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Wednesday Serial: Farther Part XLVI


The four of them glanced at each other, hush settling in.

The man ran one hand down his beard, and Eoin took a shallow breath, waiting. 2,473 more words


Making round-up

People often say that, when you have a second child, you don’t really get the same benefit from maternity leave as you do with the first: you can’t nap when the baby does (if the baby does nap at a convenient time and place, that is, and I’m smelling a lot of “if” coming off that plan), you can’t just slop around the house in your pyjamas with your similarly pyjama-ed baby because there’s another vocal person who needs to be taken out and entertained. 268 more words


Class trip to Castletown

On Friday 1 of August we visited Castletown House in Cellbridge, the eighteenth-century Palladian house built by Speaker William Conolly. The house and parkland are really stunning. 103 more words


The Forecast Says Rain

We are off to Vermont for a short camping trip and there may be some rain, so I thought I should practice! I set up my tent that I got as a birthday present in the yard. 23 more words


Boston Harbor Islands

My friend Una was visiting Boston this past weekend, newly engaged, and therefore I needed to pull out all the stops. Freshly back from Minnesota I didn’t have time to get some bubbly on ice, so I did a whirlwind tour of the supermarket to cobble together a picnic (sparkling cider has bubbles!) while Papa took the boys to swim class. 233 more words


Minnesota Lake House

After Minneapolis we went down to Bronwen’s lake house in Southwest Minnesota. We were so lucky to be able to go again this year. The boys had a blast with their  cousins and we had a bit of a rest, some fantastic food, and a lot of water sports. 184 more words