Posts Tagged ‘france’

Plan A B C D

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Despite all the travel chaos, we are not beaten yet!

Plan A

Fly to France on Dec 19, from Stansted. That didn’t really go so well, did it?

Stansted... not looking good



Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Phew. Just back from a long weekend in France, climbing a mountain called Les Rouies, in the Massif des Ecrins (Alpes). Bloody good fun and spectacular views from 3600m.

I’ll write some more about it soon.

Back to normality

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Yay! They’re back. I just went to Stansted to collect Ka and Cillian, and there were no problems or delays.

Everyone’s tired and ready for bed… Cillian is already in his new cot, and out like a light.

Tomorrow, we can get back to Happy Families normality! :)

Filling time

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Karyn and Cillian have been over in France for a few days now, so that the Boy Child can be shown off to the relatives, and generally coucou’d over.

So no big smiles or jigging about… from either of them! :( Still, I have had my big little brother here for company, which has been good. He is heading back to university tomorrow, so then I have to keep my mind off having an empty house until the end of next week.

No problem – lots of aikido is the answer! Next week is the anniversary of the aikido founder’s death (pretty sure it is his death), so some organisations hold a special misogi (purification) training session. I will go to one of these on Monday evening – we train intensively one technique, over and over, non-stop for a period of time. After a while, you stop analysing what you’re doing, and just style into a meditative state of repetition. It is very demanding, and though you’re sweating buckets and your lungs are burning, it is very rewarding.

So that’ll do for a bit. :)

Baby passport

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Applying for a passportSo of course, we plan to take Cillian to see the family in France as soon as possible. For that, he needs his own passport (no, you can’t have a baby on your passport any more… not for years now… don’t listen to what your Uncle Brian says… he knows nothing).

So what do we need to do?

Well, for an unmarried couple (oh yes, happily “living in sin“), and bearing in mind that the mother (uh… that’s Karyn) isn’t a British citizen, it makes things slightly complicated.