NOTE:
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 3 stitches at the end of the next Continue to decrease inside 1 edge
3 mm, length 60 cm. DECREASE TIP 2 rows (for front bands) = 122- stitch at the beginning of row as
Needle size is only a suggestion! (applies to overall): 130-142-158 (170-190) stitches. before): Cast on 4-6-6-6 (6-6)
If you have too many stitches on Decrease inside 1 edge stitch. All Insert 1 marker after 32-34- stitches in 4-4-5-6 (7-8) times
10 cm switch to larger needles. If decreases are done from the right 37-41 (44-49) stitches in from in total, then 17-17-16-16 (18-20)
you have too few stitches on 10 side. each side. Move the markers stitches 1 time in total (= 33-41-
cm switch to smaller needles. Decrease as follows a er 1 edge upwards when working, they 46-52 (60-68) stitches cast on in
DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE stitch: Slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit 1, mark front pieces and back total for sleeve).
2.5 mm - for edges and ties. pass slipped stitch over. piece. When all stitches are cast on and
HAT: Decrease as follows before 1 edge Now increase stitches mid front all decreases are done, there are
SIZE: stitch: Knit 2 together. (i.e. in each side of piece) so 54-62-70-80 (90-102) stitches
(<0) 0/1 - 1/3 - 6/9 - 12/18 that the front pieces overlap. on needle. Work until piece
months (2 - 3/4) years work 2 legs, then work the Increase 1 stitch inside 1 edge measures 45-53-62-70 (81-90)
Approx. head circumference: legs together and knit back stitch in each side of piece (= cm in total, measured from leg to
(28/32) 34/38 - 40/42 - 42/44 and forth up to sleeve. Cast on 2 stitches increased) - read shoulder. Cast off.
- 44/46 (48/50 - 50/52) cm stitches for sleeve in each side of INCREASE TIP! Increase on
MATERIALS: piece, and work front and back every 4th row 3-2-0-3 (2-13) LEFT FRONT PIECE:
DROPS BABY MERINO from piece separately until finished. more times, then on every 6th
Garnstudio (belongs to yarn Sew shoulder and sleeve seams row 8-11-16-17 (21-15) times Work over the last stitches slipped
group A) and crochet an edge around the (= 12-14-17-21 (24-29) stitches on a stitch holder, until marker.
(50) 50-50-50-50 (50-50) g opening on overall at the end. increased in total in each side Work as right front piece but
colour 37, light lavender Work entire overall in moss of piece) = 44-48-54-62 (68-78) reversed - i.e. cast on stitches
KNITTING TENSION: stitch. stitches on each front piece for sleeve at the end of row from
24 stitches in width and 48 rows = 146-158-176-200-218-248 wrong side. Continue to decrease
vertically in moss stitch = 10 x LEG: stitches in total. inside 1 edge stitch at the end of
10 cm. row as before for neck.
NEEDLES: Worked back and forth on READ ALL OF THE
NEEDLES SIZE 3 mm for all the stitches. CONTINUING! DECREASE
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED Cast on 46-50-54-58 (66-70) MID FRONT FOR NECK INSIDE = 58-62-68-76 (82-92) stitches.
NEEDLES SIZE 2.5 mm stitches (including 1 edge stitch 1 EDGE STITCH WHILE AT Cast on new stitches at the end of
Needle size is only a suggestion! in each side) on circular needle THE SAME TIME DIVIDING every row in each side for sleeves
If you have too many stitches on size 3 mm with light lavender. THE PIECE AND CASTING ON as follows: Cast on 4-6-6-6 (6-6)
10 cm switch to larger needles. If Work in MOSS STITCH over STITCHES FOR SLEEVE. stitches in 4-4-5-6 (7-8) times
you have too few stitches on 10 all stitches - see explanation DECREASE MID FRONT FOR in total, then 17-17-16-16 (18-20)
cm switch to smaller needles. above. REMEMBER THE NECK AS FOLLOWS: stitches 1 time in total (= 33-41-
KNITTING TENSION! When Work over all stitches until 46-52 (60-68) stitches cast on
OVERALL piece measures 6 cm, increase piece measures 17-20-25-28 in total for sleeve in each side of
1 stitch in each side of piece (32-34) cm from marker thread. piece) = 124-144-160-180 (202-
SHORT OVERVIEW inside 1 edge stitch (= 2 stitches 228) stitches.
OF THE PIECE: increased). Increase like this en decrease 1 stitch inside 1 When piece measures 44-52-61-
Work from bottom up. First every 3rd-4th-5th-5th (8th- edge stitch for neck in each side
8th) row 11-11-12-14 (13-16)
times in total = 68-72-78-86



