Posts Tagged ‘friends’


Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Phew! Back home after a day of aikido with Donovan Waite shihan. Brilliant, but very tiring, and there’s another day of it tomorrow.

Sensei teaches very dynamic and powerful aikido… His warm-up alone is pretty gruelling. Yeah, so we train hard, and the mats aren’t great. Some are just like spongy carpet, and the others are very tough judo mats. Either way, it’s a bit like landing on concrete! So I have some glorious bruises on my legs!

Why do we do it, eh?
Well, because it is demanding, exciting, challenging and rewarding. You learn by doing. You find out what yiu can do, where your limits are, and how to go beyond them. Plus there are some great people and lots of warmth amongst aikidoka who might only see each other once or twice a year at these courses.

Anyway, we’ll have a bit of food, a couple of beers; I’ve put Cillian to bed already, so hopefully, we can have a relaxing evening. Oh, and maybe I should put some arnica on these bruises.

Witajcie, Antek!

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Another little friend has arrived for Cillian to play with one day. Pfff… seems like there are babies popping out all over the place, amongst our friends and family. Sounds a bit like popping bubble wrap.  :)

Our good friends, Lukasz and Ania now have son called Antek (well, Antoni, actually, but Poles always seem to choose a nickname as well). Woo hoo! Well done, you two.

Lukasz & Antek

Les amis…

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

‘C’est lorsque l’on est dans le besoin que l’on découvre ses vrais amis’ … et bien non, je peux dire que c’est aussi lorsque l’on a un heureux évènement que l’on découvre ses amis. Et des amis, j’en ai découvert pas mal!

On m’avait dit qu’à la naissance de Cillian nous recevrions plein de cadeaux mais je ne le croyais pas. “Oui, trois ou quatre peut-être …” pensais-je. Que nenni!!!! Des cadeaux il en est tombé plein, avant la naissance, après la naissance, par courrier, par coursier, seuls ou en ’shower’. Bref, des cadeaux on en a eut plein, ‘on’, c’est surtout Cillian, et un peu moi, et pas vraiment Francis.