Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Zoom In | Zoom Out

Zoom In | Zoom Out is Helena's idea and you can see more here.

Monday, 21 April 2014

New York City | Day 6

One last morning with our friends.
Before the drive to the airport.
And an overnight flight back to London.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

New York City | Day 5

(For continuity's sake, I'm calling all the posts relating to our trip, New York City | Day X.)
Sunday also happened to be Easter Sunday.
We attended church.
 The children were completely spoiled by the American Easter Bunny.
He's set the bar rather high for future years.
There was delicious lunch, with the adults in the dining room and the children in the kitchen.
With delicious Italian desserts.
And I nagged persuaded them to have a group photo.
A wonderful day.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

New York City | Day 4

This was the day we left New York City for Connecticut.
The Boy Child was thrilled with the idea of going on an American train.
Mum and I were glad of a morning where we could slow the pace down and do nothing except look out at the scenery.
An hour and a half later, we were looking at this.
And five minutes after that, these three had picked up where they'd left off last summer.
The boys' school has an ambitious PTA.
Look at their Easter fundraiser.
 Makes your average coffee morning seem very dull.

Friday, 18 April 2014

New York City | Day 3

The day one part of our family history came full circle.
My mum and her cousin met for the first time.
We're here with hearts that are full.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

New York City | Days 1 and 2

I love New York City.
I like to travel on an early morning flight. 
It makes for an incredibly long day, but it's worth it to, as The Boy Child said so eloquently, go back in time.
We flew out of London at 09.05 hrs and flew into New York City at 12.30 hrs.
On our itinerary yesterday afternoon were a horse and carriage ride around Central Park and visit to Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Plaza. The Boy Child was not happy at being out on the Observation Deck, but liked the lift with the glass roof.
Today turned out differently to what we'd originally planned, because our friends from Connecticut came in to town to surprise us. And a lovely surprise it was, too.
We managed to get tickets for the 9/11 Memorial this afternoon.
The Boy Child ate his first ever hot dog.
We rode the Staten Island Ferry on what turned out to be a cold and chilly day.
The Boy Child coped very well with over 6 hours on the go, as did my mum. 
Neither of them moaned.  
Well, TBC may have a little, but not enough to warrant a full-blown melt down.
As I type this, The Boy Child is fast asleep and has been from the moment he put himself to bed a little before 8pm.  Mum is sitting so quietly in the armchair, I suspect she may have nodded off.
New York, New York, the city that never sleeps.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Zoom In | Zoom Out

Zoom In | Zoom Out is Helena's idea and you can see more here.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Carry On

We're off on our adventure early tomorrow morning.
What to take in his carry-on bag?
Assorted books, hankies, sunglasses, his favourite snacks and his favourite two cuddlies.
I've also added his holiday diary, school reading book and fun reading book.
What do you pack for your child/children?

Monday, 14 April 2014

What Are You Reading?

Last week, I saw the film Philomena.  It's the true story of how a young and unmarried girl was forced by the Catholic Church to give up her child in 1950s Ireland and stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.  The film received a lot of press coverage when it was released late last year and I recently heard the real life Philomena being interviewed on the radio.
I am both Catholic and Irish by ancestry, although, in 2014, I would claim to be neither.
I wanted to know more of Philomena's story.
Martin Sixsmith, the journalist who helped Philomena to discover the truth about her son's forced adoption, has written a book worthy of the subject matter.  He has used official records and interviews to piece together this story and the end result is unputdownable.
See the film, by all means.
But read the book, too.
Neither will disappoint.

Sunday, 13 April 2014


Sometimes I forget to take photos.
It's true.
I cart the big camera around with me and then don't take it out of my bag.
We spent a gorgeously sunny afternoon in Chelsea with our Chelsea Pensioner friend.
I took two photos all afternoon.
One of them was taken on my phone.
One of them was taken as we were leaving.
In the grand scheme of memory keeping, the fact that two photos exist is more than enough.
I know the story behind the photos.
It doesn't matter that there aren't 50+ images recording our visit.