69 (80-89) cm in total, cast off with light beige around the crochet around first chain stitch in first double crochet at
the middle 16-20-20-20 (22-24) entire opening mid front on stitch, * 4 chain stitches, 1 beginning of round.
stitches for neck and finish each overall as follows: treble crochet in 4th chain
shoulder/sleeve separately (= ROW 1 (= from wrong side): stitch from hook, skip 1 double en work 1 tie like the one in the
54-62-70-80 (90-102) stitches Begin mid front at the bottom crochet + 1 chain stitch + 1 tip on right and left front piece,
remain on each shoulder). Work of left front piece, work 1 double crochet, work 1 double on the outside of left front piece,
like this until piece measures double crochet in first stitch crochet around next chain under sleeve (i.e. in the side) and
45-53-62-70 (81-90) cm in where 3 band stitches were stitch *, repeat from *-* (make on the inside of right front piece –
total, measured from leg to cast on, * 1 chain stitch, skip sure to work over ties so that make sure that the ties are at the
shoulder, adjust according to approx. 1 cm, 1 double crochet the ties are under the edge, i.e. same hight as tips on front piece.
front pieces. Cast off. Work the in next stitch *, repeat from do not work in stitch in tie),
other shoulder the same way. *-* (make sure to avoid a tight finish with 1 slip stitch in first HAT:
edge), continue crochet edge double crochet on previous
ASSEMBLY: around overall until corner row. Cut and fasten the yarn. Worked in the round on double
where decrease for neck began pointed needles. Loosely cast
Sew overarm/shoulder seams on left front piece, work tie as Crochet on hook size 2.5 mm on (68) 80-92-96-104 (112-
with grafting/kitchener stitches follows: 1 double crochet in with light beige mix at the 116) stitches on double pointed
from right side. tip, then work chain stitches bottom around both legs as needles size 2.5 mm with light
Sew underarm seams together for approx. 20-25 cm, turn follows: lavender.
edge to edge in front loop of and work 1 slip stitch in every ROUND 1: Begin at the seam. Work rib = knit 2/purl 2 for (2)
outermost stitches. Sew legs chain stitch, then work 1 Work 1 double crochet in first 2-3-3-3 (4-4) cm.
together inside 1 edge stitch, double crochet in tip on front stitch, * 1 chain stitch, skip 2 Switch to double pointed needles
and sew the 5 stitches cast off piece again, work in the round stitches, 1 double crochet in size 3 mm and knit 1 round while
between legs together. Sew vent until next tip (i.e. on right next stitch *, repeat from *-* AT THE SAME TIME decreasing 8
up to where the 3 new stitches front piece), work tie, continue and finish with 1 slip stitch stitches evenly = (60) 72-84-88-
were cast on in each side for as before around the rest of in first double crochet at 96 (104-108) stitches.
band stitches and sew the 3 overall down to where 3 band beginning of round. Continue with MOSS STITCH
band stitches in each side of stitches were cast on, adjust to ROUND 2: Work 1 chain stitch, - see explanation above. When
piece to overall. finish with 1 double crochet. 1 double crochet around first piece measures (9) 10-11-11-13
ROW 2 (= from right side): chain stitch, * 4 chain stitches, (13-14) cm, work in GARTER
CROCHET EDGE: Work 1 chain stitch, 1 double 1 treble crochet in 4th chain STITCH - see explanation above.
stitch from hook, skip 1 double On next knit round decrease (6)
Crochet on hook size 2.5 mm crochet + 1 chain stitch + 1 8-7-8-8 (8-9) stitches evenly.
double crochet, work 1 double Repeat decrease every other
crochet around next chain round (i.e. every knit round) (5)
stitch *, repeat from *-* the 5-5-5-5 (6-6) more times (= (6)
entire round, finish with 1 slip 6-6-6-6 (7-7) decrease rounds in
stitch in first double crochet at total) = (24) 24-42-40-48 (48-45)
beginning of round. stitches.
On next round knit all stitches
Crochet on hook size 2.5 mm together 2 by 2. Purl 1 round
with light beige mix at the edge and repeat decrease on next
around both sleeves as follows: knit round in size 6/9 and 12/18
ROUND 1: Work 1 double months and (2 - 3/4) years (do
crochet in first stitch at the not decrease in the other sizes) =
bottom of sleeve, * 1 chain (12) 12-11-10-12 (12-12) stitches.
stitch, skip approx. 1 cm, 1 Pull a double yarn through the
double crochet in next stitch *, remaining stitches and fasten
repeat from *-* (make sure to tightly. WW
avoid a tight edge) and finish
with 1 slip stitch in first double
crochet at beginning of round.
ROUND 2: Work 1 chain stitch,
1 double crochet around first
chain stitch, * 4 chain stitches,
1 treble crochet in 4th chain
stitch from hook, skip 1 double
crochet + 1 chain stitch + 1
double crochet, work 1 double
crochet around next chain
stitch *, repeat from *-* the
entire round, finish with 1 slip


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Knitted slippers for EXPLANATIONS FOR THE
babies with false cables in PATTERN:
Premature - 4 years. (worked back and forth):
Knit all rows.
1 ridge in height = Knit 2 rows.

DROPS Design: 1 yarn over, knit 1, purl 1 *, – see description above, AT will continue to twist. Tie a
Pattern no bm-099-by repeat from *-*. Continue with THE SAME TIME after (1) knot in each end. read the
Yarn group A rib until the piece measures (5) 1½-1½-2-3 (3-3) cm decrease cord through the row of holes
5-5-6-6 (7-8) cm. Purl 1 row every 2nd row (i.e. each row in the slipper (starting and
SIZES: from the wrong side, AT THE from the right side) as follows ending mid front). Repeat on
(Premature) 0/1 - 1/3 - 6/9 - SAME TIME as you decrease to finished length: Decrease the other slipper. WW
12/18 months (2 - 3/4) years (9) 9-11-13-13 (13-13) stitches 1 stitch at the beginning and
Fits foot length: (8) 9-10-11-12 evenly spaced in all sizes = (35) end of the row by knitting DIAGRAM
(14-16) cm 35-37-39-39 (43-43) stitches. 2 stitches together inside
Cut the strand. the 1 edge stitch. In addition = knit from right
MATERIALS: Now place the outermost (11) decrease by knitting 2 stitches side, purl from
DROPS BABY MERINO from 11-12-13-13 (15-15) stitches together on each side of wrong side
Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group on each side on 1 thread = 13 the 2 knitted stitches in the = purl from right
A) stitches left on the needle in all middle of the row (= 4 stitches side, knit from
(50) 50-50-50-50 (100-100) g sizes. Work A.1 over these 13 decreased every 2nd row) wrong side
colour 45, lemon stitches, starting from the right = (32) 36-42-48-52 (62-72) = slip 1 stitch as if
side. Continue this pattern for stitches left on needle. Cast off to knit, knit 2 and
KNITTING TENSION: (3) 3½-4-4½-5½ (6½-8) cm, and sew the seam under foot pass the slipped
26 stitches in width and 34 rows then purl the next row from and mid back, in the outermost stitch over
in height with stocking stitch = 10 the wrong side, AT THE SAME loop of the outermost stitch so = between 2
x 10 cm. TIME as you decrease (5) 5-3- the seam is flat. stitches make 1
1-1 (1-1) stitches over the 13 yarn over
NEEDLES: stitches. Cut the strand. Work the other slipper in the = no stitch; skip
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE same way. this square
2.5 MM: e next row is worked as
Needle size is only a guide. If you follows from the right side: CORD:
get too many stitches on 10 cm, Work the stitches from the
change to a larger needle size. If thread on the one side, knit up Cut 3 strands of approx. 1
you get too few stitches on 10 cm, (7) 9-10-11-13 (16-21) stitches metre. Twist them together
change to a smaller needle size along the side of the mid- until they begin to resist, fold
piece, work the (8) 8-10-12-12 the strands double and they
SLIPPER: (12-12) stitches on the needle
(= front), knit up (7) 9-10-11-
e slipper is worked back and 13 (16-21) stitches along the
forth from mid back. other side of the mid-piece
Cast on (44) 44-48-52-52 and work the stitches from the
(56-56) stitches with circular second thread = (44) 48-54-
needle size 2.5 mm and Baby 60-64 (74-84) stitches on the
Merino. Purl 1 row from the needle. Work (2½) 3-3-4-5
wrong side then work rib as (5-5) cm GARTER STITCH
follows from the right side:
* Knit 1, purl 1 *, repeat from
*-*. Continue this rib for (3)
3-3-4-4 (5-6) cm – the next
row is worked as follows from
the right side: * Knit 2 together,




