image above and below courtesy: Clare Garden Festival 2014
Pictured above (l-r) Expert Garden Speakers: Peter Donegan, Peter Dowdall, Carmen Cronin [Clare Garden Festival] , Susan Turner and Bernard Hanrahan [Chairman, Clare Agricultural Show Society]. And below on stage, mid flight getting a little help from Aisling.
Photographs taken April 27th 2014 at Clare Garden Festival, The Old Showgrounds, Ennis Co. Clare. There, I was one of 4 Garden Experts on the days billing to do expert garden talks.
I really am blessed with what it is I do for a living. I’m probably more blessed with the fact that it never actually feels like work and when you get a call to go on the bill at a gig like Clare Garden Festival, you simply cannot turn it down.
In part that ‘I cannot wait for this gig’ feeling goes back to head chief Carmen Cronin, her team and Noel and the fantastic folks of The Co.Clare Agricultural Show Society. And in a sort of Jerry Maguire type way, as I put it to one lady and her husband…
…everyone smiles here are just that much happier at Clare Garden Festival.
I like that. More I guess, that sort of from the heart-felt momentum is the kind of thing that can only start at the top of the page and trickle all the way down. And if I’m really honest, it’s actually quite magical to see it all happening. Even better than that, is being there and being a part of it.
To those who came and sat [and stood] and listened while I spoke. And to you stopped and chatted, shook hands (or hugged) and said hi at Clare Garden Festival – thank you. It was a real honour to meet with you and to be asked to speak this weekend. You were fantastic.
Higher than highly recommended. See you next year, the last Sunday in April.
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