A couple of weeks ago I needed a garden with spring flowers as I had an idea going around in my head for a spring photo. I also needed a small child for the photo. Luckily two people came to my rescue; the first was my friend Mandie and her lovely daughter, the second was Markree Castle who said I could use their gardens.
Before we explored the gardens we went into the castle. It really is a stunning place and the stained glass window is beautiful. I have fond memories of exploring the castle when I volunteered for the Hidden Histories book.
I was hanging around Sligo yesterday evening as I tend to do now and again usually waiting for one or the other offspring. It was a beautiful evening to I decided to go for a bit of a spin, plus I was looking for somewhere to have dinner…not the easiest thing as the pubs were closed as were some of the restaurants due to it being Good Friday and them not being allowed to serve alcohol.
After the driving around I headed back into town and drove down by the Quay Street car park where I got the shot below. I had to lean the camera on a pole because I don’t have a tripod (well I do but it has a screw loose, a bit like myself ;) ).
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I went to visit Luna yesterday. Luna is a beautiful dog in the care of Sligo Animal Rescue and being fostered by Ursula (a real life angel). Luna was found wandering the streets with no food or shelter. Sligo Animal Rescue took her in and she was being fostered until she found a forever home. Some lumps were noticed on Luna’s skin and after diagnosis it’s found that she has a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. She needs chemotherapy to give her some extra time but the chemotherapy treatment will cost €250 a month. Can you help in any way please? Donations can be made online here (please mention Luna in the message). Or directly to St. Benedict’s Vets, Pearse Road, Sligo.
Also if you can spread the word that would be great. Thanks in advance.
I was out exploring on Sunday and went to visit Lough na Suil (which means the lake of the eye). The lake is located in Ballinphuill between Geevagh and Riverstown and could possibly be classed as a Sligo-secret.
I met a farmer who told me it disappeared every year except last year but from talking on twitter it seems this isn’t the case and it’s only an occasional happening and on doing some research the years that the lake disappeared are 1833,1933,1965, 1985, 2006 and 2012.
There are two different thoughts as to why the lake vanishes. One is scientific about chemical reactions leading to blockages suddenly giving way and the water flowing into underground limestone caverns and caves. Other people claim that the lake has magical powers, according to local legend, it marks the spot where Balor’s ‘evil eye’ fell after he was killed during the battle of Moytura over 3000 years ago: The Evil Eye had opened and its destructive power burned a great hole in the ground where it fell. The hole filled with water and formed Lough na Suil.
Padraig McKeon from twitter uploaded this audio file of local historian/folklorist, late Des McDonagh tells story of Sligo’s disappearing Loch na Suil in 1985.
Just down the road from Lough Na Suil is Lough Bo. Another lovely lake and well worth exploring.
Firstly the photo doesn’t have anything at all to do with the blog post but I took it last night so I may as well post it. A lovely friend of mine applied to ‘Fund it’ to try and get me the camera I’m hoping to get and also to enable me to finish Sligo-secrets.
Anyway to cut a long story short the Fund it people said no because they felt the website isn’t creative and that’s what Fund it is about. I can totally understand that and at least I know now, although I was disappointed when I heard as it just seems like I’m never going to get this camera.
I know it’s not a big deal to most people and I was told on my Facebook page yesterday people are struggling to feed their children and they don’t care about me and my camera. So that kind of put it into perspective for me. I suppose the thing about the photos I take is that it’s all voluntary and I never get paid so to get this camera would enable me to continue as once the camera I have goes back I’m going to be stuck.
So that’s everyone up to date anyway and maybe the people who urged me to do a Fund it campaign will read this. Thanks so much to everyone for your support though.
The Italian Wardrobe, a high-fashion Italian boutique located on Market Street, Sligo, first opened in 2008 and moved to a bigger premises in 2012. Chiara Poli owns the shop and told us she moved to Ballyshannon 8 years ago from Italy and doesn’t miss it at all.
Chiara said people come from all over Ireland and the UK just to shop in her boutique, which is a reflection of the quality and uniquity displayed in the shop.
The shop captures your attention with its exterior, displaying brightly coloured flowers in window boxes. When I first walked into the shop, I noticed how bright and airy the shop was, and the fact everything was organised and colour coordinated made it easy to navigate my way around the shop. The shop was softly lit and the chandelier hanging from the ceiling really set the ambience of the place.The changing rooms were a real gem (I’d go as far as to say the best changing rooms I’ve ever set foot in!), containing a chair, an array of magazines set on a dressing table and a full length mirror.
The shop caters for sizes 8-24, something that will surely be appreciated by women who feel some shops don’t cater for their needs. Chiara is a bit like a fashion consultant: if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for, she will spend time chatting with you to clarify what kind of outfit you have in mind. This is perfect for shoppers who feel a bit out of their comfort zone. Chiara and her assistant Manuela always have time to help you, making for a satisfying shopping experience. The free coffee while browsing is also a welcome bonus!
Chiara said her shop is unique to Sligo because every item sold in the shop is imported from Italy, all from Italian designers and with prices to suit every budget. The shop has a limited number of each item, meaning it’s unlikely you’ll show up to an event wearing the same thing as someone else!
Chiara hand-picks every single item and chooses accessories, shoes and bags to match each item. Chiara tries to stick to natural fibers and specialises in silk, linen and cotton materials in the summer. I can see she really cares about fashion and what she is selling.
The Italian Wardrobe is open Tuesday – Saturday (the shop is closed Sunday and Monday). The shop also has a website. Chiara is happy to post items to you if you find something that catches your eye. If you get the chance, be sure to go in for a look – you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks to Lucy for writing this post. You can check out her blog here.
Today I headed off to the Sligo Easter Flea Market at The Model. The Sligo Flea Market hosts an array of stalls selling all kinds of items, from vintage bric-a-brac, cakes, vintage clothes, records and trinkets. There are all kinds of treasures to be discovered at the Flea Market.
There were also lots of edible goodies including these Easter eggs below in their very stylish cups and egg cups. If only my kids were younger I’d have bought some. I did buy the most wonderful piece of bakewell tart from Carrie Hughes Cakes…there would have been a photo but I ate it! It’s the nicest bakewell tart I’ve ever had.
All the stalls were so nicely set out and The Model is a perfect place for the market. You can sit and relax over a lovely coffee in the cafe and catch up with old friends or maybe make a few new ones whilst picking up a bargain at the same time.
Faughts Record Fair were also at the market. I really like the Def Leppard picture disc. Weren’t the old days of vinyl just great! I remember singing along to my albums and even knew when the record was going to jump…it’s not the same anymore.
The next Sligo Flea market is in June, I’m looking forward to going already! The rest of my photos are here.
Last night was the launch of the 2014 Rock’n the Green Festival. I was taking photos at last years festival, it was a brilliant event, you can read about it here.
This years festival proves to be even bigger and better. Above is the poster and there have been even more acts announced. To keep up with all the news check out their Facebook page.
I was asked to go along today and take photos of the Try-a-tri event. It involved athletes new to triathlons to try-a-tri. It’s the first time I’ve ever taken photos at a swimming pool so I wasn’t sure how they would turn out.