Thursday, July 26, 2007

Busy days

The last few weeks seem to have blown through this household in a blur of broken arms, end of term school concerts, trips etc., lots of car trouble, including the one where the horn sounds every time you bear left!! School finally broke up on Friday (Thursday for us as we finished a day early due to making a mistake with our ferry booking). We spent the weekend in Ireland, visiting family up in Belfast and attending my Uncle's 70th birthday family reunion party down in County Tyrone. The party was attended by over 100 of my closest relatives! An incredible occasion and I am so glad that my children got to be part of something like this and to get a sense of their place in the world. With ages ranging from 93 down to a few months it was fascinating to meet relatives I had only ever heard stories of and never met. It was lovely to see so many of my first cousins together and to see our children playing with each other. The party took place in a rambling house in a beautiful part of Northern Ireland close to wear my mother and her family were brought up.

We managed to spend a day mooching around Dublin on our way back home. I spent "manys the weekend" in Dublin during my teens, it was near enough to visit on a whim but the act of crossing the border and using different currency made if feel fabulously foreign to us Belfast girls.
We saw bands, attended rugby matches, browsed the posh shops, suppped some Guiness and fell in and out of love many times. Both Dublin and Belfast have changed a great deal since my days out on the town but I daresay the appeal of the "foreign" remains the same.


Blogger Arianwen said...

Sounds like a wonderful holiday. It is always wonderful to spend time with family

Friday, July 27, 2007 1:43:00 pm  
Blogger Charity said...

Sounds like a great time away! I've always longed to visit both Ireland and Wales... hearing about your trip makes it feel closer! :0)

Friday, July 27, 2007 3:01:00 pm  
Blogger Queen of the froggers said...

That sounds like an amazing time. And you sound like you need a calm time for the rest of the summer!

Friday, July 27, 2007 3:45:00 pm  
Anonymous Maggie said...

I am so jealous! My grandparents were both from Belfast and I really want to get there someday soon. I'm so happy you enjoyed yourself. The photos are fab!

Friday, July 27, 2007 4:42:00 pm  
Anonymous kim said...

That sounds so romantic and fun, like something out of a novel. I'm glad you're enjoying your summer.

Friday, July 27, 2007 8:19:00 pm  
Blogger Flavaknits said...

Glad you had a wonderful family reunion, its such a lovely thing to do. I guess the foreign money still remains with Eire using the Euro, and us "Brits" using the pound! Belfast and Dublin, both lovely cities.

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:10:00 pm  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

I would love to go to Ireland and Wales and I WILL someday.
The kids are still in school in July? It's too hot here for that.
Btw, I noticed you skimmed over the"broken bones" sentence at the beginning of the post. Such a lot going on over there!

Monday, July 30, 2007 5:49:00 pm  
Blogger Lina said...

You have been busy! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 7:20:00 pm  
Blogger Bethany Hissong said...

Tag, your it!
Players list 8 facts/habits about themselves. At the end of the post, players then tag 8 people by posting their names and making sure they know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at the tagee's blog.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 3:11:00 pm  

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