Knitted blanket for baby
with lace pattern in DROPS
Big Merino.

DROPS design:
Pattern mb-003-by
Yarn group C or A + A
Small blanket:
Piece measures approx. 40 x 50
Large blanket:
Piece measures approx. 65 x 80
Garnstudio (belongs to yarn
group C)
200-300 g colour 09, lavender
17 stitches in width and 22 rows
vertically in stocking stitch = 10
x 10 cm.
5 mm, length 60 or 80 cm for
stocking stitch.
Needle size is only a suggestion! If
you have too many stitches on 10
cm switch to larger needles. If you
have too few stitches on 10 cm
switch to smaller needles

PATTERN: love this snuggly
blanket and it’s a = knit from the right side,
GARTER STITCH thoughtful gift that purl from the wrong side
(back and forth): will see them through
Knit all rows. bedtime for years to = knit 2 together
1 ridge vertically = knit 2 rows.
come ” = slip 1 stitch knitwise,
PATTERN: knit 1, pass slipped stitch
See diagram A.1. in width) and work 3 edge over stitch worked
stitches in garter stitches.
BABY BLANKET: Continue pattern like this = 1 yarn over between 2
until piece measures approx. stitches, purl yarn over on
Cast on 69-111 stitches on 49-79 cm, adjust after one next row, it should make
circular needle size 5 mm whole repetition vertically. a hole
with Big Merino. Work 2 Work 2 ridges, cast off by
ridges in GARTER STITCH - knitting on next row.
see explanation above. en Cut and fasten the yarn. WW
work as follows from right
side: Work 3 edge stitches
in garter stitch, work A.1
until 3 stitches remain on
needle (repeat A.1 9-15 times





