By Peg Prendeville

Peg and Jim Prendeville with daughter Lisa and grandchild Robyn at Listowel Garden Centre.

It is good to get time out and so I was lucky enough to get to have a ramble around Muckross Gardens last Sunday on my own while Jim spent the day with his daughter Lisa and grandchildren. It was a win-win for both of us. Killarney was busy with lots of families out walking and cycling and taking in the fresh air under a blue, autumn sky. It was raining leaves everywhere and I enjoyed watching them float to the ground as I walked along. (I did not have to gather them, like I do at home!) I left feeling energised. On the way home I stopped off at An Siopa Milseán in Abbeyfeale. This is the new sweet shop/convenience shop which serves Badger and Dodo coffee, tea, hot chocolate, ice-cream, home-baking and an extensive selection of sweets and groceries. It is a little heaven for children with every variety of sweet you could think of. They are doing lovely children’s sweet hampers too. Passing through Athea I took a little stroll on the river walk. All in all it was a relaxing day.

Monday was physio day in Listowel for Jim, so, again, I killed two birds with one stone and visited Listowel Garden centre with Lisa and her youngest child Robyn who will be 2 on Christmas Eve. This has become a little tradition for us every year before Christmas and is always enjoyable. We have a coffee in the café before moseying around all the Christmas decorations. This is another beautiful shop for children to indulge their fantasies. I grabbed a few extra minutes to visit Woulfe’s bookshop which I have not been in since Covid began. I love this independent bookshop and admire how Brenda is not intimidated by the giant next door. Long may she continue to thrive.

Friday night is Late Late Toy Show which has become an institution in Ireland signalling the real start of the Christmas season. Still too early for me to put up decorations but I know that many families aim for this date. Sure the children love it and they need as much fun and imagination as they can get to dampen the unceasing threat of Covid.

I am enjoying these beautiful crisp days which will not last long I believe. Wet and windy is promised for the weekend, I think. So make the best of the good days