Paris, Ireland and beyond

In this post…

  • How I came to be in Ireland
  • LIVE show coming soon – save the date
  • The HOUSE!
  • Strigoi update

The world picked up her skirts, shook her hair and went into a spin. She took me from Paris and laid me upon the emerald isle’s shores. 

HELLO FROM IRELAND.šŸ€

I hope you are healthy and safe wherever you are in the world. 

This is the story about how in a matter of 24 hours I went from one future to another, from the heart of Paris to the countryside of Ireland. 

It was March 13th. I was strolling down the streets of Paris bathing in the sunset light and greeting the budding cherry trees in the Jardin the Tuilleries. I needed to get out of the house. The weight of the world was weighing on my heart. My limbs exhausted. My producer and I had just returned from a grueling filming trip to Romania for my Strigoi film.

We were supposed to fly from Romania to Italy and then to New Orleans to interview two key people for my movie but I cancelled our Italy trip the evening before we were set to fly and we returned to Paris instead. I’ve walked in many a cemetery at night, interviewed some dicey characters and put myself through a lot of physical and psychological challenges for my film but this covid situation felt bigger than what I wanted to tackle. Getting all the footage I needed to finish the film felt so close I could almost taste it. And yet …

Let me get back to the evening of March 13th. At around 10pm at night, I get a call from California. My friend Jonathan says I should really think about getting out of Paris because things are about to get serious. He says I should go to their house in rural Ireland. That I’ll be safe there while the world goes mad. It felt like a crazy idea at first but then, I felt a tiny flutter of joy in my heart. I decided to follow that flutter. I packed a bag and 24 hours later, I was in Dublin.
The next morning, Paris went on lockdown. 

It’s hard to believe I’ve been here for 2 months.
I’ve had a lot of alone time,
a lot of conversations with the crows outside my window 
I planted a garden
wrote songs
I laughed and cried and held myself close
and most of all, I felt what it’s like to be cared for by someone from afar who thinks to call and say, “Get out of there, we have a safe place for you.”
That was the flutter I felt.
That’s the joy I followed. 


My Songs LIVE from Ballyrane House, Ireland!
Sunday, May 31st 10AM PST.

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Ballyrane House was built in late 1800s.
My friends Jonathan & Tiffany bought it with the idea of moving here AND to share it with people as a vacation and events rental. They’ve been the perfect hosts from afar! I’m so happy to be here. It’s paradise. I know the house will host many happy moments. I am so lucky to be part of her joyful legacy. (The house loves it when I pick flowers for her. I’ve been posting photos on my Instagram feed. (here)
Follow Ballyrane House on insta @ballyranehousewexford and Tiffany at @rosecrest_events. She is an absolute inspiration!


Strigoi film is on hold. My editor went to be with her family in Belgium. We will still work on it together from a distance (I’m not eager to return to Paris) but the finish date is getting pushed to the fall. It’s a heavy burden to push this movie across the finish line but we will do it. I wish I had those two interviews from Italy and Nola! We may do them online or wait until the world opens up.
Did you see my latest Strigoi video update? (Watch here)
You can follow @strigoifilm on Insta for regular updates.


I’ll end here for now.
Life goes on
Hearts open
We press on
Love is the greatest.

Write back if you can and tell me how you are,

Ingrid

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A Blue Christmas

Sending joy and gladness on this day of Christmas celebration.

I was going to wait and write you at the end of the month, as usual, when I send you that month’s film but the Ā falling snow made me think of sending you some love today. We really are having a white Christmas.

Forest and I recorded our version of Blue Christmas. With an accordion. We had a lot of fun making this video. Hope it brings a smile to your face as well.

I’ll talk to you soon! In less than a week when I send you movie #11 of my movie challenge. How this year has flown by!

So grateful for you!

PS. Our outfits above are the typical clothes people in the north or Romania wear during the holidays. This region is called Maramures and it is magical. I got quite a bit of footage up there for the vampire movie! I could tell you so much more but I’ll save it for another time. The only thing I want to say is that the women in Maramures are unapologetically powerful. I was moved to tears. More on that later. ….

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