Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Little Book of Limerick

This is something that might be of interest, not only as a stocking filler for the time of year that's in it, but also for those who like reading up on local history.

The Little Book of Limerick, published by The History Press Ireland, was researched and written by Sharon Slater and illustrated by Gary O'Donnell, and was recently launched in Limerick city. Sharon is a local historian and runs a very successful website Limerick's Life.

More information on the book and how you can acquire it is available here.


News and a new daily blog

A few weeks ago I finally went and did something that, as an artist, I've been very nervous about doing. I went and had my eyes lasered.

Having worn corrective lenses (contact lenses and glasses) for the best part of 30 years, having clear, crisp vision as soon as I wake up in the morning is amazing. And I picked up my glasses I had been wearing and peered through the lenses, and wow. I really have found this to be amazing.

I needed to be careful for a few weeks, though, as the eyes healed up, and take eye drops and wear goggles when I go to sleep. And be careful about getting water in my eyes, that kind of thing. The fun part is getting used to reading without having to bring the book close to my fact - I now have to hold it away from me. It's quite an adjustment.

But I have been enjoying crisp outlines I haven't seen for years. The details of branches of trees, especially now with the autumn colours. The stars in the night sky. And the downside - my god, the state of my house. Filthy! Cobwebs! Clutter! But hey, I can live with it for a little longer. A VERY little longer.

And the interesting thing now is that I really CAN get to grips with using my camera, and so I have set myself a small daily task. I will now record something at noon. A small bit of daily practice. The name of the blog is simply Every Day At Noon, and it's on Tumblr.com.