Town of Books & Michaelmas Festival

The Town of Books is on this weekend in Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny, along with the traditional music festival. After looking forward to this all year, wouldn’t you know it, both my husband & I are too unwell to go enjoy them! I did manage to sniffle along to a few book stalls in the drizzle of yesterday afternoon & found 2 Michael Connelly mysteries for my (considerably sicker than me,) better half.  Today (Sunday) I’ve got to work, so will miss Micheal Kelly of Grow It Yourself Ireland speaking at 3pm. The plan was to send The Hubby to listen & report back, so if anyone reading this went- let me know what you thought!

Next weekend is another favorite- the Michaelmas Festival ( their website is quite good, with interesting history & photos as well as the current events listing & such.) Last year we really enjoyed  the lovely weather, beautiful breeds of farmyard animals & old fashioned farming items & skills on display, and some VERY tasty duck pie & steak & Guinness pie from one of the stands. There’s lots more on offer, too, & we bought this lovely pitcher from a stall featuring local New Ross potters Lavery Pottery.

Not to forget the tasty pint or two on offer from the local pubs!

We didn’t win in the duck race (payback for eating a relative?) but it was great fun to watch, especially when the swans crashed the party!

I recommend this charming festival, & we’ll be taking our immune booster to be sure we don’t miss it!

PS: I’LL HAVE A NEW UPDATE ON  OUR LITTLE RESCUE DOG PETAL (WITH NEW PHOTOS) IN A FEW DAYS 🙂

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beside the Barrow in New Ross~ flowers & festivals!

Beautiful flowers for the beautifully sunny day along the Barrow in New Ross. Who says approaching the Septembers of life need be bittersweet~ look at all the joyful colours! (my link didn’t work! but click on the garden center link  & then from there click on the post called September Beauties) My local New Ross garden centre was abundant with butterflies, hoverflies & bumblebees today, all buzzing their merry way about the place.  And in a few weeks time, all of Ross will be buzzing with festivals! One, running from 23rd -26th September is billed as New Ross’s own ’boutique festival’ ~ the New Ross Piano Festival. Before that, though, the Celtic River Festival will be taking place on the weekend of 11-12 September with lots of boating events, street events &  more great music with Kila and Altan, amongst others. (They also have a Facebook page.)  I’ve seen them both play live before, and they’re worth the trip if you’re a bit father away. We’re looking forward to a (celtic) Indian Summer!

on the river barrow begins

When the shift in the summer wind  brings the cooler breezes of autumn to Ireland, it not only begins to blow away the yellowing birch tree leaves, but its activity quickens my lazy summer-pace of mind as well. So; a new venture is begun~ by the river Barrow. It will meander through the southeast of Ireland like its namesake, sharing a love of books (the Irish ‘Town of Booksis on its banks,) local happenings, plants and gardening, arts, music & local craft and food, as well as local natural history and wildlife. Who knows what else will flow along with it~ part of the joy of a river is that it is never static!

That said, this riverwriter is brand new to WordPress, and only a month or two old in the blogosphere in general; posts may be more infrequent at first as I find my feet.  I hope we both enjoy the journey!