Crochet dinosaur in DROPS DROPS design:
Safran or DROPS Paris Pattern no e-011-bn
Yarn group A and C or A + A
Worked from the top of head, Measurements: approx. 10 cm
down the neck, along the body high x 14 cm long
and out to the tail. Work the
legs separately and fasten. Work Materials: ROW 18 (WS): Skip the first 2 dc, where all dc are worked tog 2
spikes at the end. DROPS SAFRAN from Garnstudio 1 dc in each of the next 11 dc, turn by 2. Cut the thread, put some
READ FILLING TIP! 50 g colour no 14, army green with 1 ch. cotton wool in snout, baste the
50 g colour no 31, lime ROW 19 (RS): Skip the first 2 dc, yarn end around the opening,
HEAD, BODY AND TAIL: + some black for eyes and mouth 1 dc in each of the next 8 dc, turn tighten tog and fasten.
Work 4 ch with army green on 3 mm - or size needed to get 24 ROW 20 (WS): Skip the first 2 dc, LEG:
hook size 3 mm and form a ring dc = 10 cm in width. 1 dc in each of the next 5 dc, turn
with 1 sl st in first ch. READ ACCESSORIES: Some cotton with 1 ch. Work 4 ch with army green
CROCHET TIP! wool for filling. ROUND 21: Now work in the and form a ring with 1 sl st in
ROUND 1: Work 6 dc in ch-ring. LARGE: round again - work dc around first ch.
ROUND 2: * Work 1 dc in first dc, Measurements: approx. 14 cm the entire opening - inc evenly so ROUND 1: Work 5 dc in ch-
2 dc in next dc *, repeat from *-* high x 20 cm long that there are 20 dc in total, then ring.
the entire round = 9 dc. Materials: work until mid under belly. ROUND 2: Work 2 dc in every
ROUND 3: * Work 1 dc in each DROPS PARIS fra Garnstudio ROUND 22: Work 1 dc in every dc = 10 dc.
of the first 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc *, 50 g colour no 05, light purple dc but in 2 dc mid on top of ROUND 3-6: Work 1 dc in every
repeat from *-* the entire round 50 g colour no 58, powder pink back work 2 dc = 22 dc – insert 1 dc, fasten off.
= 12 dc. Turn piece and work + some black for eyes and mouth marker in the middle of these dc. Work a total of 4 legs like this.
back from WS. DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE ROUND 23-25: Work 1 dc in Fill some cotton wool in them
ROW 4-6: Work 3 rows with 1 4 mm - or size needed to get 17 dc every dc. and sew them to the underside
dc in every dc back and forth = 10 cm in width. ROUND 26-29: Work 1 dc in of body.
(= opening for snout, which is ACCESSORIES: Some cotton every dc but dec 1 st on each side
worked later). wool for filling. of marker mid on top of back (i.e. SPIKES:
ROUND 7: Now work in the FILLING TIP: dec 2 sts on every round). After
round again (insert 1 marker at Gradually fill some cotton wool in 29th round 14 dc remain. Work spikes on the back with
beg of round). Work the first 2 dc the animal when working. ROUND 30-33: Work 1 dc in lime on hook size 3 mm as
tog – SEE DECREASE, then 1 dc CROCHET TIP: every st but dec 1 st mid on top of follows: Work 1 sl st at the tip
in each of the next 8 dc and work Beg every dc round with 1 ch (this back (dec alternately before and of tail, * work 3 ch, in the first
the last 2 dc tog = 10 dc. does not replace first dc) and after marker). After 33rd round ch work 1 tr, skip approx. 1 cm
ROUND 8-14: Work 1 dc in finish with 1 sl st in first dc from 10 dc remain. and work 1 dc *, repeat from *-*
every dc in the round without beg of round. ROUND 34-36: Work 1 dc in until where tail beg. Continue
finishing every round, then Turn every dc row with 1 ch - this every dc. to work as follows: * 3 ch, skip
work 1 dc in each of the first 5 sts ch does not replace first dc on ROUND 37-42: Work 1 dc in approx. 1 cm and work 1 dc *,
to end up mid on top of neck - row. every dc but dec 1 dc mid under repeat until mid back of head
now rounds beg her. DECREASE TIP: tail on all rounds. and finish with 1 sl st. Fasten
ROUND 15: 1 dc in each of the Dec 1 dc by working 2 sts tog. After round 42 there are 4 sts off.
first 3 dc, 2 dc in each of the next This is done as follows: Insert remaining. Cut the thread,
4 dc, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc hook in first st and pull thread baste the yarn end around the Embroider eyes and mouth
= 14 dc. through, insert hook in next st opening, tighten tog and fasten. with black.
ROUND 16: Work the first 2 dc and pull thread through, make 1
tog, then 1 dc in each of the next YO and pull thread through all 3 SNOUT: LARGE DINOSAUR:
3 sts, 2 dc in each of the next 4 sts on hook.
sts, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, Work 10 dc with army green Work as small dinosaur, but
and work the last 2 dc tog = 16 dc. the first 14 dc, turn with 1 ch. around the opening at the front on hook size 4 mm with Paris.
ROUND 17: Work 1 dc in each of en work back and forth a of head. Work 1 round with 1 Head, body and tail are worked
dc in every dc, then 1 round with light purple. Snout, legs
piece for chest. and spikes are worked with
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When Frances McDormand of civil rights lawyer Bryan “I think it’s are so crucial.
collected her Oscar in 2018, Stevenson and his battle to free good to help Foxx is more circumspect.
Michael B. Jordan was paying a man from death row. try to change “We do movies to get the
attention. The actress took the narrative
to the stage as she collected “When Frances McDormand with films and stories out and anything else
her gong for Three Billboards gave that speech and I got a powerful stories that comes, we welcome it
Outside Ebbing, Missouri and chance to really understand but at the same time we are
said a phrase that not many had what it is and did my digging like this” not looking to be upset. Those
heard before: inclusion rider. on it,” he says. people that are nominated,
be department heads. Strong we want to give them their
She was referring to a clause “I realised I can implement women, strong people of moment. But we do feel that
that an actor can insist be that with my own production colour, people from the LGBTQ people feel for us, they wanted
inserted in their contract, that company and Warner Bros [the community and people with to see this go all the way and so
requires cast and crew on a film film studio behind Just Mercy] disabilities, the whole nine, you appreciate that.
to meet a certain level of racial adopted that as well. so the cast and crew was a
and gender diversity. reflection of the world that we “But we don’t let that stop
“To be able to let Just Mercy live in and I thought it was a us getting the word out and
Just three days later, be the first film under my beautiful thing.” continuing. I applaud this
Black Panther actor Jordan production company to use the young man [Jordan] all the
announced that he would inclusion rider, it was pretty In the film Jamie Foxx plays time, continuing to do movies
be adopting this tool at his powerful. Walter McMillian, who in that we can literally feed off of
production company. His first 1987 was sentenced to die for for a lifetime and that is what
film using the rider is here. “We had people who have the notorious murder of an it’s about.”
worked on their craft for 18-year-old girl, despite an
Just Mercy tells the true story 30-plus years and this is the abundance of evidence proving While this story took place
first time they were able to his innocence. in the 1980s, it feels modern.
Black men are still over-
Foxx has been widely lauded represented at all stages of the
for his performance but was criminal justice system.
absent from this year’s BAFTA
and Oscar nods. BAFTA “This story took place over
members nominated only 30 years ago but it could have
white performers in the acting happened yesterday,” Jordan
categories while the Oscars says. “So I think for me, having
nominated just one black the platform that I have to be
star – Cynthia Erivo, perhaps able to produce films and be
demonstrating why these riders able to tell stories, this is one





