Warning Warning … there are a truckload of photos in this post … so it might take a wee while to download … take a deep breath and … wait …
It’s the day after Paddy’s Day and the sun is beaming down on us here in Ballinamore.
I took Coco for a long walk and just reveled in the warmth and light. Only getting around to uploading and resizing the photos from yesterdays Ballinamore Parade.
Why wouldn’t I let people know about great chocolate?
Pleased to hear from Sharon that a number of my dear readers have already ordered chocs from her and had them sent to Germany and the USA.
Really … do yourself a great favour and order some chocs … they will make your taste buds very very happy. I’ll be letting you know about her Easter treats in a few weeks.
Anyway … back to the Parade (oh yeh … I’m typing this sitting outside of the front of my cottage … all the shop keepers are laughing … but who’s basking in the sunshine says I?).
Dublin and New York may have their flash parades … Ballinamore has the best tractors and kids and crowds.
Dee gave me a lovely badge that she’d made specially for me … and some great green and yellow ribbon for Coco.
Just before 3pm I ran into my good friend Miriam [and just to let you know … we will be doing the DIY and woodwork for women workshops around June for 2 or 3 Saturdays in Ballinamore… That’s so Pam (another great blogger) can come along] and we wandered down the street with Coco.
She was very well behaved … that’s Coco … Miriam is usually very well behaved in public. I took some pics of the parade organising.
The grown ups enjoyed the chance to have a catch up with friends and neighbours
I was also introduced to Jane … a lovely lady who has lots of family who read this blog … hello to you all. Greg Smyth asked me to take a photo of him and Jane and tell you all that he’s her toy boy.
Just after 3.30pm the parade began and I took photos of everyone. There was a whole pile of Scouts and their leaders. Loved the scouts float.
I liked that local businesses got involved … and some even had their families in the trucks.
And a great troupe of dancers who gave us a fab demonstration of Irish dancing.
The crowd was very big … and when you realize that our Ballinamore population is around 900 … I’d say a lot of them were out enjoying the parade.
Thanks to Miriam for looking after Coco while I took all the photos.
I found them relaxing outside the church surrounded by lots of little children.
Coco was amazingly patient and let them poke and pat and prod and even stick their hands in her mouth … lovely.
There were a few other photographers around … 2 of them were taking shots for the local newspapers and they asked to take a few pics of me and Coco.
Around 4pm I brought Coco home and then went to McGirls for the trad music session with Miriam. A good crowd was there including old friends of Derek and Lynda (we didn’t forget you guys) … Mags, Adrian, Orla, Kevan … and many more. The youngest musical devotee was wee Harry … the dote child of Ballinamore.
Liam handed out sandwiches and Mags dashed out to buy a pile of chips and curry sauce to share with everyone … good onya girl.
I was home at a reasonable hour (10pm) and ready for a good nights sleep.
Up this morning and delighted to see how sunny it is … I’m enjoying just typing away here on the sidewalk as the world goes by … waving and smiling at cars and people.
Just had one of Sharons cupcakes and it’s taking every ounce of my will power not to dash back inside and eat the other one. They are guinness cupcakes with a baileys irish cream frosting … mucho yum.
A tractor with silage just went by … waved to the handsome farmer … and am now delighting in the after smell of the silage … bleh.
Have marinated some fresh fish in lime juice and will be barbqueing them in a couple of hours out the back at Mags cottage.
There are times like now when life is just bloody wonderful.
When I was walking Coco this morning I was thinking
‘this time last week I was walking around Regent St in London and about to have a glass of champagne with Lisa … today I’m walking with Coco in the sunshine along Lock 5 … lucky me.’.
And later this afternoon I said a hello to my good friend and next door neighbour … Therese Hamill.
Hung her washing and then had a cuppa and cake in her house … and a good catch up chat.
And later this evening … 9.30pm … just back from our first barbque out the back of our cottages.
I brought the fish and barbie … Mags brought the chips … and our new neighbour William made the salad. We had a great meal under the stars … with 4 dogs running happily around us … we were joined by our friend Hera a little later.
Ballinamore … we are so lucky to live here.