Where are all the photos of Paris and the Sunny Funny Garden?
Good question dear reader.
Since I got back from Paris just over a week ago I have been:
- relaxing and enjoying a kind of post Paris slow down.
- uploading all the photos to my main laptop
- had some fun in the garden with the kids – the weeds are like Triffids
Went to open the laptop this morning to find that … it won’t open.
Housten … we have a problem.
Good news … I have Diva (the asus 7inch laptop) and an external hardrive that has the old laptops files stored on it.
Yup – I backed up everything a month ago and wouldn’t have lost anything major.
Not so good news – Diva doesn’t seem to have a photo editor in her photo manager software.
I’ve spent the last few hours online in forums trying to find out how to download Gimp or Picassa (free photo editing software).
Linux needs something called command lines in its terminal to configure and then download software. I tried (and now know how to open a terminal to write command lines – ctrl alt t) and tried but it wont accept my commands.
I’ll work something out eventually but there won’t be photos for a few days.
Life after Paris is fine.
Ballinamore has been soggy wet but the people are always fab.
Ber, Theresa, Eoin and Gavin picked me up from the train station the day after I flew into Dublin from Paris.
Please don’t ask me about the flight and the complete chaos in Dublin Airport. I’m trying to forget the trauma.
Many thanks to Mary and Billy for waiting until nearly midnight to let me into their house in Dublin. Ahhh – don’t you just love good friends.
On the way into Ballinamore I was in the back of the car with the 2 boys – and Eoin had me in stitches.
We were saying French words to each other and he put 2 together – Bonvouir – so that when you’re in a hurry you can say hello and goodbye at the same time. Too clever… for anyone … even a 4 year old.
It’s now Monday and apart from feeling a little frustrated about the photo editing stuff – all is well. I’m lolling on my sofa bed working online and just having a quiet day.
Tomorrow night I’m facilitating a brainstorming session for Experience Leitrim Week.
It’s planned for April 2009.
Basically I’m recommending a week where locals and visitors can celebrate and experience the wonderful county Leitrim.
There’ll be some packaged tours that people can take – as well as a ‘Build Your Own Experience’ approach that will encompass themes under Heritage and Lifestyle.
People will be able to see the range of attractions around the County – and build their own experience:
- stay in a great B&B
- go for a kayak in the adventure centre
- walk around the ancient graves of Fenagh
- have a massage at Ard Nahoo
- picnic by one of the hundreds of lakes
- afternoon tea in a castle
- an irish lesson
- dinner in the Oarsman or the Mountain Tavern
- a wander around the Rossinver organic centre
- drinks and music in the Moo Bar
- stargazing in one of the least polluted counties in Ireland.
Just a tempting taste of what’s on offer.
There will be an Experience Leitrim Week website and I want to develop spaces for Leitrim people to:
- say what they love about Leitrim
- upload photos of Leitrim
- tell stories about the past and present in Leitrim
- develop their own ideas for activities during the week
I have a few ideas for things I’d like to organise around Ballinamore and want to talk to a few people and get their thoughts.
I’d love to do something like help organise a local bus tour that covered:
- a drive around the lakes near us and some stories about their history
- a walk along where the old railway used to be – not the whole way obviously
- lunch at the Mountain tavern
- a visit and chat with the people who have restored their family home in an eco sustainable way
- Stop at the waterfall along the way
- a drive up to the Slieve na eiran (always spell it wrong) mountain and a quick walk up the hill (even I have done it) to see the views to Ballinamore
- Stop at Patricks well for water and a wish
- afternoon tea at the Moo Bar and a quick irish language session where you learn 5 phrases.
Something like that anyway – a mix of heritage and fresh air and good food and seeing our gorgeous lakescape and mountains.
We’ll see how it all goes tomorrow night with the organisations that have been invited.
I also believe that we need to use social media to give people – young and old – the chance to put their ideas forward.
I know that there is a wealth of amazing people in Leitrim and they could organise and support a range of activities and ideas.
I’m going to do something … and I won’t need to form a committee to do it.
I’m also not dissing committees.
So much gets done in our communities because of the unpaid work of people on committees.
I just don’t have the patience for endless meetings. That’s my flaw.
Anyway – if any of you (living in Ballinamore or who would love to visit) have ideas please leave a comment:
- what do you love about Leitrim? Do you have fave places,people, stories?
- what activities do you think visitors would enjoy?
I’d appreciate any point of view and ideas.
I live in Leitrim and I want to be part of celebrating it.
Have a lovely week.