There So much SUNSHINE around


I have the Stupendous honour to have been nominated for The Sunshine Bloggers award by two of my Blogging friends at once!

Firstly, Belle of Wandering Belle has nominated me, see the post here:

Belle started her blog in September, reach out and say HI to a relatively new member of our blogosphere.

Secondly, Laura M Bailey of All the Shoes I wear has also nominated me, see the post here:

Laura has just one question that requires a full answer:

Share a special holiday memory with me.

I recently posted about a family holiday to Ireland.

I’ve had some nice comments about this, and so I thought I would elaborate further on this.

This holiday occurred in the early 1990s and was before the age of digital photography, and so I can’t share any photos of the trip, however, I have visited some of the same sights since and so will share a couple of more recent photo’s.

My Parents bought a Caravan back int he late 1980’s and we used to like going for a weekend away all over England. As I got older and bigger, rather than share the space in the caravan, I would pitch a tent in the awning outside, which gave them more space and privacy.

My Dad decided that he wanted to visit Southern Ireland, as his ancestors came from there and he retained a certain appearance and also the Irish name, Fogarty, that had derived from O’Fogartaich, apparently. We had a coat of arms too.

There were still troubles in Ireland, between the Irish Republican Army and The Ulster Paramilitaries. It wasn’t long after the IRA had set a bomb in a Manchester shopping centre, killing many innocents. They had also blown up a Hotel in Brighton and London was frequently on high alert. The problems were mainly in Northern Ireland, but my Mum and I were still a little worried that we would be Denounced in Southern Ireland for being English. The Ulster paramilitaries had committed atrocities in the Republic of Ireland, particularly Dublin.

We found that contrary to our worries, we were welcomed with open arms by people all over Southern Ireland. They were outraged at the extortionate cost of catching a Ferry from Holyhead in Wales to Dun Laoghaire in Dublin and seemed to want to encourage more visitors.

We spent some time in Dublin, which is a fantastic city and also County Wicklow, which is sunny and has less rain than other parts of Ireland. It has a similar Climate to the South east corner of England, where I’m from.

We then drove around the south coast to County Cork and Bantry Bay.

I remember, we arrived at our next destination, a bit travel dusty and decided to go to a local pub for a meal. In the reception room next to the public bar there was a wedding going on. Ireland is a musical place, there’s always someone in a pub playing the violin, or flute or drum. The music coming from the wedding was really marvellous. After we’d eaten, a man came into the bar and invited everyone there to join the wedding party. As we were only visitors and were not really appropriately dressed, my parents declined. Then the father of the bride came over and personally invited us in to join them. We all had a bit of a jig and couldn’t have had a nicer evening.

Another time, we were in a bookshop, and I spotted an old Hardback version of an Agatha Christie book that I hadn’t read. It was marked up for £10 for sale. The owner of the bookshop asked how long we were staying in town, which was five days then said “Oh, well you might as well borrow the book. Drop it back when you’re finished before you go.”

I couldn’t believe it! He didn’t know us from Adam, and yet would let me borrow this rare edition book. After a few days, it became clear that I wouldn’t finish it in time. We went back and My mum said she’d buy it for me. The owner then said he couldn’t charge us the £10 so sold it to us for a Fiver instead!

It was such a lovely trip, and of course, I’ll always have a major soft spot for Ireland. I’ll tell you a national secret too. Most English people love the Irish people, it is just such a shame that our governments just don’t seem to feel the same way sometimes.

Blarney Castle – I didn’t kiss the stone, I didn’t think I needed to.

