Having spent so much time in Spain this year, the weather in County Leitrim took a bit of effort to get used to again. Of course it rains a lot in Ireland but you usually get at least a few weeks of nice weather in the summer. The temperature has hovered around 14-17 degrees Celsius maximum, with the nighttime getting down to 8-12 degrees. I have to wear a sweater in the house. This may turn out to be the wettest Irish summer on record. I find myself going through old photos in an effort to prove to myself that sunlight does exist in Ireland.
We have moved back to the town of Carrick-on-Shannon. It is much cheaper to live here than somewhere like Dublin or Galway and this is where our business is headquartered anyway. Previously, we were in Manorhamilton but it felt incredibly isolated and became unbearable. Carrick-on-Shannon is still a thriving, albeit rather small, town. There are cafes and bars and an excellent coworking space. It is easy to take a bus from here to Dublin.
It feels strange to be living in an actual house again. Since 2007, I have always lived in tiny apartments or more temporary accommodation while travelling. Now we have a backyard which is really more of a burden than useful space since we are responsible for keeping the grass cut. Still there are some benefits to this sort of domestic situation. It is nice to be able to sit in front of the fireplace and read an actual, physical book. A Kindle is more practical when travelling but I still love my books.
We won’t have our internet installed until July 28th. It has been annoying trying to work from home with only a 7.5 GB mobile data plan shared between the two of us. For the past couple of years, I have been doing almost everything through the cloud and that includes editing images through websites like Canva or PicMonkey. This is not practical with such a limited data plan. I could walk over to the coworking space, but I want to come up with a better plan for working efficiently with limited internet. Since we plan to buy a caravan this year, I can foresee many times in the future when I might be far away from a good internet connection and need to work off a mobile connection.
I have made it my goal to post on this blog every week now but I will have to wait until the 28th to upload all the new photos sitting on my camera. At least I am catching up on my reading.