There is only one type of story in the world. Your story. — Ray Bradbury, Zen and the Art of Writing
I met my partner, Sé, in October 2000, one year after I had arrived in Ireland. We met on-line (which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend) and I have to say that fate was involved because we seemed so very well suited to each other from the start. Over our years together, we’ve done a lot of travelling, mostly to Italy and in particular to Tuscany. We have also spent a fare amount of time in Berlin. We have also travelled around Ireland and enjoy hill walking whenever the weather cooperates. For nine years, we had a long-distanced relationship between Dingle and Cork.
In October of 2009, a casualty of the economic turndown, I was made redundant. While it was a bit unnerving, it was the kick in the arse I needed to move to Cork, where I am living now. I did some re-training and I now work for myself as a sub-contractor in the area of website development, which draws on the database design and management skills I’ve developed over the years. I still feel like I’m creating my business, but I’m confident I’m moving in the right direction.
In October of 2010, I began volunteering at the Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll, where I spend every Tuesday afternoon. It’s a great contrast to the kind of work I do and I’ve met some great people and get to spend time with the donkeys, which is very therapeutic.
In January 2013 Sé and I began building a house on a part of the land where Sé grew up. We moved on 17 August 2013 and so begins a new chapter. And speaking of chapters, maybe I’ll get that masterpiece written in due course, as well.