Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Busy Saturday

I began my day at 7:15 with a mug of tea and a toasted bagel. Then slowly got around and met the TidyTown Volunteers at the bullring. This morning was as much work as last Saturday, but it was a lot more fun in my opinion. We pulled the old plants out of the big round planters (except for the centerpiece) in order to replant new ones. That idea alone gives me hope for the mildness of the Fall and Winter here. Someone had already emptied out all the planters that are up on sills around the outside of the building.

This is the area known as the bullring.

This is the same area but closer to the market.
This is one of the big planters after we were done.

These turned out so well.

There was a window box in every other opening. Big job!

I took these photos after I'd gone home and cleaned up a bit and had a bit of leftover rice from dinner last night with a couple of over easy eggs over it. I went down to the bullring first so I could show you what we did in our couple of hours meeting this morning. Then we sat across the street with our tea or coffee and a selection of cakes and baked goodies from Joanne's before breaking up for the day.

For today's walk I decided to head up away from town and walk by the town hall and hospital. It was quite a good walk mostly uphill and my fitbit vibrated before I got back. Here are some pix I took on the way.

Here is the Spiegeltent from the street side.
Someone's driveway that I found to be beautiful.

The Slaney River which goes under the Wexford Bridge before emptying into the Irish Sea.

This says "Presented by the Metropolitan Drinking Water & Cattle Trough Association
This spot of color caught my eye.

Tell me you would ever have thought these kind of trees would grow in Ireland.

I love architecture like this.

I got home just in time for tea and cookies and then took a brief nap. I tried to nap on the couch, but still hadn't bought a throw to use, so I went to the ATM and got some money from CP Federal back home and headed for Shaw's. I'd been told that they had better quality goods and that there was a big sale going on. I got a humongous cuddly throw and two pretty nice bed pillows for €50, which I thought was a pretty good price.

I carried those home and then headed out to Dunnes for some food. I bought one of those little chicken pies that I showed in my shopping photo the other day. I can't believe how good they taste and they are only €1.49. I also bought a loaf of bread, some tea biscuits, some frozen mushy peas and some frozen fish sticks. I am planning to go to the fish market next week and try my hand at cooking something from the Irish Sea.

This is a quick shot of the fresh fish market inside the building where we planted this morning.

It's just about 7:30 and I am in for the night listening to music on the iPod and enjoying my place. I met some new women at the planting this morning and each one I meet is friendlier than the last. A couple of us talked about going to one of the musicals during the Fringe Festival. It will be nice to get to know each other better. After all, we can't do too much chattering when we are working. I definitely owe a big thank you and hug to Roisin for suggesting joining this group as one of the first undertakings in my new town.

Hope to have more for you tomorrow.



  1. So nice to see the pix; your winters must be extremely mild if you are putting in new planting seeds now. Such a beautiful area you've chosen and it's lovely that you are meeting such nice people.

  2. I enjoy reading your blog Vicki and following your adventure! The town looks really cute and quaint and Irish :) The climate must be fairly temperate to accommodate the palm trees. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks, Barb, maybe you could come over for a visit, eh?