Today I sold at the Kilrush Market. It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve been there, as I was on the road. There’s 3 new vendors and it felt like the season, depite another rainy day, has finally kicked in. 2 of the vendors are from Dingle, the Dingle Pie Company whom I met at the Milltown, Kerry market and Paddy Mahoney and Martin Kennedy were selling fresh fish. Of course, they know my cousin James Curran very well, Martin was in James class and Paddy bought a cookbook and said he’s coming up to Lisdoon for the craic in September (matchmaking festival!) There was a great turnout, I sold a good number of books and caught up with everyone. Cora thinks that Coming Home To Cook must be the best selling book in Ireland because it’s in so many locations (now 134!). I got a lot of information on who to contact for local press and talked to the organizers about doing a food demo. I’m planning my demo for August 9th at the Doolin Market, a little cooking, a lot of tasting and “healthy eating information.” If you’re reading this and want to attend contact me so we’ll have an idea of the numbers. On the way back I checked the books in Milltown Malbay where it’s for sale at An Ghiolla Finn on Main St. Maureen runs a lovely ittle shop and I bought a new apron to wear at the demos. On to Lahinch and the sun started peeking through the clouds. It was high tide and the surfers were out in full force. Lahinch always feels like a summery town. The cookbook is in 3 locations – the Lahinch Bookshop, Kenny’s Woolen Shop and Lahinch Failte. By the time I got to the Liscannor Rock Shop the sun was shining and it was getting hot. This is a beautiful big shop filled with all kinds of rocks and crystals from around the world. The tearooms has the signed cookbook right on the front counter and they’re selling well. The manager said someone came in the other day and proudly said “I know the woman who wrote this book!” Brilliant! The drive up the coast road to Doolin is magnificent. If you’re driving in that direction get off at the sign for the Clare Jam Shop and follow that (very carefully) down to Fischer St. There’s a spectacular view of the Aran Islands and today every fiels had that amazing sparkling green fresh look to it. I caught a glimpse of horses on both sides of the road running together, a beautiful sight. The meaowsweet is in full bloom and the air in the Burren smells sweet. It gives new meaning to stopping to smell the flowers when you can experience these little pleasures while you’re working! Doolin is busy because it’s a bank holiday weekend and construction workers holidays for these 2 weeks. I stoped in at the Magnetic Music Cafe. Petr and Mary have a beautiful music venue, indoor/outdoor cafe with a big selection of Traditional Irish Music CD’s and great coffee. Later on, as I was prepping for the Ennis Market tomorrow, I looked out the window and saw a full rainbow. I grabbed the camera and saw that it was a full double rainbow that was not only clear but it’s colors were probably the most vibrant I’ve ever seen. As it’s the eve of the new moon I can only take this as a good omen – it’s the night to wish for new things and tomorrow is the first day of Autumn. Bring on that pot of gold!