This was the sight I woke up to this morning….pretty special I think. I was walking the dog when I saw the moon. I had to go back home to get my camera as the phone camera didn’t do it justice. It makes up for the blue moon I didn’t see the other night because it was too cloudy. I did get the photo below the night before though.
Firstly don’t look too closely because my face needs ironing! I headed over to Boyle in Co. Roscommon this morning where I had read on Real Boyle that the filming of Chris O’Dowd’s sitcom ‘Moone Boy’ was taking place.
First of all I got to meet Steve Coogan who is also in the sitcom. He was very nice. During a short break Chris came over to say hello to the few onlookers that were there. He is such a nice man, no airs and graces on him at all. I have to say the people in Boyle are such a friendly bunch of people. I had a good chat with a few of them and especially with Sean who is Chris’s dad. He is a great photographer and takes some brilliant shots.
I thought it was really interesting seeing the show being filmed. I just saw a short scene filmed and they had to keep repeating it over again a few times. There are 6 big trucks full of equipment in the car park of the Royal Hotel including a catering truck.
I did a short bit of filming, you can’t really see too much because I didn’t want to get in the way.
Well it’s been a bit of an odd week. The photo above was taken in a chemist in Sligo. The pigeon was sheltering from the storm (either that or he was on work experience). We did try to ask for some make up advice but he wasn’t very helpful
We spent most of last week and the beginning of this week waiting for Sky to come and install a dish and box. The first excuse we had was it was raining so they couldn’t come out….this is Ireland you think they’d be used to rain.
Then we heard that the van had broken down. Then the installer was in hospital. The final excuse was that the installer wasn’t coming from Mayo to do one job. Bearing in mind it was ordered in Sligo. I got so fed up I told the guy in the shop if I had a tall enough ladder I would install in myself…..and then lo and behold the Sky man arrived….a miracle
Also this week a bottle of wine exploded in the fridge (oh what a waste). I was tempted to lick the fridge but I thought better of it. I’ve never had that happen before so I don’t know what caused it.
Yesterday we had a bad storm. It was thought the winds reached 140 kmph. I was driving back from town and there were bins and signs in the road, Bertie was being blown from side to side, I was relieved to make it home in one piece. In the evening I was putting the bin in the shed to stop it blowing away and a gust of wind made the shed door wallop me on the backside…..it bloody hurt!
There is great excitement in Sligo this week as Sligo Rovers are playing in the FAI cup final on Sunday. A lot of the shops have done their windows up. I especially like Unique Gifts in the Quayside shopping centre who have the Irish version of Paul the octopus (before he died I presume), anyway he predicts that Sligo is going to win. So good luck to them.
This was the sky this evening. It’s very fitting with Halloween coming up I think.
I took my mum and Jono to Carrick on Shannon for a change today. They have a big Tesco in the retail park there. Also Woodies, Heatons, Boots and a great pound shop. I always think Tesco is early with their Christmas stock, well look what I spotted today:
This afternoon Jono went to The Crib which is a youth club in town. Lucy and I were going too look at the french market, which is in Sligo for the bank holiday weekend as part of the Sligo Live festival, but it was lashing rain so we went for a coffee instead. I do begrudge paying 2.50 for a cuppa though. If you happen to be around Sligo this weekend there is loads going on for the festival. The Stranglers are playing tonight….I tried to win tickets to see them but failed. I saw them in the late 80′s at The Reading Rock festival and they were great.
I found this blog this evening with funny shop names. I had to laugh about Lino Richie the flooring shop!
The photo is my new baby I’m having great fun with it. I know actually know how to use it thanks to Lucy.
Isn’t it a great time that we live in with all these gadgets and technology. When I was a young ‘un there were no videos, games consoles, cd players or computers……what a hard life
I remember having a little tape recorder and trying to record the Top 40 from my transistor radio. Then I would spend hours playing and pausing the tape trying to make out the lyrics….no google to look them up. Although on a good week the Smash Hits magazine would publish the ones I wanted.
The first computer game I got was a ping pong game….a bit like this one:
I got my first stack system (with a cd player) in 1987, I was 19….it cost an arm and a leg and was only a ‘cheap’ Dixons one. It still had a record player so I could play all my singles and albums.
I remember watching movies with a cine film projector. They were so fiddly, you had to get the film in just right or it would all go haywire. Then the video recorders came out. It was a fight between VHS and Betamax. We had VHS recorder with the ‘piano keys’ and a wired remote control.
There was no such thing as Sky, so Top of the Pops on a Thursday was a really big deal. Would I go back to the old days? No way!
And another groundhog day with a few variations
Last night I was looking at the fridge and although we have two shops in the village (a grocer and a butchers), they are both small and I can only carry so much home as I’m walking.
So Tesco started delivering in Sligo a few months ago and I decided to put through an order and hope they could get to us. It’s quite time consuming going through the website and there were some things I couldn’t get (like panadol and remegel), but I will have to brave the roads soon to get to the chemist for Andy and Jono’s prescriptions.
Anyway lo and behold good old Tesco arrived at around 2.30pm, major excitement in this house to see food! Sad I know. The girl driving the truck was surprised at how much snow we had as the main roads are clear.
This afternoon the Sky card arrived (Jono wanted multi-room, so he could watch tv in his room). I had phoned to order it last week and explained that there was no phone line in that room. After calling to activate the card today I was told they can’t activate it because the sky box needs to be connected to a phone line.
They have to listen to the call I made last week, to make sure I did say we had no phone line…..this is just so we can cancel the multi room. Why should I have to pay for a service we aren’t getting? It’s crazy.
They were meant to phone me back today…..I’m still waiting.
Another day….more rain. So no painting today.
We went to two car boot sales today….which is a miracle for Sligo.
The first was in Collooney. I got some angel cards and a book about angels, which I’ve let mum look at first. There were some gorgeous puppies for sale but they were only 5 weeks old and very expensive. I also don’t think it’s legal to sell animals at car boot sales. I was glad to see the mum with the pups though.
The second boot sale was in the local playschool it was nearly all toys. Although there was a book stall so I got a few books as I’ve almost finished reading my library books.
I’ve just finished Pauline McLynns book ‘Missing you already’, it was really good. It makes you think though, it’s about a woman suffering from alzheimers disease. I think I prefer Paulines earlier books though, she is very funny and the latest book was lacking in laughs (as it should be), but lighthearted is what I need at the moment.
The photo is one of my many hanging crystals against the dark, rainy, sky.