Posted in Bloggage, Books, Finished Reads, Friends, Life, Reading

Hiroshima by John Hersey

  
Last night I finished reading this slight tome.  If you’d seen me reading it on the bus you would have thought I was just after receiving bad news, I couldn’t help but continually put my hand to my mouth, and in a way I was getting bad news.

If this was a piece of fiction it would be described as a great work of imagination but sadly it’s not fiction.  Yes, we are all aware of the fact that two nuclear bombs were dropped, one on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki.  However this is simply a fact, almost an abstract notion.  It happened and we know it was awful but we don’t know what it was like on the ground, to be going about your daily life at 8am, a bomb lands at 8:15 and if you survived your life was never the same again.

As I said it was a small read – 98 pages, but it did bring tears and heartbroken sympathy.  I don’t normally read this kind of writing but it was worth it and I think it should be recommended reading in every school across the world.  These bombs can’t be used ever again and the fact that it’s a threat that hangs over us on an ongoing basis to some degree or other is truly terrifying.

A big Thank You to Fionnuala for giving us this.

Accidental Meetings

It’s absolutely piddling out but the shopping had to be done.  The happy outcome of shopping is not loads of yummy food but I bumped into a friend I haven’t seen in years!  I’m absolutely thrilled.

So there you go – I’m a happy bunny 🙂

Posted in Bloggage, Books, Friends, Reading

The Organised Criminal

Last week we were at a book launch – it was a friend of ours that was having the launch.

A book by a friend is always a dodgy thing.  It could be great but it might not.

Well today I finished The Organised Criminal.

Generally I’m not a great one for florid writing but in this time I lapped it up.  In this instance the sentences were short and sharp, maintaining a steady pace.

The voice of the book is that of Jay O’Reilly who is also the main protagonist.

On the opening page we find out that he’s heading home for a family funeral, home being Crossmaglen, Northern Ireland.  He’s not overly happy about being back – no that’s not right – he’s not comfortable being back but it’s good to see some old friendly faces.

I don’t want to say anything else about the story as that would give the story away.  A good sign for me is that as I come to the end I just don’t want to put it down – I have to find out how does it all work out and in this particular instance I couldn’t put it down.  Now all I want to is to read more by Jarlath.

Posted in Celebration, Cooking, Food, Friends, general, Life

Hello little forgotten Blog

This is supposed to be full of things that make me smile – given how often I post here you would be forgiven for thinking I never smile!  Sadly I’m going to shift the blame to facebook and it’s got nothing to do with my lack of effort 🙂 – honest!

We all know how it goes – you’re scrolling down your feed and you see something that you think is worth sharing for a number of reasons, so it’s easy enough – press share and the jobs oxo!  Well from now on I’m going to try and cross post a few of the more “Aww! cute” things over here – I might do an all in one post rather than each time…

So having said that I’m going to do an all in one post here’s an individual post ’cause rules were made to be broken!

Posted in Celebration, Food, Friends, general, Life

Body Confidence

Body Confidence, or lack thereof.  We all have something about ourselves that we’d change, that we want to cover up – me, I’m on a diet and I’m happy with my weight but believe me google maps couldn’t find an ankle and the legs will be permanently undercover.  SO!  it was with great glee when I saw Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) post her #TenTweets featuring Hilda (a girl that does not live in Ireland I can tell you – the lack of wellies & brolly are the give away!)

So are you smiling?

Posted in Celebration, Family, Friends, Husband

Izabel

Yesterday we were invited to the Christening of a friends little girl.  We haven’t been to many Christenings so weren’t too sure what to expect.  After having one panic over some very random sign-postage and a wrong turn when we were so close to our destination we arrived just before it all started – phew.  I have to say the priest was lovely and it all seemed rather informal – which is nice, brings you into it.

Anyway afterwards we went back to their house and OMG – every time I think of that gorgeous house I’m tinged with a lot of jealousy!  The price you pay to live in the capital is a hefty one (and one I’m not entirely sure is worth it).  Anyway this is supposed to be about things that make me smile so let me tell you a bit about the proud Mammy – She is one of my dearest friends but in the last 3 yrs she has been through the ringer!  She married the man of her dreams but sadly within almost a year both of her beloved parents passed away.  They had been trying for a baby and when it finally happened A. became ill, but baby Izabel came through her mammys surgery and was finally born in October.  I have to say she is an absolute button!  I’m not prone to broody but I have to say this little moppet would do it to you with her gorgeous big eyes and jet black hair.

Please meet a little girl that is much loved.   Here it is the picture to make me smile: