Recently I took a stroll through the lovely Garden of Europe. Several lovely trees came down in the February 2014 storms.
Two men were working clearing the fallen wood on the day I visited.
They told me that they were using the wood pulp as mulch for the remaining shrubs and trees.
These hardy daffodils were blooming on regardless.
Two dogs were enjoying the early spring sunshine.
I spotted these on a tree on the path from the Garden to Gurtinard. Nest boxes?
This is definitely the end of my WIM Weekend coverage
I know that that is not really a headline but I thought it might be a relief for some of my faithful followers to know that normal service is bring resumed next week.
Before that I have to tell you that I met my friend, Evelyn O’Rourke in Ballybunion.
|Me with Evelyn O’Rourke
Evelyn with her mum Peigí, her aunt Eileen and friend Mairead
Her anxious mum watches as Evelyn relives a very hard time in their lives.
Breda Boderick from Listowel is a fan of Evelyn’s and maybe its this selfie craze but I seem to be in far too many photos of the weekend.
Evelyn has written a book, Dear Ross, telling the story of a year in the life of her family. Evelyn was still on maternity leave with her first son, Óisín when she discovered she was pregnant. She was thrilled. The thrill only lasted a very short while as, within a week, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Evelyn wrote a series of letters to her unborn son, Ross, telling him how much she and his dad, John loved and wanted him and wanted to do everything possible not to compromise him in any way.
In the book we read of the horrors of chemotherapy compounded by the discomforts of pregnancy and the trials of looking after a small child.
In Ballybunion we saw Evelyn, the surviver, read movingly from some of the letters. We met Evelyn, the campaigner, passionately promoting the cause of breast cancer research. We met Evelyn, the family woman, wallowing in the love of her old and her new family. And we met Evelyn, the great communicator standing before us, a testament to the triumph of will, of love and support and modern medicine over this terrible disease.
During the weekend the local Creative Writing group took the opportunity to sell a collection of their works, A Little Life Music.
As part of the weekend too we got a taster eco tour of Ballybunion.
Danny Houlihan is a man of many talents. He told us about history and wildlife in a really interesting trip to the Cashen and the Castle Green. Below are a few photos from the tour
Writers Week 2014
The programme was officially launched last night in The Seanchaí. Great night, lots of photos to come but I had to share this one.
Eilís Wren and Máire Logue of Writers’ Week fill in my lovely granddaughters on who’s coming to this year’s festival.