I had a lovely day today with a unexpected visit to Sligo L.E.T.S Organic Farm Produce today. I had seen my friend Jacintha post a photo of the donkey and asked her where it was. She told me about L.E.T.S and I decided to pay a visit. They are located in Cleveragh near the sports centre.
Gerry also has an aviary for the indoor birds. It was great to meet him and all the folks at the centre and they were telling me that anyone is welcome to call in. This really is a Sligo-secret…I must list it on my site.
If you get a chance do pop in and see Gerry and the animals. If you have any spare wood he’d be grateful too as he’s making new hutches for the animals and all his work so far is paid for without any funding.
The rest of my photos from today are here.
Well done to the organisers and we look forward to the next one. The rest of my photos are here.
I started a new course last week. It’s a Cooking and Budgeting course. Naively I thought it was going to be cooking on a budget but it’s not. There are two parts of it; the first part is cooking and the second part budgeting.
As the first class fell on Shrove Tuesday we made pancakes. I was very surprised that I was the only one in the class who had made pancakes before! We had to whisk them by hand, which is unheard of for me as my usual mode of cooking is ‘bung it in a blender’! Anyway it was fun (apart from the washing up!)
The budgeting was interesting. It’s a good idea for a class and certainly changes your way of thinking. We were told to think about things before we bought them to see if they are a ‘want or a need’. It’s amazing how many things are wants and not necessary at all. Although the majority of things I pay out for are needs.
We are meant to keep a spending diary. I haven’t started mine yet…I think it would make for depressing reading. The teacher was telling us that Sligo MABS (which is a money and budgeting service) have a twelve week waiting list to see people! It must be awful for people who are desperate for help having to wait so long.
I’m still doing to my drama course on a Wednesday and really loving it, I’ll be very sad when it finishes. It’s given me a lot more confidence and I’ve met some great people.
It’s great going back to education, even though they are only part-time courses it’s great to be learning new things.
I know I’ve posted before about my snowy photo that went viral. Well the Sligo Champion did a brilliant article about it and about me They said I was like a one-woman tourist board for Sligo. You can read the full article here.
I’m happy to highlight the beauty we have here in Sligo. By the way although the photo went viral I didn’t make any money from the photo hence the reason I was entering competitions in a bid to upgrade my camera to a DSLR. I didn’t win either of the competitions so if anyone out there is feeling generous or has a contact with a camera’s PR company please consider me. It will enable me to continue promoting Sligo through photography and I’d be forever grateful
The registration for the 2014 Dip in the Nip is now open. If you don’t know what the Dip in the Nip read on:
Many people who do the Dip have experienced cancer, their own or that of somebody close. Some have lost, or are losing loved ones, some Dippers have died since doing their own Dip. Some join in with the Dip while in treatment.
In nothing but a smile, a feather boa, your best earrings, bobble hat or a dab of Chanel No. 5, Dip in the Nip helps put life into perspective – and raises money for charity.
With Dips for women, Dips for men and Dips for couples, they choose beaches that – as funny as it sounds – protect Dippers’ privacy. Because what the Dip in the Nip is not is a nudist or naturalist event. This is a closely monitored charity event that first and foremost is a fundraiser, but also offers something very unique to participants. Most of the Dippers – perhaps surprisingly – have never skinny-dipped before, and they are very aware of the trust that they place in us when choosing to participate. So every effort is made to ensure that their privacy is protected, and as a result, many have Dipped more than once.
Started in 2009 by Máire Garvey, the first Dip was a women only event which took place one morning at beautiful Lissadell beach. Máire thought that perhaps 50 women might show up. Instead, 180 women bared all and ran, laughing and screaming, into the North Atlantic. And between them raised €56,000 for the Irish Cancer Society. There are several dips taking place this year in Galway, Dublin, Cork, Meath and Sligo.
Photos by Frances Muldoon.
I’m a big fan of the Hawk’s Well Theatre. We are lucky to have such a great venue here in Sligo. I really feel like I’m getting a night out when I go to the theatre and they have such a wide variety of shows coming up there really is something for everyone.
At the moment there is a lovely exhibition in there by Rosemary Fallon (the photo I took above really doesn’t do this beautiful painting justice). This exhibition is running until April 26th and is well worth a look.
The theatre, The Model and Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership have joined together for the Children’s Book Festival. This commences on Friday 6th March and there are a lot of events happening throughout the weekend.
The Hawk’s Well have also just started a Kids’ Club where the children can get their own membership card which they will get stamped each time they visit to get a goody bag and other rewards. You can find out more about that here.
You can find out the full list of events here. When was the last time you went to the theatre?
North West Network against Fracking are a peaceful campaigning group opposed to Fracking on the Island of Ireland.
They are attempting a world record for our St. Patricks day parade entry of the Sligo parade: “The most people dressed as WB.Yeats in one place at one time – Don’t frack Yeats Country“
–> You will qualify as Yeats if you wear
side parting for your hair
They would love to get as many people involved as they can. If you would like to get involved or want more information Tel: 0863840254
The Sligo Parade is starting at 12 noon (17th March) on the Mail Coach Road.
It was a very exciting but hectic week. I got a phone call on Monday to say my photo was a finalist in the Ireland AM monthly photo competition – the theme was Love. I had to be in Dublin for 9am so I got up at 4am as I was driving and I wanted to make sure I was there in time. I got my hair and make up done, it was very weird having foundation airbrushed on me…cool though! The studios are really busy in the morning, Alan Hughes seemed to be dashing everywhere. The other finalists arrived and we had a chat, Jenny the judge and photographer arrived and was very friendly.
We were called in and told what would be happening, I was very nervous as it was live TV, also because I was hoping to win the prize as it was a Canon 600D camera and I don’t have a DSLR. It wasn’t to be though, the photo in the middle of the two girls won. I was happy for Lorraine who took the photo though as she was lovely.
The highlight of the day for me was meeting Deric Hartigan. He’s the weatherman on 3e and I’ve been sending him photos for the weather reports for a few years and he’s shown a lot of them on tv. He’s a really nice guy and we had a great laugh, I was delighted to meet him.