Don’t tell me that nothing happens in small rural towns … well maybe that’s true for other towns … but there’s always something on in Ballinamore.
On Friday Solas Art Gallery has an opening of its photographic exhibition titled ‘Solstice’.
I had a sneek preview and there are some lovely pieces … some great shots from one of my favourite photographers … Eunan Sweeney.
Bluebell Woods – Eunan Sweeney
You can buy Eunans work from his site (there are heaps of gorgeous images of Ireland … great gifts) … and … you can see a range of his pics in Smyths Shop … and you get to say hi to Mags (but be quick as she’s off to Majorca for a week … me envious? … what shade of green can I be!).
The exhibition opens at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome … there’s always some nice nibbles … a glass of wine … interesting pictures … and nice people to talk with.
Early Sunny Morning on the Waterlillies – Elizabeth Sayer
I also notice that another friend of mine … Niall Magahey … is playing and singing in Bobby Jo’s this Sunday.
When Niall isn’t singing … or updating his Facebook status at 4am in the morning … he runs Complete Weddings … a videography service for your wedding.
I loved the short vid of a wedding where the photos were taken in a field with hay bales and a vintage tractor … showed some wit.
I was in there for the first time after Aine Martins Fashion Parade … and liked the whole place very much.
Niall is always a treat to listen to so I might just wander down … order a glass of wine … and relax.
And … on Saturday you can go to a great workshop for 3 hours at Shaylyn.
YOGA FOR WELLBEING & WEIGHT LOSS
One off 3 Hour Dynamic Yoga workshop with David and Caithriona
Shaylyn Centre, High St. Ballinamore, Saturday 20th June 10:30am – 1:30pm (with short break between sessions)
How to Book: Phone: 07196 81101 – Text: 0873105942 –
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Everyone must book in advance)
Losing weight with yoga means focusing on yoga postures that help raise the metabolism, helping to burn calories and reduce stress at the same time.
David will bring you through standing postures and backbends, explaining how certain postures benefit different parts of the body helping to tone and bring flexibility into the body.
He will also incorporate some aspects of Pilates illustrating how it can be used to tone and firm the tummy area.
In the second part of the workshop Caithriona will focus on breathing exercises, forward bends and meditation.
As well as ‘hands on’ tuition and demonstration, the focus will be on using the breath to become more aware of where we hold tension in the body and working on proper alignment in the postures.
I’m pretty tempted to go for a number of reasons:
- I want to lose some weight
- I would love to learn some flexibility and toning exercises to strengthen my stomach and lower back … my back has been playing up recently and some professional advice would be very useful. I took some books out of the library but got completely lost in the hundreds of exercises … do these people not know how lazy I am?
- I want to build in more physical exercises that help me stay on a even keel … life can be stressful and I like to have a lot of ideas for calmness
- doing an intensive 3 hours would save me money and I’m crap at turning up for something every week for 6 weeks … which is what most yoga and pilates courses do
I think what they are covering and at the price … it’s a bargain.
If you’re thinking of kick starting some healthy habits for your body … and this workshop seems to offer a range of activities … here’s a good start.
Hope to see you there … I’ve talked myself into going.
Now all I have to do is find a yoga mat!
Tomorrow I’m off to the boys school to take some photos of them getting their Green Flag … it’s for good green environment activities. I’ll also be taking photos of the green flags at the other schools.
Congratulations to all the teachers and students.
And if you have any room to take a breath … I’d suggest that a lovely activity would be making up some window boxes or planting flowers in your garden.
It’s going to be lovely and sunny this weekend.
So … after you’ve gone to the yoga workshop on Saturday … had a barbecue to celebrate your fine efforts that evening … planted the window boxes on Sunday … and gone to listen to Niall sing in Bobby Joes on Sunday … you’ll know that Ballinamore is the place to live.
So much to do ….
Oh yeh … and there will be no photos of me bending and sweating (and probably swearing under my struggling breath) at the workshop ... you’ll just have to be there!
p.s I know you think that I must pose Coco to make her look so elegant and gorgeous … honestly folks … she just has this way with her.
Anyway … she was playing with a new toy yesterday and I got a shot of her in a less elegant pose.
yup … gorgeous