|Finished it - A view less boring - acrylic 40 x 50cm|
So we had a lovely time in Fermanagh. If you're wondering where it is, click here . We'd been camping there (as in actual camping in a tent not comfort camping in a caravan!) a few years ago and decided to go back. It's lovely, being the lake district of Northern Ireland and probably super lovely if you're into boats and going out on the lakes and whatnot, but we came to the conclusion at the end of this trip that we really like big long beaches to walk the dogs along and so, going to a landlocked county was never really going to cut it for us! That said, what with all the countryside, there were plenty of animals grazing out in the fields that we took lots of photos of for future paintings. The farmers must've thought we were proper city folk who'd never seen a cow before!
The caravan park was nice and relatively small. Unluckily right on the other side of a big hedge from where we were pitched was the children's play area with the path leading to it running right past our caravan - cue kids on (very squeaky) bikes going past a lot and prompting Brodie to go into 'fierce protect mode' i.e yap constantly at everything she perceives as a threat to her territory!! We spent most of the days out and about anyway so it thankfully it didn't matter too much.
On the Sunday we drove to Roscommon in the Republic of Ireland to visit friends of S's who've just bought a wonderful quirky old cottage with 2 acres of land way out in the middle of nowhere - I loved it! We'd decided on a barbeque (tempting the weather) and in typical Irish fashion Sunday dawned grey and miserable. Not to be detered we put on several layers of clothing and warmed up with a few alcholic beverages (apart from poor S who had to drive us back later that night!) I came armed with veggie burgers and salad and once the meateaters had satisfied their hunter gatherer instincts and sufficiently cooked the animals they'd
caught bought at the supermarket, we headed indoors and ate our meal in front of a roaring fire where we stayed for the rest of the day! You can always tell when you've had a good time as next thing you know, several hours had passed, it was 10.30pm and we still had a 2 hour drive back to Blaney.
We had been told that the Olympic torch would be arriving in Fermanagh at 12 on Tuesday, the day we were due to leave. Being the bah humbugs we are about the whole Olympics thing, we packed up early and set off at 10am lest we set eyes on the damn thing.
Anyway, it was wonderful just to be away and off work. I did take my watercolours and sketch pad with me but they didn't see the light of day. I did however take lots of close up photos of wild flowers using the super macro on my camera which is my current obsession.
|While S was busy photographing the sunset I was more concerned with this dandelion clock!|
|Daisies are so pretty for something we consider a weed!|
I'm linking as always to Paint Party Friday and my favourite gathering of wonderfully creative folk.