It's been a busy couple of weeks around these parts - my friend Belinda opened her second Good Craic gift shop on very short notice a few weeks ago, and both Tom and I have been helping her until her staffing settles down. Such a leap going from a sole trader to having several staff to manage. She's doing brilliantly, the shop is a joy to be in and the location of the new place, at the Silent Valley Reservoir, has been simply lovely to go to during this fabulous spell of weather.
|driving past Slieve Binnian on the way to Silent Valley
Silent Valley is one of three reservoirs in the Mourne Mountains that feed the greater Belfast area and with people staycationing this year lots of people from all over NI and the South of Ireland have been discovering this beautiful part of the world.
|photo from Wikipedia
In the middle of all that excitement my Mum celebrated her 94th birthday out in her garden picking fruit. We had a gorgeous two days with her - she's still living on her own and managing well.
I am so far behind with my round the world book journey and reviews that it'll take me ages to catch up. However, I just had to write about Days Without End and its sequel A Thousand Moons written by Sebastien Barry.