My Week in Pictures

Week 13.12 – Brrr!

Week 12 from March 18th to 24th sees some ghastly weather and some new shiny teeth.

Even in this horrid weather this is a pretty awesome view #edinburgh
130318 – Even in this horrid weather this is a pretty awesome view #edinburgh

Glad I'm inside!
130318 – Glad I’m inside!

Been raining/snowing like that for 6 hours now #cold
130318 – It’s been raining/snowing like that for 6 hours now #cold

Morning cuddles
130319 – Morning cuddles

As the Big Yin says - get yerself a sexy raincoat!
130319 – As the Big Yin says – get yerself a sexy raincoat!

In progress
130321 – In progress. Colour Affection

Cup of tea
130321 – Cup of tea

Tatted necklace #tatting
130321 – Tatted necklace #tatting

Teeth!
130323 – Teeth!

News & Updates, Travel

Weddings and Cyclones

Those of you who know me well will know that I recently took my first trip back home in over 5 years. Quite an emotional event, and one that if truth be told I’ve kind of avoided on account of the fact that the last time I went home my world fell apart in a not particularly pleasant kind of way. But this time there was no avoiding it – my baby sister was getting married and so I just had to be there. As the date got closer I got more and more excited, and found myself missing home more and more.

For the last few months I had been working on some tatted necklaces for the bridal party which was just making me more and more homesick! Being the perfectionist, I started them over about 6 times before finally getting into the groove of them. The lovely ladies at knitting were very supportive (read – they yelled at me if I tried to do anything else) and as a result, all was done with plenty of time to go before the flights.

So 31st Jan Christian and I boarded the flight to Melbourne via London and Kuala Lumpur (another country to add to my ever growing list). Cue a few days of getting over jet lag, meeting Jenna’s fiance and Tegan’s new man, exciting family news and showing off Christian to family and friends.

Meanwhile, Australia was in the throws of yet more natural disasters – this time floods and a really ghastly cyclone called Yasi. It didn’t look so good for those up North.

On Friday we headed off down the coast road to Rosebud – about 3 hours drive south of where my parents live. All the way down we stopped at various places – such as Acland Street in St Kilda, Brighton Beach and more. The whole way behind us we could see sinister black clouds, but only a little rain started to hit us in a few spots. When we arrived however we found out that we had been driving (and stopping) ahead of what must have been a wall of water from Cyclone Yasi’s very wet tail! We were lucky to not get caught out by the flooding which seemed to be about knee high on most of the roads we have traveled down earlier.

The next day the wedding itself went without a hitch, the rain stayed away for the ceremony (just) and it turned into a lovely day. It bucketed down that evening, but I don;t think anything could have spoiled that day. Jenna looked simply stunning – but words won’t convey as much as pictures, so here’s a few from the day and the lead up to it.

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Geocaching, Stuff

Drenched!

It’s certainly spring/summer here – this pair of swans were tending to a flock of gorgeous fluffy cygnets by the canal in Dublin on Saturday morning.

Saturday’s geocaching adventure with Cristina bagged not only 4 caches, but we also saw a large number of Phoenix Park’s new resident deer. Absolutely gorgeous! Not long afterwards the heavens opened up and we get a taste of the European Monsoon – yes, monsoon. As in wet like you wouldn’t believe. This isn’t your normal Irish namby-pamby soft stuff, this is rain that would feel quite at home in Australia. With 2km of walking an no shelter we were soon resembling drowned kittens. While most taxis avoided us – hello? it’s water not the plague – one finally stopped to pick us up and it was home to try to get dry.

My iPod however seemed to be a little worse for wear and would not turn on at all. I’ve had it sitting in a bowl of rice all day, it seems to be responding a little now although it’s still not perfect yet… fingers crossed!

Stuff

Bill Bailey’s Orchestral Guide

remarkableposterLast night we saw Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra at the O2 in Dublin. It’s a fabulous venue, holds about 12000 people. The show was impressive in its scope and it was clear that what Bill was trying to do would be a fabulous show. Bill’s racing about from one side of the stage to the other and harsh segways from instrument to instrument however made it seem less high energy and more just high disorganisation.

Breaking down familiar classical pieces to show us how each instrument is involved is a great and educational premise, but Bill seems to be almost scared to do more than just dip his toe in the water. As it gets interesting, he pulls back into the ridiculous – which is fun but not as deep as the audience can obviously appreciate. I’d hate to have seen what he’d have come up with if Anne Dudley wasn’t there to rain him in, but I fear she has given him too much latitude as it is.

Audience banter was a high-point of the evening, with Bill commenting on current events and clearly changing some small aspects of the show to take into account the local audience. Even with the lack of true direction it was a good night and despite getting completely drenched walking home in gale-force winds and ice-cold rain I really enjoyed it.