This weekend saw me in Dublin, checking in on family. Trip over was uneventful (in more than one sense of the word in that I missed Rob’s wedding). Caught up with the travellers returned from Hong Kong, as well as Maureen and the gang in Clontarf.Jenn and the kids stayed at home and tried to stay dry, not an easy task given the torrential rain. They were busy doing up their ‘Club House'; more details available on Jenn’s site

Meanwhile, Grandma is visiting again, and Orla took the opportunity of a shopping trip to load up on a ‘Bratz’ Doll, which the cooler among you probably know is the new new thing for girls…



April 16, 2006 | Leave a Comment

Easter 2006

Click here for pictures of last week’s T-ball and the Easter weekend…
Orla has been busy with her Karate. She was thrilled at her last class because she was promoted; she now has a black stripe on her white belt. Not bad for a five year old who’s in her third week !

We noticed Orla was in tears as we drove back from mass on Easter Sunday. Jenn asked her what was the matter, but she was too distraught to tell us. Finally, she managed to whisper that she was upset about poor Baby Jesus having been put to death. (It’s hard to believe she’s only five…) To cheer her up, we dropped her off at her aunt and uncle’s house to go on the Easter egg hunt.

Both kids had a great time at Carol and Justin’s for Easter. Dinner wasn’t too bad – if you don’t mind pierogies, kielbasa and sauerkraut (Carol’s folks are of Polish descent). This time we were prepared; Jennifer roasted some lamb and brought that over, so I was happy…

The kids had a blast; C&J and her family had hidden loads of Easter eggs, so the kids were running around and screaming hysterically each time they found and egg. (Of course, Jenn had hidden eggs in our garden so the kids had the hunt at our house first. I wasn’t too impressed, since they started at seven in the morning).

The weather was glorious, and Orla and Eoghan spent half the day on their bikes, riding round and around the driveway while we were a little less active, gazing out at the river.



April Showers

April 5, 2006 | Leave a Comment

So much for the 80 degree temperatures last week. This morning it was snowing when I was leaving the house. So much for Spring…Meanwhile, although I did wake up in the middle of the night, it wasn’t quite at 01:02am… I guess I missed this article from the WSJ :

If you happen to be awake at 1:02:03 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 5, you might want to reflect on how rare that particular moment is. Or you might just want to get some sleep. On some digital clocks in the U.S., that precise second will be reflected as 01-02-03-04-05-06, something that doesn’t happen all that often. If you want to celebrate the moment at a more reasonable hour, you can use Universal Time; 1:02 a.m. Universal Time comes at 9:02 p.m. ET. In any event, numerologists aren’t getting worked up about this moment, noting that the year is really 2006, not “06”, throwing off the neat progression of numbers.

Of course, as a European, I get another chance to wake up at 01:02am on the 4th of May. Or I could just stay asleep…If you want to wait a year, we’ll hit 02:03:04 05/06/07. But, you must admit, that’s not as cool as 01 02 03 04 05 06.

Or, just wait 2 months for 06:06:06 06/06/06 or another year for 07:07:07 07/07/07.

OK, it’s a very slow news day. (Thanks, Jeff L)



We’re still alive. As usual it’s been busy over the past few weeks. Where does the tempus fugit ?The past few months have seen quite a few wine tasting dinners. Generally they’re very convivial occasions, the format being a line-up of wines featuring a common theme, over a decent dinner. The most recent was a 1986 Bordeaux tasting, held at The Orchard in NYC. (The Lafite was awesome).

Caught up with Morgan a few days later. Offered my commiserations on his recent engagement. Then on Friday caught up Anthony; we went to see “Lawrence of Arabia” at the Ziegfield – pretty spectacular to see it on the big screen.

Spent the last week at home, pottering around the house, going for a few drives now that the weather has finally warmed up. 81 degrees on Thursday ! Took Orla to her first ever T-Ball practice on Saturday morning; she loved it, as she did the Karate that she started on Friday. Pretty soon she’ll be beating the crap out of me. Eoghan, on the other hand, was content to watch both classes. Both kids enjoyed a barbecue this afteroon at Justin and Carols…

(Meanwhile, we were tickled to learn from Justin that two photos I took were actually sold at a recent charity auction… Watch out, Robert Doisneau !)

Everyone was reasonably subdued this week due to fighting colds – Jenn succumbed, although I managed to avoid one completely. I’l have to get Jenn on to the hot whiskey remedy…