Talk to Me

I read a LOT, I scan, I skim and take it all in, my interests know no stop. It's true I touch on a wide range of thoughts and things here on the blog but believe me that's nothing, Read more

November Weekend - A Picture Post

I know I said a picture post but while your're here you might consider checking out my new 'About Me' and let me know what you think, over there preferably or here, also good. If you would Read more

If You Can't Take the Beauty, Get Out of my Kitchen

Our kitchen revamp's not yet finished but it's well underway. We've papered the two sides in our jade green, bird and vine wallpaper and painted the gable in pale blue grey. I've added some of my elegant 'girl lamps', Read more

Home Style

All week I've been cooking solely on our wood fired range and dreaming of colour, pattern, texture, the juxtaposition of things and to be fair, there's inspiration everywhere. I noted it all and then BOOM... a new kitchen. Well one Read more

I Don't Want to Die!

I had the strangest week last week, a string of events brought me down like just like domino's it went, my daughter left for college, I had a birthday (a crappy day) and then it was said to me, Read more

To The Mountain

Going to the mountain, the Sliabh an Iarainn mountain that overlooks Ballinamore is, for my Dad, going home, as he was born and raised there. It's also where I spent many happy childhood days at my grandparents house. Last week Read more

Getting Ready for Christmas!

Good morning friends,

I’m not one for panic, overwhelm is more my thing but when it gets this close to Christmas and you...

1. Live in deepest darkest countryside

2. Don’t drive (I do drive now but haven’t advanced to driving to the nearest shopping towns yet)

3. Haven’t embraced online shopping (I’m not sure why that is, I just find it takes a lot of time and is mind numbingly boring…or else I’m just rubbish at it.

4. Have a LOT of lovely people to buy for

5. Count up the weekends i.e. shopping time left when you consider points 1, 2 and 3

6. Have TWO parties this coming weekend, one of which your hosting and the icing on the cake…

7. Started a major decorating project you didn’t know was major or would involve so much flipping dust and would prevent you from getting your tree up or even the place cleaned up and…panic? Overwhelm? Take your pick.

So far I’m keeping my cool, thanks to a very productive weekend and then there’s lists. I love lists, such a lifesaver. When I catch all those things in my head and put them down on paper I can breath easy again.

Quite by accident or luck I managed to get a lot of my Christmas shopping done in Carrick on Shannon plus a few hours of quality editing for my novel. We got our garden gates up on Saturday and our big project, painting and putting up coving in the sitting room plus painting the ceiling is well under way. Ta-daaa!!! What do you think?

We think one more night should do it, then it’s the big clean up, decorate and party, party, party : )

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Speaking of presents, if anyone had told me only half a year ago I’d be framing paintings I did myself as presents for people, by request!!!

I would have been amazed and delighted of course but that I’d be painting at all is the main thing. Forty has been a very good year.

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Also this weekend, letters to Santy were  written and posted. Poor Saoirse must have been feeling something like I was because when we got back she said…

‘That’s the pressure off now, thank goodness!’ : )

Meanwhile I was so entertained by Sadhbhs letter I had to make a note of it for posterity. Here it is now verbatim, as dictated to me…

Dear Santy,

Sadhbh Barry has been a good girl… to Saoirse, ehm…tries not to cry or be naughty. She would love a clock, a moon that can tell the weather, a star, a necklace, a yoyo, a cowgirl hat, an elf, a princess, a book and a box, a treasure box, a pirate hat and dress, a telescope and eye patch, a bouncy boat and a singing teapot.

Love Sadhbh

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That’s all for now. How do you cope with the pressures of this time of year? Are you super organised or leave everything to the last minute?

Have a great week

Posted on by Jane in Cosiness & TLC, FAMILY, I WAS JUST THINKING, THE YEAR IN EVENTS, PARTIES & SPRAOI'S 2 Comments

Daughters of the Mountain

‘She woke early, not long after dawn. She’d been drifting and dreaming since four with the birds, too excited to sleep, too enlivened to care. Thoughts of the night washed over her. Had it all been a dream? The puddle of dress on the floor told her no, it was real, as summer storms were her favourite, as rough winds raised the curtain.’
From ‘Daughters of the Mountain’ by Jane Gilheaney Barry (A Novel in Progress)

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Hello friends, I have to tell you I finished the hard draft read through/edit this morning (woohoo!) and as you can see I’ve chosen a working title for the book…

‘Daughters of the Mountain’

Not sure this will be the title for publication, not sure I like it, but it will suffice for the moment at least. What do you think?

From here I need to write more detailed character profiles, a life story for each person. I also need to do some work on timelines, dates for births, deaths, seasons, marriages and murders to make sure it all makes sense, in relation to the different ages, activities and time in history.

My style is definitely to write first, research later.

Right NOW I’m about to start rewriting and editing the whole thing from scratch with the plan to make it better as I go!!! This will be a much more in-depth and intensive edit than any so far.

Not sure how much I’ll get done before Christmas, life seems so full and so busy, but I want to keep going for as long as possible while I’m in the zone. If last year is anything to go by I’ll be most productive in January. I know that’s strange or it is to me.

All the time I thought I’d love writing in summer with the bright mornings but found I got much more done in winter. It’s changed my feelings towards the season. For the first time I was looking forward to it this year.

I’d love nothing more now than to spend the rest of the day at it but I have to do the school run and then of course it’s impossible with the children. I won’t back to it properly again until Friday morning so I just have to try and keep sane and not lose the plot, my own or the books before then : )

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