rflong: (Agamemnon)
( Aug. 4th, 2008 11:02 pm)
But sleepy. Very sleepy.

And according to all the emails I have just read about to have a very very busy week! *happy/resigned sigh*

We saw [personal profile] irishkate today. Everyone will have to ask very nicely indeed if they can see the photos of herself and [profile] e_w_h on the bumper cars with the kids. Seriously. You may have to grovel. To them. Not me! ;D

We listened to most of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on CD during the trip down and back. Stephen Fry is really entertaining. And I do still enjoy the story.

So now... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
rflong: (Camberwick Sam)
( Aug. 2nd, 2008 07:40 am)
Heading to Cork for the weekend. Bb! See you all Monday evening. :D
rflong: (River Bridge)
( Jul. 7th, 2008 09:21 pm)
In a way, it is very strange to combine a post about a work trip with pictures. Some of this will seem very esoteric, perhaps, as Carmelite Librarians only get out together once a year.
but here, hopefully is a slideshow of pictures I took while in Malta. Lots of Carmelite Churches, baroque cathedrals, sunsets and lemon groves. Generally speaking, things I like to look at. Reflections in water, shots through windows, frames within frames. And several statues of the Madonna of Mount Carmel.

I'm playing with photobucket, so if the slideshow doesn't work I'll have to revisit this post and just put in some of the photos.

Highlight of the trip was probably holding a 1st edition of the Prophecies of Nostradamus in the National Library, or Mdina itself, which is a magical place. And it is a beautiful island.

Any questions? :D

btw - I've probably misspelled the placenames. Sorry!
rflong: (Meeting on the Turret Square)
( Feb. 19th, 2008 10:22 am)
We had a lovely weekend in Cork. A trip to Inchidonny Strand and Clonakilty on Friday, a beautiful meal in the Liberty Grill on Friday Night, shopping on Saturday and Blarney Castle on Sunday.

Yes, I kissed the Blarney Stone.

Or more accurately I kissed somewhere in the vicinity of the Blarney Stone as I don't see too well without glasses and my eyes clampled shut as I hang upside down off the top of a 14th Century ruin with a lad holding my legs while his mate takes a photo.

Who does?

No, I didn't buy the photo either.

But it was a wonderful day out. The Rock Close gardens were incredible. So here are a couple of pictures (when I can add them). Hang on a sec... 
 Inchedonney Strand
 Window at Blarney Castle
 Blarney Castle. On the front (left hand side of picture, at the top, you can just about make out the iron railings. This is where the Blarney Stone is. On the top of the battlements, you lie on your back and lower yourself out to grap the inner rails while an "official" (read lad) holds your legs. It all looks a bit odd, but imagine sticking your upper body, backwards down a medieval castle toilet. No, not scary at all. Honest!
 Just past the tunnel entrance to the Rock Close, this tree appears to have grown out of the rocks. The same think happened over the cave called The Witch's Kitchen, but my photos are too dark. Gorgeous, atmospheric place though.
 The Dolmen
 The Rock Close. See what I mean? :D

rflong: (River Bridge)
( Sep. 2nd, 2007 01:09 pm)
Coupled with two rejections coming through last night - one for Come and Play and one for The Bonny Lass O' Fyvie. I've sent out Come and Play again already and want to do The Bonny Lass as a snail mail, so much print it up and write a letter on the home pc (it being the one with a printer attached!)

I've been unpacking most of the morning. We still have all the bags to go. Hubbie just phoned. He was out with his fishing club and has six mackerel for us for dinner tonight (ok, maybe not ALL of them for dinner). We also picked up some rather lovely sorrel sauce in France so that might be the menu, I reckon.

France was lovely, really really lovely. We were in a great site in a wonderful area. Most of all we didn't do too much which has left us both wonderfully relaxed (possibly a little too relaxed). The world is winding up around us and I don't think we're quite ready to join in yet. My daughter goes back to her creche tomorrow and my son and my husband are back to school/work on Tuesday. I am the lucky one - not back until next Monday (at my boss' suggestion! YAY!), but we have a lot to do to get the boy ready for school again! Shoes for one thing. He needs new ones. And the new (which we did manage to be organised enough to get before we went) trousers have to be taken up. (Mum?!)

