Monday, April 26, 2010
This is now a week overdue, but I'll explain in a minute.
But first, Happy Birthday Naoise. From the moment you came into our lives, 18 years ago, you have brought us to unbelievable heights, taught us so much and given us so much joy. The moment I set eyes on you, I fell totally in love with you, beyond anything I have ever experienced before. (Actually, I was already in love with you, I just didn't know what you looked like). It's like the "turbo" of my heart- it's a different gear to anything else. We've had some wonderful times together, and even during challenging times it has been an honour to be your mother. Great adventures await you as you embark on adulthood, but know that I will always be here if you ever need me. I love you with all my heart, and I always will.
The cake- it's a chocolate biscuit cake, but dairy free, as Naoise is vegan. I managed to get dairy-free digestives in Lidl, and the rest is dark chocolate, dairy-free spread and golden syrup. The flowers are made from sugar paste, and the sweets are a dairy-free version of smarties. There are some dark chocolate mini-buttons there too. To top it, I got red glitter in our local baking supplies shop. The cake was delicious!
It has been a difficult week. My close friend's daughter is sick. She has a condition called Neurofibromatosis and she needed surgery 4 weeks ago to deal with a scoliosis on her spine. Her recovery hasn't gone well, and it's really difficult to be far away from them- they live in Brussels. If they were here, I would drop in with a casserole for dinner, or do some ironing, or whatever. But, from here, there's very little I can do, and that is frustrating. We've been sending them Reiki, and they find that helpful.
So, if you pray, would you please include this little girl in your prayers. Or if you do Reiki, please send them some.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
I was surprised to see so much snow, long after it has melted down with us. Must have been spectacular (and difficult!) at the height of it.
We were blessed with the weather- sunshine, and then the rain began just as we returned to the car! I had forgotten how spectacularly beautiful this place is, and how close it is to Dublin too!
You always learn something when you have visitors to stay!
They've gone back now, and we miss them. It's a quiet house, with only half the occupants.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
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Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Friends came over for lunch on Sunday, and one of them brought these lovely flowers. I see from google that adding a tiny bit of bleach to the water helps them to last; I hope it works.