The week that was

Give the dog a boneSo apart from all the events I’ve blogged about life goes on as normal – whatever normal is. I had to got to Boyle so I got to see my friend Kate which was lovely as always. While I was there I bumped into Sean who has this fantastic website about Boyle, if you want to know the news or events around Boyle that’s the site to check. The photo above was taken in Boyle, I love this photo (one of the few I take that I actually like). After Boyle I went to the Sligo Folk Park – a blog will follow when I edit the photos.

On Sunday we went to the Northside Centre to have a stall at a car boot sale, it was so bad I’m not even going to bother typing about it but Lucy has done a great blog about it here.

Harvest timeYesterday I had my first harvest from the greenhouse…yes I know it’s a bit sad that it’s only one strawberry but I’m delighted with it! I had to split it three ways and we all agreed it was the sweetest strawberry we’ve ever had. I hope I grow a few more now, next year I have my sights set on supplying Wimbledon ;)

Steve WickhamI got to see  A Common Ground this week as part of the Cairde Festival. It was a musical collaboration featuring the two diverse musical worlds of Sligo Baroque Orchestra and African Soukous band, Tropicana Musica. It was really something special, I’m a huge fan of Steve Wickham so it was wonderful to be able to take some photos.

Waiting on the shoreAfter the show there was the most beautiful sunset so I headed to Rosses Point to take a few photos.

The Golden HourAnyway that’s a very condensed version of my week. I’m going back out in the garden to shout at the veggies – they are growing so it must be working.

Christmas at Boyle Model Railway

IMG_7208Jono and I headed along to Boyle this morning to have another look at the model railway (and to see Santa!!) The railway has really come on well since we were there in the Summer. A big well done to all involved, it’s looking great.

IMG_7272Derrick from the Boyle Men’s Shed was telling Jono all about the trains and the layout (that’s not Jono in the photo by the way, that’s a little lad who was so impressed with it all his mum couldn’t get him to move, bless him).

IMG_7306Thomas the tank engine is even in Boyle! Who’d have thought it.

IMG_7221It’s great value as well. €5 per child and they get a visit to Santa and a present. There is also a quiz for the children to do and they might win a prize.

IMG_7324The Boyle Model Railway is open every weekend before Christmas from 11am-5pm. It’s only €5 per child and includes a gift from Santa. You can find them on Facebook.

IMG_7251The rest of my photos are here.

Moone Boy – Series 3 Filming

'Dat ass'Moone Boy started filming the third series in Boyle today. As I’m a big stalker fan of Chris O’Dowd I had to go along for a gander.  I didn’t expect to see Chris pushing a donkey back into a bank though!

An ass in the bankIt looks like it’s going to be another great series. I’ll look forward to seeing it.

Chris O'DowdI was too shy to say hello to Chris and I didn’t want to disturb him so I just looked from afar.

PadraigThe rest of my pics are here.

Afoot and Light-hearted

Afoot and Light-heartedI headed to Boyle today as the Boyle Arts Festival is taking place.  I’m always interesting and intrigued to see what artists are producing.  Afoot and Light-hearted is an exhibition of work by IT Sligo Fine Art Students, there are some really wonderful pieces of work in the exhibition and my thanks to them for letting me take photos.  The exhibition is open every day until 3rd August and is in the Market Yard just behind Boles of Boyle.  If you get a chance do go and have a look.

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Saturday in Boyle

IMG_1453Firstly Happy Mother’s Day to anyone celebrating it today. We had ours in March although I may bake a cake later….just because ;) The photo above is fitting for the day that’s in it. I was up bright and early to take Jono to the railway station yesterday as he was going to Dublin so Rocket-dog and myself headed to Boyle for an explore.

Lough ArrowDSCF8178On the way we stopped off at the Lough Arrow viewing area. The photos aren’t great because the weather was lousy but it’s a chance to go back another day.

DSCF8188Lough Key Forest Park was lovely to walk around (even with the showers). We saw a rabbit but it moved to quick to get a photo.

DSCF8201After the forest park we headed to the Farmer’s Market in Boyle.

Farmers marketI felt very sorry for the stall holders as it was such a cold, miserable day. I was delighted to meet June though who is a regular visitor to my blog and makes these wonderful plaques.

DSCF8226-003 IMG_1475-001My photos don’t do them justice. June has much better pics on her site. She also does commissions so if you are looking for a special gift for someone this would be just the job.

Rocket-dog at King HouseRocket-dog was very impressed with the market, especially as two people recognised him! He also liked the look of King House. The rest of the photos from our morning in Boyle are here.

Boyle Model Railway

8038948503_44d398cee3_b-1The town of Boyle is launching a model railway. I think this is a brilliant idea, we are big fans of trains in this house. They need help though, especially in the areas of making the scenery, assembling buildings, bridges, general art & craft work.
This is a great opportunity to get involved with a fantastic new venture in Boyle. If you can get on board with this project and help them make tracks you can get in touch with them on Facebook or twitter.

The Launch of Boyle Model Railway will take place on Saturday May 25th at 2.30pm at TrojanIT on Elphin Street. With Joe Duffy (RTE) as part of the Local Heroes programme to be aired on June 12th. All welcome!

Down on the farm

After my lovely visit to the Sathya Sai Sanctuary I popped over to Tullyboy Farm in Boyle. They have kindly given us a family pass for our Sligo Animal Rescue/Donkey Sanctuary raffle.

The farm was very busy with all the children getting a ride around on the tractor, it gave me a chance to look at the animals.

They have puppies, kittens, horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, deer and even an owl.

One of the piglets was crying….so I cuddled him and patted his back and he calmed down bless him. He was lovely…but he did pong (I’m just glad he didn’t wee on me!)

This lovely horse is called Charleville Lad, he’s a Connemara stallion and is a beautiful animal.

It’s a great day out for all the family. I really enjoyed my visit. The rest of my photos are here.