Rathcormac Food and Craft Market

Rathcormac

Rathcormac is the place to be every Saturday when the wonderful food and craft fair takes place. It’s on from 11am-4pm in Branley’s Yard, Rathcormac which is just between Sligo town and Drumcliffe. There is a wonderful atmosphere, brilliant stalls, friendly faces, live music, tasty food, the best of everything. It’s great to be able to support local businesses and find some really unique treasures.

Blue Pencil Arts

There are a wide variety of items for sale, too many for me to mention all the stall indivdually so I’ll just mention a few. To be honest I love them all though! The colourful plant pots are by Blue Pencil Arts.

Essential Me

Essential Me are at the market selling their wonderful products at affordable prices. Check out their website and you’ll see some photos from the product shoot I did with them.

Annies He-ART

Annies He-Art Studio are selling unique paintings. There are also other stalls selling paintings, woodwork, photos and anything you could think of.

June

June is there with all her lovely handmade crafts and signs.

Murson Farm

Murson Farm sell their fantastic breads, jams and cakes…I could eat them all ;)

Marshall Made It

Marshall Made It and Dreaming on a Star both have great stalls. They have brilliant gift ideas to suit every pocket.

Dreaming on a Star

There are lots more photos from the market here and Lucy did her own post about it here.

Ciaran

When you have finished looking around the market why not call into the Vintage Lane Cafe and treat yourself to a something tasty.

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The cafe is warm and welcoming. The wood burning stove glows in the corner and the sun streams through the windows. I’m told Helen makes the most wonderful lemon cakes, they must be good because they were sold out when I was there. Oh well that’s a great excuse for me to visit tomorrow!

Pottery

The craft village is also open. So with the market, the cafe and all the crafts Rathcormac makes for a great day out for all the family.

Cobwebs and Cabbages

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It’s been a fantastic few days as far as the weather is concerned. It certainly makes a nice change from the flooded roads of last week. On Friday I could have done with a boat instead of a car! Thankfully there doesn’t seem to be any sign of the harsh winter we are meant to be getting…mind you they say that every year.

Coolaney river walk

I must say I really don’t like the dark evenings but the mornings have been lovely so Rocket-dog and I have been on some great walks.

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In case you are wondering where the cabbage part comes into it I was going around Dunnes the other day when a cabbage decided to throw itself off a shelf and just missed my head! I have no idea why it did that…posessed cabbage. It could make an interesting film.

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The only other thing I have to complain about is the price of Take That tickets. For some reason (I blame my age) I seem to be interested in going to see Take That so when I heard they were coming to the 3 Arena in Dublin I was quite excited…until I found out the price of the tickets, the cheapest ones are €79.50 and the most expensive are €115!! That’s mad money, do Take That not realise we are in a recession? For that kind of money I’d want Gary Barlow performing in my house ;) Needless to say if anyone has a couple of tickets they’d like to donate to me and Life According To Lucy we’d love you forever and you’d get two great blog posts out of it! Chancing my arm as always :)

Cards and Calendars

Sligo Calendar

I’ve been asked by a few people if I would do a Sligo calendar. I’m not sure how viable it is but I’ve bitten the bullet and have one in the process of being printed at the moment. It will sell at €10 and I can post it if the buyer covers the postage costs.

Not only am I selling calendars I’m also selling Christmas Cards. These are €1.50. At the moment the items are only available directly from me so if you are interested drop me an email: magnumlady@eircom.net

Christmas Greetings from MayoThere are various different cards on my Facebook page.

Robin card

 

Rocket-dog got a present!

Rocket-dog

There was great excitement in our household when the postman arrived with a package for Rocket-dog. He was delighted and even opened it himself!

Pooch and Purr Hampers

It was a fabulous hamper from Pooch & Purr Pet Hampers! They are located in Sligo but will post Nationwide and have a wonderful selection of hampers for cats, dogs and even pet owners! Even better news they are donating 10% of all sales to Sligo Animal Rescue. So if you are stuck for gift ideas for pet lovers these would be purrfect…see what I did there ;)

Ooh the excitement

Rocket-dog was delighted with all his goodies. There was popcorn for dogs (which is a great idea because he loves popcorn). There was a pupbake, chicken treats and even a dog birthday cake. It was all beautifully wrapped up in tissue paper and packed in a box covered in dog paw prints with matching ribbon.

Dog birthday cake

Thank you so much to Pooch and Purr Pet Hampers for such a lovely surprise.

Yeats Country Hotel Spa and Leisure Club

Yeats Country Hotel

I was delighted when I got an email to invite Lucy and I along for a Mother/Daughter weekend at the Yeats Country Hotel in Rosses Point, Co. Sligo. We arrived on a chilly day and were welcomed by smiling faces and a blazing fire.

Yeats Hotel Room

We were given the key to our room (it was huge!) and had a beautiful sea view, what more could you want?

