Saturday, July 30, 2011

Enjoying the last of the summer...

For me, right now, summer is over. In a way. And I don't mind this. I quite like autumn and winter. But what gets me is the fact that summer is still lingering, but poorly. Like it's trying to win a hopeless battle against the more powerful colder seasons.

Sunday and Tuesday were beautiful and sunny days in Galway.* The rest of the past week has been overcast, slightly humid and a bit rainy. If the weather were good for the past week, I would be delighted. If the weather were bad for the past week, I would be content. What gets me is the inconsistency of it all!

So what I'm trying to say is that I'd like for the summer to be over and I'd like to get back to consistently bad weather, which is kinda what Galway is good at. All these uncharacteristically sunny days are messing with my mind!

The past few weeks, however, have been filled with quite outdoors-ey and summer-esque activities. So I thought I'd share a few nice pictures (mostly taken with my phone) as a farewell to summer.

I didn't realise half-pints of Guinness now come in their own mini glass!

The view while fishing at Claddagh Quay in Galway.

The first ripe tomato showing up in Paul's household.

The Potter's Market in Galway. Such a treat!

We had a BBQ by the river and enjoyed the sounds of Blondie playing for the Galway Arts Festival!



*That I didn't get to enjoy because my housemate and I decided to clean the kitchen, sitting room and our bedrooms top to bottom. And oh, how they shine! Necessary, but badly timed.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Galway Juggling Convention, Yay!!

Wow, what a weekend!
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What a weekend!!

As predicted, props were thrown, balloon sculptures were made and a few strange things happened. The buzz and atmosphere of the juggling hall was incredibly uplifting. It was also awesome to hang out with some friends I hadn't seen in ages! Basically, a juggling convention is what occurs when a big bunch of people gather together in a big hall and practice and swap tricks. It's so much fun!

We had a few shows over the weekend - Fire Show, Gala Show and Renegade Show. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see the Fire Show because I got back from Cardiff late, but I hear it was super! The Gala Show and Renegade Show really were amazing!

We were lucky enough that Jay Gilligan was available that weekend and willing to travel from Iceland to London to Dublin to Galway.* His show was exhilarating, to say the least. For a man who spent the whole day travelling, he had a surprising amount of energy left for the show!
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Also in the show was Stephen McGinley, a good friend of mine who is filled to the brim with talent!
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And the MC was Brendan, another good friend of mine. Brendan has the best worst jokes I've ever heard and, luckily for everyone, he loves to tell them on stage! He's also a wicked devil stick juggler!
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There were, of course, a lot of other people in the show, photos of whom did not come out well on my simple snappy camera: Dave, Dara and Paul with their awesome act featuring shoes, Mark, who can juggle SEVEN balls, which is not an easy feat, Su and her hoop, Niall doing some poi, Paul and his staff and three brilliant acrobalance-tastic girls from the Galway Community Circus!

After the Gala Show came the Renegade Show, which is where most of the crazy stuff happens. The Renegade is a lot of fun, and with a shot of tequila for every act, who wouldn't love it?? I particularly thought this was cool!

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Sunday brought more sunshine (yay!) and the Games, which are competitions for jugglers, such as club gladiators, hula hoop races, juggling endurances. This year was my first time to see the juggling wheelbarrow race, so fun!

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And look what I was given! My very lovely co-organisers gave me flowers (I love flowers!), a card and a certificate, which I was so surprised by and grateful for! The last three years of Galway Juggling Conventions couldn't have happened without everyone's help!

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It's always nice when a random bunch of kids come to watch the jugglers!

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Have a nice week everyone!!

*He was stuck on a plane on the runway in London Stansted airport for so long that he nearly missed his connecting flight. His bags were still in the luggage hold on the plane and he was willing to leave them there and run to his connecting flight! Luckily, they ended up on his flight to Dublin. Now, that's dedication!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cardiff, Cardiff, gotta get down in...

I rewrote Rebecca Black's "Friday" while away to better fit our adventure. No one was very happy with me for it though... Oh well.

Cardiff was very, very fun! I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to go away (again) with my research. The conference was really interesting; I learned quite a bit over the week.

We walked around the city a good bit. I like Cardiff, it's full of impressive buildings, big streets and parks. The only really touristy thing we did was visit the castle but that was enough. It was breathtaking!

It had a very interesting World War II Air Raid Shelter:

And the apartments... Beautiful!!

Elsewhere around Cardiff, I saw this and fell in love:

What a great window display!!

I'm having a lovely relaxed weekend. Paul is away so I've been cooking, reading and writing. I made lemon curd from some leftover egg yolks and unwanted lemons. It's delicious! I had never tried lemon curd before and I'm not sure what to use it in... Or will I just eat it on a spoon? I also prepared some bread dough, which is rising in the hot press as I write this. Unfortunately, I don't think I mixed it very well. If it turns out alright, I'll spread lemon curd on a slice or two in the morning, yum!

Lisa from Goodknits emailed me today to tell me that I had won her apron giveaway! I was so delighted to read her email!! This is the first physical item I've won in a giveaway and it means that I get post, which is always fun! Thanks Lisa, you've made my evening! (:

Have a great rest-of-the-weekend everyone!


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