New Adventures

It gives me great pleasure to say that I drove to Carrick on Shannon for the first time today since learning to drive in the autumn.

Carrick is a beautiful town, you guys would absolutely love it, it’s about 30 minutes from here with a farmers market every Thursday from 10 to 2. I’ve never been able to go though I’ve always longed to.

My driving experience to date is the school run so I’m feeling pretty happy right now. As Anais Nin said;

β€œThe day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”

And off I went, with my little boo Sadhbh as co-pilot. No sooner were we out of town than she said, ‘Mammy…I’m going to be sick.’

Thankfully she wasn’t and before too long she was saying, ‘I’m so proud of you, you can do it,’ and do you know friends, I thought the same myself.

As I’ve never been through a roundabout I parked on the edge of town, rang my mum, my dad, my husband and messaged all my siblings and eldest child before strolling through the town. Once at market we bought a coffee and a 7up and sat soaking up the atmosphere, admiring everything.

I was lucky to chat with a few women I greatly admire, my dear friend and artist Sandra Vernon plus my neighbour and friend, health guru Marie Bradley Health Concepts and, on the way back to the car, entrepreneur Deirdre O’Connell at Lena’s Tea Room.

And guess what? I made it home!
And guess what else? Not one thing did I buy in that beautiful market.
Though I was surrounded by dizzy scent of baked bread, fresh organic veg, sustainable fish, meat, eggs and so many beautiful flowers I was just TOO excited, too distracted. My own sense of freedom was more intoxicating, more heady by far. Next week…next week…for I’ll be back, dear market.

Brace yourselves folks, this may be the start of roving reports…


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7 thoughts on “New Adventures”

  • You are funny!!! Good job you don’t live here… Every journey involves roundabouts, traffic lights, crossings, lollipop ladies et al!!! There’s even an infamous roundabout that has……I can’t describe, I’ll find a picture!!

  • Oh! I so relate to this blog, I didn’t get my license until I was 36 an had three children. I know exactly how you feel,that first real trip out is such an exhilarating feeling. Big congratulations to you, looking forward to your travel blog. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Madeleine, I think a lot of women do! I’m finding that out. Exhilarating is the word for it πŸ™‚

  • CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! It’s a great feeling to be able to go places that were impossible to get to before. What a great achievement! Sadbh sounds like the perfect companion. Little by little will get you everywhere xxx

    • Thank you Marian! I’m over the moon about it and can’t wait to get ‘everywhere’ πŸ™‚ Don’t know how I managed to now

  • Well done on passing the driving test, and even though it’s a very long time since I did mine, I still get that heady sense of freedom when behind the wheel πŸ™‚ Carrick looks lovely as well, and glad you could enjoy it with Sadbh xx

    • Thanks Candi πŸ™‚ I’ve always loved my freedom, don’t know how I’ve done without it so long, since moving back here 14 years ago! It’s been tough, especially when the girls were babies so I couldn’t be more happy about it πŸ™‚

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