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Hello, I’m Nancy!

I’m back to my much neglected blog after a problematic pregnancy and painful recovery from a c-section after welcoming our absolutely beautiful daughter, Nancy, into the world on Christmas Eve. More on the trials and tribulations of dealing with a toddler and a newborn soon but in the meantime here is a little review of a gig I went to at the weekend.

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Total r & r at Bellinter House

September 17, 2013

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Bellinter House

Bellinter House in County Meath is somewhere I’ve wanted to go for ages. I know people who have raved about and it sounded like the perfect place to unwind and relax. Mr. G-S and I had been talking in July about getting a last few days away together without R before Jnr.2 arrives sometime around Christmas/NY, so I was delighted to see that Bellinter House had an offer on Groupon, which I immediately snapped up!

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Beware of the ducks

July 25, 2013

As a mother of a toddler, who is always looking for exciting and interesting places to take him, and someone who has always liked birds (I was a member of the Young Ornithologists Club in Primary school – geek!), Castle Espie has proven time and time again what a great place it is for young and old alike.
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Bugg in Belfast

February 11, 2013

Over the last few weeks we have been bombarded with slogans such as Backin’ Belfast and Take Back the City in order to persuade the people of Belfast to get ‘back’ into the city centre. The aim is to encourage spending money in bars and restaurants as opposed to staying in, hiding away from the flag nonsense which has had a very detrimental effect on the city. This weekend had proved to me something is working, whether it is the Council backed campaigns or maybe just the fact that everyone is just more solvent now January has passed.

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After an absolutely brilliant Christmas, Mr G-S and I took ourselves away to the Slieve Donard Hotel and Spa for our present to each other. We decided back in November that instead of buying actual presents, we would take advantage of a Travelzoo offer which was a deal for bed,breakfast and a 3 course meal at the Slieve Donard in the seaside town of Newcastle, Co.Down for £120.

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Since we are coming to the end of 2012 I thought I would re-enter the blogging world after a short break, to say a few words about this year. The year started with the beautiful wedding of my close friend Vicky, and her husband, Darren and is ending on a quieter note but is no less happy.

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I’ve had a post brewing for a while but haven’t had the time to actually think about what I feel I need to say and how I want to say it. That doesn’t make sense, I know, but nothing much does when you’re sleep deprived and knee deep in plastic toys and furry friends.

I want to honestly talk about becoming a mum and how it has changed my life in such extraordinary ways that sometimes I can’t actually believe I am that lucky. That’s not saying that it is easy, but for every tough moment there are a million moments of joy and happiness.

I started really connecting with ‘it/him/the nutritional parasite’ after my 20 week scan in February 2011 and started imagining what life would be like with a baby in it. No amount of imagining can prepare you for it, that’s for sure. I was quite relaxed during my pregnancy (once the initial shock, and dismay I couldn’t attend Electric Picnic for a few years, had worn off…after about 5 months) and was open minded about the birth. I had a relatively easy birth – aided by water, gas and air and a very carefully selected playlist which included Primal Scream, The National, The Black Keys and The Low Anthem (whose song Charlie Darwin ended up being the first song R ever heard in his life). No relaxing whale sounds for me.

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We’ve been stalking..I mean, following Irish comedian David O’Doherty since seeing him support one of our favourite artists David Kitt many years ago in the Empire Music Hall. His very particular brand of VLEMW (very low energy musical whimsy) caught our attention right away and we were hooked.  We’ve seem him in many different venues (The Black Box, Ulster Hall, Empire) but last night we ventured into the autumn night to see him perform in a giant tent outside Queen’s as part of the 50th Belfast Festival.

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A few days in Rathmullan

September 20, 2012

Our wee house

My family and I have been coming up to the Ramelton/Rathmullan area of Donegal for the last 15 years, and 12 years ago my parents bought a little holiday house in the Sycamores development, just beside the famed Rathmullan House. A mere 2.5 hours drive from Belfast, the whole area is like a different world and is the perfect spot to relax and take it easy.

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A night at The MAC

September 11, 2012

Last Thursday we went on a double date with some friends. We had booked and paid for The Canteen at The MAC’s pre-show deal the day before and were looking forward to some good grub and lovely music. When we arrived we were told that the show deal wasn’t on so we could just pick from the normal menu and they would throw in a free bottle of wine by way of apology. That was very much welcome by the husbands of the group but me (the designated driver) and my pregnant pal were a little disappointed. The food made up for it though. I had seafood chowder to start and mackeral salad for main. I’m a big fan of fish and both dishes were delicious. Shortly after eating though, I took an allergic reaction and had to run home straight after the gig for piriton and co-codamal. Pesky pescetarianism.

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