The makers of Safe are back with a new
Netflix thriller in The Stranger

that I felt was really important. that you’ve never been in, HOW WOULD YOU REACT you think, ‘Where do you go
“There is a racial bias in the someone you’ve never met, and IF YOUR WHOLE WORLD from here?’ He receives this
it’s so matter of fact. WAS TURNED ON ITS damning information and
criminal justice system, so to HEAD IN AN INSTANT? confronts his wife in the first
be able to highlight that, to “Even the people that did That’s exactly what happens 10 minutes. That interested
start those conversations again, that remained in power after to Adam Price, a happily me because it’s usually the
and to be able to put that at the the case was overturned married father of two, whose other way around, you get
forefront of people’s minds is (Sheriff Tom Tate stayed in charmed existence is rocked to the end and he finds out
extremely important. office until his retirement in to the core after a shock what’s happened.
2018. After McMillian filed a revelation.
“And to help try to change civil lawsuit against him and HOW DID YOU PREPARE
the perception of what it is to other state and local officials, Neftflix’s The Stranger FOR THE ROLE?
be black or brown, when guilt the US Supreme Court ruled reunites the team behind I pored through the book a
and danger and negativity is against him, holding that a hit series Safe, having number of times to extract as
always associated with you county sheriff could not be been adapted by Danny much detail as I could and then
and how you look. I think it’s sued for monetary damages.) Brocklehurst from the novel started to build a family photo
good to help try to change by Harlan Coben. Richard album of their lives. Because
the narrative with films and “That is why I applaud Armitage takes the lead in the the story happens in the first
powerful stories like this.” Michael B. Jordan for bringing psychological thriller. 10 minutes, I had to build their
us this movie, bringing us life before the bombshell hit.
The film shines a light on Bryan Stevenson. INTRODUCE US TO YOUR The album was their lives and
the racism both men face as it CHARACTER AND YOUR their achievements, the birth
details Stevenson’s legal battle “Watching the movie now ROLE WITHIN THE STORY of their kids, the holidays
to have his client’s conviction with people in a theatre, I I play a character called Adam they went on. Alongside this
overturned as he becomes see people are clapping and Price who’s a successful I usually create a soundtrack,
embroiled in a labyrinth of legal cheering and crying, they are lawyer, family man, a dad and so I’ve got a visual and an
and political manoeuvrings. leaving with a sense of hope so a husband. They are a pretty audible account of their lives.
it really means a lot. aspirational family and their I built the background of the
“This story is so important existence is happy. They are characters through that and
because it shows you what a “Now lawyers are calling heavily scheduled with their I wrote a biography of how
black man goes through,” Bryan Stevenson, saying they lives and I feel like sometimes Adam and Corrine met. That
Foxx says. want to come and work pro they pass like ships in the found its way into a speech at
bono and help the situation, It’s night but it’s a good life, they the end of the story, so it was
“To be riding down the the most important movie that function well and it’s a very all connected to real events
street, minding his own I’ve ever done.” WW modern family. The household that I’d created and drawn on
business, somebody takes you is balanced, and mum and dad my own experiences to
out of your car and says that Just Mercy is out now take equal roles, they drive put in there.
you killed somebody in a city nice cars, have a beautiful
house and then The Stranger The Stranger launches
sidles up to Adam at the on Netflix on Thursday,
football club and drops a January 30
bombshell on him.

Everything was a surprise
as the journey that this
character goes on is full of
trap-doors and dead-ends.
He’s completely blind to
the situation. Also, the big
reveal happens in one of the
first scenes of the show and
By Laura Harding
By Gemma Dunn


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Coronation Street Roy’s pleased to see her whilst Carla’s Also this week
concerned. Will Nina allow her uncle to
While the Geoff/Yasmeen storyline look after her? › Who needs a loan?
is difficult to watch, we do think it’s › Who is perplexed?
relevant and fair play to Corrie for Daniel’s uneasy to wake up and › Who goes to Blackpool?
featuring it. is week, Geoff forces a discover something - and someone. How
reluctant - and claustrophobic - Yas are you going to get out of this? And is
into his magic box, for a trick. e trick, someone happy to wait until another
however, does not go according to plan. Weatherfield regular is ready?
Guess who takes the flak? Yep, Yasmeen
as Geoff films her as he goads. What an When Ray asks Alya and Bethany to be
awful, awful man. extra nice to some investors Bethany feels
exploited. Does she make Ray angry?
It doesn’t get much better during
the week as Geoff shows what an Keen to see more of his daughter,
abomination he truly is. Michael makes Grace promise to keep in
regular touch.
Maria tries to be honest with Liam but
Gary’s words aren’t helping. And oddly, Tim tries to worm his way back in with
they suggest something... Sally by playing the track from their first
wedding dance through the letterbox.
e Book Club gathers in the Rovers
(where else?) but Steve and Tracy are In the 10,000th episode, residents take
bored - so they head off. It’s time for them a trip down memory lane as they head
to be honest with each other. for Blackpool on a special mission. A day
trip is just what they need, right? Until
A dishevelled Nina calls in the cafe. someone makes a life changing decision.
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Emmerdale EastEnders Fair City

Laurel gets some bad news (and you Someone is mortified at what their son Hughie lies about having a health check
should prepare your army of hankies may have seen his parent doing. done (bad Hughie). An exercise regime is
for this) and needs to tell the children. announced but who wants payback?
Arthur takes the news badly, only to run Denise arrives back from Scotland and
off and be discovered by another villager. after meeting Isaac, apologises to Sheree. Carol cautions Paul on exacting revenge
Arthur explains his predicament. Oh! But who is suspicious? but he takes no heed of her, or Fiona. Silly
We’re tearing up already. man, what a silly man.
Suki plans a family meal but who gets
Elsewhere, Pete feels adrift and makes more than they bargained for? Sharon’s not fooled by Hayley saying
a decision about his life. everything is fine. Later, Hayley treats
Whitney plans to put things right and Sharon to a girls’ night in. Jane tells
Leyla and Liam brainstorm ways they takes matters into her own hands. Er, I’m Hayley some home truths but can she
can lift David’s mood but will they come not sure this is the best idea. turn the issue around?
up with something?
Who buys their child football tickets as Melanie asks Mondo out on a date but
Andrea and Jamie are on different a peace offering? she might regret that after watching a
pages regarding moving forward. And certain video of someone she knows...
who is feeling jealous? Bernadette is curious at Karen’s lack of Will they ever get together?
concern when the police update her about
Keanu. How curious!

Holby City Ros na Rún Emmerdale boss coSnfiOdeAntPial
Laura Shaw
explained why

they killed o

Graham Foster.

