So on that note, I'm going to remember the good times this week and join with Amy at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday. I'm keeping the bright side out.
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1. No Rain Today (or not yet anyway)
Ah well, nothing else for it - I went out and bought a jumper today.
2. Work in Progress
Reuniting a jumper that I thought was lovely when I started it and when I completed it first time around, is not such a pleasure anymore. But I can't let myself away with not finishing it. What happened was that I lost a lot of weight between starting and completing it and it never occurred to me to take a few measurements!! That would have been too simple. And I also never considered just giving as a present to someone. so I have the back redone and this is the first of the fronts - the sleeves will also need to be shortened! I have a feeling it won't be finished this winter. Have you ever had ago totally restart a piece of crafting?
|This is what it will look like|
I told you last week about all the session here during the week. It's building up to Festival time so visitors are starting to appear and it was the perfect time for a young historian here to launch his booklet Introducing people to Rostrevor. It turned in to a fabulous night of songs and stories, tunes and yarns... Here's a few images from it... I wish Peter every success with his first book - and if you're ever in the area he'll take you on a walking tour of the vicinity with lots of information.
|Peter McGrath Jnr introducing his new book|
"An Introduction to Rostrevor"
And ending up with the best rendition of that good old traditional song (not) of Paul Simon's - You Can Call Me Al - delivered by John and the entire pub doing the African Male Voice Choir backing up bits ....Very funny.
Tom and I headed down to Kerry for a couple of nights over the weekend - I've always wanted to visit Listowel, and to have a night in John B Keane's pub - probably the most famous pub in Ireland.
Listowel is famous for its writers' festival which takes place at the start of June each year and happens here mainly because of John B, who wrote The Field among other great stories of Irish life. All his novels, plays, short stories and poems were written here behind the counter in his bar - watching the comings and goings and antics of the locals.
|John B Keane's pub, Listowel|
|Nectar lined up on the counter in various stages of settling. |
Oh I wish I still could drink Guinness.
|Richard Harris won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of "The Bull" McCabe |
in Jim Sheridan's 1990 film of "The Field"
5. Great Band Names
I love funny names for bands - I used to play keyboards once in a band called Dickie Ticker and the Palpitations! Then there was the Ceilidh Band who once won the best band competition at some Scottish Festival in the 90s - they were called Ceilidh (pronounced Kayly) Minogue :) Love it.
This one caught my eye in Listowel - pity the poster was curling up on itself ...
|Playing Sunday - Phil 'n The Blanks|