Monday, 11 May 2009

going and returning...

I can't quite believe it has been over a month since I last wrote here, I wonder what to do...should I stop altogether? this blog seems to be the last thing to get attention in my crammed full existence...but I love it...I love the friends I have made...I love the fact that I have somewhere to show my creative endeavours which somehow stimulates me to keep them up (although this has suffered much of late, hence the resounding silence I guess)...I love the knowledge that there is a little space out there over which I preside, where I can witter to my hearts content and no one can tell me not to...so I guess I'll keep it going for now, but as things remain crazy in my physical domain the posting is likely to be sporadic for a time...I'm sorry about that...

things are changing...I am changing...it's interesting and frightening and enlivening and liberating...but that's probably enough to say here, am not quite sure I am ready to share my soul completely...my crafts and other nonsense...absolutely, for sure!

so, not much crafting... Mr G flew away to Australia leaving me in sole charge of the smallfry...I did what any sane 40 year old mother of two would do...ran home to daddy!!! luckily I have a wonderful father who put his home and car at my disposal so we three ran amok on the highroads and byroads of the emerald isle. It was blissful.

Highlights of the trip:

spending Easter with my sister and her family in Co. Kildare...

Visiting the beautiful Japanese Gardens there and watching her two sons play Gaelic Football (not in the Japanese Gardens I hasten to add)

Walking on the gorse covered Curragh and smelling that evocative scent of coconut that magically emanates from those bushes...

visiting Fota Wildlife Park with my brother, his wife, one of my gorgeous grown up nephews, his girlfriend and her daughter...

native to Ireland? err, don't think so...


Laughing so much with my sister in law that tears were rolling down my face and I nearly had to pull the car over (dad, it's not true, really, I swear)....

Being cooked the most amazing curry by another of my gorgeous grown up nephews...

btw if you want to know more visit the company Eoin cooks for : Green Saffron. Their spices are incredible and I believe they are about to start selling into Selfridges, Harrods and on Portobello Market

visiting the beach with my old friend Lisa and spending two hours or more in a beach side playground while the smallfry hung and jumped and swung and we chatted...


driving around East Cork where the sky seems bigger than in any other place on earth and the hills do roll and the tiny men who stop you to divert you on country boithrins (roads) tell you "ye're a fine pair of women, have a great day, all fine women deserve that" which stimulates the older of the smallfry to wonder why...for quite some time...

visiting the home of my other gorgeous grown up nephew, seeing the beautiful photographs he is working on and being impressed yet again by his talent (and his kindness)...

going to Summercove with my father and the girls and sitting on my raincoat on the grass overlooking the water eating apples. Bumping into my sister there by accident and having an impromptu lunch at the pub sitting outside in the sunshine...

meeting my four oldest friends for dinner (the "big party this year girls on tour" as Siobhan calls us), getting drunk and planning further 40th birthday celebratory weekends...

coming home to find my apple tree had blossomed...


hope you have all been well too...

19 comments:

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

oh AnnieB please don't give up your blog - i love it even if it is sporadic! You always have such lovely photo's and stories to tell - i for one would miss you for sure if you stopped blogging xxx

sounds like you had such a great time back home with Daddy and so much family to visit too!

juanitatortilla said...

Echoing Vintage Violet here; we love to hear from you.

Don't apologise for sporadic posts -- we hear from you (happily), when we hear from you. It's as simple as that!

Sounds like you've had such a relaxing time!

Jo in TAS said...

Sporadic is good for me too! We'll be here for you anytime!! Hope life changing isn't too hard for you. Lovely your Daddy's there for you!! Your trip sounded like good therapy to me :-)
Hugs
Jo

midorismusings said...

You are definitely not allowed to give up blogging. (and that is an order! ;-)) I don't think it matters how often you do/don't write but not writing at all would be a horrible waste. I see you have had a lovely break though and the trip to Ireland sounds completely fabulous.

Need to know more about all this changing.. we should find time to meet up again soon.

JuliaB said...

Sounds like you've had a fab time! x

cait ni clic said...

i agree, i love your posts whenever they appear! you should work for Bord Failte (Irish Tourist Board) too in your 'other' spare time! Big kiss to my multi-talented sis. PS, adaptation is how species survive, it just takes time! i look forward to sponging off any new mantras...

Jen said...

Oh no, defintely don't stop for good! I think lots of bloggers struggle with this--I definitely do. For some of us, it's just not possible to blog every day or even every week, and that's fine. In fact, it might even be better--there's no risk of phoning it in this way.

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Good for you!

Apryl said...

never stop blogging! I love reading your blog, and seeing the lovely crafts you make.. I'm glad you had a wonderful trip to visit with your family. You always bring back such lovely storeis and beautiful photos.

Knit Sew City Girl said...

Hi Annie,

Yes, I haven't forgotten our meet up at IKnit. Is next Thurdsy good for you?

Also, don't give up on your blog....it's nice have a little break from blogging now again.

Nice photos of your trip by the way.

Hope to see you soon.

Mary

two hippos said...

Sounds like the most wonderful time away and don't give up, do love reading your blog!

Vonnie said...

Even sporadic blogging will still keep you in contact with your bloggy friends - another vote here for keep it up, even if it's infrequent.

Sounds like you had a lovely trip back home! I'm jealous - and plotting a trip to Ireland now :D

Suzanne Vaughan said...

Definitely keep posting. I hope you are ok in your 'real life', but do keep letting us know you are out there!

Lori said...

you need to check this out: blogging without obligation

:^)

(p.s. oops - site is down right now! but the basic idea is - blog when you want to, when you can, and don't feel bad about it when you don't, or can't! :^)

Helen said...

Good to see you back, it sounds like you've been having the most wonderful time! x

Katy said...

don't you dare give up blogging. Don't you bloody dare!

Sounds like a wonderful trip to the old home isle. And great pics (as usual)

Dagmar said...

couldn't agree more, don't you dare, don't you dare.

and, no obligation, you make us happy whenever they come.

much love, Ms D

Suzanne Vaughan said...

To keep you posting, I have tagged you (evil cackle)

Jhon said...

Hope life changing isn't too hard for you. Lovely your Daddy's there for you!!

--
Jhon
Wireless Home Alarm Security Systems

Nishant said...

Sounds like you've had a fab time!
PPC Advertising India