Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Getting Through the Winter

There were brief hints of spring there for a while but it's back to grey skies and cold rain with occasional falls of snow. (Coming home from a dance in the mountains on Saturday, it was a winter wonderland!) Best way to cheer oneself up: lighting fires, baking bread or muffins, and making homemade soup. Have done all three today and am about to get writing. Still working two books at the same time - one young adult, one adult - and YES I will have an announcement shortly. Two contracts are being finalised even as I speak. Watch this space.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Losar!

Just back from a great road trip with Finn and her Dad, in honour of Finn turning 20 next week (yee gods!) We went first to Monaghan to visit friends and then off to Cavan to Jampa Ling to celebrate Losar - Tibetan New Year. It began with smoke puja and throwing offerings into the fire and rice into the air, then prayers in the shrine room, then the usual feast as everyone brings food to share, then chat and cups of tea and Irish music and strolls around the grounds. A wonderful place. Here's more information if you are interested: