I really like January and winter … it does what it’s supposed to do (unlike bloody Summer) … and … I slow right down.
Yeh yeh … I can hear my friends wondering if it is possible for me to slow down/loll any more than I already do … without being unconscious … splendid wit dear friends.
As I said to some of them the other night (and you know who you are) … I can think in a horizontal position as well as a vertical one.
Anyway … Coco and I were outside at 10.30am this morning for a walk … or a drag if you have Coco attached to a leash and she’s intent on getting somewhere where she can run free.
It was a beautiful, cool clear sky morning … quiet and still … hushed.
We went to a place close by here where Coco can gallop to her hearts content.
It’s the field behind the old convent.
The sun beamed down and I stood still and soaked it in … as Coco ran around like a demented demon … totally delighted with herself and the world.
Like all dogs she loves chasing a stick … and returns it most of the time.
We stayed out for ages … me just being quiet … Coco being demented.
There’s a really beautiful cemetary here for all the nuns who died.
I love the symetry of the gravestone design … it’s very peaceful … and many of the nuns lived to a very good old age … into their 80’s and late 90’s.
When I got back to the cottage I decided to go to Derek & Lynda’s cottage and finish clearing up a few things they were too busy to sort … packing nice spices and crockery I had lent them … stuff like that.
Before I walked out I sat in what I used to call ‘my ‘ chair by the fire … and just remembered the great conversations, laughter, and wine that the three of us shared … hmmmmm.
Right now (4pm in the afternoon) they will be half way through their flight to Atlanta Georgia.
I hope it’s all going well for them and can’t wait to hear about the journey when they eventually get settled at Lynda’s Ma’s (Caroline) place.
Coco and I have been relaxing by the fire reading the newspapers ... she’s very smart don’t you know.
And here’s a huge thanks to every one of you who read this blog … January looks like it might beat the August08 readership … which was boosted by people reading about the Festival.
As of this moment the January total is 2,244!!
And you are reading this in places I am gobsmacked to see … are you from Ballinamore? … or just stumbled along here during a Google search?
Let me know.
I love writing this blog and I have been told by some local readers why they enjoy it … kind of stumped why someone in Venezuala is reading it … although you’re very very welcome.
Some of the places I have readers (and I think the numbers indicate individual readers and not the number of times the same person reads the blog – for the last month) include:
- Ireland (IE) 401
- United States (US) 229
- United Kingdom (GB) 80
- Canada (CA) 20
- Australia (AU) 17
- Germany (DE) 15
- India (IN) 10
- France (FR) 8
- Poland (PL) 6
- Philippines (PH) 5
- Netherlands (NL) 5
- Italy (IT) 4
- Spain (ES) 4
- Portugal (PT) 4
- Denmark (DK) 4
- Thailand (TH) 3
- Turkey (TR) 3
- Malaysia (MY) 3
- Sweden (SE) 2
- Belgium (BE) 2
- Bulgaria (BG) 2
- Croatia (HR) 2
- New Zealand (NZ) 2
- Russian Federation (RU) 2
- Korea, Republic of (KR) 2
- Brazil (BR) 2
- Singapore (SG) 2
- Trinidad and Tobago (TT) 2
- Venezuela (VE) 2
- South Africa (ZA) 2
- Israel (IL) 2
- Finland (FI) 1
- Maldives (MV) 1
- Colombia (CO) 1
- Indonesia (ID) 1
- Lithuania (LT) 1
- Latvia (LV) 1
- Chile (CL) 1
- Norway (NO) 1
- Estonia (EE) 1
- Austria (AT) 1
- Saudi Arabia (SA) 1
- Mexico (MX) 1
- United Arab Emirates (AE) 1
- Kuwait (KW) 1
- Lebanon (LB) 1
- Vietnam (VN) 1
- Dominican Republic (DO) 1
- Slovakia (SK) 1
- Malta (MT) 1
- Jamaica (JM) 1
- Europe (EU) 1
- Romania (RO) 1
- Luxembourg (LU)
I’m stunned … welcome one and all.
Here’s a little piece of interesting news … I’m on the longlist for the Irish Bloggers Award.
I’m in the Personal Blog Category.
They will then shortlist and then shortlist again over the next few weeks.
Not sure how voting works.
Just got a great email from my brother Marc who is holidaying in Cambodia.
I’ve been developing another social enterprise idea for about 10 years … called Lippylala.
Basically, I will support and buy products made by individuals and families in developing countries … and sell them online.