I have to get myself back to writing. Big time. The only problem with taking a holiday is that you do have to get going again afterwards. Ah well. May get something done shortly.

Oh, and I am busily planning evening courses for the new term. Might even take two! Eek. Such ambition. So far my options are Fencing, Pottery, Jewellery Making, and Woodcarving. Such a dilemma.

Yes, all taking away from those all important writing hours. Bad bad me.

Anyway, talk soon
rflong: (Fish Alley)
( Aug. 26th, 2007 09:01 pm)
Just taking some time out this evening to check in on things. The holiday is a dream so far. The weather really picked up last week and we have been having a wonderful time. My son learned to swin by himself today which was a major excitement.

We have visited Josselin, Quimper and Concarneau (the last today as well) and I have been trying to mentally absorb enough medieval walled town atmosphere to keep me going for the rest of the year.

I have read Cross Stitch (ok, finished reading it anyway) by Diana Gabaldon and Hood by Stephen Lawhead (fantastic, can't wait for book 2, Scarlet - it had the right blend of historical realism and a subperb undercurrent of fantasy, no overt magic, just a sense running through the background), The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper and am currently on Greenwitch, also by Susan Cooper. A quick read these books, (The Dark in one day) but enthralling as they were when I first read them about Twenty-hmmm hmmm years ago.

Hee hee, no writing. I am feeling very bad. Of course it might just be the glass of wine I finished - I'm sitting outside the bar in the campsites wifi zone listening to a manic music quiz going on inside. Better be heading back out, out of Internet land and back to my book. Maybe later I will put pen to paper (eventually). Mainly I just want to continue this wonderful relaxation.

rflong: (Default)
( Aug. 18th, 2007 07:53 am)
House in chaos. Children overly excited. Running behind schedule. Getting nagged on all fronts.

Tyrpical family holiday then!

Talk soon!

rflong: (Clock)
( Aug. 17th, 2007 02:19 pm)

Yes, only one day more. Well, half a day as it is after lunch. 

Not a bad day today, although a little too much wine was consumed while watching The Devil Wears Prada last night. Oops. 

Final organisations are underway. We pack tonight so have suggested a take away rather than trying to cook dinner too. Then an early night! But I'm effectively doing the Holidays dance every second I can. I am like a big kid this year, more so than ever before. I have no idea why, probably because it has been a tough year and we are having our holiday much later than usual.

Spent the morning on Archives again. Great fun. This afternoon I will tidy up the library and my office (almost done actually), check everything is covered for while I am away, shelve (A rule of library life: there is ALWAYS shelving!) and then run away! Yay!

My husband and son are going book shopping (among many other things). They are going to buy the first Harry Potter so that we can read it while on holidays. 

I am a little worried as last night my daughter pointed to my scary dark elf up there at the top and said "Horsey!" Hmmm.... I suppose the Black Rabbit of Inlay is "Bunny!"

So anyway, my mind isn't really working on anything other than tomorrow.

rflong: (Default)
( Aug. 10th, 2007 11:46 am)
Do you think I might be getting excited about my holiday? Off to France a week tomorrow, driving to Cork and getting the Ferry overnight to Roscoff. We've even got the posh cabins. Can't wait. Starting to get unbearable.

Things are still a bit chaotic. The kitchen is still not finished. The annoying part is that it's just little things left but getting them actually done seems to be presenting an insuperable barrier. We have family coming for dinner this evening regardless, so spent last evening cleaning everything and washing the livingroom carpet. I have to do the shopping for ingredients on the way home - spag bol all round I think.

I've done precious little writing. I did finish the scene in Moy Tura Echoes with Nuada in Newgrange, and started the next, but didn't get far on it. I must get more regimented. But not tonight alas. Maybe I will manage to write more while we are away. The laptop is coming with me anyway.

Had a great laugh reading the new Ansible last night, particularly the thought of CS Lewis and Tolkien in a death match.

Anyway, with my basic nothing to report today, I might as well stop typing and try to do something here. I am planning on a shopping trip at lunchtime. Not sure what for. Just want to shop!




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