November already



Three weeks holiday in the UK…



and this is what it does to us!

No, seriously we had a wonderful time. This is Lotherton Hall where we went with the daughter and grandchildren – the children don’t stand still enough for photos but these folks did!

We went to London to see the poppies – we couldn’t get this close as it was incredibly crowded – this photo was taken a few weeks earlier by our friends who sensibly got there a lot earlier – but what a fantastic sight.



And then we went to rock in the isles to some really good music! What a production!



We met with friends, had real English fish and chips, and drank good, PROPER beer…

IMG_2484We went to Scarborough, and even on a dull autumnal day, it is still a great place.

We had a wonderful evening, courtesy of our friends in Golcar, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse where we saw the brilliantly performed ‘Kite Runner’.

We went to the cinema to see Turner – Timothy Spall was his usual brilliant self!

It seems we have had all our years culturing in one visit – but that’s the way it is – we expats know what we miss!

So having caught up with our daughters and grandchildren and loved seeing them – its back now and its on with the writing course and making soups and preparing to return to Galway and visit my sister next week!

I know what you’re thinking – ‘Life is one long holiday for her now she’s retired’ – and do you know it feels like it is too – isn’t that great?

Work is great too, when you are younger and energetic – because how else could we afford this – and know to appreciate it?

IMG_0515This is sunset over Lough Corrib taken by my nephew – I’ll be there next week, all being well, as the mother would have said.

Todays quote has to be:

”Retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it. ~Gene Perret – or maybe even:

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time.’ ~John Lubbock, “Recreation,” The Use of Life, 1894