Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
To today's post, it's (kind of) Thanksgiving.
Yesterday was my birthday, and what a lovely, unusual day!
The public servants here were on strike , so I was on picket duty at 8.30, having left my 3 school-age children fast asleep at home. By the time I got back, they were up and about, ready with their best wishes. There were some lovely surprises too, one of which I'm particularly please with..tickets to Christy Moore in January. I love Christy's music, and have always intended to go to one of his concerts, and never got round to it. But now hubbie has organised it for us. Andthe venue is also one I've intended to go to, but not yet made it to. 6th January is the date, so I'll tell you all about it after that.
In the evening, the Band had their annual concert in the National Concert Hall- it was a night filled with good food (hubbie and I had a bite to eat beforehand while our kids were hard at work rehearsing on/off stage etc) music and friends. I was filled with mother-pride at my Tuba-playing daughter and my French Horn-playing son. Some of the pieces were well-known (supercalafragalistic), so clapping along made it even more enjoyable. I'm a participative sort of audience!
And I give thanks for having been guided (by eldest daughter) to this wonderful organisation, so full of muscial talent, where young and old, one and all, are embraced and musically nourished to fullness.
And the icing on the cake?
Arrived home to find a gift and this lovely card waiting in my porch! The card is hand-made in India in aid of the Hope Foundation.
Sorry about the poor-quality photography, I'm too tired/lazy to play around with light at this hour of the night.
Life is indeed very rich and good at this moment, and I am very thankful for all of it.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
It's been such fun blogging, and taking part in Mellow Yellow Monday, Ruby Tuesday and that party at Willow Manor. And I've really enjoyed meeting all of you, getting to know you, and reading your comments.
So to the giveaway, as you can see it's a Christmas Burner oil, made by yours truly, with pure essential oils of Frankincense, Clove, Fir, Orange and Lemon. It will fill your home with the aroma of Christmas, plum pudding, mince pies etc. Some of these oils, incidentally, are excellent bug-busters, so it's also a good one to burn in winter, to keep colds and flu at bay. If you don't have a burner, don't worry, it will work just as well on a tissue on a radiator.
If you'd like it, just leave a comment by midnight GMT on 24th November. I'll pick a number (random selection) and the comment number that matches will get a comment on their blog. You then email me your snail mail address, and it'll be posted within the week, in plenty of time for Christmas. If you haven't responded within 2 days, the giveaway moves on to the next number.
There it is, now, wherever you are, leave your comment!
Friday, November 20, 2009
I just dashed off the post, literally as the match ended, very much writing exactly as I felt, definitely without analysing or thinking about it.
And I have to admit that I was only half-watching the match anyway.
Well, it seems one of the French players handled the ball, twice, and scored a goal from so doing. That goal cost Ireland the match, and arguably, their place in the World Cup. The Football Association of Ireland have been calling for a replay, but it's not happening.
The fans, I'm delighted to say, behaved really well, even in the face of such an unfair defeat. The Irish players were devastated. I'm told that even the French newspapers the next day were ashamed and embarassed.
The reaction here has been strong, calling for video evidence in future games, as happens in rugby.
I'm not sure if all this has thrown the country even more into the doldrums, or distracted us from our current economic situation. One thing for sure, it suits the government, the heat is off them and onto Thierry Henry!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
I think it's a brilliant idea, what do you think, and have you come across them in other cities?
Click on the link below to go to Drowsey Monkey and more MYM pictures.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
In this photo, on the left, is the shack where they had been living
so I can imagine that it must be bliss to now have this:
Sorry about the funny faces- I don't have permission to post their faces, and this is my best photoshopping skills.
I am learning, however; the son came along as I was trying to manually smudge the faces, and he has shown me a poly something tool that does it much better and quicker, as in the top photo.
So my new motto is "Every day, my photoshop skills get better and better"!