At an Emmerdale

press day, she

said: “Andrew

Scarborough, who

plays Graham, is

an amazing actor

and brilliant to

work with. He has

Sacha shows no sign of depression, Caitríona sinks even lower this week, been at the heart of
despite his outpouring of grief. Today’s resorting to desperate measures to buy a
the day of his bowel transplant operation, microscope for Maeve. so many storylines since he started in the
but Max is concerned, aware that Sacha
has struggled with his mental health. She Réailtín, upon realising that Nathan show, so it felt only fitting that he went
wonders whether he’s the right man for doesn’t like her in that way, has scurried
the job, or if it’s too much for him. home. Laoise tries to comfort her. out with a big bang. Graham has built

Nicky is trying to fight her way out Speaking of Nathan, he wakes up with up so many enemies during his time. He
of her spiralling debt, and things go a hangover from hell this week, and tries
from bad to worse when her mother is to laugh it off. We’d have just stayed in played a big part in the Charity and Joe
admitted as a patient, having had yet bed and had a Lucozade.
another accident. storyline, and has a rich history with Kim
Bobbi Lee is playing Miss Marple and
Donna’s head is turned by her patient is trying to figure out who brought the too. There are not many characters you
who happens to work in showbusiness. box of chocolates to Jude. And why is it so
necessary for her to know? can play a big whodunit with, so we felt

By Áine Toner we should take advantage of that.” By

the time you read this, the real murderer

(there were seven main suspects) will

have been revealed... Ooh.



Stitching to success with

Bernie Murphy


lessons of cra and design from Regional College and finally a BA the designer’s collections
‘Homelands’ and ‘Belongings’
Inish Dre her grandmother and mother, Hons in Fine and Applied Art at as Bernie cites Donegal as the
Belonging inspiration of her collection, she
Co ection who knitted and sewed and were Ulster University. also commends the importance
of a support network when self-
MTopoyPgalsahmiCnualBo eleosnCgiunlgcaCrao ection extremely creative. “In 2017 from all the experience employed.

Coco Chanel, Giorgio Armani It was Bernie’s mother who I had gathered over the years I “Starting a business in
and Donatella Versace are a few Donegal, I was very fortunate to
of the most famous designers gave her daughter her first decided to launch BernieMurphy. be able to avail of the support of
to date but there is a new Donegal LEO, Donegal Women in
designer snapping at their sewing machine. com,” says Bernie. Business and Acorns.
heels, hailing from Donegal.
Bernie has fond memories of Bernie has received incredible “With their support I have
Bernie Murphy is a textile been able to move my business
artist, designer and educator who her younger self creating clothes feedback from all over the world, forward and watch it grow.”
owns the online studio business
Bernie Murphy Designs. She is for her dolls. from US, Australia and Ireland. Bernie believes that it is never
passionate about traditional Irish too late for people to chase their
fabrics and interprets them in a “These skills were assimilated “It’s surreal,” says the dreams.
unique, individual way.
as part my home life,” she says. designer. “This wouldn’t have “It’s never too late to start
Living in the dramatic something new, change is good.
landscape of the Wild Atlantic Prior starting her own company been possible without the online People always doubt their
Way, Bernie is influenced by abilities. Surround yourself
the colours and textures which the designer worked with clothing world of social media. I didn’t with like-minded people and be
surround her, and translates prepared to work hard.”
these influences into her manufacturing company, Fruit realise it is harder work than I
garments, which combine drama The textile designer has no
and sophistication. of the Loom International Ltd, anticipated. However, online is plans of stopping anytime soon
and states that this is only the
The Buncrana native’s passion for 18 years as their garment great because I got my name beginning.
for textiles started from an early
age as Bernie absorbed the technologist. This role involved out there quicker for PR and the “I would love to expand
my business and customer
designing and prototyping feedback, I get from all the over base globally. Showcasing
Donegal’s heritage style with a
garments for each season. the world which is incredible.” contemporary twist to a wider
This experience included Home is where is the heart
And lastly, we asked the
not only the daily design is which is quite evident in designer what is her life motto to
which she replied, “Half of doing
requirements of the position but it is believing that you can.” WW

managing deadlines, coordinating Check out Bernie’s
collection pieces over
sta and producing the designs on her website -
for consideration on schedule and
Have a small business
overseeing cost. and want your story
told? Contact Niamh at
In 2006 a er the Fruit of the [email protected]

Loom decided to cease their Irish

business, Bernie at the age of 40,

took the opportunity to go back

to education and develop her

design skills further. BGelernbeieCMuluorphesy
Bernie received a HNC in

Spatial Design, a HND in Fashion
and Textile Design at North West

Co ection

“It’s never By Niamh Shields
too late to start
something new,
change is good.
People always

