The past few days have been a flurry of worry about the upcoming wedding day. I’m not worried about getting married, I truly have no doubts that it is what I want – these are just worries about the actual day, hoping it will go well, hoping that my new family will love me and that I won’t let anyone down.
My cowboy is so good and so laid back about it all, how he can be so cool I just don’t know. He calms me with his stories when we are lying together at night – and he is a great storyteller and it was some of his stories that led me to the blog of Irish Artist Conann Fitzpatrick.
As well as his love of the western way of life, my cowboy also has a boundless love of Ireland and its people. Before we met he lived and worked in the Bogside in Derry in for a couple of years and I love hearing about all the beauty of its landscape, its often turbulent history and all the photographic memories he seems to carry around of his travels and experiences. He tells me that the most hospitable people he has ever met were in Ireland (both in the north and in the Free State), and in the western US.
When he first showed me pictures of the Derry murals in the Bogside and told me the stories behind them I was fascinated and appalled but impressed with the work of the Bogside artists. Nowadays the Republican murals are a big part of Derry’s tourist sightseeing itinerary, but there was a time when even photographing them was forbidden. The site includes photographs of some of the Loyalist murals located around the City too, in places such as The Fountain and the estates around Nelson Drive.
Browsing around Conann’s site was a wonderful education and a way of connecting with the past life of the man I am marrying.
As well as his photographs, Conann showcases some of his original oil paintings and he skillfully captures the brooding skies of his homeland with his atmospheric landscapes and seascapes. (I have never visited Ireland, but I have seen enough of my husband’s photographs to be able to judge). This is one of my favourite pieces from his portfolio, entitled ‘Sutton Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island during flooding’.
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