Warm, dry and sunny … a rare summers day in Ballinamore so far.
Met up with the IT geek squad in Moo for lunch.
Jimmy had a look at my large laptop that’s been in a coma. He took off the back and checked the RAM … nada.
We all got to see the laptops skeleton … which I may have to bury as I think she’s dead. RIP laptop.
Miriam & Jimmy are great craic and run a business called Eirbyte.
They develop renewable energy systems [ solar + wind + hydro power] for homes and businesses.
They’re running a ‘How to Build a Wind Turbine’ course at Crann Og, Gort, Galway from 8 – 13 September 2008.
Derek and Lynda were there as well and we all chatted away for a few hours then went our separate ways on this sunny day.
I went visiting Maggie in Smyths shop.
It’s just across the road from me and full of great gifts, books and tourist info. You also get to chat with Maggie … which is a great bonus.
Then I went to say hi to Noeleen and Eamonn in the garden shop right across from me.
While I was there I saw Gabriel relaxing in the Forge.
Now dear reader …you know that Ballinamore is a very special place.
And just so you know … this is how we all dress on any day ….
These are the young ones off to their Debs (the end of Irish Leaving Cert Ball) … one of the transitions from teenager to young adult.
And this is the great street I live on – it’s made up of Main Street and High Street – where I live.
And as I was wandering back to my place I noticed the post man leaving a note ‘yahoo … it’s a birthday present’ says I.
Noeleen in the garden centre took in the parcel … love the neighbours.
Dad … here is a photo showing that I haven’t opened it yet.
See folks … I never did ‘get’ delayed gratification and impulse control.
Many year ago in Perth I was a wee 7 year old in a catholic school. The nun was telling the parable of the cricket and the ants …. ants work hard thru the summer to have enough food for the winter …cricket plays and starves in the winter.
The nun turns to the class and asks ‘ children …which creature should you grow up to be like?’
I put my we hand up and said ‘ the cricket …because he really enjoyed himself even though he died young’.
I was serious …and got smacked for being cheeky.
I’m a cricket … not an ant.
Anyway … just for the craic I try delayed gratification every now and then.
Pa … I’m not going to open the present until Saturday morning …
3 WHOLE DAYS.
And … to prove it I will show Maggie the package each day.
I decided I’d go up to the Sunny Funny Garden as it was soo sunny (and I am procrastinating about cleaning my cottage).
You know how I was talking about the kids Bat Radar when it comes to me?
I very very quietly opened my back gate and was rolling the cart out to the lane … not a soul in sight.
He couldn’t even see me and Eoin started shouting down the street
‘Liz is going to the Sunny Funny Garden … Liz is going …… Hurry everyone …. Liz is going …’
James had strimmed all the weeds down the day before … thanks mate and a great job.
The kids all started painting and I left them to themselves and started shoring up the bamboo fence.
The plants are looking lovely …sweet peas are triffids … nasturtiums are tasty … jasmine is lovely …some things are doing really well … others are just getting eaten.
We have a new addition to the neighbourhood.
A wee cat was abandoned and all the cottages have taken to feeding and loving him.
Mags has made him a bed in the garden shed and he loves to wander up to the garden and get pets and scratches.
Some of the kid are afraid of the cat … and I’m trying to show them that it won’t hurt them … interesting how fears start so young …
Another lovely day … and any minute my house will be sparkling clean … any house cleaning fairies around?
I hope your day has gone well.