It’s a cold, wet and grey day today … just as you’d expect for winter here in Ballinamore.
I don’t fuss about anything I have no power over.
It’s a busy (and quite windy) Friday in town and the Christmas trees on the shops are being blown around.
Before I go to help Dee in her shop I have been busy:
- taking more photos of Ballinamore businesses
- took Coco pup for a short walk as she dragged me down the street
- bought a huge amount of fruit and vege from the stand right outside my cottage
Here’s proof that people really read what I write.
One of my Christmas wishes was for bags of coal … it costs 8 euro a bag and you can easily go through a couple a week … it all adds up.
Anyway … I am now the proud owner of 5 new bags of coal that have been given to me as gifts from friends … you have no idea how delighted I am … Coco and I will be snug and warm over Xmas.
Now … if only Santa would bring me the Citroen Deux Chevaux … an amazing car designed after the second world war in France.
It’s got an air cooled engine and part of the design brief was that it had to be able to drive over bumpy farm fields and not break any eggs!
It was a car specifically designed for people with very little money … and I soooo fit that target market!
They have roofs that you peel back … bit like a tin of sardines.
I have a dream … of me and Coco driving around the country lanes of Leitrim in our own Deux Chevaux.
I’m thinking of starting a Liz’s 50th birthday Deux Chevaux fund for my big birthday next year … instead of friends and family buying me presents they send me money for the dream …
Back to reality.
We have 2 great flower and garden centres in Ballinamore.
I showed you Smyths last week.
They have a great selection of seeds, plants and flower pots and I’ve spent some lovely time in the spring wandering out the back and buying up herbs and flowers … and great clay pots.
And that’s not all … there’s an art gallery in the building.
It’s a lovely space that has been developed to showcase local artists and photographers work.
And as you wander up the street and past our new road crossings (not quite traffic lights but they do stop the traffic and you can get across our busy main street in one piece) you come to McDevitts pharmacy.
The photo is blurred because the wind was so strong it wobbled the camera!
It is full of lovely things for Xmas and their windows look great.
I’d better get a move on and go work in Dee’s shop … if you’re in Ballinamore drop in and say hi.