Sunday, 6 July 2008


Mary Reilly lives on Greenhill farm in Fawn on the outskirts of Culdaff with her husband John and two children. Together they grow organic vegetables for sale to the public and supply local shops with fresh, high quality home grown produce ranging from fresh salad crops, root vegetables, greens and of course spuds. Mary also has to juggle her time with being a student and is studying for a degree in organic farming. When you buy from Mary and John you can walk around their farm to choose what you want from the ground. This ensures top freshness and food that is packed full of goodness. If you would like more information about what they supply or would like to arrange a time to visit, then check out their website on or phone 086 327 3315

What music do you like?
Rock… I am particularly fond of the old classics bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. I also enjoy the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, but I am still not sure why…

What do you have for breakfast?
Nut free muesli and yoghurt, it’s a great start to the day.

What would you never throw away?
I dislike throwing anything away. I started recycling my bottles years ago before the bottle banks were here. I used to give them to the bloke that collected the bottles form the pubs. I tend to get a bit annoyed paying for packaging that I didn’t want anyway.

What book are you reading?
I am reading Terry Pratchett’s Making Money. It’s another book from the Discworld series.

Have you been to the cinema recently, what did you see and was it any good?
Ratatouille was enjoyable; I went to see it with the kids. We also went to see Bee Movie, I didn’t think much to it. That’s definitely one for youngsters.

What section of the newspaper do you turn to first?
The front page for the news.

What is your idea of a good night out?
Somewhere you can hear yourself speak and doesn’t have a television. I enjoy a good live band gig as well.

Most embarrassing moment of your life?
I did an interview about a school dance on ICR. I didn’t enjoy listening to my own voice…

Have you a favourite TV programme?
I really only watch the news and sometimes a good film.

How do you relax?
I have to read a lot of texts for my studies so I find reading a good fictional book very relaxing.

What job did you want to do when you were a child?
An architect.

Where would you like to go for your holidays?
A safari in Africa would be wonderful.

Your idea of heaven?
A vineyard in the South of France.

Your idea of hell?
Living in a city.

What famous people would you invite around for dinner and why?
Nelson Mandela, Denzel Washington and Joy Larckom. Joy’s book about how to grow vegetables is our gardening bible.

Favourite animal?
The giraffe.

What couldn’t you live without?
A comfortable place to sleep…

Biggest fear?
I really don’t like stormy weather and gale force winds, they play havoc with polythene tunnels.

Biggest thrill?
When my children were born.

The world’s most irritating invention?
Can openers and things designed for right-handed people.

What is your idea of a good night in?
A roaring fire, good film and a good wine.

Do you have a hobby?
I enjoy history and Celtic traditions.

Biggest disappointment?
When a careers advisor at school told me that I couldn’t be an architect because I was a girl…cheek!

Which period in history would you most like to have lived through?
The Megalithic period –3200 BC. I could see the tomb at Newgrange being built. It took a workforce of 300, 20 years to build.

World’s most useful invention?
The Internet. Also sending e-mails, it takes up less energy than using paper.

Personal philosophy?
Take each day as it comes.

1 comment:

Dagny said...

Thanks for posting the interview. Sounds like a fascinating woman. If I were closer (am in the US) would be sure to buy her produce.

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