Dublin Weather

The weather’s very definitely on the turn.  After enjoying unbroken sunshine for the last 2 or 3 weeks, it looks like we’re returning to normal Dublin summer weather.

Today is quite cloudy, albeit still reasonably mild (about 20 celsius), and I could have sworn I felt a couple of drops of rain this morning during my commute. I don’t mind the rain coming. I’ve brought along my waterproof this morning, so I’m prepared for whatever may happen.

I’m just hoping that the change in weather brings cooler night-time temperatures.  I’ve been having terrible trouble sleeping in this heat. I’ve lost count of the number of disturbed nights I’ve had of late.

On Sunday night I only got about 3-4 hours sleep, because I woke at 3.00am and couldn’t get back off.  Needless to say, I was a bit of a mess at work on the Monday, and it felt like I was talking gibberish to my colleagues.

Long Range Weather Forecast

With the wedding just 18 days off, I’m starting to grow a bit obsessive about checking the long range weather forecast.

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I know that forecasts more than a couple of days out aren’t really that reliable, but it doesn’t stop me checking.

What we don’t want, for the big day, is for the weather to be too hot, or we’ll be sweating away – and conversely we don’t want it to be cold and wet either, for obvious reasons.

Instead of obsessing about something entirely out of my control, maybe I should instead focus my energies on the numerous bits of wedmin that need addressing.

Forbidden Fruit Sunday

Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit

We’re gathering a group together to head along to the Forbidden Fruit festival in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Sunday 2nd June to help celebrate Louise’s birthday. Are you going to join us?

The festival takes place over the bank holiday weekend in June, and runs from 2.00pm to 10.45pm daily. You can get a weekend pass for the Saturday and Sunday, but we’re just planning to be there on the Sunday.

Headlining on Sunday are Primal Scream and Chic (Le Freak C’est Chic!), and in the comedy tent are the genius trio Foil Arms and Hog. It should be a really good day, as long as it doesn’t lash with rain!

If you want to come along, tickets are available for €54.50 (plus booking fee).

Ten Weeks

I finally decided just before Easter that I was going to hand in my notice at the cathedral choir. I’m now working out my notice, and I finish at the end of term in 10 weeks time.

There’s a myriad of reasons that sit behind my decision, but if you boil it down, I’ve just had enough. I’ve been at Christ Church for just over two years now, and it’s a very demanding role. And with an equally demanding day job, something had to give eventually. And so, in the middle of July I’ll be bidding a fond farewell to the choir – although I suspect I may be back from time to time to dep.

For the time being, I’m not planning on leaving Dublin or changing anything else in my life. And I’ve not yet lined up any other singing opportunity – but I guess there’s lots of time to find something, perhaps after the summer. And in the mean time, I’m looking forward to reclaiming my weekends, and finding out what ‘normal’ people do on their Sundays.

New Diocese Website

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough have recently released a new design for their website. It’s worth a look if you’re interested in that kind of thing – and is (as it ever was) an excellent source of news from around the diocese

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