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Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Chinese poetry - by Su Wu (2nd Century)


They married us when they put

Up our hair. We were just twenty

And fifteen. And ever since,

Our love has never been troubled.

Tonight we have the old joy

In each other, although our

Happiness will soon be over.

I remember the long march

That lies ahead of me, and

Go out and look up at the stars,

To see how the night has worn on.

Betelgeuse and Antares

Have both gone out. It is time

For me to leave for far off

Battlefields. No way of knowing

If we will ever see each

Other again. We clutch each

Other and sob, our faces

Streaming with tears. Goodbye, dear.

Protect the Spring flowers of

Your beauty. Think of the days

When we were happy together.

If I live I will come back.

If I die, remember me always.

My son is poorly

I was feeling a little down tonight because my son has a cold and is feeling feverish......
Just wish there was something I could do to make him feel better.
'Mummy' he says to me tonight 'I love you'.....
My little baby is slowly but surely growing into an independent and clever little boy.....gone are the days he used to bounce up and down in his cot repeating 'Mummmeee - hee ' in the mornings!     Gone are the days I changed his nappies, spoon fed and toilet trained him.....Gone are the days he was a little toddler.  Ryan will be 4 in June.   It only seems like yesterday he was born.

I was telling him about 'big school'.....we'd visited our local primary and the principal actually took us on a tour around the P.1 classrooms.  I am nervous about how he will react and cope on his very first day at 'proper school'.....I suppose I won't be the only one who'll be worrying- it's a huge milestone.   And, a big change when you think about it.  My baby will no longer be a baby.       Omg I even remember my own first day at school - how horrendous that was.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Some old photographs

                      My mum and dad's wedding day in April, 1967


I love this wee snapshot of all the local kids from where I grew up,
we lived in a town called Larne for the first 9 years of my life

A funny picture of my son I just had to share

(Let us pray....)

I also have a picture (humourous in my opinion) of him saluting with his arm up like Adolf Hitler, but I don't want to get into trouble, so have left that out.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

More Local Pictures

So much for the heavy snowfall forecast for this week.  Instead we have had glorious sunshine for three full days! (Not that I'm complaining...)  I went for a walk along Loughshore yesterday which is about 3 minutes drive from my home.   Loughshore is a seaside promenade walk that has a children's park/caravan park as well as being the location for concerts and real circuses.
For tourists, no visit to Newtownabbey would be complete without taking in the breathtaking view of the shore!

In the distance the Kilroot Power station chimney can be seen. Close up it looks like an upside down cigarette.

In the above picture, 'Cavehill' (more info) can be seen from the opposite direction from the shoreline.
(I apologise for the quality of the 2nd photo , it was taken on my mobile. Anyway,I hope it gives you insight on my hometown in Northern Ireland , a place renowned for it's really beautiful scenery and landscapes. I for one am proud of my country!).

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Coastal visit

We went to Whitehead today.....finally, my New Year's resolution to get fitter was taking effect.   We walked 2-3 miles along the coastal path and then had to turn back before the caves (because I have a fear of them....)

Whitehead has a lighthouse that was built in the 1850's, and is still running to this day.

It was rather a windy afternoon, but so glad to get fresh air into my lungs!

Handsome fella!

A few things have happened since I last wrote on my blog:

-My expectant sister will be going into hospital to have her twins if there's no sign of labour by the 8th March 2010.
-I heard there is going to be more disruptive snowy weather for the UK next week.
-My boyfriend has booked a stay at a posh hotel for Valentine's Day, including romantic dinner for two!
-The last of the baby rabbits were finally given away to a good home.
-My boyfriend's parents are currently in Tenerife - apparently it is about 21 degrees Celsius there (I'm so jealous)

Ryan sings......