There will be ethical profit along the whole supply chain … from the producer (paid when I order goods) … to my customers (decent prices) … to me & Marc.
We will look to source from individuals, families and communities who are using local materials or recycling materials.
We’ve been good Lippylala nomads and we’ve tracked down a whole bunch of fantastic micro-enterprises … supporting women, orphans, local craft, recycling etc. .. Silver, beautiful silk, handwoven cotton, wicker and wood seem to be the big things and there’s some very savvy, very cool stuff available for Lippylala …
I’ve seen gorgeous jewellery made of bombshells and gemstones, woven wicker laptop cases (and some lovely padded laptop bags made of recycled ricebags), raw silk post boy bags with contrast silk lining, handwoven cotton stationary cases, lovely homeware...
… and I’ve come across suppliers in Latin America doing amazing things with discarded tins and plastic bags … and don’t get me started on the cool bags made from recycled tires … and the guy in America who makes these stone things with intellectually challenged people that get rid of those annoying bobbles on clothes … and funky cards by an Oz woman cartoonist … truly amazing micro enterprises.
A percentage of Lippylala profits will go to developing design ideas with a pool of the people and their communities … and Marc and I will choose a charity in Ireland and Singapore that will receive some of the profits each year.
Marc and I are developing the idea together and as he says
Seeing all the wonderful micro-enterprise in Cambodia reminds me that it (Lippylala) is a great idea.
As a business idea of course, but also in the good it can do.
In a country full of sad stories I’m seeing people getting together to try to help each other and themselves through enterprise and it’s really the case that an avenue like Lippylala to reach the world could make a difference.
This is a country that counts in single dollars, and something like $100 or $500 would be like a windfall.
Really the cost is in time, and of course in confidence in the idea. Nothing comes easy and I don’t want to be delusional that it would all flow easily. But with time, fabulous talent and some hard work, how could it not work?
I’ll make it work.
I’ve been researching suppliers for years and hope to be able to develop the Lippylala site this year and into 2010.
We also want to tell the stories of the people and their communities … in a blog form and using vidcasts.
I’ll let you know more as we go along … but Marc got me re enthused about Lippylala.
Marc has given me some great new ideas for a Lippylala business distribution model that challenges my initial ideas … love when that happens … no idea is safe from transformation … I really really detest dogma of any sort … fluid thought & action delight me.
Thanks to one of my keenest readers and commenters … Lindy in Arizona.
I sent her a pdf of the Life Dreaming Workbook I wrote and Marc co designed with me … and asked her to give me feedback.
Here are a few of her big picture comments ... thanks so much for the feedback and I hope to self publish the workbook in 2009 – under Lippylala Publishing.
I already have an ethical Irish online bookstore ready and willing to distribute it … cool.
My very first reaction when I opened your pdf and saw the front cover was – sharp intake of breath and then WOW!
Your cover is beautiful, sensuous, a breath of fresh air, clean breezes.
That cover will allow people – especially women – to want – WANT – to open the book and see what it is all about.
The use of color is, in itself, soothing. I believe you said Marc designed it – he is a genius. The two of you work beautifully together.
Your book is a masterpiece: simple, relatively brief, filled with excellent organizational skills, common sense, pulls no punches, straight shooting and to the point.
It is gentle. On p.1 you wrote that Life Dreaming is not therapy. It may not be therapy but it is most certainly therapeutic. I absolutely love it.
What an excellent creation and one that really does need to be birthed, sent out into the world, and shared.
Life Dreaming, in my opinion, could remain as small as you want it to be so as not to interfere too much in your other life choices. It could also, possibly, become world wide if you wanted to focus on it and allow it to grow.
Marc is a design genius and we have so much fun when we co design stuff … he challenges me about the core purpose of my ideas … and then I send him squiggles of an idea and words like … sensual, baroque, Mae West … and he creates his magic.
There is interest in me running Life Dreaming workshops in Singapore, New York, Perth (Oz) and here in Ireland … we’ll see.
Basically what I have been doing over the last few years is:
- working to my skills and passions
- developing ideas for products or services that link to those skills and passions
- working with Marc to develop the principles and branding for each idea – and that is so much fun it can’t be called ‘work’.
- being clear that while each idea has the potential to ‘scale up’ … I have no interest in heading/managing some form of international business … lolling is my life!
- i’m interested in developing social enterprises that provide what I call ‘micro streams of income’ ... little trickles that when combined … form a reasonable income for the next few decades of my life … and … make a difference in other peoples lives … I call it ethical and creative profit
OK … my brain is tired so I’m going to go back to lolling by the fire.