It’s another glorious sunny day in Ballinamore … hush all you people who live in sunny climes … we see that golden ball in the sky so rarely that every sunny day is a celebration.
I was up at 7.30 and took Coco for a walk while it was cool.
The street was nice and quiet.
I saw this boat in the canal basin and thought how lovely it would be to go on a wee boat trip and wake up in different places.
The trees by the canal are really beautiful.
Coco and I walked to the road that takes us down to the water treatment place.
I let her off and she went dashing down the road … I think she does have greyhound in her the way she races and runs.
I was taking this photo and admiring the morning light when I turned and saw Coco running after a rabbit across the road … as a car came along!
The driver was going very slowly and slammed on his brakes … I thanked him and Coco noticed nothing but the rabbit … gave me a mild heart attack.
We walked along and I admired the boats that Locoboats hire out … think I’ll loll on this one.
Coco ran to the fence to say hello to all the sheep … not sure they were as happy to see her … they all kind of moved away at a rapid jog.
She just stood there smiling at them … gotta love the dog.
Sometimes in Ireland you need to look very closely at our flowers because they are wee things … tiny flowers mixed in amongst all the green.
The meadow is nearly all yellow now and the whitethorn is everywhere.
I love looking up at the light as it filters through the leaves … amazed I haven’t been hit by a truck yet.
We were walking along the road when I saw a car coming from the water treatment plant … nearly called it the waterworks … which would sound like a place where people cry a lot!
Anyway … I’m trying to call Coco back … no result.
The car slows down as she runs back … luckily not at the car… more to the side of it.
The car stops because Coco just keeps running close to me and then away. Good to see she’s not running at the car.
I pretend to be walking away from the car so Coco will follow me and the car can move on … that worked.
I then said to Coco ‘sit … lie down … stay’ in a very firm voice.
She did it all and I was able to catch her and put the lead on … with lots of praise for her.
Dropped in and saw Mags who told me this hysterical story about waking up at 5.30am this morning to the sound of guitar strings playing!
Spooked her as she’d never heard of a burglar serenading the house before ransacking it.
She got out of bed and saw Adrians guitar up against the wall with one string loose … and Patsy the cat batting the strings!
As Mags was telling the story I was laughing so much I had tears running down my face.
I want a picture and video of it.
I want to send out a heap of love to someone I just adore … my sis Siobhain.
I think she’s one of the best people I’ve ever known and I miss her.
I love living in Ballinamore … just wish we could pull Oz a little closer.
Off to do some more SKIL2 work and maybe go for a bike ride to Riversdale and check out the pool … and take Coco for another walk later this evening.
Coco has been sitting/sleeping in her chair in my office … when she gets bored she just stares at me as if to say ‘entertain me‘ … I explained that until she got hands and learned to speak English … I was the sole income earner.
She just kept staring … so I got up and threw the tennis ball around the lounge … yeh yeh … I know I’m a softy when it comes to Coco.
Oh yeh … I was looking at sites for accommodation for Marc and Yang.
They’re off to Washington, Boston and New York next week.
I found this great site where you can rent a room in people’s houses for 25 dollars and more.
The people know about their town/city and you get to stay in cool neighbourhoods.
Marc has emailed a few of them.
I was delighted to have helped Marc … and … found a website before he did!
Off to Dublin tomorrow and working with the Depaul SKIL2 Team on Friday … can’t wait … they are a bright and highly motivated group of people.
p.s Sharon asked me to let people know that you can give blood next week.
Here are the details
Just to let everyone know that the Blood Donation Clinic returns to the Community Centre in Ballinamore on Monday 8th June 2009.
Clinic times are 3.00pm to 4.45pm and 7.00pm to 9.30pm.
We were below the 100 donations at the last clinic so we really need to get above this number at the next one or we may lose it to another town.
Thanks to everyone who attended the previous clinics. Please try to get to this one and if you can get there please bring a friend.
My blood is RH O Neg so I’m going to be very brave (I’m needle phobic … runs in the family) and go down there on Monday. I’ll be the one whimpering in the corner … and staying the longest. My blood takes forever to come out.