Wise Whys

  The ‘Why’ questions used to be cute. Well to a point, if I’m totally honest. I wasn’t very good with the ‘why’ response to my tenth answer on questions about the universe and other complicated things. In those discussions I felt as if I was slipping on a downward spiral into a pit of futility….

Loving is Dirty Work

I’m middle-aged -that’s if get to live to 90 – so I reckon I’m confident enough now to not care what others think of the way I dress. Except I must do, because there I posted a picture of myself walking my kids to school this morning just to gain your sympathy. Did I not learn…

What a Divine Moment…

A moment ago my sister shared the sweetest photo of her baby on a swing on our family WhatsApp group. His smile is huge, you can’t help but smile back! I wanted to reach through the lense and ruffle his tufty blonde head. Our conversation quickly turned to how, as adults it’s hard to reclaim that sense…

Typical South African sights you will never see in Ireland.

In two weeks we will have been living in Ireland for thirteen years and in this time we have returned to South Africa every two years or less to visit family so that we can maintain the relationships between our children and their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  Apart from that we love the country and…

Beauty and the Beast 2017

I have just returned home after watching director Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast with my three girls (8,10,14) and honestly I could go straight back and watch it all over again!  Love, a villain, loss and a happy ending, all woven into a gorgeous backdrop – Disney have nailed the ultimate fairytale recipe that guarantees…

“Mum, What’s the Meaning of Lice?”

“The meaning of LICE? As in those horrible, disgusting little creatures you kids love to bring home on your heads? Or are you wondering about why you’re here? Eight years old is a quite young to be pondering your life purpose, don’t you think?” I’m smiling, I have to admit I’m a little impressed by…

Welcome New Blogger !

Hey everyone, remember the exciting early days when everything was brand new, although a little nerve wracking? Remember how much it meant to have all the support possible? So here’s a brand new blog – only a baby one 😀 (all about babies that is). I thought it would be lovely idea for a new blogger to be…

I Just Don’t Know

“Mummy?” “Yes?” “How many places does the River Slaney pass through?” “?” I have one eye on the rear-view mirror watching an oncoming truck as it thunders down the hill towards me while the other eye, deranged chameleon-like, is looking for a gap in the oncoming traffic so that I can turn off the busy…

Park your Mind in the Trolley Bay…

..and then step right in to your supermarket. Don’t stop to think twice, it’ll cost you either a pretty penny, your health, or your conscience. So, the other night I had an hour to kill between fetching and carrying children from here to there and decided to spend it peacefully exploring the largest supermarket in town. Aren’t we lucky…

The Waiting Game

I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Psalm 23 Such a simple phrase and so easy to say but Oh so very difficult to put into practice. Each time I contact my sister to get updates on my young nephew in ICU my heart feels like it is being squeezed tight and all…