This time last week was quite a busy day.
I went to the Boys School to watch them raise their Green Flag … for green projects they had been doing over 2 years in the school.
And I went with Maeve Hamill to the opening of the photographic exhibition in the Solas Gallery down the street.
I took lots of photos and only got them uploaded and resized last night … I seem to have spent the week cleaning my cottage.
My visit to the Boys School was a delight.
There were a lot of parents and friends looking at a craft project that one of the classes had done.
They worked with the lady that runs a bear workshop … you get to make bears.
I loved the fact that the boys got to learning sewing and the results were really great.
I particularly liked the friendship bears.
Here’s Thomas showing me the bear he made.
After a good look around we were ushered out to the yard to see the raising of the Green Flag.
One young man welcomed us all to the school and told us a bit about the hard work they had put in to get the flag.
All the boys then sang a song that one of the teachers had helped them write.
Then we watched as the flag was raised.
I went in and took some photos of the projects they had done.
And then it was time for a barbcue provided by Niall Gallogly.
Here’s his van.
Niall is a great caterer … I hear that he catered for a huge number of the recent communion parties … I had a chance to taste his food at the Hamills … really really delicious.
I’ve invited him for an interview as a Ballinamore Entrepreneur so we can hear more about his business … he’s keen but very busy.
So … Nialls family and friends … encourage him to give me a call.
Ballinamore now has 5 Green Flag schools … which I think could be a record for a town our size.
Congrats to all the children, teachers and parents who made it all happen.
That evening Maeve and I went to Solas Gallery for the opening of the photographic exhibition.
Two of her friends Abby and Leah (photographer Eunan Sweeneys children) were also there.
They are posing under one of Eunans photos.
It’s very hard to photograph the photographs as they are covered in glass.
The crowd grew and was very busy when I left.
It’s a bit grey today but the rest of the week has been lovely and sunny and warm.
Everything looks a bit more cheerful and I noticed that the Tidy Towns Group have hung lovely flower baskets at the entry/exit roads.
I want to thank people for their warm and kind regards as a result of my recent blog posts.
Your support is greatly appreciated.
It’s not easy sharing what’s happening … but that’s as much a part of my life as all the happy and positive stuff … of which I am greatly blessed.
Thanks for the emails saying how my words have helped … how some of you feel less alone as you struggle with different challenges.
I’ve said it before … I love writing and it helps me clarify what’s going on in my head and heart. If it in some way is useful to a reader … then that’s great as well.
Mags will be back from Majorca this evening … she’s having a ball.
I’m off tonight to help Brent and Mary drink some of the prosseco that was left when they closed the Moo Wine Bar … yup … someones gotta do it!!
I hope the sun shines on you over the weekend.
And guess what I just did?
I sorted Skype onto this laptop … and yesterday in Tesco I bought a webcam (7.49 euro) and a microphone with headset (10.49).
I emailed my brother Marc and asked him if he had Skype … he sorted it his end.
I was online and Skype rang … it was Marc!
I turned on the vidcam … and we had a video call … it was sooooo cool … just like in the movies.
We chatted for an hour about work and stuff … it was lovely … the sound and picture quality was excellent.
And it’s FREE … any calls from one Skype to another Skype.
The only problem was that my wee vidcam kept falling off the top of the laptop so Marc kept getting video of the floor or ceiling or half my face … he meanwhile looked as calm and serene as ever!
When you have a vid call on Skype you see a small screen of yourself and a bigger screen of the person you are talking to … it was a blast.
Now … Sis … if you’re reading this how about setting Skype up at your place?
And Marc is going to sort Skype on Dad’s Apple system.
Anyone with an up to date computer will probably have a built in mic and vidcam … and you can see how cheap they are to buy anyway.
Marc can now nag me about the Life Dreaming typing in full colour and stereo sound.