the pink boat – the finalé

peter donegan.... wondering sometimes why I didn't choose an easier garden design

when I started this journey some people laughed. I was happy they smiled, how or why is irrelevant I suppose. Maybe some people thought I did this garden for some alternate reasons or other [?]. I didn’t. I had no sponsor. I had no money. I just had a dream to create. I still have. I also have the greatet friends who were willing to help me and drop everything just to see this journey complete. I call them the thank you so so much list and to you all, I am eternally greatful.

I just wanted to bring recycling to its ultimate level and show it didn’t need to be all dirty, muddy and somewhat hippy-esque to be involved in. I think I did? The response from the public was overwhelming! It almost made me cry I was so happy, because of their [your] response. It was also a child-like vision and like a sort of ‘drop dead fred’ style thing in my mind. I hope it never leaves me. But I still felt that the garden wasn’t really ‘accepted’.

I can’t describe the feeling when Rick spoke to me live on the airwaves. Not so much that but the response from the public, in their thousands. Thank you all. [I’ll publish this list after; it really deserves a post to itself].

And so it was narrowed down to one call from Siobhán from The Electric Picnic. She explained to me that the pink boat, my dream, would have a home for life where people could meet, a landmark of sorts. Respect and an apt retire had been found. A final resting place… and in my head I pictured this video… I think it summises the journey of Pour l’amour de Jeux from its creation and how it felt inside my mind at its journeys end… thank you.

UPDATE: siobhán has donated 2 VIP passes to ELECTRIC PICNIC. The money I will get for them will go towards my trip with the garden of hope & the Niall Mellon Township – make me an offer….. ?

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  1. peter donegan MI Hort
    peter donegan MI Hort says:

    A Chara Rick,

    Woweee rick! as i said on the radio sometimes i just wonder….? I never thought the Blind Melon video would be so appropriate. That my good friend is thanks to you… and forever I will be indebted to you, the ‘rick’ team and your listeners.

    So kind, absolute genius and like I said a perfec fairytale ending…. see you in Stradbally the first pint is on me.

    slán, beannacht agus arís go raibh míle maith agat

  2. peter donegan MI Hort
    peter donegan MI Hort says:

    its 9.45pm on Friday. and I’ve got tears in my eyes. The boat is due to be collected tomorrow. To everyone who phoned, called, emailed, posted comments [i deleted a lot as there were fon numbers on them] thanks so much. It means more than you could ever imagine. Thank you.

    deep breaths.

    who’d have thought we could do it…

    slán, beannacht agus arís go raibh míle maith agaibh

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