Garden Lover's Birthday Book


By Rosaleen O'Brien

ISBN: 978-1-84747-668-5
Published: 2008
Pages: 50
Key Themes: poetry, myth, gardening, month-by-month guide, therapeutic benefit


One can only describe this book as a little gem. Award winning author Doctor Rosaleen O`Brien has helped you the reader to get right inside the inner thoughts of family and friends so that on their next birthday you will help to make it the best birthday ever. Mother nature reaches out through flowers, trees and shrubs You cannot afford not to have this book as it differs from similar books in so far as it introduces the idea of celebrating your birthday all week and not just on one day. The author bounces between giving you the reader an appetite for gardening, old myths, and up to date tips on growing plants. Rosaleen loved writing since as a young child she had run out of ink and faced with punishment for not doing her written school work, she looked across the road and saw an elder tree which she collected the berries from and made ink, her teacher was thrilled and so was Rosaleen. Determined to succeed right from childhood Rosaleen continues to enlighten, inform, and entertain as she continues to write from her heart.

About the Author

I have been in receipt of trauma counselling since 1999 on a daily basis,at times speaking till the early hours of the morning.Support from my trauma Counsellor helps me to come to terms with accepting that what has happened to me cannot now be changed. I cannot ever forgive those who had a vicarious liability to look after me and failed. As a result of being locked away for some years all because we were poor has brought certain limitations to my day to day life. Writing is a form of therapy and allows me to be free to be the person that I want to be, and should have been my birthright. Through writing I can reach out to others who may have had such an unfortunate experience as myself . Daily flashbacks can be upsetting and I fill my life with things to do so as to block them out. Day to day life can be exhausting and coping mechanisms that I learnt in order to survive have not helped me in the outside world. God help all fellow survivors and perhaps one day Ireland will accept the terrible price we paid. Shame on all you right thinking residents in Ireland to allow the government and Catholic Church to ignore harm done to me and many others who are either dead or too ill to tell their story. Thanks to Chipmunkapublishing I have been able to confront my demons and a Big Thank you to Reatha my trauma counsellor without her I would not be here today writing about my stolen life.

Book Extract

The first week in January

Is a time to celebrate grass
There are so many species on show you see
Bamboo is a famous kind
And is the largest in the grass family
As you sit on the sofa sipping champagne
With love in your eyes and a song in your heart
No birthday will ever be the same again
The bamboo is your plant
It grows in mountains so cool
Or tropics so hot
A Bamboo growing tall reaching the sky
You will always spot
Observing a bamboo tree is amazing
While having a few beers
Some only flower every one hundred and twenty years
So generous are these plants
Fruit they generously provide
Do enjoy your birthday
The bamboo is your pride


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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 25 June, 2008.

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