Sunday, July 26, 2009

The heat is on.... (please turn it off again)

Phew... a heatwave has hit Cyprus from NW Africa - 37 deg C in the shade today. No work was done - it is definately a day for dipping in and out of the pool - all day spent in temperature management!!

A small watermelon snack for
Cara & I have been trying to
capture these acrobatic
dragonflies on camera.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ronan's Birthday

Well, it finally happened - Ronan turned 11. And horror of horrors - he didn't get a letter from Hogwarts, confirming the awful truth that he is actually a Muggle!

Not to worry though, we still celebrated, because after all, as Hagrid says "It's not every day yer young man turns 11 now, is it?"

He was up at sunrise (5.45am), and opened some parcels - books, books, and more books - so he was quite delighted!

We had a chilled out day at home til 3.30pm, then headed off to the beach for a home ed gathering. There were 5 or 6 families there, and loads of kids, so a good time was had by all, playing in the sea, on the beach and sharing some cake. We all headed off home after sundown (8pm), and poured 2 tired and windswept children to bed (Cara & Sam), and said goodnight to the birthday boy as he disappeared behind a book.

Sean & I reflected a while on all that has happened since 15th July 1998 when Ronan popped into the world at our house at Rossie, Montrose....

  • The birth of a son and a business (Activate)
  • The gentle arrival of Cara
  • The sudden arrival of Sam
  • Deciding to home educate (scary)
  • Moving to Crail pig farm (yuk, yuk, yuk)
  • Moving to Tayport (ahhh....)
  • Moving to Dundee
  • The death of a business (lots learned there)
  • Exploring What Next - USA? New Zealand?
  • Moving to Cyprus (making a sensible work decision)
  • Radical direction change (following our hearts not heads)
  • Conception of a new business
  • Out of money - emergency measures in place.....
  • New business nearly ready for birth - at the pushing stage now!
Gosh - did that really take 11 years!! I guess some other stuff has happened in between too!