Miraculously, I make it through a full day yesterday with only the one quick nap, crashing to bed around 10 pm local time. (After a delicious dinner of curry and catching up with Ireland based dear ones, of course.) Traveling eastwards across the Atlantic on a redeye flight wreaks havoc on one’s inner equilibrium with regard to time and so powering through this day is important. The journey was uneventful, if not a bit bumpy and I am grateful for a safe arrival and a lift here to the village from the airport in Dublin.
Today is a brand new day and I manage to roust myself out of bed while it’s still morning. The village of Blackrock in Co. Louth is seaside charm personified. We walk for a cup of coffee at a place called Rocksalt, where the latte is artful divinity. Out the window to the alleyway, we watch workers come and go, to and fro and admire an old Renault parked there. I think I might like an old car such as this, if I lived in a place such as this….
Though the cafe is crowded with freelance workers as well as those there for breakfast and conversation, it is still quite subdued and quiet. This is something I have noticed on other visits to this country, things are more quiet here. I can hear myself think which is really nice.
After coffee we step outside for the wander home and I take a quick snapshot and a few seconds of video to show you how very lovely it is here. (note to self on video with phone in future – turn the damned thing to the side!)
We have been greeted with a gorgeous day, complete with a bit of sunshine and a lovely cool breeze. I am not sure what the rest of the day will bring my way. For now, I am enjoying just settling in. Listening to the quiet of this workaday seaside village, hearing the quiet of my own thinking which is a welcome change.
It is my hope in the coming weeks to keep in touch with you all on the blog here, with photos and updates. I did, after all the hemming and hawing, opt to bring a few oil paints as well as my usual sketching supplies, so perhaps I’ll have something to show in that department as well.
ps, 2 months into this decade we call ‘the fifties’, and I am really liking it thus far.