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Made it to Ireland!

In my studio

Here’s a photo-story about our move to Ireland. The photos are all by Séamas Johnston, my husband. He is also the architect of the move, the new studios and our new life. He’s been amazing. It’s great to see all his hard work finally come together.

Packing the Car, Brynmill, Swansea
Packing the Car, Swansea (before much stuff was packed)
Packing at Swansea
Endless Packing! It felt never ending.
Lateral Flow Test
Lateral Flow Test – one line means no covid. We discover that our tonsils are not that dangley bit at the back of your throat.  We also did a PCR test but there are no photos of that.
Irvine Moving Solutions –  they are moving our stuff – we saw their van coming off the Belfast ferry at Birkenhead!
Birkenhead Ferry
Stena Line Ferry Terminal at Birkenhead, Liverpool. It was a long wait to get on.
Early Morning Belfast
The otherside of the Irish Sea. Early Morning Belfast from the ferry
Meadow Cottage
How everything has grown at Meadow Cottage!
Meadow Cottage Studio
The studio window
Studio windows
Séamas reflected in the studio windows
Cat Patrol
Hattie doing “Cat Patrol with her eyes” on a new view
Multi-fuel Stove
We ALL love the new multi-fuel stove!
My new Studio
Finally, I am in my beautiful new studio. It was made by L E Haslett & Co. in Tyrone
Studio view
I love the view from the studio. I cant wait until my stuff arrives from storage and I can get back to painting.

Just to warn you. I have access to wifi this weekend (on a 3 day trial) but we decided to use a different company for our internet but they can’t install it for another 10 days so my responses will be delayed. My business remains closed until the middle of this month (July 2021).

36 thoughts on “Made it to Ireland!

  1. I hope you can now exhale and relax after your marathon move. And that you’ll all be very happy in your new home. Ceri

    1. Thank you, Ceri. I am so unbelievably tired. I have napped several times a day since arriving here. It’s great to wake up and not have anything in particular to do. My first thought for so long has been “I have to go the dump” or “I need to take that stuff to a charoty shop, again”. I can’t quite believe that we are finally here!

  2. Congratulations on a new beginning in Ireland! I look forward to reading about it.

    1. Thank you, Hien. It will be a new adventure (if we can get the internet properly sorted)

  3. Well done on getting there! It all looks lovely, especially your new studio. Best wishes for your new life in Ireland, I’m sure there’ll be lots of inspiration for your future work.

    1. Thank you Chris. Yes, there’s so much I want to paint, when I finally get a chance. I am so busy and so tired right now!

  4. In my mind you could not be in a better place. Looks fantastic and I am sure it will encourage your creative juices to flow:).

    1. Thank you, Janet. It’s bit odd arriving and then having to self-isolate. It gives a chance for the dust to settle.

  5. this looks like a lovely new beginning. glad it all fell into place with much hard work and determination

    1. Thank you Beth. It was 98% Séamas’s hard work and determination. I am a little stunned that we are finally here after so many lockdowns in Wales (three, four? I lost count), it felt like we would never be allowed out the street again, let alone to a new country!

  6. What a wonderful new studio space (I definitely have studio envy). Kudos to your husband for all his hard work and to you for all that packing! Enjoy your new home.

    1. Yes, it’s been wonderful seeing his ideas come into being. My ideas dont get much much further than paint and canvas!

  7. Looks lovely..congrats! Look forward to all the new scenes you will turn to art!

    1. Thank you, Judy. I am enjoying being somewhere new. It makes a welcome contrast to the months I was stuck in my bedroom, looking at the same urban view, recovering from a broken leg!

  8. Ooo, what an inspiring view! I wish you much joy and creative sparks in your new home. <3

    1. Yes, it’s a lot to live up too but looking forward to it!!

  9. Congratulations on a fantastic effort, Emma, and to Seamus as well. It will be exciting to put your roots down. I too have studio envy, and am looking forward to the paintings to come.

  10. WOW! What a move. Your studio is beautiful and what a wonderful view you have. So good work moving Emma and Seamus!

    1. Thank you, Leueen. The lack of Internet is driving me crazy at times!

  11. Congrats! Looks so wonderful.

  12. How exciting. Congratulations.

  13. Congratulations! How exciting.

  14. congratulations Emma! How’s that foot?

    1. Ankle/leg is much the same – needs daily exercises and I cant go terribly fast until I get warmed up. I am glad I can walk OK now.

      1. right,ankle/leg. Excellent that your making progress Emma~

  15. I would love to move to Ireland! I am duel citizen through my mother and love everything about this magical country.

    1. I assume that you have visited? It helped that my husband is Irish (from NI but also has irish passport) just beacuse he is very tenacious and good at organising things.

      1. Yes have visited many times but never Donegal. It is on my list. My mother was from Leitrim. I just had this story published on Irish Central…

      2. What a lovely story Kathy – it sent shivers up my spine reading it. Leitrim is a beautiful county too.

  16. Thanks Emma. My next plan is to visit my mother’s home town of Cloone and the site of her childhood farm – a future story in the making☘️

    1. You will enjoy it! See if you can find her old house and knock on the door (if it’s still there) people are likely to have some stories to tell you.

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