I was chatting with my Dad yesterday and he said he hadn’t read a post from me in a while. I love that he reads my blog.
So, where does the time go?
Since my last post (which I realise now was nearly 3 weeks ago) I’ve been:
- Travelling a lot to Dublin for work on a new contract with the Refugee Information Service – great job & fab people – lucky me.
- Feeling that my cold & cough just don’t want to leave. So many people have coughs and colds at the moment and we’re all feeling tired. It’s that end of year thing when I start to feel the impact of a great and energetic year.
- Developing a new blog (like shoes and bags – a woman can never have enough) for my Lippylala business. I’ll be sourcing and selling beautiful things from around the world and they will be available in our one and only wine bar – Moo. So there will be Lippylala @ Moo.
- Socialising in both Ballinamore and Dublin. Don’t let anyone tell you that small towns are boring – nada. There is always something happening. In the last few weeks I seem to have imbibed a remarkable amount of prosseco with some great people. I do look after myself and have quite a few quiet days.
- Probonoing for local friends. I’ve been giving a few hours here and there to help local friends sort stuff on their computers; set up business blogs; and give a hand sorting stuff in their shop. It’s fun and helpful.
In less than 2 weeks I’ll be leaving Ireland for a 2.5 month break to see my family and friends.
First stop will be Singapore to spend time with Marc. Can’t wait. I love Singapore and am sorry that my travel agents got dates mixed up and I’ll only really have 2 days there on my way to Perth. Good news is I’ll have 3 or 4 days there on the way home to Ireland in February.
I’m soooo looking forward to a face to face chat with Marc. He is one of my most devoted Lippylala Nomads and we will be wandering the markets looking for interesting things to buy. I’ll also be talking with a printer about my Life Dreaming workbook and my plan to print and publish Lippylala Publishings first book in 2008.
From Singapore I’ll be flying to Perth where my Pa may or may not meet me at the airport. He says he may be going away on that day and maybe I could stay in the airport for a week – funny man. I told him – no worries – I’ll get a cab to his house and break in. Lennon humour – you gotta be raised on it.
One of the things I am looking forward to is my Dad’s hugs. They make me happy because they are the best and most loving hugs a daughter could get. I love staying with Dad and Liz (my stepmum) because it’s so relaxing and I really enjoy chatting with them. I’ve asked Dad to teach me more about carpentry and doing the right measurements – all very necessary for building my cob house. Dad’s a great teacher and is very patient with me. I can’t wait to get into his workshop and have a go with all the power tools – I can feel my Pa shuddering from here – have faith Pa Pa.
While I’m in Perth I’ll also be staying with some dear friends that I’ve know for more than 30 years – Mary, Lisa and Tracy. They each have amazing homes – one overlooks the swan river, another is on 30 acres up in the hills and another is right in an urban area. Mary is another major Lippylala Nomad and I’m looking forward to some product exploring with her.
After Perth I’ll be flying about 1000 miles up north to Exmouth to see 2 of my brothers – Sean & Eamonn. Two pretty amazing men. Sean is a firefighter and also runs a bus/limo service with his wife Wendy. Eamonn is the fire chief and is one of the most thoughtful and incisive managers I have ever known. I can almost taste the fish and steaks on the barbcue. I’ll be doing a lot of swimming and we’ll all be out on Sean’s boat.
Exmouth is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It’s on the most northwest tip of Australia and surrounded by some drop dead beaches. I’ll be posting photos but do yourself a favour and just visit one day.
After Exmouth I’ll be going to Karratha. It’s about a 7 hour drive from Exmouth and I haven’t worked out how I’m getting there yet – although I may just hire Sean’s limo and get driven there.
My Mum, sister Siobhain and brother Liam all live there. It’ll be a great visit as I’ll not only get to catch up with Ma and the sibs but also Siobhain and Liam’s partners and kids.
Siobhain is a great sis and leaves me breathless with her ability to help manage her husband Troy’s electrical contracting business but also raise 2 energetic children – with the help and support of our Ma.
Liam has just got a new job with a mining company and one of my favourite things about him is how he always takes me to a place of natural beauty because he know how much it means to me – even if we have to drive for 3 hours through the bush.
After Karratha I fly back to Perth for a few weeks and then to Singapore. Not a bad break.
10 weeks of sunshine will also do me the world of good although I do love Xmas in Ireland.
So, that’s it folks. You now have my travel itinerary and I will be posting photos and chat while I’m away.
Hope you like the photos I’ve placed in this post. The aerial photo is of Ballinamore and my cottage is near the top of the main street – you can also see the canal. The other photos were taken when my dear friend Pat visited from Boston. Some were taken up on the slieve na eiron (totally wrong spelling) Iron Mountain just out from Aughacashel – 5 miles from Ballinamore.
The tree photos were taken at St Patricks Well in Aughnasheelin – a place where people go to get water as well as tie cloth on the wishing/prayer tree. The water and sky photos were taken by one of the many lakes we have here in Leitrim.
I hope wherever you are that life is treating you well.
Have a relaxing weekend.