It’s been a while since I’ve done a Sunday thoughts blog, this is mainly a catch up to tell you what I’ve been up to, but it’s also a way for me to offload the things that rattle around in my head. It’s been a hectic week, with a lot going on, so it’s nice to have a day to relax and unwind.
I’m still working on the ‘These Hands‘ project. There’s more about that here, and people are sending me images and words too, which is really lovely, and I will be blogging about them all when I get organised.
I was delighted to be ask to cover The National Famine Way, and there’s a blog post and photos here. This was a rare sponsored blog post, but something I’d like to do more of. So if you would like me to write a blog post for you, get in touch. I only cover things that I’m interested in and things that my blog readers would be interested in, but I enjoy doing it.
I had to take a spin to North Sligo this week to pick up a part for my car, shout out to North West Car Dismantlers, who have some new car parts, as well as old ones. Anyway I was in Andy’s electric car, which I love, but I have serious range anxiety (well serious anxiety full stop). It’s an older car so it only does around 140km on a full charge. It wasn’t fully charged when I went to Grange, and I ended up driving all hunched up (like that was going to save on the power!) I also took back roads (slow roads), anyway to cut a long story short I was early (as usual) so I ended up at Streedagh, and I’m delighted that I did because the were some magnificent Highland cows there. I met Martin, the farmer who owns them, and had a lovely chat – check him out at Atlantic Sheepdogs (a fantastic place to visit).
On the way home I stopped at Vintage Lane Cafe in Rathcormac, the staff were singing, and it was wonderful. I had a gorgeous Biscoff cake and a Mocha, both wonderful.
Yesterday I went to The Butterfly Garden in Swinford, it’s a beautiful memorial garden, I’ll write a separate blog post about it. I also visited a drive-thru coffee shop – again another blog.
I called into a coffee morning, I was anxious before I went and in hindsight I should have listened to myself, but I thought I might meet people and get chatting. It wasn’t to be (my fault not theirs) I still find walking into a room where I can’t see what’s ahead of me very daunting. I bought a few cakes and I left, even typing about it now I’m tensing up and I have a pain in my chest. I think when people see my blogging that they think I’m very outgoing, I’m really not at all, of course it depends of the day, my mood, and the situation. I have come a long way since the days when I would go to a place and not even get out of the car. It does annoy me that I’m like this though. I wonder if I’ll ever get back to being confident.
I was a bit shook leaving the morning (again that’s my issue) but I stopped at Achonry Farmers Market, they had their first car boot sale and it was great. It was also lovely to chat to people who know me, and to spend time talking to Thomas the artist (who is so talented). There was live music and a great atmosphere and it really settled me.
Also this week I called into the Hawk’s Well Theatre, they have locals@lunch on Wednesday lunchtimes, it’s a free too. Find out more here: https://www.hawkswell.com/whats-happening/news/locals-lunch-a-new-female-led-series
I visited the Hamilton Gallery, they have an exhibition running until September 24th – Lapis Lazuli –17 artists respond to the iconic poem by W B Yeats. It’s a stunning exhibition, so worth going to see. I’m in awe of all the artists.
So there you have it, a bit of a round up. I hope you are all keeping well and thank you to those who take the time to comment, it’s very much appreciated.
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