doubt their


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This is not a tarot question per time (if ever!). e good news into the space clearing energies year ahead – e Moon and e Illustrations by Jeffrey ompson |
se, but I was hoping you could is that this is a very simple of crystals too (something Hermit. What this tells me is
help me. I recently moved thing to do yourself. You have to keep in mind – look for that you’re going through a bit
into a new house and despite a few options here and I would Judy Hall’s books, they’re of a life review at the moment.
living there for almost two encourage you to go with the fantastic). I pulled a card for You may find yourself coming
months now, I can’t settle. one that feels best to you. You your new home after you clear up against non-stop obstacles
I feel uneasy. Sometimes I can purchase a sage bundle the energy and I received the and disappointments. is is
worry that my mind is playing or stick of Palo Santo from Four of Wands, the literal card life, painful as it is, getting rid
tricks on me – a few times your local holistic/new age of a happy home. I think the of everything that no longer
I’ve thought that I’ve seen shop and burn it in the house. old owners may have left some serves you so it can be (in the
something out of the corner Simply walk from room to heavy energy behind, but once future) replaced by things
of my eye. I asked my local room, wafting the smoke into you clear your space, you’ll that work better for who you
priest to come and bless the every nook and cranny. You start to feel much better and are now. As humans we are
house for me, but he pawned can play Tibetan Bowl music more comfortable. Also, do constantly changing, and
me off saying that I should just (readily available on YouTube) you have a cat? I keep getting sometimes when a change
say some prayers. I’m not sure until you feel the energy ‘lift’ the impression that a cat is occurs (whether we’re aware
that I believe in ghosts but I just or you can say a prayer to God/ going to be of great comfort to of it or not) things start to
want it to feel like home. Can Source/ e Universe to send you in your new home. I hope fall apart – we might lose a
you help me? pure white light into every this helps and please do let me relationship or a job. But have
ANXIOUS, CO MEATH room in your house to cleanse know how you get on. faith that these this is only
away any negativity. Every temporary and by mid-2020
Whether you believe in ghosts method is equally as effective. Last year was a very hard year you’ll find yourself on much
or not, Anxious, I always When space clearing, always for me and while I’m trying to firmer footing. e Hermit
think it’s a good idea to clear keep the windows and doors be optimistic for 2020, I worry suggests that this year is a
the energy of a space on a of your home open to let the it will be more of the same. Do fantastic year for you to take
regular basis. Our homes are negative energy escape and you see anything good for me? up a practice that connects you
like sponges and they soak up always ask Archangel Michael, ANONYMOUS, VIA EMAIL with your soul so you can better
all the energy we emit – both the archangel of protection, hear its guidance. Whether
positive and negative, sickness to watch over you and protect I’m sorry to hear 2019 was it’s meditation, yoga, going
and good health. Obviously, you and usher out the negative tough for you, Anon, but thank to mass or prayer – the more
if we’ve just gone through a energy. Try one (or all) of these you for sending me in your time you can spend connecting
rough patch, we don’t want methods and you should see birth date – with this I can to your own interpretation of
any negative, heavy energy a huge difference. For best calculate your tarot card for the Divine, the easier these
hanging around. I would practice, regularly cleanse your 2020 and see what’s in store for final few transitions will be on
imagine that your house feels home energetically as well as you with more accuracy. You you. Trust that you’re guided,
uncomfortable because it just physically and I feel like you actually have two cards for the because you are.
hasn’t been cleansed in a long might be interested in looking

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Aquarius Pisces

Jan 21 - Feb 19 Feb 20 - Mar 20

e changes that have Long and drawn-out
happened can be discussions on a plan or move
confusing. Don’t look for are well worth the time spent.
quick answers. Nature Being strong and willing to
has a knack of pulling grasp life and run with it now
us up short. What you spells success. You are not
need is a guiding light. It convinced? Just look around at
will come. Keep looking how others are dithering and
ahead, Aquarius. getting nowhere.

Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer

Mar 21 - April 20 April 21 - May 21 May 22 - June 21 June 22 - July 22

With the chance to really get Being open and honest with Not sure if you are ready to Recent events may have been
your message over this week, workmates, and even the boss, move on to something new? a big blow to your feelings of
start chatting. It is not a time seems the right thing. In the A few months down the line stability. Sudden changes can
to hold back feelings and here and now reality has to be there may not be a choice, so affect you this way. In a steep
ambitions. Work in particular faced. Feeling brave? A bit like at least consider it. Changes learning curve this week? You
brings stability and certainty. a guitar that is out of tune, you have already happened are still very much your own
really don’t want to be played. even if not readily accepted. person and won’t be thrown
e last few weeks have seen a In fact it is a puzzle to you Whatever you think right by silly decisions made by
certain amount of turmoil. e exactly what you do want. now, that opinion will change. others. eir loss is your gain.
status quo needs to be restored.


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all. What you need is a plan. shifting sand. Does that ring away from you. Have you question
Where do you want to be in a bell with you? Never before considered that it could be the using the
five years’ time? Who would have we needed more courage. right time to let it go? As much form on page
you like to be with and how as we may wish things to stay 45: Which
will you manage it? at little voice in the back the same, eventually they do star sign is
of your mind that constantly change. e answers you seek represented
sounds negative need not be will find the right time to come by the twins?
listened to. Be firmly in charge to you.
of your thoughts and actions. WOMANSWAY.IE 47

WELLNESS Chakra is a Sanskrit word
used to describe the wheels of energy
BOOKWORM that exist within the human body. While
each person has thousands of chakras
Safe Hands: Recover Your Wellbeing in their body, there are seven main ones
Through Creativity and Play that are positioned along the length
of your spine. When your chakras are
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the New Year. Safe Hands is a quick read but full of depth. In this you may find you have issues in the
workbook, author Nikki Weston encourages you to dive into your area of your life that the chakra relates
creative passion, whatever it may be, to find happiness and some head space. With to. While I would always recommend
Safe Hands, readers are shown how creative expression can be one of the most nurturing working with a qualified energy healing
forms of self-care and, best of all, you can start right where you are and it doesn’t have practitioner (like a Reiki healer, for
to be perfect. example), you can support your chakras
at home by trying some of the following
Root chakra (located at the base of the
(FREE ON ITUNES) spine): You can balance this chakra by
eating root vegetables, going outside and
If you’re a fan of the Law of Attraction, then you’re definitely not going to want walking in your bare feet and practicing
to miss this podcast. Hosted by manifestation maven Katherine Zenkina, ‘grounding’ meditations.
this podcast is full of incredible stories, tips and sage advice when it comes Sacral chakra (located just under the
to manifesting your deepest desires. It’s the ideal listen if you have some big naval): Do something that brings you
dreams you want to bring to fruition this year. a great sense of pleasure, laugh at
something funny, visualise an orange
CALM PANIC light around your body healing you.
Solar plexus (located just above the
Struggling with a panic attack or some fearful, naval): Do something that makes you
anxious thoughts? Supplement your self-care feel empowered, stand up for yourself,
routine by burning some bergamot oil in an face the issue you’ve been running away
essential oil di user. Bergamot can help to from, wear something yellow.
stabilise fearful thinking and lower feelings Heart chakra (located at the heart): Write
of anxiety. Of course, if you’re struggling, a love letter, practice gratitude, try a
it’s always a good idea to speak to your GP or heart-based meditation (such as Metta),
consider making contact with a good counsellor listen to or watch something beautiful,
or therapist. spend time breathing deep in nature.

roat chakra (located at the throat):
Sing, laugh, shout, use your voice, write
some poetry and then read it aloud, have
a conversation with someone you love,
wear the colour blue.

ird eye chakra (located at the
forehead): Practice meditation or yoga,
wear the colour purple, connect with
your intuition, make sure you get enough
Crown chakra (located at the crown of
the head): Practice meditation, pray,
surrender your worries to a higher
power, visualise white light flowing
down over your body, ask the angels for
their help, send love and light out into
the world.



