Aahhh. Summer in Dublin. The fresh warmth of the gentle breeze in our faces as pedestrians fly past. We arrived to find that Halley had arrived from Dublin a day or so before us and so we had a friend to session with. We've been staying a ways out of town at Cabinteely Cross and checking out local sessions rather than heading into the great Dublin city centre - except for Saturday, when we went along to a health and healing day at Cultivate, a very cruisy alternative lifestyle centre in town. I made it along to a terrific mindfulness meditation session, the day's organisation fell in a heap and the next day my cough had exploded into a bit of a painful throat and chest. Lots of lying about in bed ensued. While this wasn't quite the social exravaganza we had planned, it was what needed to happen. A bit more music last night, but my voice was all but gone. Bummer, but we had a lovely play with some new friends. The session was at a pub called the Blue Light, about half an hour up into the hills. We were there on Wednesday as well and met some locals, who put on an extra session. A half-dozen youngish players and some lovely music.
Staying with Patrick and Eveanne has been tremendous. A totally creative time, with art and music abounding.
Tonight we fly late into Liverpool- John Lennon Airport- very cool, and then it's across the Pennines to Jacey's and a few days off, before gigs, down to Devon and beyond.