Daily Archives: January 20, 2009

What a Day

I knew it would be momentous.

I hadn’t allowed for the fact that I would spend most of it in a fog.  Elusive sleep last night was no help.  At 5.00am I gave in and made a pot of green tea and toast.  Taking it back to bed with me I listened to the Shipping Forcast on BBC Radio 4.  I suddenly realised that it was the third forecast that I heard in 24 hours without a wink of sleep.

It was much too cold and early to get up so I snuggled down once more in the hope that sleep might overtake me.  Toast in bed was a bad idea, crumbs manage to get everywhere no matter how much I try to keep them on a plate.

I struggled through the morning planning to relax and follow the Inaugeration of President Barak H Obama late on this afternoon.  I gave in eventually and went back to bed, this time sleep took over and I woke just in time to hear the swearing in of both The Vice President and President Barak H Obama.

What a wonderful speech!  I felt it hit the right note and had I been an American my chest would have burst with pride!  Now please stop comparing him to his predecessors and mentioning his skin colour, and allow him to be his own man and get on with the job in hand.

Does it matter the colour of the cat, so long as it catches the mice!


At lunchtime the Nominations for most of the categories in the the Irish Blog awards 2009 were announced.  With so many new and talented blogs out there I was surprised and delighted to see my name on the list for Best Personal Blog.  There are about 80 blogs listed in this category with some amazing talent, and yes, I feel humbled to be there among them.  To those who took time to nominate me I say a BIG thank you!

May the best Blog win.

The Logo is thanks to Eolai

Let’s say “Hi!

With apologies to Ross Parker the author of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ a favourite tune for the Forces Sweetheart from WW11 – Dame Vera Lynn

Let’s say “Hi” with a smile, dear.
To chat a while, dear, we must start.
Don’t let that starting upset you,
I’ll not forget you, sweethearts.

We’ll meet I hope, I know where, make it fast, I want to meet together quite soon in Cork

Keep blogging through, just like you always do, ‘till the Blog Awards drive the dark clouds far from Cork.

So will you please say “Hello” If your folks I don’t know tell me I won’t be wrong?
You’ll be happy to know that I so want to go, I am singing this song.
We’ll meet at last, I know where, make it fast, I want to meet quite soon way down in Cork

With the 2009 Irish Blog Awards almost upon us, a simple Meme is just the thing.

That whipper-snapper Rick O’Shea started it. I would link to him if I could see his blog 🙄

This Meme is simple.

Name 5 bloggers you haven’t met in the flesh before that you’d like to say hi to at the Blog Awards, say why if you want, link to them. They then, in turn, link to 5 bloggers they’d like to meet and so on.

That’s it. It’s just an icebreaker for the night. Yes, I know they might not be coming but it might act as an incentive.

I’d like to meet:

Holy ShmolyDonncha has always been willing to offer help and encouragement, no matter how silly my question. His camera eye fascinates me.

Trust Tommy – A 14 year old Toyboy! Need I say more? 🙄

Paddyanglican – who will be freshly returned from singing with the Corrigan Brothers, representing Moneygall and Ireland at the Grand Festivities in honour of new President Barak Obama near the White House. Well you never know he might bring me up to date on all the background gossip. 😉

Caricatures Ireland – Irish caricaturist Allan Cavanagh whose caricatures are witty and innovative and I would love to sit, talk and discover how he decides who is a good subject and perhaps sit for him sometime. We might discover the real Grannymar! 🙄

Ian Poulton – A long time commenter whose life in Ministry has straddled both sides of this island. Regularly Ian writes posts that are thought provoking and at times they make me uncomfortable in the best meaning of the word.

I hear you….  Yes I did pick five toyboys… I have my reputation to think about 🙄

We girls are more organised; and since we learned from last year how much fun it was to meet up in advance of the main event, we are once again, thanks to Sabrina Dent, having a Ladies Tea Party on the afternoon of 21st Feb in Cork.

Well then, to keep you happy:

Reluctant Memsahib – Realistically it may not happen this time since Anthea lives in Tanzania with her husband and children. She moved from a farm within easy striking distance of one of the country’s busiest cities leaving all the things we women take for granted, such as day school for the children, regular appointments with a hairdresser and lunches with friends. Home now is an Outpost, a place once famous as brief home to Dr Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley; her older children have had to be bundled off to boarding school a 12 hour drive away. To while away the hours she writes, walks & teaches her youngest at home & keeps in touch with the outside world by phone. Her life is so different to mine and sounds like something I have only known from the pages of a book

OK I don’t hold a grudge, so I will link to yer man.. What’s his name? Oh yeah, Rick somebody