Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Clannad at the Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral - What a stunning location for a gig!
We reckoned it's been about 18 years since we last heard Clannad live -
and oh, the magic is still there -
possibly sounding better than ever in the cavernous, echoing cathedral!

They played all our favourite songs
Dulaman, Newgrange, Harry's Game, I will find you, Robin of Sherwood....

For us - the ultimate 80's music fest!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Harvest Festival 2014

Ben was all "Do you have to take a photo? I'm too old for this!
Why aren't you make Megan have her photo taken?"
I was all "Just smile for the camera!"

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Hamlet - Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester

A really astonishing performance from Maxine Peake as Hamlet -
in a very intimate production.
Fantastic support from John Shrapnel as Claudius and the Ghost,
and Gillian Bevan as Polonia.
Some very innovative and dramatic staging added to a magical three hours.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Rain, sun, amazing light....

and over 40,000 pink footed geese.


First trip of this autumn/winter to Martin Mere -
the whooper swans are on their way-
looking forward to more afternoons watching the wildlife on the Mere

Friday, 3 October 2014

At the start of October

A month into the new school year -
Megs is settled at Sixth Form - working harder that she ever did for GCSE -
especially loving Theatre Studies
{and surprisingly maths!}
Ben seems to be perfectly happy in Year 9 - starting work on the GCSE/BTEC syllabuses.
His support package still seems to be working -
no phone calls yet this year!
{DELIGHTED to get the latest Adventure Time graphic novel!}

Monday, 22 September 2014

An Unexpected Award

It was rather a surprise {to say the least} when we got the letter
saying Benjamin was invited to the Foundation Awards at School.
He got an award for Attitude to Learning in Art.
Now - we know that Ben is super keen and works hard at school
{it's a major problem trying to stop him calling out answers}
and his art teacher last year told me how much effort he puts in
{though all his efforts seem to be focused on robots and monsters with wings}
But still - an award for art! For Ben!
It is amusing - but it doesn't stop us being oh, so very proud of him.

{and do note the ball of blu-tac in his fingers - fiddled with it for the whole cermony -
can't take the ASD/ADHD out of the boy}

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Southport Airshow 2014

The forecast for the Saturday wasn't great -
and so it turned out, with some aircraft {included the long awaited Vulcan} cancelled.
But we still had a great day.
We were in Southport by 9am, ready for breakfast at Frankie and Benny's
and on the beach by 10.30, ready for the show.
Ben had a chair, his tablet, a wi-fi hotspot, headphones and two spare batteries.
Occasionally he watched some planes flying through the murky skies -
The fantastic red arrows in a flat display, a fairly psychotic typhoon
and the emotional sight of the two Lancasters.