Merry Christmas


He thinks he’s getting a ball. He’s not. It’s a big lump of coal! Do you notice the distinct lack of presents under the tree? That’s because he eats them all. Also the decorations start halfway up the tree. He eats them too. Pooping tinsel is not Christmassey at all you silly dawg.

Anyway dawg and I would like to wish all in Blogland a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.


What a brilliant 4 day weekend I’ve just had partying with family. There was food. There was wine. There was (bad) singing. There was (awesome) dancing. There was even a mini Ceilidh in the basement! There was a birthday (sister), 2 if you count the dog. THERE WAS CAKE! There was a photoshoot in 7 degree Farenheit (-13c UK friends). There was a surprise visit from a nephew and of course there was a graduation!

I’m a very proud mum now and to quote Dr. Seuss, which is quite appropriate for a newly-minted teacher

You’re off to great places!

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting, 

So get on your way!


Sometimes I feel like I’m missing too much when I’ve always got my face stuck behind a camera so this time I did a quick photoshoot the day before graduation then on the actual day I took a few snaps with my compact camera then gathered up all the rest of the family’s pics from their phones. I wanted to savour the day and enjoy the ceremony without worrying about focusing and the light. As a good friend once said to me “The best memories aren’t taken with your camera, they’re taken with your eyes and mind”.

What month is it?

What do you mean it’s December already??? I’m still in October here!

October, what a great month that was. There was Hawaii of course for mum’s 70th birthday. Then at the end there was a quick overnight trip to Chicago to see Amos Lee. The photographs from the concert have been sitting in my compact camera since then and finally got the chance to look at them today and they’re pants. One salvageable shot from the whole lot…. I must have known subconsiously that they were rubbish and therefore was not in a rush to look at them.

Anyway here is my concert shot of Amos Lee at the Chicago Theatre. Bet you could totally have guessed who it was from this shot (not!) Oh yeah, and there was also some sort of Baseball game thingy happening in Chicago that weekend too. I knew this because of the lions outside the Art Institute wearing Cubs baseball hats. I’m so sporty!

Excuse the blurry image – it was taken from a moving car. Very mean of hubby not to stop in the middle of the traffic for me dontcha think?
Chicago Theatre
Can you tell who it is? A new career as a concert photographer awaits…

But best of all a driving trip to Chicago means a slight diversion *cough* of a few miles to the Irish supermarket to stock up on goodies. My credit card overloaded that day.