Tuesday, 31 August 2010

2/3 way through

Who'd have thought we'd make it this far?

Monday, 30 August 2010

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Friday, 27 August 2010

A present to me :-)

... of course it's a fake.
Do you seriously think I could afford to buy a £5000 watch?

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Off he goes...

My son, off to big school. . .

Wednesday, 25 August 2010


"using millions of dollars worth of satellites in space to find plastic boxes hidden in the undergrowth". . . go on, Google it. You know you want to.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Singin' in the rain

My family decided it would be a good idea to in outside in the torrential rain - I stayed inside and took the photo.

Saturday, 21 August 2010


Three and a half litres of thawed ice cream going down the drain - the result of someone accidentally leaving the freezer door open :-(

Friday, 20 August 2010

Friday night rugby

Normally, our Friday night rugby takes place at Ravenhill, but as Ulster's match is tomorrow afternoon, I'm enjoying some quality French rugby from Biarritz in glorious High Definition, courtesy of ESPN. The visitors are Toulon.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

A lesson from history?

Today, Britian's 18 year olds get their exam results on which university entrance depends.  There is a lot of talk in the media about a shortage of university places in the current economic climate.
Today's photo is of a hand coloured illustration from the magazine Punch, one of a number we purchased 15 years ago to grace our new home - I suppose the teaching theme is what attracted us to it.

It is from the 19th November 1887 edition and is entitled THE SCHOOLMASTER OF THE FUTURE (and the sooner we get him the better)

The caption has the workman saying to the teacher, "Bother your 'ologies & 'ometries, let ME teach him something useful"

...have you tried to hire a tradesman recently?

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

My 9 year old has discovered the internet.
Virtual dressing up - what will they think of next?
When I was a nipper, little girls cut dresses out of magazines and glued then onto their dolls.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Street music

It seems that while I've been away from the office, a number of pianos have been abandoned about Belfast's city centre.
It seems anybody can just sit down & play.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010


A great view across Belfast from the site (so I learned today) of an American wartime cemetary. All the bodies were re-interred after the war, either in the main cemetary in England, or back in the US.
And this no more than a mile or so from where I've lived all my life, and never knew about it.
The things you learn whilst geocaching.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Any ideas?

Just under a foot tall, growing in the bottom of a hedgerow. Weird looking thing.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Taste & Music Fest (part 2)

The problem is today's chef is yours truly & the music is a cheesy talent show on Channel 5.
Not quite up to yesterday's standard.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Spiderman spotted...

...working in Belfast coffee shop.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

There's no sauce like hunger

A favourite saying of a good friend of mine, it applied to this pair at dinner time. A day in the fresh coast air, jobs around the house, playing at the park and a good long swim worked up a monster appetite. Clean plates all round.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

New addition at work

... not sure if I should feel reassured or concerned.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Set up for the day

This poor guy was making use of a concrete bollard & litter bin as his table and chair for the day. He was sitting there, with a bottle of fortified wine & four cans of lager just watching the traffic go by.

Sunday, 1 August 2010