Yesterday was stunning, the kind of postcard day in West Kerry that makes your heart sing and so glad that you are lucky enough to live here. Blue skies, a light breeze, and 2,000+ people in Dingle for the 2nd Annual Dingle Marathon. Fionn and I were signed up to volunteer down at the finish line, handing out goodies as the runners entered Dingle once more. The forecast was given very poor for the day, so we were very lucky and since most of the runners were not from Dingle, it was even luckier to be able to show off the Peninsula at her best. We handed out goodie bags from the sponsors, water from Kerry Spring, and passed out t-shirts to the breathless finishers. I have to say, there was a fantastic atmosphere and the operation was very well organized. There was great music from a slightly mad Kerryman (never did get his name, but he kept the crowds going) and the locals and visitors alike hung around longer than I thought they would. Fionn got to hand water to the finishers as the crossed the line and even got to put a few medals around their necks. Great fun and a wonderful afternoon. For all the events that are put on in Dingle, this one is great: good PR and money for the town, lots of visitors who seem a largely positive bunch, and the whole lot is cleaned up and tidy afterwards. Win-win!
I had a mad week full of two children's birthday parties, work, sewing labels in clothing, and trying to get a dress sewn/felted for the wedding next Saturday. I need to just take a look at measurements in my studio tomorrow and we might have a nearly finished dress! I might want to add a bit of embellishment around the waist area and I need to felt some cobweb felt for fluttery sleeves, but we are nearly there. I will post photos when I get it done!
My very grownup little boy started the boy's school for 2nd class/Ranga Dó this week. He was very nervous about the Irish, but when he got home the first day he told me "Mom, I hate my old school and I love my new school! We got to play basketball!" Boys. They can be bought with food and sports. Here he is with the new school uniform, which he wore the first day and then he will wear the blue polo shirt and navy track suit bottoms with the sports jacket. He would live in track suit bottoms if I let him. I am just relieved that we are off to a good start. It seems like homework is going to average an hour this year, so it may be hard to get a lot done in studio until he gets it done. I know he is supposed to start doing a lot of it himself, so once we get a routine going I am hoping he evolves into my little self-starter!
Not many pics this week as I am getting ready to photograph EVERYTHING for ETSY this week. Weather forecast is not good...sigh. Weather has been very good on Sundays, but it's hard to get people to drop everything and model on a Sunday as they often have family plans. Perhaps the sun will shine only in Dingle once again this week and I can snap everything quick! Must finish dress and felt some kind of vessel to nicely present our cash present to the bride and groom. And this week I start Christmas items! If you think I am a bit daft, then you are forgetting that it takes time to make these lovely, handmade items. Only 112 days left til Christmas!!!