So- after I wrote the last post this afternoon I went outside awandering.
Started with a visit to say hi to Maggie in Smyths shop across the road from my cottage (Smyths is a lovely shop and has great tourist info … and Maggie of course.)
Maggie is a great woman and has me in stitches with her wry wit.
We were talking about Marrakesh and Essauira in Morrocco – as you do.
I said ‘ the wood work there is amazing’.
She turned to me looking puzzled and said
‘ what would you want to buy wood for?’
I said ‘ they make intricate boxes and things’.
The penny dropped and we both lost it.
She thought I meant blocks of wood!
‘Yeh, Mags. I can just see you coming back from there and declaring your amazing expensive blocks of wood … this one’s from Marrakech… and this one’s from Essauira’.
When she stopped laughing she said
‘ Yeh – Me standing outside my cottage and saying to passers by … see that smoke … that comes from a very expensive log I bought from Marrakesh.’
Ah – the wit and repartee in Ballinamore.
Then I popped in to say hi to Noeleen in the florist/garden centre across from me … had a lovely catch up and admired the range of window boxes and interesting objects neighbours in our cottages have put up – enough said.
Had lunch at Moo Bar – best bagel with ham, cheese and tomato – yum.
Nice chat with Brent.
By the way folks – the Latin dancing is on again in Moo this Friday.
Last week some of the teachers Sligo Students came over and had a ball. I hear that there are more men than women in the 60 plus Sligo dance class.
The night is great craic. I don’t join the class but I enjoy watching over a glass of red wine and a chat with the neighbours.
Then I was off to our art gallery in the garden shop across from the library.
Had a lovely chat with Gail. And really enjoyed the photography exhibition.
In one room are photos taken by people of new irish citizens. In the other room were photos taken by new Irish citizens of their view of Ireland.
It’s a travelling exhibition and is well worth a look.
If you’re in town go see it before they take it down over this weekend.
I will be writing and photographing (please let me get the photo editing software sorted soon.) exhibitions from the gallery.
Next week on the 25th July (day before my birthday… still time to mail those card and presents) there will be an opening of a group art exhibition.
Brent has entered one of his paintings and I love it.
After my creative fix I popped across to the library and took out a few books.
Then back up the street to say hi to Dee and Gabriel in the Forge shop.
Bought some colourful twirly things for the Sunny Funny Garden.
Popped across to the garden shop and talked with Eamon about buying some trellis to take the place of my poorly built bamboo fence.
Eamon has kindly offered to help me put it all in place tomorrow.
Is Ballinamore a great place or what?
Then – to round off a lovely walk about – I popped in to Lynda and Derek for a cuppa.
Yup they had read my last post and my vow not to talk about the W thing.
And yup – they tried to get me to comment about the W … but I stood firm and brave and responded with calm intelligence by saying
‘lalalalalalalalalalal… lalalalalala … can’t hear you … can’t hear you’
Yes dear reader – I rise above the childish teasings of dear friends.
Have I mentioned Derek’s recently published book?
Charlie Kaufman and Hollywood’s Merry Band of Pranksters, Fabulists and Dreamers. An excursion into American New Wave.
Just published in the UK by Kamera Books and on sale in the USA in September.
(No-I haven’t sorted the photo editing problemo … I saved this from Derek’s blog).
Now you know I’m not a film nerd so I didn’t know how I’d respond to the book.
Derek gave me a signed copy and I started reading it the other night.
Folks – even if you’re not into film (and particularly if you are) this book is a page turner.
Now – if someone had told me I’d be riveted by reading about the Nouvelle Vague Movement of French film directors – or – the American new wave … I would have laughed.
Derek is an awesome writer.
I think he could write about grass growing and cars rusting … and I’d read it.
His writing style is a mix of fluidity, deep scholarly insight, and a fun conversation with a friend.
Who’d a thunk that I’d want to know more about a guy called Jean Luc Goddard ( Jean Luc Picard maybe… )?
But I did.
The American film directors that he covers in this book are:
- Richard Linklater
- David. O Russell
- Wes Anderson
- Spike Jonze
- Sofia Coppola – (a woman at last!)
- Michel Gondry
- Single Incursions – mention of single films by a range of directors
Each chapter gives a bio of the director and a critique of 3 of their films.
It’s a great read.
If you’re interested in getting a copy – go to Derek’s blog.
So as my day draws to a close and I wander off to read some more of Derek’s book … I bid you good night and sweet dreams.
p.s. when I wake up in the morning I would have had more than 6000 readers since I started this blog in Jan 2007.
Now – if that’s just 3 or 4 people reading the blog a lot – fair play to you …and …sweet mother of god … get a life.
I know it’s more than 4 – because you let me know.
Since May my readership has risen from an average of 250 people a month to over 1200 last month.
To readers – old and new – thanks.
To the folks who refer me onto other friends – many thanks and if you have a blog – let me know.
I know some of you … and delight in your comments.
To the quiet reader who just wanders in for a read – welcome.
To all of you … I send big wishes for delight and good health in your lives … and some chocolate and the beverage of your choice.
To my Pa who reads every post … and my brother Marc. Thanks guys… no words…
To all my Ballinamore friends and neighbours … you make my life very happy and it cracks me up these days when you refer to things you’ve read in the blog.
People are often saying to me now ‘ So I read that you had a late night in the Moo bar’.
Folks – just be glad I don’t tell you everything I get up to!
And now … after that Oscar winning speech … sweet dreams.