October 23, 2006 | Leave a Comment

We’ve been having lots of fun recently. Last week I took Friday off work and so had a long weekend at home. I bought a new bike (Lightspeed) and ventured out on the roads, enjoying the scenery – the foliage this year is spectacularly beautiful (which perhaps explains why town is so busy these days; each week there seems to be more people than ever in Rhinebeck).

On Saturday we took advantage of the special children’s day event at The Headless Horseman Hallowe’en attraction. The kids had a scream, riding on the haunted hayride and making their way through the maze… It was so much fun that Jenn and I decided we need to go at night ! Maybe we’ll take Orla next year…

During the week the kids were busy with their homeschooling. Orla is busy this term with art class, ballet, and now the piano. It’s the usual story, of course, trying to get her to practise. Both kids have also been busy making bird’s nests, which explains why our kitchen is full of grass and twigs.

This weekend we took the kids to the Sheep and Wool Festival at the fairgrounds. The kids just loved seeing the rocks and minerals exhibition; fortunately, for now Orla is interested in non-precious gems. I hope it stays that way… Both of the kids had a great time.

We came into the city yesterday, and today Ivana took them to the Lower East Side and Chinatown. Eoghan, ever the transportation fan, talked her into taking them on the bus down Second Ave. They made sure to take an articulated bus; both kids insisted on sitting in the wobbly part…

While there they had Dim Sum and then Ivana took them to a Chinese fishmonger, where they viewed turtles, frogs, ducks, crabs and various exotic seafood. They tried to talk her into buying them pet crabs but instead came home with two shrimp which will remain in the refrigerator for the forseeable future as pets.

Orla, ever the observent one, asked Ivana

Why does everyone here have black hair ?

She hasn’t yet started to worry about being PC…

Meanwhile, Ivana has promised Orla that on her next trip to the city she can have a day of shopping for a kimono and chinese sandals.

Eoghan continues to be a flirt and has learned the Italian word for a kiss (un bacio) – we’re sure this will come in handy when he takes his pre-college European trip ! 



Plane Fun

October 10, 2006 | Leave a Comment

Rhinebeck Aerodrome – Click for picturesThis weekend we did something we had never done in the eight years we’ve lived in Rhinebeck – we went to an airshow at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
After Orla’s dance class on Saturday morning, she had a play date with a friend at the playground in town, and Eoghan and I took the opportunity to engage in some male bonding and went to watch the vintage aircrft at the aerodrome. It’s one of the largest collections of vintage aircraft in the country, and is well worth a visit. We had a great time watching the old crates that I had come across years ago when reading about the exploits of Biggles  – so much so that on the way home we decided, over some ice-cream, to return on Sunday !

The weather on Sunday was just as glorious as on Saturday – and even better for flying, as there was scarely a breeze. Jenn came along with us this time and the three of us had a great time (we had left Orla with her grandparents as she was tired) watching the mock dogfights, the barnstorming, and of course the campy adventures of Linda Truelove, Sir Percy and The Black Baron !

The old aircraft – a Great Lakes, a Tiger Moth, an Albatross, and a Fokker Triplane, to mention a few – were very impressive; they looked like it took very little persuasion to send them soaring into the sky. The pilots performed some fun tricks like flying repeatedly through rolls of toilet paper they had jettisoned, and dropping ‘bombs’ on enemy targets. But the star of the show was a Tiger Cub, whose pilot performed some spectacular aerobatics before cutting the engine and performing a dead-stick landing, rolling to a stop precisely where he had placed his hat before take-off !

I took a few snaps for posterity, so now Eoghan can look at them when he’s going to bed. If he grows up to be a pilot we’ll know what piqued his interest. Meanwhile, we’ve planned to take him to an open house at the railroad next weekend !



Busy weekend. Saturday saw me head to St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Barbara’s investiture as a “Lady Of The Holy Sepulchre”. So I guess that’s Lady Barbara now… Had a fun dinner afterwards with Charlie McW and then we all proceeded to supper with Seamus and Ivana, where we caught up on old times.Sunday morning saw me head home to catch up with the kids. After living in Rhinebeck for eight years, we finally made it to the monthly Irish music seisiun. The kids loved it, with Eoghan clapping madly to keep time, and Orla singing along the chorus to all the songs. We’ll have to return before another eight years pass !

We returned to the city with the kids on Monday. Jenn and I took them to the Museum Of Natural History. They absolutely loved the gemological exhibition and a movie, Cosmic Collisions, in the planetarium. Eoghan was particularly delighted to pick up a flashlight that projected spaceships onto the ceiling. Orla, of course, picked up a toy snake.

Afterwards we stopped off to see Grandma and Grandpa, followed by dinner in one of Jenn’s favourite Thai restaurants with Seamus and Ivana.

The kids are real sponges. That night, back in the apartment with the lights off, as Eoghan got ready to try out his new flashlight, he and Orla commenced their instructions :

Please turn off all electronic devices and cellphones. Put away your food and drinks. No talking during the show…

– they repeated all the admonitions from the movie show that afternoon. As you might imagine, it took quite a while for the kids to finally fall asleep…