Posted by: Ian Briggs on 21st June 2010 at 3:57 pm
Well I returned from Glasgow on Friday night and spent the rest of the weekend trying to recover! Lots of sleep, good food and a walk along the coast seem to have done the trick, although the blisters and sore feet might take more time.
We stayed local on Saturday, with a trip to my parents to give dad his fathers’ day card, followed by a trip to the library to get some books for Ellen. I then spent the rest of the day reading my MOJO magazine! Not something I would usually buy but Tom Waits was the guest editor so it had lots of features about him, and it had a free CD of music he had chosen as his inspirations – an interesting read and a good listen.
Sunday then saw us cheering on my brother-in-law as he did a 60-mile cycle ride around the Ards’ Peninsula – crazy, but I might be tempted to give it a go next year! Might be a good excuse to get a new bike. I managed to get some decent photos of cyclists and it was a good way to practice taking some fast shots. I really want to get some more practice in with the camera before we go to America.
We then had lunch with my sister and my nephew who spent the afternoon charming all the other people in the cafe with his toothy smiles! I then spent the rest of the day cooking some nice food for a BBQ in the evening with some good weissebeir to go with it!
So this week is surprisingly free. We have one of our last dance sessions before the wedding and that is it for activities…might actually get a chance to fit some clarinet practice in.
Plus Wimbledon has started so summer is really here and we can watch the highlights in the evening…the perfect accompaniment to the final stages of the wedding planning!
Posted by: Ian Briggs on 2nd April 2010 at 8:53 am
Easter is here, and it is almost holiday time again. A few days off will be nice and we’re hoping to explore some of the Northern Ireland countryside.
Speaking of which, we were up at the North Coast last weekend with a friend of ours who was over from England. It doesn’t matter how many times we go there, it always impresses me. The Giant’s Causeway is a treat (even when the weather is as ferocious as it was when we were there), and the coastal drive back home is brilliant, winding its way through valleys, over hills and alongside cliffs.
We also had a sneaky stop off at Bushmills distillery, where, needless to say, a bottle of ‘medicine’ was purchased…it was on offer! The tour there is still good, and the guide was more informative than most – especially when he got asked stupid questions from some girls on the tour!
My surround sound system is now up and running – watched a film on it last night. As is typical, it turned out not to be filmed in 5.1 surround sound so we had to make do with 2.1…but watched a few minutes of another film that is in 5.1 and the sound was incredible…glad we don’t have neighbours too close!
The Belfast Film Festival is looming too – we have got our festival passes, so we can go to as many films as we like. Saves me narrowing down my list of films – there really is so much going on, it’ll be nice to head down after work and sit and watch something different each night.
So for this weekend, Ellen’s dad is over for Easter. In store for us is a trip to the brilliant St George’s market to buy some food for a Sunday lunch, enjoy some music and maybe a bacon bap. Then a lazy day in Belfast before heading to the airport. I’m even getting a haircut!
Then I am off next week, and I have my birthday in the middle of it, so lots of fun. In the meantime, back to work…