As I sit here reflecting on the last year of my life I realize my granny (my father’s mother) was right. The older you get the faster time flies. I always knew she was one smart cookie. (She made the best cookies too...and cakes and donuts and...!!) She was born here in Canada but her family roots were from Finland.
My grandfather (my dad’s dad) was born in England but his family was from the Isle of Man.
My mom’s birthfather was from Dublin, Ireland and her adoptive family from Italy. (I met these relatives last September) I guess this varied background makes me a Heinz 57!
I will write more about her birthmother and my other family connections in future entries.
The reason I mention these things is because I am now on my way there. I am writing this from the Chicago airport and will be arriving in Dublin Ireland soon. Over the next month I will be making my way around Europe from Ireland to Isle of Man, Finland and some Italy too. I know what you’re thinking.....I was just in Italy! The main reason for going there is because of temperature. I want to be able to write and paint outdoors and in the spring it’s simply too wet and cool to do so in the Ireland area. I hope to find a small quiet fishing village to do my work as I won’t be going into the busier cities this trip. I have decided to write a book about my family roots including my paintings, poetry and hopefully some interesting and inspiring stories. I really don’t have an agenda except to let the days unfold and allow my imagination the freedom it needs to explore myself and the world around me. My goal is to have 1/3 of my book written by the time I return.
Please join me on this next adventure as I keep you up to date with my progress. Now to get busy again with the brush and pen! Yippee!!