Feb 26 2015

When you wish upon a star

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Hello!

Remember me? I know … it has been ages since I dragged you into a long winded story. Life had runneth away with me there for the last few months and I’ve been spending way too much time with these guys ….

 

Kids January 2015

They are getting so big

 

We have had a few crazy fun-filled, and much quieter-than-expected, months. Christmas stole in right after my graduation in late November and before we knew it the kids were back to school in January and back out again only last week on mid-term break.

This is the first time in five years where I have had such a nice long break. The kids are happy. The Chef is delighted to have his partner-in-crime more readily available to cater to his whims and fancies … and I am finally able to relax. After five years of studying in college, it has taken me months to just sit down with a nice book and read it without feeling guilty … sheer bliss.

So how is it, with no TV in the house, I have not had more time for writing? Shouldn’t I have loaded up the blog with tons of recipes and stories to keep you up to date on the latest food trends in Ireland and alerted you to the new eateries in the West?

Well, truth be told guys and dolls … I needed the break. I have been blogging since 2007. That is (more than) seven years on the trot. They say a break is as good as a holiday and in this particular case … I have to agree.

The thing that most surprises me about not being a slave to the TV anymore is that we are still bombarded with news. Sometimes it comes wafting in over the airwaves, and if I turn that off its a timely notification on Facebook, or a Tweet that has taken on a life of its own making sure the world knows something is happening RIGHT NOW. And even with all notifications killed and the volume turned off on the phone, I still get updates from the Chef when he gets home or the kids tell me what they read on the ‘school internet’ bless their little hearts.

So switching off, not just getting rid of the telly, is actually vital. The stack of board games has grown and some family members have even been caught reading this at bedtime the day before a big game – especially if Granny is calling over for tea.

A few weeks ago, coinciding with his bedtime, Jack insisted we drag our weary butts outside to just sit and stargaze. The sky was heaving with stars … the cobalt backdrop smothering the countryside and a blanket of stars as far as the eye could see.

If you have ever tried to take photos of the stars (or the moon for that matter) on your iPhone …. you will know that the photos come out like crap … so I asked a buddy of mine, who is clearly very talented, to share a few of his with me for this blog post. Thanks Aidan!

Starry Night Aidan Coughlan Graveyard Galway

© Aidan Coughlan – under the Galway skies

 

I used to think that to buy a star would all be a bit hokey, to be honest. I was all grown up in my thought process and applied logic to the concept like ‘how can you sell a star’? ….I found this website wwwBuyAStar.ie  which is laid out nicely. They have a few different options – like for a kids birthday present, or a wedding gift, a new baby present or, seeing as it is right around the corner, how about a present for your Mum – because all Mums are stars already, right?? (Mother’s Day in Ireland is Sunday March 15th 2015 – mark your calendar now!).

I was explaining it to Jack (who will be TEN on Saturday) when the chef butted in and told him ‘there is no need to buy a star buddy, they are right there for you to see anytime there is a clear night’.

‘Yeah but guys’, and his little hand guiding my face to look at his while he commanded his father’s attention with his other hand, ‘say when you die, and then us kids buy a star for you…….and then when we all die, we can get stars too and then we can use the map to find each other in heaven’.

‘Alright Jack – let’s buy all the stars then darling’.

No logic needed here folks … anyone else want to buy a star?

Map of the Stars

Map of the stars

 

So, I think I’m going to invest in a nice telescope for him. I am also taking him to the next open night at the Imbush Observatory at NUI Galway (March 11th or 25th 2015).

The School of Physics at NUI Galway and the Imbusch Observatory in Dangan host open nights a few times a year.  The open nights will start at 7pm, and there will be an informative hour-long lecture and 3D tour of the universe which will be followed by a hands-on viewing of the sky by night, weather permitting.

Admission is limited to two per person and is strictly by tickets only, on a first come first served basis. All bookings are by email and those interested should send requests to tara.shanahan@nuigalway.ie

If you have never been, you are in for a real treat!

Starry Night Aidan Coughlan River

© Aidan Coughlan

 

Tuning out from the (mostly) bad news on the TV, in the newspapers and online is not easy. But I have to say, if the alternative is spending a few evenings in late Winter, bundled up outside with my hubby and kids watching the world go by, star-by-star … it’s a no-brainer for me.

Thanks for all the Facebook birthday love earlier this week guys n’ dolls – another year old and (hopefully) another year wiser folks!

How y’all doing? Anything strange or exciting going on in your life?

WiseMóna

 

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  • Yay! She blogs!
    I confess to checking my RSS feed a couple of times to make sure I hadn’t missed one. 😉
    I definitely identify with switching off, investing more in family time, and just being present. I’m up to my oxters in muck over this side of the country & loving it. A new herd of bonhams arriving very soon.
    Grá Mór. xxx
    C

    • Ah lovely … I saw Maggie selling her Piglets on DoneDeal … so tempted to get a few this year, now that I have time, but I am so spoiled with Margaret and Alfie over at Oldefarm and their lovely pigs!

      Yes – a break is essential and the switching off is just lovely x Enjoy the muck – that photo you put up earlier was fab with the two mucksters – they are getting so big!

  • I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying life without a TV and especially that you unplugged yourself and got the break that you so needed.
    I’ve never heard of being able to buy a star but I was delightfully touched by Jack’s reasoning for wanting to do so.
    Aiden’s photo is fabulous!

    • Hi Paula,
      I know … Jack is a star in his own right. He just turned ten and is growing up to be such
      a thoughtful young man. I am hugely proud of him! And yes, Aidan’s photography is breathtakingly beautiful.

  • Welcome back ..missed you ! The above pics are beautiful but I have to say the first one (of YOUR 4 stars ) is the most heart warming .

    • Hi Sarah!
      My four stars are the best. They are all growing so big and tall and are
      very happy and healthy – thank God.
      Hope all is well with you! xx

  • “to find each other in Heaven’. I LOVE it.
    My Grandbaby is returning after 2 months in Nicaragua at the beach: How much can a two year old grow in two months? ALOT. speaking Spanish. These young ‘ins keep us Grannie’s going.
    SO GLAD you took a break: a brave thing to do, but so important to care for oneself amidst it all. Bravo.
    See you in Galway.

    • Susan – they do grow so fast!
      Yes- I am now going to make sure I take an annual break from it all – right after Christmas seems like a great time to do it x Looking forward to catching up in Galway!

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