Things don’t always happen as planned, do they now? Geez, Louise, this is nuts.
Thank you for all for the sweet notes of concern, I’m safe and fine for now in Ireland. Doing my best not to panic, and working out how to get home. I’m waiting a few days for AerLingus to get through their more critical passenger’s safe travels.
Like everywhere, parades are canceled, restaurants are temporarily closed and social distancing is the new buzzword. BUT! the cookery school is still proceeding, and as long as that is the case, I’m staying, learning and cooking up a storm. Who knows how that will all go. Day by day.
Not much of a St. Patrick’s Day around here. They just announced all pubs and bars are closing as of midnight tonight. They even canceled mass, how crazy is this! Unprecedented to say the least.
Personally, one of the most unfortunate things is that my hubs had to cancel his trip to Ireland. So our 30-year (yes! 30!) anniversary trip has been postponed. On the bright side, we will reschedule soon. This could certainly be worse (as in, he could have arrived, and possibly be ‘stuck’ here, or would that be a bad thing? Then quarantined when we return, which I’ll probably have to do regardless, again, could be worse) Still counting my blessings, like seeing my friend Katy when she came to visit last week, sad so many things were canceled for her trip though. Ugh. She’s a trooper! It’s springtime here and things are budding and blooming, and I can’t complain about that!
And there are so many more things to be grateful for! Like a dear old high-school friend, Sheila Murphy (maybe you’ve seen her in a few hundred Insta posts since my arrival 🙂 and her guy Eric Morrissey (a life-long Dubliner, and you can’t meet a nicer guy) if I need help. It’s a great comfort knowing they are here, especially when they encourage me to hop on the next train and get to their house because I’m having a mini-panic attack (like I did a week ago!). Declan, the guy who I rent the room from has been so kind, extending my time at the house in case I can’t get home. Lynda Booth, the owner of the Dublin Cookery School, inviting me for dinner and welcoming me (that pissing-rain, first day of school) with open arms and a hairdryer. My 12-week classmates Owen, Arun, Graham, and Zennon couldn’t ask for better lads to share a kitchen, talk fine-dining, and good food. We make a great team. The school tutors Phillipe (yes, he’s French), Cindy and Grainne, I’ve learned so much. Attention to detail, plating, sauces, baking, pastries, so so much!
One of the saddest aspects of this adventure now when I think back on this amazing three months, it will always be overshadowed by this damn virus. So I will continue to blog about my experience in Ireland when I return for a few reasons. One being I’ve been so very busy while here, that I haven’t have as much time as I thought to write my blog. Two being it will keep me connected to this extraordinary country, the wonderful people I have met, and now consider such good friends and all the beautiful people who live here.
Two weeks to go. Hopefully, I’ll see you soon, we have a Paddy’s Day celebration to make up!
Beannachtaí na Féile Páraic oraibh!
St. Patrick’s Day blessing upon you
Thanks again xo,
Wow Shelagh, it sounds like you’ve had an amazingly rich experience, both personally and professionally! I so admire your courage to go, your capacity to find beauty and joy along the way and now your resilience and positive attitude in spite of the circumstances.
Happy 30th to you and John🥂 and safe travels home my friend!☘️😘
Awww, so sweet, thanks SheShe. All is well, trying to get home. xo
What a beautiful post. Love following your adventure. All will be well. As you know….
For every storm, a rainbow….
Look forward to seeing you soon and planning our next visit to Ireland☘️
Peace and love
I love that SheShe, there is always a rainbow, words to live by. xo
We miss you over here and sorry John had to change his plans, but happy you are finding the pot o gold at the end of the rainbow! Once you’re home and we’re all out from being quarantined, let’s take our girls out 🙂
Pajarito is first on the list, baby! See you soon! xo
Thanks for the update! I’ve been reading your emails but don’t do Instagram to see all of those photos you reference. So sorry John couldn’t make it there. Enjoy your last couple of weeks and safe travels.
Thanks Amy, all could be worse. Still working on getting home, phone lines are jammed. xo
Very well-said Shelagh!! Glad to hear you’re doing okay. You guys will have an even bigger and better trip eventually! Looking forward to seeing you again soon, enjoy every minute of your remaining time in Irish heaven!
We WILL be back, as soon as we can. Looking forward to seeing everyone! Enjoy your time with Annie! xo
It’s sad it has to end like this. enjoy while you can!
Doing my best Moll, it’s just not the same! xo
It’s been so fun to follow you Shelagh thru your blog! I always make sure I have plenty of time to read and enjoy your descriptions of the food, people and your experiences! Looking forward to your return, Stay well!
Aww, thanks Mary. Home now, sort of surreal huh. Talk and see you sooon! xo