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9/11 Where Were You?

Posted on 11th September 2012 in 11 September 2001/ New York

As another anniversary of that awful day rolls around, I can’t help thinking back to the moment when I first heard about the attacks on the Twin Towers.

My in-laws were visiting from Scotland, we had two very young children who they’d hardly seen; youngest baby was only 2 months old and this was the first time they’d met him.

It wasn’t going well, I’d never felt they particularly liked me and had been very apprehensive about the visit. To make things worse, relations between myself and my husband, their son, weren’t great either.

As soon as I found an opportunity to nip out I took it. We’d run out of something, tea maybe? milk? biscuits? I can’t remember. I know we were skint and could ill afford whatever it was and I know I was grateful to be able to escape the house even for a few minutes.

It was on the way to the shops that I heard it. Chris Myles was on the radio, making me laugh with his nonsense and I so needed that laugh! Suddenly the music stopped and he made the announcement; his voice was hesitant, you could hear his fear that he would get it wrong, or that it might be a hoax, or even worse – that it was real.

I stopped the car and listened. I felt sick. I felt panic. I’d left my babies behind because of a selfish need to get out of the house – what if something happened while I was gone?

My earlier worries paled into insignificance as the enormity of the situation unfolded.

I raced back to the house and watched it on the news. Those images will be for ever ingrained on my mind.

Such utter evil, pointless brutality. Such a waste of life.

The Great Black Squirrel Hunt

Posted on 1st February 2012 in black squirrels/ New York

Welcome to Squirrel-Watch!

When I was a child the parks where I lived were full of red squirrels, with the occasional grey.

Now, sadly I can’t remember the last time I saw a red squirrel. My children have never seen one. I’ve promised them that we will go on holiday near a red squirrel colony soon so that we can all see some.

On the news at the moment there is lots of talk about black squirrels.

I’ve seen some of these but only in New York!

I also saw some there that seemed to be half grey and half red.

According to the map there have been several sightings near where we live, in fact some of the people I work with say they’ve seen them in the grounds of our building!

So, after school today, the boys and I grabbed a flask of hot chocolate and lots of squirreltastic treats and headed off on a squirrel hunt.

Would love to confirm an abundance of sightings but sadly we didn’t even see a grey one! We left some food for them anyway which I’m sure they are tucking into right now!

We will keep looking and I’ll post it here the minute we find one!

Matthew Daniels

Posted on 1st January 2011 in Matthew Daniels/ New York

Do you have a favourite modern day artist?

Mine is without doubt Matthew Daniels – particularly his New York work.

Here are some of my favourites:

I love the muted colours on these ones, and having stood in a lot of the vantage points that he uses, I also love the accuracy.

I love that he doesn’t always take the obvious perspective on a subject.

The ones with the brighter colours, I’m not sure I would actually  want on my walls – but I still think they are brilliant!

A City That Sparkles #thegallery

Posted on 15th December 2010 in #thegallery/ Alice In Wonderland/ Central Park/ Empire State Building/ Imagine Memorial/ New York/ NYC/ NYFD/ Patricia Arquette

For the gallery prompt this week, I am going to share with you a city that sparkles. NYC is amazing, there is nowhere else on earth that sounds and smells like New York City. I love it. I hope you do too.

The underground Apple store *dribbles*

 

Chandelier in the hotel lobby (DH says he bumped into Patricia Arquette in the lift…..)

 

Ok so I don’t know what these buildings are called and I probably should, but much like the Toronto building in @themoiderer‘s gallery entry, the clouds almost seem to pass through the building because of the expanse of glass.

 

It don’t get no sparklier than a New York fire truck! *salutes the boys*

 

The Empire State Building shot through the supports of the Brooklyn Bridge. Apparently (although not shiny or sparkly) the brown buildings in front are some of the only remaining rent controlled apartments in New York – according to the tour guide anyway.

 

This massive Alice In Wonderland statue was a huge sparkly surprise in the middle of the park.

 

Central Park is full of gorgeous magnolia trees.

 

Although this doesn’t physically sparkle (although it might if it were clean….) the atmosphere around it does, there is a tangible sense of emotion in the air surrounding this memorial.

Show Me The Funny #TheGallery

Posted on 3rd November 2010 in #thegallery/ New York

For this weeks Gallery entry – I give you my boys in the stocks. Followed by giant sofas, followed by 2 racoons in a tree (had to take the photo after hearing 2 parents explaining to their children that the ‘mummy racoon and the daddy racoon were having a special cuddle’ and finally, because I have an utterly puerile sense of humour, an advert from the New York Subway.

K is for… Kreativ Blogger

Posted on 16th May 2010 in 1932/ Blog/ child/ grandparents/ KidAround Magazine/ meme/ Mother/ New York/ son/ wedding
Damn and tarnation, I have been tagged by @himupnorth to do a photo version of the 7 things meme. Actually, sorry – the rules say you have to THANK the person who passes the Kreativ Blogger award on to you, so, ahem, thank you @himupnorth for passing this to me… To try do this justice, I am for once going to attempt to use as few words as possible and let the images do the talking….

Picture 1.

I was quite a cute baby…

Picture 2.

But my mum was cuter!

Picture 3.

I have 2 boys. My DH has 2 boys. The picture below is from a day out at Bewilderwood in Norfolk – we built the den that they are sitting in. And yes, I may have buggered about with the pic in photoshop just a little!

Picture 4.

My grandparents 1932.

Picture 5.

My job – I make this.

Picture 6.

I have lots of amazing pics from New York, and couldn’t decide which was the most iconic – the Empire State? The Algonquin cat? Central Park? The Chrysler building? The Statue of Liberty? In the end I settled on something that surprised me – a black squirrel!

Picture 7.

Last but not least – 3rd April 2009.

And so, to pass the Kreativ Blogger – photo version – 7 things meme onto 5 others…

1 – @1chicmama

2 – @Jon_Stead

3 – @Metajugglamum

4 – @christinemosler

5 – @supersinglemum

So guys – I pass the Kreativ Blogger award on to you – have fun!

H is for… Handbag meme

Posted on 30th April 2010 in Blog/ coffee/ Handbag meme/ health/ New York/ starbucks

H is for… Handbag meme

A long time ago, @linsay1978 tagged me in the Handbag meme, the rules of which are:

* Put the Logo on your sidebar, or within a post.

* Pass the award onto 12 Bloggers.

* Link the nominees within your post.

* Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

* Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

So, what’s in my handbag?

I warn you, my handbag is a bit of a bottomless pit…. Mary Poppins has got nothing on me!

The BAG:

Medicines and make-up, all essential of course

The spoils from Starbucks…

Purse (including new york subway tickets, obviously) passport, bank books, nspcc sticker, 2 x external hard drives, keys, diary, phone, 4 different colour pens, home banking device and an umbrella

And, erm, everything else! I did throw some of this away after taking this photo – for which  my bag is both grateful and lighter!

Now, to tag 12 other bloggers – ladies it is over to YOU!

1. @thecakenest

2. @fishwifemark2

3. @littleplanetsue

4. @Caroljs

5. @Sleepytot

6. @AngelHales

7. @Sleepless_Mum

8. @Prymface

9. @buriedwithkids

10. @notSupermum

11. @little__witch

12. @metajugglamum

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