Follow The Rainbow To A Castle In A Lake

This Monday I drove West again, on a day with typically Irish weather of showers and sunshine in quick succession. Just when I passed Athlone – which to me has always been along the line seperating “The West” from the rest of the country – I saw before me a perfect, full rainbow against the dramatic dark clouds (see picture). It seemed to guide me to my destination.

I had this week off work, and I put it to good use: I went to view a couple of rental houses in Galway and Mayo. My mortgage isn’t happening, at least not right now, and it doesn’t matter one bit at this stage as I’d already decided to rent again for a while, but a detached house where I can a) sleep and b) have enough space to dance and have proper rituals again. No more compromises.

I’ve not signed anything yet, but it looks like I’m going to end up in a lovely little town in Mayo called Ballinrobe. It’s got quite a history, and it’s very close to a large lake, Lough Mask. This lough has several small islands, and one of them carries the ruins of an ancient tower which is called… I shit you not…

…wait for it…



…You ready for this?


…Castle Hag.

Yes really, BAHAHAHA!! It’s like I was meant to move there. But whether I’m meant to or not, I’m going to move on Saturday, the 5th of September. When I remember it’s only three weeks until then, I go a little green in the face and feel slightly ill, because there is still SO much to organise! But I’ll manage. After all, if there’s anything I have a lot of experience in, it’s moving house.

In other news, I’ve quit my job. “Yes really” again! And no, I don’t have anything lined up yet. My last day will be the 9th of September (I’ll have my current flat until the 15th and I’ll sleep here for the three last days with all my stuff already moved). 

I am applying for a permanent role from home at the moment, and if I don’t get that I’ll be able to feed myself for a few months with my Coaching, some transcription work, and other stuff I can do from home. Don’t worry, I won’t starve, and most importantly, I won’t go into debt again – after all, I have some money saved although I’d only touch that as a very last resort.

And now I’ll take a day – one last day – of complete rest, surrendering to the soothing stillness of the New Moon. The hectic preparations will take hold of me soon enough.

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18 thoughts on “Follow The Rainbow To A Castle In A Lake

  1. Sounds like an exciting journey you are undertaking. – I wish you many blessings and lots of light from the new moon – will look forward to the next installment of your journey

  2. Woohoo I am so happy you are taking steps toward your dreams! You will be supported and this must be the place for you! I don't believe in coincidences. Good luck with everything and go with the energy. All will fall into place! I am so so excited!! Yayay!!!

  3. Thank you ❤ I believe it will! My dream has been in the making for nearly 10 years, and every day was a step towards realising it. It's great to see it continuing to unfold! xx

  4. Castle Hag! Coincidence?? I think not!! 🙂 How genius!!
    when you truely learn your life's lessons, your path unfolds automatically. It's wonderful to watch you on this journey 🙂 So intensly happy for you!

  5. Isn't it? 😀
    Totally agree about the lessons and the path. This has been so long in the making, many people don't even realise it. Step by step, it unfolds.
    Thank you xx

  6. Now this does sound like fate pointing a big finger for you to follow. Don't let this opportunity slip through your fingers. The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step Lao Tzu I think

  7. Thanks 🙂 And I just got a phone call that the house I want to rent is mine, woohoo! Now I wish I could fast-forward three weeks to when the move is behind me…

  8. The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
    Rabindranath Tagore
    I thought you might like to carry this with you on your journey, with all the best wishes and strength of your friends on this blog.

  9. I'm sorry tell me go away fro a while,
    I was looking for a book to re read when I came across this. As you've been through so much – well – here you are,
    “I’m stronger because of the hard times, wiser because of my mistakes, and happier because I have known sadness.” ~Unknown. Hugs

  10. I certainly won't tell you to go away 🙂 And I love, love, love the quote. Might steal it for one of my “Quote of the day” things on my Coaching page.
    Hugs back!!

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