Questions from Belle

  1. What makes you the happiest about your blog? – I love getting inspired by a word or a picture and letting my imagination run wild. I love writing stories and poems and sharing them with others. I love getting responses that indicate other people like what I am doing. It is all very gratifying. I have also loved the added bonus of meeting so many lovely and supportive people.
  2. What is your all time top goal? – Once I wanted to rule the world, I thought I could do a better job than the current World Order. Now I would be content to write and be published.
  3. What is one thing on your bucket list? – To meet the Queen of England. I’d like to have a nice informal chat over a cup of tea and a sandwich.
  4. Where would you suggest someone go visit? – Budapest is a fantastic city, I would recommend people visit and go to one of the many Turkish baths that are in the city.
  5. What do you think would make a difference to this world? – Proper education. Ignorance leads to being easily persuaded by others, with Knowledge comes truth and freedom.
  6. What is a hobby you wish you had more time to enjoy? – Gardening and walking in nature. 
  7. What is your favorite song right now? –  There is nothing from the charts at the moment, its all rubbish. 
  8. What would you like others to know about you?  – Nothing really, a mystery is more enigmatic. 
  9. Have you ever written a book? What is the name of that book if so? – I was sharing on my blog a fantasy fiction story I wrote about 18 years ago. It was never published though.
  10. What is one thing that would make you happy right now? – A nice Cup of Tea
  11. List 5 things you love. – Tea, Trees, Daffodils, My Chickens and Holidays.

There you go:

I will only be asking three questions.

  1. What will you be eating on the 25th of December?
  2. What would you like to see happen in 2019?
  3. Name three things you are grateful for.

My Nominees:

The Haunted Wordsmith

A Guy Called Bloke

The Britchy One

Kristian from Lessons from around the dinner table


Jade M Wong

JP the Wide-Eyed Wanderer

Paula Light at Light Motifs II

Irene from A Slice of Mexico.

Thank you again to Laura and to Belle,

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



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41 thoughts on “There So much SUNSHINE around”

  1. A great memory to share Kristian … mm, you also realise that the other name for a Coat of Arms is the Straight Jacket? How very fitting, boom, double boom boom! Once more congratulations to you for your newest TSBA nom nom :and also thank you for mine, Belle certainly knows how to share the love 🙂

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    1. I know, but the actual Coat of Arms is specific purely for the arms 🙂

      I will attend to the nomination later this week my friend .

      Christmas what’s that all about then?

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  2. Thanks for the nomination, Kristian! That story with the bookshop owner and the Agatha Christie book is amazing! I can’t imagine how wonderful that experience must have been.

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  3. Thanks for the nomination! I’ll go ahead and answer your questions here:
    1. Knowing my son, probably macaroni and cheese (homemade, not box).
    2. Show me the money. That is my goal for 2019. Got to start making $$.
    3. Son (no matter how much of a headache he is), you guys (no offense to anyone, but there are six of you that I look forward to “chatting” with everyday), hmm…let’s see, is there a 3rd thing….I’m unemployed, crappy family, no money or life, hmm…hard one, okay, Broadway musicals 🙂

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    1. I have still to enjoy a proper amercian style Mac N Cheese, but I love cheese, so i think I’d like it.
      Money and job are two of my hopes for the new year too. Gotta Love Broadway musical and Musical films. I took my Mum to see 42nd Street in London for her Birthday and Christmas present. It was fabulous!

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    2. I have only seen two in person (Sweeney Todd and Secret Garden) and both on tour. I love watching the filmed version of stage musicals. Mac & Cheese is super easy depending on how you want to make it. Some prefer casserole style (in oven with breadcrumbs and sometimes peas or bacon in it) and some prefer stove top. I do stove top. Elbow macaroni, cubed cheese, and a little milk and voila mac & cheese.

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  4. Looooved your post Kristian O’Fogartaich… 🙂

    Loved your memories of Ireland – I grew up in Liverpool, – most of the city has a connection with Ireland. I do feel…maybe some would disagree, that it is mainly those living in Belfast that feel passionately about the issue over Northern Ireland. I think many English and even Irish find it hard to understand, but to this day segregation is very much a real thing in Belfast and there are still violent clashes. We hardly see any of it on the news, but it is very real in Belfast sadly. Although there is a generation there determined to be happy and not get involved.

    I was in Manchester the day of the bomb…I walked past the van with the bomb at least twice that morning. I was there to buy clothes before I started working for a Manchester record company. That was the first time my parents had allowed me to go into Manchester to go shopping without them. Me and my sister Mandy were together. We arrived in Manchester just after 8am and I had spent all my money within an hour. It was shortly after that when the police started to put up tape near the Arndale. We were outside Topshop at the time. A few hours later, the Arndale Topshop did not exist.

    Loved your answers to Belle’s questions too…I think you and the Queen would get on very well,I will put in a word for you next time I have dinner with her. Don’t tell her you would like to rule the world though…she won’t be impressed.

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