a girl free zone

What with the ME, small children, and Spurs Fan working all the hours, we’re not in the way of going out much. But the children aren’t small any more- they’re well able to go abroad to show off their Irish dancing with their dance school, and be briefly featured on Polish TV.

Spurs Fan, Jake, and I were home alone for 10 days, during school summer holidays. There was painting and furniture assembling, sitting reading on beaches, and generally enjoying time in Donegal.

We came back to join Awesome Academic in celebrating her marriage. Ditsy led us astray with directions, but the regular reader expects no less.

Spurs Fan is a primary school teacher. He is fortunate that parents and some colleagues like to acknowledge his work with small gifts at Christmas or the end of the school year. I am fortunate that I get to share some of these gifts (chocolates, wine, book tokens). From time to time a number of tokens gather up and much fun can be had. We spent one Saturday afternoon in the fancy hotel in town, having afternoon tea.

Any amount of hot drinks, sandwiches and sweet things, with silver acoutrements and musical accompaniment. Seriously civilised. Doggie boxes were available. Thanks to all those who donated to the vouchers- it was a fabulous experience.

We spent some time at a Hockney exhibition I draw, I do, enjoying skill, challenge and humour.

And, and, there’s more… we went to another concert in a church. Nick Lowe of the wonderful voice and incredible songwriting talent. He was fabulous. We even had free tickets, thanks to Claire’s prizewinning ways.

I was entertained by the fact that the location of the event had to be changed at the last minute so that this song, and others, wouldn’t be drowned out by traditional NI marching bands. Peace, love and understanding are still often wanting in these parts.

Girls are home from all the gallivanting. The summer holidays are drawing to an end. My brain is working itself clear of fug and mush. I always need more sleep, but I’m getting ready.

I might even return to blogging…


6 thoughts on “a girl free zone

  1. Elspethc said it best regarding girl free, ‘it’s the way thing go’. I’ll just add, doesn’t meant adjustments will be easy, even dam right wrenching for short periods.
    The last large essay exam I wrote in Art School was on Hockney. Most don’t realize the influence he had on modern art. His influence is still powerful in this digital age. Hope you enjoyed.
    An expensive date are you. Worth every penny am sure. But then again, am a rock, a sandwich and sunset suitor.

    I’ve been eyeing the hat in the middle of your header. Is that Bono?

    1. I forgot……….Lowe, has grown up in more ways then one. Good for him, good for peace. Every little bit has to add up to something meaningful at some point. Doesn’t it?

      And on something unrelated, sort of. A concert in a church, remind me of the Cowboy Junkies Trinity Session, recorded in the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto. It was record with only one pick-up mic. I listen to it when am feeling, um, dare I say it, bitchy.

  2. Sounds like an incredibly nice summer! It sounds like there was time to breathe a bit of independence and that is always, in my mind, nurturing. I’ll bet the girls were excited to experience their own independence. How fun to have been on television! If parents and children could enjoy these periodic separations with a little more regularity I think the teen years would go a lot smoother! 🙂

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