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He’s leaving on a jet plane

This Saturday my eldest son, aged 11, is heading for a week’s vacation on his ownio. Well ok, not totally alone. He’s holidaying with his auntie, cousins and grandparents, without me, his dad or siblings. Its the longest stretch that we’ve ever been apart. I know he’s going to have a wonderful holiday, be totally [...]


Last Friday I headed to Wicklow for a friend’s surprise 40th birthday party. I lived there from when I was approximately aged 10 till I headed to college but hadn’t been back in recent years. photo credit: Kevin Lawver I had a most excellent night catching up with old pals. The welcome was brilliant, the [...]


What are the dishes and food that you remember from your childhood? As the eldest of 7 children, with only 10 years between me and the youngest, I recall there always being a mad rush around mealtimes when we were younger. The main meals I remember are fried liver on a Thursday (my mother had [...]

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When I was a kid, I used to LOVE to read the Three Investigators series of books. Though set in California and the three investigators being three 14 year old or so boys, Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews, they really caught my imagination and I devoured book after book. Book cover image along [...]

First shoes

My youngest baby got her first pair of proper shoes today. Happy and chuffed for her, but sad that we won’t have any more crawling babies in the house. She’s not sure what to make of them yet. Very funny watching her get accustomed to the weight of the shoes on her feet and stomping [...]

My baby has gotten her first tooth

Last week was brutal, the baby was sick for the first time. She had a cold, nothing too major and yet it had a huge impact on her world. Cold virus = runny/stuffed nose = can’t drink bottle or swallow properly = hungry but vomiting and coughing = not alot of sleep = red, sore eyes. [...]

Happy Birthday Fionn

My baby son was 2 yesterday. Time has flown. He is big for his age, no longer a baby but a little boy.  He has very blond hair and big blue eyes. He has few words: “truck”, “tractor”, “car”, “all gone”, “where are you?” being his favourite ones. That said, he has no difficulty in [...]