Day 72: The Gentian
A friend of mine has a birthday this week. She used to live in London but is now based in the West of Ireland. We met up quite frequently as she passed through London on business but since February 2012 when I started my peripetetic ambulations that thread of connection has been frayed. It took a birthday reminder to wake me up to the realisation of the fading. Now I know that our connection is one that can be revived at the drop of a choice; we are both travellers, would be global citizens. We could reconvene over Thai in London, a cocktail perhaps down Piccadilly way, in the warm evening heat of the South of France with a glass of wine or course, or hot toddys by the fire in a garrulous Irish pub or on wind blown quayside perched on the shore of Galway Bay.
I thought the very least I could do was to send a card, a real one for a change, but had to drop an email to get a postal address. She directed me to a new town hinting at a different life. It struck me how our busy lives so full to us are unbeknownest to others and in that space it is easy for friendships to casually fall by the way side. We are fortunate to live in an age when email addresses and mobile numbers keep us more connected than our forefathers. I had the flicker of an impulse to look up the address she gave me; The Genetian, Kinvara. What a surprise to discover that since we last met she has with her partner gone in to the Cafe business. They set it up in 3 months in 2012 and she has just finished a 3 month stint immersed in cooking with Darina Allen of Ballymaloe House, Co. Cork. Not a huge surprise as C. has loved the work she has done in the hospitality business but I had not expected her to take from Executive Coaching to hands on mainstays of bacon and butties as well as the more sophisticated pleasures of warm beef fillet salad, lemon sole, spanakopita and a barrage of sweet toothed afters; marmalade bread and butter pudding, crunchy orange butter scones, lemon meringe lattice. And that is just what I have picked up from the TripAdvisor reviews and The Genetian Facebook page. As a lover or food and cafe life I am a little biasied but the joy and pleasure of this project radiates from it now that I have spotted it. Like it’s namesake flower this cafe looks sure to be a curative for hunger of all sorts. It looks like myself and C. just might cross paths this Summer in London and I am looking forward to hearing about and celebrating this creation. The awesomeness of the unexpected.
100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect. I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort. I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.
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