It certainly is a work day! The RDS Hall where the show takes place turns into a building site. Everyone has a job to do and every tool is put to full use. Within the space of a few hours, chaos turns into a certain type of order.
Just a few finishing touches for tomorrow.
The lighting will be on.
There will be a place for everything with everything in its place!
We slip out quietly carrying our quota of tools – drills and ladders and God knows what else!
We have a nice presentation (I hope) on our Stand N40.
This stand is right beside all the talks on interior design etc.
Tomorrow I shall enjoy listening to all those tips. See more here
Come along over the weekend and see / hear what the Ideal Home Show can offer you and be sure to drop by my stand at N40 and say hello.
You just might find that perfect piece of art to make your home the Ideal Home.
at the Ideal Home Show, Dublin 12- 14th April 2019
The painting is framed in a white contemporary style box frame and is ready to hang.
The image below helps you visualise how it would look on your wall.
Yes! The Spring has finally arrived and that means it’s time for Ireland’s biggest and best loved home show.
The permanent tsb Ideal Home Show – full of ideas, advice and inspiration with amazing new home products from the largest selection of suppliers of any event in Ireland – over 220 Exhibitors – see list
Ideal Home Show
If you have not yet gotten your tickets for the Ideal Home Show,
As luck would have it, we got a very nice gift voucher for a two night stay in Westport, West of Ireland – along the beautiful Mayo coastline.
Discovering new places
So much to see and do in this magic spot. Croagh Patrick, was all pervasive and we reminisced about the difficult climb that we had done the year before on this pilgrimage site. This was certainly not to be repeated at this windy and cold time of year. So, we were just as pleased to admire its majestic qualities from a distance (phew!)
We drove around the coastline and discovered a beach that surprisingly enough, I had not been to before – Carrowmore Beach.
Bertra Beach was equally charming and we discovered that this is great surfing area that stretches into Clew Bay.
We continued to explore the area and came upon such lovely scenes. No matter what time of year you travel around Ireland, each season has a superb offering of colour, vibrancy, wildlife wonder winding its path along The Wild Atlantic Way.
And so, after my very nice adventure to Co. Mayo – I came home and began a new painting of Gurteen Bay. Gurteen is just outside Roundstone, Connemara and not too far from where we had visited. Gurteen Bay is yet another well frequented and favourite of mine. It has a unique horseshoe shape alongside Dogs Bay. The wild headland stretches out into the Atlantic between the two beaches.
So, I hope you like it. I will have it with me at the Ideal Home Show for purchase.
Here’s hoping that you will join me there over the weekend of 12th to 14th April. For extra encouragement, here is the link to avail of free tickets for admission to the show.
I have always been drawn to water and its calming effects.
Do you ever think about where is it rushing off to in such a hurry, busily working its ways through all obstacles on its course? Creating bursts of brilliant white as it hits against the rocks then back to its translucent self, back to a calm, slow trickle.
What a lovely way to welcome in the New Year other than a walk in the countryside of beautiful Glendalough.
Skimming stones in Glendalough at the Upper Lake.jpg
Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains and has many attractions to enthral visitors, from its world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower dating back to the 6th century, its scenic lakes and valleys, as well as a selection of walks and trails in the area including The Wicklow Way.
Glendalough has a mystique and sense of majesty about it.
I have painted Glendalough, both the Upper Lake and Lower Lake so many times and yet, I never tire doing so.
For thousands of years people have been drawn to ‘the valley of the two lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul.
We took the “blue” route which was considered to be the most difficult. Huh! no bother to me, I can easily do that, I thought! Big wooden, studded boulders led the way on into the mountain – on and on – up and up! It was relentless. Feeling like a pressure cooker about to blow a gasket and forced to stop! Gasp!
Attempting to look suitably cool, cheeks glowing, we drew in big gulps of air. New year resolutions uppermost in our minds, we vowed we would get fit, exercise more, make a new start. Gathering ourselves, we took regular stops and reassured ourselves that the mountain wasn’t going anywhere! So, in effect, we had permission to slow down and enjoy the experience.
Having reached the top, the landmass somewhat levelled out (phew!). The magnificent scenery unfolded and stole our breath away.
On top of the World
The climb continued around the mountain but seeing the car in the distance prompted a descent.
Heading down was easier – sure-footed and slow. Feeling somewhat amused at others passing us by skipping and hopping like, mountain goats!
Along the way, we hear the roar of Poulanass Waterfall. It marks a sudden drop where a hanging valley meets the main Glendalough valley.
It is thought that during the last Ice Age, a glacier flowing down this small valley was cut off when a larger glacier carved a deeper channel down the Glendalough valley. At the end of the last Ice Age, Glendalough only had one lake, where two now lie.
The day began to draw to a close and the landscape was cloaked with a dusky haze.
Short winter days, steal away the time from us and brings the day to an early close as the darkness falls.
Even though the mountains were silent and serene, the people would go home and leave this heavenly place to rest for another day.
I pondered about another whole life experience waiting to happen!
Deer, Rabbits, Foxes, Squirrels and all the other wildlife waiting on night to descend. A whole new experience would unfold in these awesome mountains – foraging and going about their way – investigating the discards of the day from the tourists.
One last visit to the Upper Lake – it’s time for home
“Good Evening and thank you for a lovely day Glendalough”
A big thank you to all my friends and supporters and may the magic of Christmas be yours throughout the year.
The light of the Christmas star to you The warmth of a home and hearth to you The cheer and good will of friends to you The hope of a childlike heart to you The joy of a thousand angels to you The love of the Son and God’s peace to you