Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Back with music and flowers

I've been a neglectful blogger of late. I've been meaning to post but life kept getting  in the way. Mostly good stuff, thankfully, but I felt I had to stand back and access my priorities and live in the real world.
Now I've got some time to catch up.
Spring has arrived and with it blossoms, blustery showers, sunshine and cool breezes. Not quite the weather we'd like in May but at least it's not non-stop rain.

I've been to a musical festival. Having gone to the now legendary music festivals at Lisdoonvarna and Ballisodare, as well as the early years of concerts at Slane Castle, I reckoned my festival going days were well and truly over. Camping, mud, crowds, mud, queuing for loos, and yet more mud, no longer held any appeal for me, no matter how good the music might be.
But the Vantastival festival now takes place just down the road in the beautiful woodland setting of Bellurgan Park. It originally started as a get together for VW camper fan enthusiasts with a bit of music on the side. Now the music is firmly centre stage, although the camping is still a big attraction for many as it's a wonderful laid back family friendly festival.  Over the Bank Holiday weekend I saw some great bands - traditional Irish musicians Altan were naturally going to be a highlight for me,  Dublin band The Eskies were a great discovery, while The Twisted Sisters from Co Armagh with their comic songs about big knickers, hormones and love had the audience falling  out of their seats with laughter.  And best of all, I could go home and sleep in my nice warm comfortable bed.

The Eskies

Cat Dowling

The Twisted Sisters
The Raglans

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

A Little Note from Me to You

I haven't gone away. I've just been life. I've been evaluating how much time I spend on line as opposed to actually doing things.  So, I've tried to pull away from the lure of blogging, photo sharing and tweeting, of constantly posting, commenting, sharing.  But I have been reading your blogs, enjoying your words and pictures.
And when life is slightly less hectic I'll be back with some stories and images from the Irish spring,
the fresh green countryside and a fantastic laid back music festival.