AFFIRMATION: Take 10 Why don’t
“I lovingly allow minutes you…
myself to receive good to...
today. I am worthy.” Go easy on yourself
Repeat multiple times CREATE SOME
a day for the best BOUNDARIES Unsurprisingly, during the
months of January and
e ect Personal boundaries are February, millions of people
so important. ey help make resolutions to work out
FIVE-MINUTE HAPPINESS FIX us to protect our time and and exercise more. And while
Be mindful energy and stop others getting in shape is always a
from taking advantage of good resolution to have, experts
If you’re struggling with anxiety, listen up because us. Today spend 10 minutes say that for the best results,
some new research from the University of Sothern writing down a list of things it’s essential to go easy on
Demark has just found that mindfulness can have a that you will not (or would yourself. According to a recent
hugely positive impact on it. Researchers discovered that rather not) do. ey could study, up to 73 per cent of
practicing mindfulness on a daily basis can actually rid be ‘I will no longer engage people who set fitness goals in
the body of negative emotions like fear and anxiety. is in conversation with people the new year, end up quitting
is the first time a study has been able to solidly prove who shout me down’ or ‘I before they reach their targets
this. Interested in learning more about mindfulness? will say no to anything that mainly because they find it too
Download the free mobile phone app Insight Timer or takes me away from my goal challenging to stay on track or
why not pick up a copy of the ground-breaking text e of starting my own business.’ they overcommit and end up
Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle? Once you know what your getting injured. So if you’re
boundaries are, practice currently pushing yourself to
enforcing them with love. exercise, remember that less is
Remember we teach people more and be kind to yourself.
how we want to be treated by
what we’re willing and not
willing to accept.

EXPLORE – Your Chinese zodiac sign

We just entered the Year of the Rat in Chinese astrology and if you have no idea what that means for you, now’s
the time to google your Chinese zodiac sign. The Rat is the first the zodiac sign and is seen as a sign of wealth and
abundance. The year of the Rat usually brings fresh starts, new beginnings and lots of productive energy.

WHY DON’T YOU… to be an animal like a to send you your sign. You might say
Ask for a sign? butterfly or an owl? something like: ‘ ank you Universe
Or maybe, a song for showing me my sign of [state your
We live in a friendly appeals to you – sign] to let me know that you hear me
universe, one that is which song would and I’m on the right track.’
constantly guiding us you choose? Or 3. Now be patient. Surrender. Don’t
and letting us know what about a actively look for your sign. Just allow
that we’re on the right number such as it to appear organically. For example,
path. If you’re feeling 1111 or 444? e you might see it in a book, hear
a little lost lately, why choice is up to someone talking about it or see it on
not tap into the power you. television. Don’t concern yourself with
of the universe and ask it 2. Ask to receive it. how it will show up. Just trust that it
to send you a sign? Here’s Go somewhere that will.
how: 4. When you receive your sign, say
1. Decide what your sign will be. you can be alone. Take thank you to the universe.
Would you like your special symbol a few deep breaths to settle
yourself and then ask the universe


2020 is set to be the year of sleep Spring is (hopefully) on the horizon LISTENING
according to The Sleep Council. With and if you’re already excited for
people spending up to a third of their your first hike or hill walk of the By Kate Murphy
life in bed and sleep hygiene on the rise decade, why not inspire yourself to (Harvill Secker, €19.46)
in the wellness sphere, this year will get outdoors even more by making This book by journalist
be all about how much shut-eye we’re a playlist to get you moving? Kate Murphy purports to
getting and, more importantly, how Daffodil Hotel recently combed “transform your conversations,
we can make sure we’re getting really through hundreds of Spotify relationships and life” by
good quality sleep. Speaking about playlists to find the world’s most digging into how and why
‘the year of sleep’ Lisa Artis, chief popular hiking songs. It’s been we communicate so poorly.
advisor for The Sleep Council said: “For scientifically proven that listening Through interviews with experts
too long we’ve seen sleep regarded to music can not only make as diverse as an ex-FBI chief
as virtually an ‘optional extra’ when it exercise more enjoyable, it can investigator to a furniture
comes to good health, but a growing also boost our stamina. Make sure salesman, New Your Times
tide of scientific evidence is proving you download some of these tunes contributor Murphy addresses
that it is vital to both our physical and before you hit the trails again. listening in different contexts,
mental wellbeing.” The Sleep Council, such as at work or to ourselves,
in conjunction with The Sleep Charity, THE WORLD’S TOP 4 but essentially every chapter
is set to launch its ‘Sleep Manifesto’ at HIKING SONGS says the same: people do not
Westminster, London, on March 4. pay enough attention. It is not a
1. Ophelia by The Lumineers self-help book, with a to-do list
2. Riptide by Vance Joy to improve your skills – in fact,
3. Old Pine by Ben Howard Murphy disparages how some
4. Home by Edward Sharpe and The “gurus” have misinterpreted
Magnetic Zeros active listening – more a thesis
or thoroughly researched piece
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Grab your calendar and circle July 4 because that’s the day the 37th annual Ring of
Kerry Charity Cycle will take place. Registration is now open and orgnisers are looking
forward to welcoming new participants as well as returning cyclists. This year cyclists
can choose to raise much-needed funds for the following charities: Ard Chúram Day
Care Centre, Banna Rescue, Breakthrough Cancer Research, Cunamh Iveragh, St
Francis Special School and Down Syndrome Ireland (Kerry branch). Registration for
the event costs €100 plus a 3.5 per cent service fee per entry. An additional number of
charities will also receive funds raised through the registration process.
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