Monthly Archives: June 2012

Some diary entries … March to May 1996

5/3/96 – Sean had a great time on a school trip to the National Concert Hall, where the kids sang songs from The Sound of Music as well as being entertained … In the afternoon Maria was here with her three sons and her sister’s baby, and Pauline was minding Olivia for a while, so the house was full of children.

7/3/96 – Pauline and Susanna went to the Wesley playgroup, and then collected Olivia. They, plus Sean, went to Bushy Park in the afternoon and had a great time.

10/3/96 – I took the kids to Sean’s school and they played in the playground – Sean brought his bike. It was a beautiful day. Sean went to Philip’s party in Wally Wabbit’s in the afternoon.

11/3/96 – Sean told his teacher that he and I had put out a small fire near the school yesterday [this was true], and she got him to tell the story to the whole class, so he got a lolly and was very pleased with himself. Continue reading

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Some diary entries … June to August 1996

Olivia and Sean at the National Gallery

2/6/96 – In the afternoon we all went to the Giant’s Causeway and had a good time clambering about – Sean was especially impressed because of the story about Finn McCool and the causeway in his new book.

3/6/96 – After playing around for a while we drove to Derry, where we had a pleasant day. We walked around the centre and about half the city walls, and had lunch, then Pauline took the kids swimming and I had three pints in three different pubs … We drove to Portstewart, had something to eat in Morelli’s and played on the swings and slides on the prom.

4/6/96 – In the afternoon we walked down the prom and the kids played in the sand at the crescent, then we walked round the coast a bit and ‘home’ … The kids were asleep by 8.30, having played energetically in the garden (Sean really went flying off the swing at one point). Continue reading

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