Happy Monday wonderful reader.
I had a terrific lolling weekend and only went out to eat fish and chips at Lynda & Dereks … 3 doors up.
Today has been way more productive … food shopping and 2 hours cleaning and sorting my office.
I also experimented with using baking soda, white vinegar, water and essential oils … as cleaning products.
They’re cheap and very very eco.
I just sprinkled the baking soda on the kitchen and stove tops … then sprayed the liquid mix (I put it all in a spray bottle) and scrubbed.
So … how did they work?
I sprinkled too much soda at first … but it cleaned up dirt and mess really well.
The vinegar smell isn’t too strong and disappears when the surface it dry.
Changing topic completely.
I have to laugh when people say to me that they think the web has distanced people from each other .
My experience is that:
- I wouldn’t have the international supporters and mentors for SKIL2 if there weren’t blogs and social networks and the internet … how else would I have found them?
- I have met new friends as a result of writing this blog … and reading others. Some I’ve met face to face … others are email friends.
- I do a truck load of research online for my Focused Solutions consultancy … the information helps me provide a better service to my clients.
I met Lynda & Derek as a result of Lynda finding my blog and leaving a message.
They moved to Ballinamore and have been very dear friends and neighbours ever since.
I live in Ireland and he’s in Singapore … and the internet links us better than phones and faxes (yuk … too slow).
And … we get to visit face to face every 3 years. I’m hoping to attract the money to fly there for 2 weeks in February so we can design and build SKIL2 together.
Lindy has been a long time reader and commentator on this blog. Her recent blog posts have been telling the story of the pregnant beagle she found abandoned in the Arizona desert.
And a few weeks ago I received messages on this blog from Pam and Angie.
They are sisters who live in Dublin and each have homes around Ballinamore (Aughnashellin & Aughawillan).
Pam (dark hair) & Angie (blonde hair)
Pam and her husband turned up and we had a drink chatting by the fire.
They bought a cottage near Aughnasheelin a few years ago … it used to be Michael the postmans family cottage.
Pam asked me if I’d like to see it … of course I did … so we drove off into the night and had a visit.
The cottage is a dote and they have been renovating it in a lovely cottage style.
I can’t wait to see it … and the view … during the daytime.
Pam has been decorating with second hand finds … many of them she has found on Jumbletown.ie … where people give away stuff for free.
Pam had rung her sis and we were then invited to drive over for a visit there … a busy wee Saturday evening.
Angie and her husband bought the building that was the Aughawillan schoolhouse where John McGahern’s mother taught.
It’s a wonderful space and Angie has decorated it in a cottage style as well.
One feature they have kept is the wall that separated the boys from the girls (who also had separate doors to go into their classrooms).
The house is on a number of levels and was a delight.
The husbands serenaded us women as we drank some wine by the fire.
Conor Smyth had shown me the house when he drove me around Leitrim a few months ago.
The view from the backyard is breathtaking.
It was a real pleasure to meet Pam and Angie (and their husbands) … and I look forward to many social evenings with them when they are in Ballinamore.
And a number of bloggers have come from Pam’s blog to have a read of my posts.
I’d like to introduce you to two:-
Kimme – she is an American living in Germany who has been saving to buy a cottage in Ireland … Ballinamore to be exact. Her blog tells the story of all the ways she is using to save and make money.
Anne – lives on Rhode Island and has a blog that is all about beekeeping … something I’d love to do when I have some land.
That’s quite a few new friends as a result of me blogging.
And … the map on the right hand side bar has been astonishing me.
My readers come from all over the world … it’s amazing and humbling.
Thanks to you all for visiting and reading about my life in Ballinamore.