Monday, August 11, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Good times are being had here I tell you!
Last weekend I went off all alone to have a reunion with the people I went on my gap year between school and university (15 years ago). Although our numbers were rather sadly depleted we had a wonderful time.
|i made that fire all by myself|
We spent several wonderful days together, talking, eating, talking, drinking, talking, walking, talking. The setting was gorgeous and the weather just heavenly. It was so odd being without the kids and what a lovely thing travelling without children is, I read a whole book!!
I did miss them though and Garry of course so I was very happy to arrive back home again on Sunday evening. But the camping fun didn't end there...
The Courtmac summer festival is on at the moment so we have enjoyed being out and about, meeting with friends and joining in the fun.
|kids arts and crafts workshop|
|Rebe's clay lion|
The kids have been doing lots of Plasticine what we picked up at the supermarket last week...
|another lion by Rebe|
|Elvis for Garry|
Other than all of that I have been working hard. Over the last few months I have been getting the CE certification for my dolls. This shows that my dolls meet European Safety Standards. It has felt at times like a mountain of red tape and I bet I will never need to show any of the work I have done to anyone, but it feels so good to have achieved it and I felt very proud tying my fabby new labels onto this doll's hand.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Oh wow, what an amazing holiday we had. I actually don't even know where to start telling you about it. Each day was so packed full, every moment was as special as the next. It would take me weeks to remember them all and even longer to write them all down. But I'll remember what I can here and perhaps these few snippets will be enough to jog our memories of other times.
On Friday morning we got up and started packing; camping gear and changes of clothes and bits and pieces enough for the festival and then a visit to Garry's home place and his family.
Garry took the dogs to the kennels and I started piling things up in the kitchen unsure how we would fit it into the car. But we did and by lunch time we were ready to go. We stopped off at the supermarket on the way for essential supplies then headed on to Macroom for the 2014 Dream Gathering.
|Rebe and Benny wore their tissue bags the whole time, with tissues, some pocket money, some plasters and our mobile phone numbers in case they got lost. I wrote my number on Joa's arm in permanent marker.|
We found the kids area first and took the time to chill out and let the kids have a good explore of that.
|the chess set was one of their favourite things although none of them have any idea how to play!|
|weaving on a giant loom|
|tight rope walking|
To my utter shock none of us woke until about 8.30am. I was expecting a dawn wake up, but the late night and excitement had tired the kids out. We took our time coming to. Rebe and Benny wanted to go and see if the stalls were open yet so we let them go off to the far end of the field to have a look and asked them to bring tea and coffee if they could find it.
|the waiters bringing us our (half full and nearly cold) cups of tea and coffee|
|'chino time for Joa|
|Rebe joined in a dance and rhythm workshop|
|circus skills workshop|
|Benny - diablo master|
|amazing face paints|
At one point Joa had wandered off and when Garry went to look for him he found him in the middle of a drumming meditation circle. He was actually leading the drumming with those around him following his beat. When we managed to get him to come out again someone who had seen him being smudged the night before and had been watching him drumming said 'He's really spiritual man!' he he!
|pirate ship, one of a few play structures made from recycled palates|
|wooden toy workshop|
|a balloon clown made Benny this...guess what animal it is...yes an armadillo!!... poor balloon clown but fair play to him for trying!|
|circus show that Benny got to take part in|
|he was the green magician|
|Joa in his festival hat playing|
|dinner in a very cute 'real' restaurant|
|trying the gigantic bubble maker|
|the fire performers were breath taking again|
|the 2nd night of 'someone else's dream'|
We didn't wake until 9.30am on Sunday! Putting us ever so slightly behind schedule, as we'd hoped to be on the road by 10am.
It was amazing and just as much of a special experience. On Sunday evening we arrived (the great unwashed) into the middle of a bbq party for Garry's littlest niece. Most of his brothers were there, and all of his sisters, their kids, partners and friends, and of course Nana Ena, the kids new Granny.
We feasted and drank and played and caught up. The kids were brilliant and took to everyone straight away. The family opened their arms and instantly absorbed them. It made me so happy and so proud to be a part of this special family and to watch the kids being welcomed into it as well.
When everyone had left Garry and I set the tents up again and we settled down to sleep in the garden with the noise of the sea lulling us to sleep.
The following morning was a slow start for us, but when we woke we found the kids had already been in to Nana Ena and had been given breakfast and made themselves completely at home. At lunch time we drove to Skerries a few miles from the family home and met up with Garry's sisters and their kids. What a beautiful part of the world! We had an ice cream at what is undoubtedly the best ice cream shop in the world. After running for shelter from a down pour we went along the sea front to the park where we spent the rest of the afternoon.
I packed up the tents and things while Garry went to his childhood barbers for a hair cut. He took Rebe along and the pair of them got the car ready for the drive home. We made time for a walk across the road to the beach and a quick play.