My last post evoked loads of … comments here, emails and Facebook comments … from friends, family and strangers.
I’m deeply touched and humbled by the thoughtful comments and offers of support.
I really do believe that most people are inherently good … and sometimes it’s the bad times that brings out the best in people.
I didn’t write the post so that people would tell me how open and courageous I am [thanks anyway] … or that times will get better … I know they will.
I wrote it because many people hide the extent of their fear and sadness and anger … from themselves and everyone else.
I’m not particularly brave or special … I just wanted people to see that even positive and practical people like me … can feel stressed and under pressure.
And … I then get off my fab derriere … and draw on the range of resources that I have in my life … and after many of your responses … I now have even more resources.
Writing this blog … and responding to emails and comments … acts as a release valve for me.
So does talking with friends and family … thanks folks.
Since writing the blog post I have had:
- an offer of space so I can run a ‘design your own free blogsite’ session in Ballinamore on Saturday July 11. Thanks to Jane in the Shaylyn Traditional Arts Centre. I’ll post more on that in a week or so.
- an offer to edit a great womans (Di Granger in Perth WA) Wellness workbook … 3 days work.
- advice on getting the best from social welfare and HSE and CWO’.
- gifts and loans of money.
- and lots and lots of good wishes
Now … this hasn’t solved some deeper financial issues such as longer term contracts and overdue rent and overdrafts … but … it has given me some breathing space.
Thank you all for your support … it has meant a great deal to me and further reinforces my real belief in peoples generosity and compassion.
Much to my delight she keeps coming back and lying down when I call her. I just keep thinking that she’ll get sick of the whole palaver and ignore me.
We went and sat on a picnic bench in the canal basin and just chilled … that’s me and Coco.
The day was so still that everything was reflected perfectly in the water.
I took photos of all the great kids and parents who went on a sponsored walk to raise funds for the girls school.
Everyone made their hats and it was a delight to see some of my Sunny Funny Garden children.
I stood near our resident professional photographer (Eunan Sweeney) as he organised all the people … and took some pictures.
I love this photo
I had also made a very tasty meatballs and tomato sauce from scratch … hand made the meatballs and the sauce … yum.
Caught up with Mags as she was outside with her dog pack and we decided to share the meal over a bottle of prosecco (for moi) and red wine (for her).
Dogs played happily and we relaxed in the evening sunshine.
Coco was running around like a mad thing and we heard her yelp … looks like she’s pulled a muscle in her thigh … she’s limping a wee bit but not all the time.
I was advised to give her a disprin to reduce the swelling and not take her for a walk for a few days.
She is not happy with me.
On Monday I reorganised and reframed the office so I could be ready for all the interesting work that will be coming my way soon … hope does spring eternal.
My desk is now facing the front window on to the street so I have light streaming in … and I can see what everyone is doing … hee hee.
I might even get some work done … and yes dear brother Marc … I will have typed the remaining 6 Life Dreaming modules by Friday … nag nag.
Today has started sunny … and we all know how long that can last in Ireland.
I want to make up window boxes for my place and Therese my neighbour.
It’s Tidy Town competition time again and we all want the town to be looking its best.
Mags is way ahead of me with her lovely window boxes.
After a day of limping slightly … Coco seems to be better. I think she’s faking so I’ll take her for a walk!
Jane at Shaylyn also emailed me some very interesting information on a cross border traditional dance project that they are running.
The Shaylyn Sessions in Ballinamore
Join members of Shaylyn for the first of a series of informal trad sessions at the centre this Sunday the 21st of June at 2pm. The session will feature Irish Dancing, Music and Song plus a chance to get up and dance yourself if you feel like it! The session is open to the public and costs €10 for adults and €5 for children. The next sessions will take place on Sundays the 19th of July and the 16th of August also at 2pm. Pre booking is possible on 071 9681101 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shaylyn Summer Performance Season in Bundoran Starts July 1st !
Local support for the season in Bundoran would be greatly appreciated so do come along if you can, send other people – perhaps you know people in the Bundoran area. You can also help by spreading the word and talking about it to anyone who will listen!
The show is at Bundoran Cineplex, Station Rd, Bundoran every Wednesday in July and August at 8pm nightly. Tickets can be booked on 071 9829999
Shaylyn Dance Workshops for Everyone!
As part of our new International Fund for Ireland funded project ‘Connecting People, Removing Borders’ we are aiming to deliver 100 Irish and Scottish Dance Workshops this year! The project aims to bring people of different communities together and promote peace & reconciliation through the practice and enjoyment of our traditional dances.
In addition the project aims to simply get people dancing again by providing access to traditional dance for adults and not just for children! Dance used to be a major feature of everyday life in Ireland, a lifelong pursuit and we believe with the social, cultural and economic benefits and potential that it should be again.
Join us for our next dance workshops at:
The Share Centre, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh on Thursday the 25th of June at 8pm Adm 3
The Commercial Hotel, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim on Monday the 29th of June at 8pm Adm € 5
The Presbyterian Church Hall, Raphoe, Co Donegal on Tuesday the 30th of June at 8pm Adm Free
We are also looking for individuals and groups who would consider participating more fully in the project by attending as many of the dance events as possible over the two year funded period and keeping a diary of this experience. The diaries will be used to develop a living archive of peoples experience and opinions of plus access to their traditional dances at this time in history. The archive will also serve to show how the arts and dance in particular contribute to community building and peace & reconciliation.
Diaries can be anonymous. Participants can attend all dance events for free. Support will be available from a facilitator for this process. We would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in participating in this process.
More workshop dates coming soon!
Finally if you would like to have a dance workshop in your area/for your group/club etc please contact us for details.
I’m going to the Ballinamore session on Monday June 29 … I’d love to learn some traditional dancing … might see you there.
I hope your week has started well.