Monday, November 12, 2012


So much for doing a post each Saturday, that didn't work very well! Life has been incredibly busy, there are so many things that I had planned to blog about, and so on.
But here's a little glympse into a few things that have happened, all good!

Son was away at a Model United Nations gathering in London. He was very organised with his shirts and ties all laid out the night before.

And I can't understand how he got to be "MAN" size overnight! But he brought a Spiderman suit so there must have been some light-hearted activity, Hallowe'en related too!

We went to the band competition in Armagh, and won! It was a great day, so interesting to be back in Armagh, where the centre is exactly like it was when I was a child!
We've had a couple of concerts recently, which means that I've been practising lots. I'm becoming more relaxed (or less frazzled!) about playing in concerts; they're becoming a normal part of being in the band. We recently had an Annual Mass for deceased band members, and I was the only Horn who could play. Nervous moments, "how will I come in at the right time?" "nobody to follow or hide behind". And the conductor on the day is a principal horn player, also arranger of one of the pieces we were playing! Talk about pressure! Glad to say I survived and felt happy with my playing. So, another milestone crossed!

And finally, a picture from a recent Autumn walk in the park.  Hoping to get some more of this in the coming week.

And younger daughter got a wonderful award at her (former) school prizegiving. I blogged previously about the trouble at the school, and how it impacted badly on her and on her Leaving Cert. exams. We wondered if the school management would leave them out of the ceremony.
So we were surprised when she got a letter awarding her "Most helpful Prefect" .
Then a bigger award came. They present a Rose Bowl to the girl who makes the biggest contribution in her 6 years there, to school life. Students and Staff have a vote each and Zoe got that award!
 I am so proud of her, and when I saw the video of the presenter's speech about her various contributions in sport, charity events, debating, Model United Nations, President's Award, orchestra,  I was bowled over! She hasn't received the Rose Bowl yet, as her name is being engraved on it. Her name will also go on a Honours Board in the school hall.


  1. So nice to see your post this afternoon. I've missed you but having suffered the same kind of blog block I really understand.

    What an accomplished daughter! You do right to be so proud of what she has done...and what she will clearly achieve in the future. Your son sounds a very organized young man. Sounds as though he's headed along the same road as Zoe. Well done to both of them!

    And to you for being the solo horn player. Having a mass for those players no longer with you is a lovely way to gather them up in your collective memory.

    Good luck with the hat knitting :)

  2. I don't think my husband owns that many ties, let alone my son (who I believe owns two clip-ons). Yes, Israel is a very informal country.

    Well done on the band events, go you, and big huge congratulations to your daughter on her stellar achievement!

  3. You have been missing in action, but then it does sound like your family has been busy. It's best to live life while you can and blog about it on slow days! I can't wait to see the Rose Bowl!

  4. Brilliant about the solo horn playing and how marvellous for your daughter to be awarded that honour. You must be so proud.
    And you've brought your son up to be neat and tidy!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

    1. Maggie, he's not usually that neat, tidy or organised! But he was particularly keen to get everything organised and right for this event.

  5. WOW - you sure do have a LOT of LIFE going on! And it's sounds like all GREAT stuff!