Now … my fabulous reader … you know how I love to loll.
This week provided very few of those opportunities … in fact … the last few weeks have been too busy for my liking.
Note to self … loll for at least one day next week.
This week has been full of very interesting and varied activities.
I was in Dublin on Tuesday and caught up with 2 very dear friends of mine … Shani and Mia.
I’ve known them for quite a few years and used to stay in their apartment when I had a lot of work on in 2007 … I called us the micro famille.
They recently got engaged and I wanted to congratulate and celebrate with them.
I met Shani in Eden restaurant in Temple Bar … she is one of the managers and was finishing her shift.
We had some prosecco and liquer cocktails and were soon joined by Mia and another friend Sharon. We had some more bubbles and cheese board and then went to the Odessa Club where I used to be a member.
It was lovely to be back there and we relaxed in the leather couches and chatted for a good while.
I was in bed well before midnight and ready for my work with Depaul Ireland the next day.
It was the first meeting of the Depaul SKIL2 Team and lasted 3 hours.
The team consists of 6 people from a cross section of the organisation … and they are fantastic … highly motivated … intelligent … and very solution focused.
My kind of people.
I’m the Chair/Facilitator of the Team and we covered a lot of ground inthe 3 hours … including looking at the SKIL2 site design architecture that I have developed.
It feels great when a group of people like this really likes the design and content of SKIL2 … I feel I’m really getting further forward to developing a product and process that will be of real use to non profit organisations.
They all said they were really excited by the whole SKIL2 idea and added huge value with some great suggestions for policy, design and practice … thanks Team.
Depaul Ireland put me up in Jurys Christchurch … which is in the centre of Dublin and about 20 seconds walk to their office.
Christchurch Cathedral and St Patricks Cathedral are all in the vicinity.
When the meeting ended I was whisked away by a cab to the train station … and off I went to Sligo.
But I thought you lived in Ballinamore … I hear you say.
I do … and I was meeting a friend in Sligo to look at the 3rd year art students exhibition.
We got there at 7ish and had a good look at the work … as usual … there’s always a mix.
I was particularly taken with some great portraits.
Lots of people came up to say hello and many said ‘I haven’t seen you around for ages’.
To which I replied ‘I have been living in Ballinamore for 2 and a half years’.
Lovely to catch up with some dear friends … who do know where I live.
Back in Ballinamore after 10pm … tired and delighted to see Coco.
Yesterday was a lovely day … sun shine through the showers.
I went to Supavalu to have a cuppa and a voice said ‘Liz … it’s so lovely to see you’.
It was Kimme (another blogger) and her family in Ballinamore for a few days.
They are staying at the same cottage up the mountain as I did a while back … thanks to Pam.
Anyway … I had sent Kimme photos of cottages available in the area for sale and they were over to have a look with Gabriel Owens.
We had a look at a piece of land with amazing views
And look what we saw along the way.
And here’s the cross at St Patricks Well.
the rags on the tree were put there by people … for a wish or a prayer
I went along for the ride and asked Gabriel to also show them Poll an Easa and St Patricks Well … where we bottled some water.
Kimme, Patrick and Amanda are delightful people and would be a wonderful addition to the area.
I invited them for a drink in Smyths Pub and we had a lovely evening chatting.
Before I went to Smyths I took my good dog Coco for a walk on a new route … down to the waste treatment centre.
The walk is really lovely and I eventually let her off the lead.
The whistle works in that she will always run back when she hears it … she just won’t get close enough for me to catch her!
I resorted to sitting on the ground and pretending to whimper (actually … I felt like whimpering) … Coco came back because she thought I was hurt … and proceeded to sit just out of catching reach … gotta admire her.
I then said ‘treat treat’ and she moved forward … got her!
And sometimes good things have to be postponed or ended.
You all know Sunny Funny Garden … and how much fun me and the kids have playing and growing stuff.
Well, the land is owned by a great guy … Conor Smyth.
It was brought to his attention that if there was an accident during a Sunny Funny Garden session … the he would be legally liable.
Unfortunately … Ireland is a place where people sue at the drop of a hat … aided and abetted by lawyers.
If Hell exists … then there’s a really special place for certain professions.
Anyway … Conor and I had a chat … and I don’t want there ever to be a burden placed on him because he did me a favour and let us use the land.
So I decided to postpone the Sunny Funny Garden sessions until we can find out what the legal issues are and how much public liability insurance costs.
I feel disappointed as I love the sessions … but sometimes that’s just the way of the world.
Hopefully we can sort something and restart soon.
I’ll keep an eye on the garden … and I now publicly let everyone know … unless Conor ran amok in the garden and hit me with a shovel … I’ll not be suing him ever.
I’m not that kind of person.
I have some SKIL2 work to do … then around 5pm Aine Martin is coming over and I’m building a free blog for her mother Maureen for her local government campaign.
Yeh yeh … I know I said I wouldn’t do anymore free blog designs … I’m allowed to change my mind!
And if my energy lasts through the day … I’ll be taking photos at an art exhibition opening tonight in Solas Gallery.
The weekend? I think I’ll be covering some of the local GAA celebrations … must catch Adrian and see what the schedule is like.
Somewhere … oh somewhere … I’m going to loll.
Hope you have a great weekend.