Friday, 18 April 2014

New York | Days 1and 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.

Saturday, 12 April 2014


When Mum was staying with my sister last week, she issued instructions regarding photos for this weekend.
She sent a gentle reminder via text message this morning.
1) the six of us together.
2) her two daughters and her two grandsons.
3) her two grandsons.
I think we get a tick in the box for all three.
Job done.

Friday, 11 April 2014


We didn't really have a plan for today, apart from going into town and seeing where we ended up.
We explored Mayfair and ate ice cream in Hyde Park.
The weather was glorious.
It was in every way perfect.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

A Full Heart

There is not an inch of spare sleeping space to be had in my house tonight.
My sister , BiL and nephew have arrived from Scotland and our life-long-friend-he's-like-our-brother is also here.
My heart is full.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

One Photo | Twenty Words

"Every man is a damn fool
 for at least five minutes
 every day; 
wisdom consists in
 not exceeding the limit."

~ Elbert Hubbard
Hop on over to Abi's place for more photos and words.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Zoom In | Zoom Out

I'm think I'm actually a day early with this weekly meme.
Not to worry.
Today is the last full day of term for The Boy Child.
He took his teachers' Easter goodies into school this morning and this afternoon I will take the goodies for him to give his friends.
He did write on 20 tags in the end.  It was not a particularly happy experience.
Helena is the host of Zoom In | Zoom Out.