View from the room

We had some Spa treatments booked for us in Eros Spa which was just along the corridor from our room.

Spa

I can’t praise the Spa enough, it’s a real gem. We got a warm welcome from all the staff who gave us fluffy robes and slippers to change in to and we filled out our consultation forms. It’s the first spa I’ve been to where I was asked what kind of pressure I wanted in my massage…the last massage I had in another spa really hurt me. We were shown to the treatment room and had our faces cleansed and clay masks applied. Lucy had a seaweed bath and I had a botanical bath, I could choose from a variety of different scents. I picked lavender to relax me. I loved that the it was a double bath room, perfect for couples, friends or mothers and daughters so you can chat as you relaxed, we didn’t because I fell asleep…sorry Lucy!

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My bath had floating candles in it…it was almost a sin to blow them out but I didn’t want to set fire to myself and knowing me I would have done! We each had a glass of orange juice and water left for us and there was a jug of water left for us which was a really nice touch.

Treatment room

After the baths it was back to the treatment room, again a double room. We were asked if we wanted relaxing treatments or if we wanted everything explained. We went for the relaxation although it was very difficult for me not to talk for that length of time! First we had a Yon-ka facial which was just wonderful. I loved the hot towels on my face. My skin looked brilliant afterwards, really glowing and even looked great the next day. After the facial we had a neck, back and shoulder massages which was great, it really gets rid of the knots.

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After our wonderful spa treatments we were shown into the relaxation room. We were given tea and fruit with melted chocolate and watched the sun setting over Oyster Island. Such a perfect end to a wonderful day.

Elisnore Restaurant

After all that pampering we’d worked up an appetite so we went to the The Elsinore Restaurant (named after the house that WB Yeats and his brother artist Jack B Yeats used to spend their summer holidays, in Rosses Point). The food was wonderful and very reasonably priced at €26 for a four course dinner. I ate way too much!

We decided to go into Sligo town after our meal and the staff were very helpful and called us a taxi. The hotel is only a ten minute journey and with it being located right across the road from both the golf course and the beach it’s in the perfect location to enjoy Sligo.

After our night out we came back to the hotel and both slept really well as the room temperature was just right (very rare in hotels as they are usually way too hot) and it was very quiet.

Rosses Point

The next morning I was up before Lucy so I went for a walk. Rosses Point is a really beautiful place to visit, it was very peaceful and there were only a few people around. I went back to the hotel and had a swim in the lovely leisure centre. The sun was streaming through the windows and it was very relaxing being in a warm swimming pool looking out at the sea.

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When Lucy woke up we went down for breakfast. We were down at 10am so had to wait a little while for a table, it was worth the wait though. There was a great selection of food including about six different cereals, brown, white and soda bread, various different fruits and of course a fried selection. It’s a buffet breakfast so you can eat as much as you like. My breakfast kept me going for the whole day.

We had such a wonderful stay it was a shame when we had to leave. I’d highly recommend the Yeats Country Hotel for anyone coming to Sligo. They hold various events including murder mystery weekends (which sound like great fun!) They are also perfect for families with the swimming pool (including a children’s pool) and in walking distance to the beautiful clean beach. You can check out their website here.

If you aren’t looking for accommodation it’s worth just visiting for the spa alone. I’ll certainly be back again. Thanks so much to Tara and all the staff at Yeats Country Hotel, especially the fabulous spa staff for such a wonderful time.

 

My most popular photos

Gleniff

I’ve decided to do a blog post of my most popular photos, most of these were in my exhibition in Angelworld. Above is the ‘famous’ Gleniff Horseshoe photo. It even ended up on the Irish Daily Mirror Facebook page last week (without my knowledge until a friend told me!) This was taken in February of this year on the one snowy day we had.

Knocknarea

Knocknarea Sunset taken from Ballisodare Bay. I’ve taken a few sunsets here but this one is my favourite and a popular one on my Facebook page.

Hazelwood

This image of Hazelwood is another popular one. This one was taken a few years ago and ended up in the Irish Times once :)

Benbulben sunset

Benbulben sunset, another popular one. We are truly blessed with the stunning scenery we have here in Sligo, I never tire of it.

The Holy Well

The Holy Well is one of my favourite places in Sligo, although I have to say not so much now they have knocked the wall down..but that’s a blog for another day. The photo above was taken on New Years Day.

Autumn at the Holy Well

This one above was taken in the Autumn. It’s amazing how different the light and the colours are.

Love Swans

‘Love Birds’ taken at Hazelwood and a finalist in the TV3 photo competition.

Clutching at straws

‘Clutching at straws’ – hooray, not a landscape! I can take other photos when I feel like it ;) I love the colours in this and the fact that it’s very different from my normal photos.

I’ve decided there will be a part two of this post tomorrow as I still have more photos I’d like to share.