Posts Tagged ‘time out’

A Weekend of Continuous Special Moments!

September 20, 2011

My God, what a weekend! It was just one Special Moment after another!

It started off really well when a lovely client arrived for her session at the Cancer Support Centre with a beautiful gift for me. Well, you could have blown me away! I was absolutely thrilled and touched with her thoughtfulness. It made my day!

On Saturday, the Irish rugby team had an incredible win against Australia in the Rugby World Cup, and the buzz was amazing! That was followed by a visit from my gorgeous sister, Debbie, and we had a faulous walk along the banks of the River Barrow at Graiguenamanagh. That evening we headed to a friend’s house to help celebrate their son’s 18th birthday and we all had a great night.

On Sunday it was party time again – this time at our house. Dublin were playing in the All Ireland Football Final and we decided to have a party in Kilkenny – to make our living room into a Mini Croke Park for the afternoon. We had people from Kilkenny, Donegal, Dublin, Wexford and Cork, but on Sunday afternoon – if they wanted to get fed – they all shouted for Dublin! The craic was great, the buzz was fantastic, and Dublin WON!!!!!

I’m delighted to be blogging about this weekend just gone, because it was a cracker, and now it is preserved for posterity and will be remembered.

Here’s to happy times, celebrations, and fantastic sporting events!

The Magic of Taking Time Out

February 19, 2009

Today is 19th February 2009 and it is the seventeenth year in a row that Tony and I have taken time out on the 19th February to get out of our normal routine and enjoy a special day.

It all started in 1993 when we were just newly going out together.  We both were working in office jobs in financial services, and we both had flexi-time.  We agreed to take a Friday off work to spend together.  We met at the time we would usually be going in to work, we went for breakfast together and took a beautiful drive up the Wicklow Mountains and then headed over to the coast – Brittas Bay – a beautiful white sandy beach with huge sand dunes.  It was a magical day from start to finish.  That day played a huge part in establishing our romance that thankfully continues to this day!

Every year since, we have taken the day out on 19th February.  When the kids came along some years we took them with us and some years my fabulous mammy looked after them to give us some time out on our own.  When the kids started school, again some years we took them out of school on 19th February to join us on what we called our “Mountain Day”.

This year, today, we didn’t take the kids.  Instead, when the kids had gone to school, we headed off to Altamount Gardens in Tullow, Co. Carlow.  The journey there was about an hour, and we chatted about all sorts.  Then we walked and wandered for a few hours around the most beautiful gardens.  It was my first time to explore Altamount, and the gardens have been established as one of my favourites.  I can’t wait to go back there with the kids and a picnic in the summer.

We finished up with lunch in a lovely coffee shop, and it was time to head back to the real world, pick up the kids from school, Tony went back to work, and it was back to normal.  Well – it was, but it wasn’t!  Taking time out of our routine, going somewhere different and spending time walking and talking meant that we got to chat about all sorts of things, and make lots of plans and decisions.  We both feel like today’s time was like a turning point for us in terms of work for us both and in terms of decisions we made about things we want to do this year.

Why not establish your own version of a “Mountain Day”?  Its literally worth its weight in gold!

Wishing you magnificent Special Moments today and every day.



Simple Pleasures are the Best

July 2, 2008

The summer holidays have begun, and in true Irish style, it is raining!!!

Anyway, the weather isn’t bothering us.  We had a lovely walk in the rain yesterday.  Niamh couldn’t wait to get togged out in wellies and raincoat and umbrella.  Today we had a picnic in the television room, and we read some of Harry Potter. 

For me, I have had so many Special Moments over the past few days.  We are all much more relaxed because there is nowhere we have to be this week, and I am noticing countless Special Moments throughout the day.  One was watching the two boys messing together in the kitchen trying to perfect a new funny walk they had created.  Another was watching them dancing on the deck in their pyjamas in the rain.

For me personally, I have been much more relaxed this week and I have been taking time out in between work times.  I have been enjoying some brilliant novels and pottering in the garden.

I love summertime!

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.  I hope the sun shines, wherever you are.