You might have noticed I don’t write many blog catch up posts. On the rare occasions that I do, I always feel like I am on the slippery slope to writers’ block or losing the blogging buzz. The truth is that I simply haven’t had the time to blog much this month or last. My… Continue reading Pause. Rewind. Play.
Birds tweet delightedly and it’s nearing nine o’clock. The loudly ticking clock set between clover flowers painted on the wall reminds me that I’m supposed to be somewhere else, celebrating, milling about a garden full of friends, with the smell of a barbecue in the air and a Valpolicella in my hand. The light even… Continue reading Birdsong and Breaths
When I was small we had a book called Frog and Toad are Friends, written by Arnold Lobel. It was one of my favourites. I remember well being read it by my dad and so it is one of the books I bought for my own children. I ordered it in English from our local… Continue reading Books – My Children’s Favourites
Awfully Chipper, my favourite diaspora blog, has a linky running at the moment called Snapshot. I wanted to join in last week but life got the better of me and scuppered my plans. Tonight I am seizing the moment and taking a mental snapshot of life lately. It ain’t real pretty but here it is.… Continue reading Life – As A Snapshot
At a guess I would say that about 60% of what I intend to blog about doesn’t make it to the blog. At present there are 52 started posts in my drafts folder. There are e-mails I have sent to myself with ideas and paragraphs. There are voice recordings on my phone to be typed… Continue reading So did I tell you about…?
The tree is up! Like a lot of people, I look forward to choosing and decorating the Christmas tree. We have no set traditions about it. We buy from the guy with a stand at the local shopping centre – he asks a fair price and always has a lovely shape of tree. Over the… Continue reading Dressing The Tree
I love a good dollop of jam on a scone and I like to be able to see the butter on my toast. In my book there’s not much that’s good when thinly spread. Marmit, apparently, is but I’ve never had it so I can’t say for sure. What I do know for sure is… Continue reading Thinly Spread
Something so small can cause so much trouble. One little glimpse can cause such a fuss. Plans can be shattered and days can be ruined, all because of a silly litte egg. This weekend should have been easy. We had simple plans – a pyjama day till lunchtime on Saturday then kiwi harvesting in the garden with friends.… Continue reading Something So Small
As I have mentioned before, Halloween is not widely celebrated in Germany. As a result, I don’t generally go to huge lenghts to make a fuss of it. We hold a party for the children and I try to incorporate some of the Irish traditions I remember from my childhood. Out shopping yesterday I bought… Continue reading Simple Halloween Party Ideas for Children
Ever since Number One was very small, I have been on the lookout for books in Irish (gaelic) for him, and later for his younger brothers. Over the years we picked up a few here and there while on holiday in Ireland. None fit my criteria. The books I saw on sale were either too… Continue reading Toddler-Friendly Irish Books