I love days like today … and I have a lot of them.
I had plans and they were open to any serendipity that happened through the day.
Coco pup had me out of bed at 7.30am … gone are the days when I wouldn’t get out of bed before 11 am … or later.
I had brekky and caught up on a pile of emails … some with my brother Marc as we plot the Life Dreaming adventure … some with readers of my blog … then checked all the rrs’d sites and blogs that I read … over a dozen or so on a range of topics.
Talked with a client in Dublin and organised my trip there for next week.
Time to get some fresh air and take Coco to Lock 5.
The sun was beaming down … even though the wind was very chilly.
It felt like the first real day of sunshine and I wanted to immerse my self in it before the clouds came along … as they will.
We had a great time … me strolling along enjoying the sun … the sound of the birds … that lovely sparkle on the water … and the first baby lamb.
Coco just going demented (she’s like the anti zen … or maybe a living zen) and running up and down … going really still if she saw a sheep or bird … then she runs and runs and runs … smiling all the way… I just love her … the sheer joy she lives … makes me laugh out loud.
Back for lunch and a quick hello to Dee and Mags.
Dropped in to Therese Hamill … my good friend and neighbour for a cuppa and a lovely chat by the fire for an hour or so.
Then took Eoin Hamill for a treat as his two older siblings are away on holidays … we had a lovely time over fizzy drinks in the Supavalu cafe.
We debated all the words we want to hang from the trees in the Sunny Funny Garden … lots and lots of words will be there.
Home again and I took Coco for another walk … then some work … and now I’m writing the blog.
The clouds gathered this afternoon … as I predicted.
And now for some excellent news.
The milk choc – one filled with an orange flavoured ganache and the other a whiskey or brandy (whatever is handy) ganache.
The white choc – one filled with a Irish cream liquour ganache and the other a coffee and whiskey ganache (I call it an Irish coffee flavour).
The dark choc – one with a mint fondant and the other a rum ganache with a raisin. The chocolate itself is Belgian.
All you lovely people who don’t live in Ballinamore ( and I’m so sorry you can’t live in this little piece of heaven … come visit) can now order Sharon’s chocolates online.
She currently has two boxes available and I’m sure she would put together a bigger or different mix if you asked real nice.
Really … do yourself a great big favour … and treat yourself to her chocs.
If her chocolates were a person … I would be in love … forever … a devoted relationship … I would never stray.
Go visit her site to see amazing photos of her decorated cakes and chocolates.
From Anne’s blog
She wanted to send me a donation for the workbook and we had a funny time sorting that out … many thanks Anne.
From Anne’s blog
Anyway … I suggested that she use the money to buy a few bees and call them Liz Biz Bees.
Well … she took that idea and grew it.
She and her husband are now going to name a whole new hive (they lost 3 hives this winter) … Liz Biz Bees … how cool is that?
And there’s more … she’s registered Liz Biz Bees as a website and will be telling the story of the hive as it grows … how bees do their job … what makes them happy … and sad … what we are doing to kill bees … they are literally disappearing … how bees are a sign of health or illness on earth.
The hive has 60,000 bees … unbelievable.
Anne has invited me and the Sunny Funny Garden gang to name some of the bees … and I think we’ll invite locals … school children … and Liz Biz readers … to choose a few names for ‘their’ bees.
Jeez … there’s 60,000 after all … and a lot of them look alike.
Check out Annes blog and read about her passion for bees.
I’m very excited as I’ve always wanted to learn about beekeeping … and the Liz Biz Bees Hive will now teach us all online.
Photo from Anne’s blog
We’ll be able to follow the seasons and the development of the hive … and ask questions along the way.
Magic happens all the time on this blog and through Life Dreaming … it even sends me into a bit of a spin sometimes … how the serendipity and synchronicity of it all brings people together … how ideas develop ... how things can become a reality with the support of people you’ve never seen … and all from the computers of people like me living in small towns and cities … remarkable.
Finally Finally … just had a lovely visit from Miriam. She told me that there are still a few places left on the Build Your Own Wind Turbine course starting in Ballinamore next Thursday. Go to their site for details.
I hope your week has been going well.
I have to go deal with the dirt fairies and goblins that crept in since I cleaned on Monday … it’s war… and I’m losing.
p.s. This photo of Coco cracks me up. She is obsessed with flies and birds … I think she believes that flies are just small birds … I wish.
Anyway … she will climb over anything (including me) to watch a fly on the wall … and then chase it round the room … she looks at me to kill the fly … and then she eats it … a kind of posh survival of the fittest.
Yup … that is Coco balanced on the back of the couch …staring down a fly … mad dog… kinda takes after her mother.
p.s.s – was walking down the street today and sighed as I walked past the Moo Bar sign … then later in the day I was walking down the street again … and Brent was taking down the sign … sigh … all gone.