Today was the launch of Kieran Quinn’s debut album ‘Not Just Black and White’. A great crowd turned out to the Liber bookshop to buy the album and listen to Kieran and friends play a few songs from it.
We decided to make cakes right away to try out all the lovely products! Here’s the recipe we used:
175g caster sugar
2 eggs (it could have done with three but we only had two)
175g self-raising flour
a dollop of milk (I’m sure there’s a technical term)
Couple of drops of vanilla essence
Now Lucy was telling me that we were meant to mix them in a bowl by hand…but I have a philosophy when it comes to cooking, it’s called ‘bung it in a blender’. So the sugar and butter went in the blender and were mixed, we added the eggs and mixed them, followed by the rest of the ingredients.
We put half the mix in cupcake cases and Lucy added marshmallows and chocolate chips to the rest of the mixture. Into the oven they went at 170C for about 15-20 minutes (I lost count). When they were cooked we left them to cool and the fun began with all the lovely Dr. Oetker products!
A couple of months ago I took the ‘forge mice’ made by the very talented Michael Budd on a tour of Sligo before they went to their new home in the UK.
If you are looking for a gift with a difference Michael is the man to contact. You can find more of his work on his website.
Today I went along to Strokestown Park for their Victorian Christmas Experience. It was a really magical experience and I didn’t even have any kids with me!!
After our tour of the basement we were taken upstairs and saw the Victorian living room, complete with dining table, a roaring fire and Christmas toys. To be honest I could have stayed here for the day.
All in all it was a really wonderful Christmas experience. I spent three hours there and you could easily spend the day. Well done to all concerned for a great event. The rest of my photos are here. You can check out all the information here.
Well there has been an awful lot of will they, won’t they with regard to the Christmas lights in Sligo. The tree was lit up last night but there was talk that the council couldn’t afford lights for the town. Some shopkeepers have done a wonderful job with lighting up their shops but the town would look very sad without lights. Thankfully Sligo Chamber of Commerce have stepped in and said ‘Let there be light!!’ So watch this space for further photos.
I was in town last night for a friend’s birthday, we went to The Panda Chinese buffet, it’s fab!! Would go back again. Anyway on my way in I saw the ‘beer taxi’ in O’Connell Street. So I pulled over to take a photo. Never worry about running out of beer in Sligo again
At the weekend, thanks to a friend who arranged it for me, I finally got the Coney Island. Now before you get all excited and think I ended up in America I have to explain this Coney Island is in Sligo. It lies between Strandhill and Rosses Point. When it’s a low tide it’s possible to walk across by Cummeen Strand but whatever the tide there is Ewings boat taxi that runs from Rosses Point and takes about 5 or ten minutes (perfect for me as I’m not great with boats!) It was a foggy day so my first view of the island was to see it shrouded in fog, which made it all the more mystical.
Coney Island is about 400 acres, it was named after the Irish for rabbit as it’s full of them….I didn’t get to see any though (typical!) There are a few inhabited houses on the island, as well a ruins…and the most important thing a pub! There are also sheep, cows and so many wild birds (the feathered kind). I’ve never seen so many robins in one day.
I only had about an hour to wander around the island…oh well I’ll just have to go back again I went to visit my friend who was staying in a beautiful lodge on the island which not only sleeps 6 and has all mod-cons but it also has an artist’s studio. I can’t think of a better place to get inspiration. Eddie Lee and David Lyttle went to Coney Island and wrote ‘The Barinthus Suite’, you can hear a bit of it here.
All too soon it was time for Eithne to come back and collect me in the boat. Like Arnie says ‘I’ll be back’. You can see the rest of my photos here.
All photos taken with the 1100D from Canon-Ireland.
Barbara was there selling her gorgeous home-made earrings. You can find Barbara here.
Carrie was there selling her amazing cakes. She makes beautiful birthday cakes too, you can find her here.
Lorely was there selling items on behalf of ‘Creating Creature Comforts’, read her blog to find out more about how they are trying to help animal charities.
I have so much to tell you. It’s been a really busy few days. I’m just going to start with a few photos for now, the other blogs can wait. I finally got the chance to tick off something that has been on my ‘to do’ list for a very long time. A friend of mine arranged for a boat to take me to Coney Island (not the American one before you get all excited!), the Sligo one. I will tell you all about the trip soon when I’ve gone through the mountain of photos. The photo above was taken while I was waiting to get on the boat at Rosses Point, in fact of the photos on this blog post were taken there, I hope you like them.
These photos were all taken at 10am yesterday morning. It was raining when I left home and I thought it was going to be a lousy day to go to the island, but the fog landed when I got the Sligo and I think it’s gives the photos a lovely atmosphere.
Regular readers to my blog will know about my track record with boats (it’s not good), so I was delighted it was a very calm day. I didn’t feel ill (phew), nor did I fall into or out of the boat! Always a bonus.
The Sligo Flea Market is back at The Model with bells on! For our Christmas markets on Saturday November 23rd, December 14th and 21st, we’re going to be TWICE the size, that means DOUBLE the stalls, and twice the choice! Want a one of a kind vintage dress for the office party? How about some vintage costume jewellery for the ladies in your life – or perhaps your fella collects vinyl! We’ve got your back!
We’re going all festive, so as well as the usual favourites – vintage and preloved clothing, retro bric a brac, bohemian gifts and upcycled jewellery, our fabulous stallholders will be selling handcrafted Christmas decorations, artisan children’s toys, and retro bakes that will take you back to the Christmas’ of your own childhood!
Joining us in December will be the designers from The Mall Studio, selling a range of exclusive illustrations, suitable for that special Christmas gift.
Following a triumphant UK and European arena tour in 2012, Live Nation and SJM Concerts, are delighted to announce that one of the most ground-breaking tours of all time, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds is to return for the sixth and final time in 2014. It’s a real shame it’s the last tour. I’ve been to see three different tours and loved each one (apart from Marti Pellow’s performance last year, as I thought he was rubbish). I’m not sure what to think about Brian McFadden, after hearing Gary Barlow singing that part on the album it’s a shame it’s not going to be him. Of course there are always people who think the part only belongs to Justin Hayward and after seeing Marti murder it I’m inclined to agree but I’m hoping to go to the Dublin show next year and see what I think.
The show will again feature Jeff Wayne returning to the Podium to conduct the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings with the final two musical Guest Artistes to be announced.
Liam Neeson’s 3D holographic performance as The Journalist will also return but with enhanced technology.
The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist will be performed by Brian McFadden, Jason Donovan is reprising his hugely popular role as Parson Nathaniel and Carrie Hope Fletcher featuring as Beth, Parson Nathaniel’s Wife, direct from her current and widely acclaimed West End performance in Les Miserables, as Eponine. There are still some cast members to be announced so I’m interested to know who they will be.