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A day full of coffee! I had lots of great conversation with several great people.  But the biggest highlight was a proper chat with my dad.  He listened to me and responded like I’m a grown-up and not just a little girl.

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Well, this is it… The day that makes a farce of my ‘365’.  The anomaly of the 29th of February which means that I should actually call this my ‘366’.

A somewhat unobtrusive day where I enjoyed the simple pleasure of a cup of coffee in escape from the rain, a chance to propose (in jest I hasten to add) and an enjoyable dinner with a family from church.  Topped off with a date with Mr Darcy.


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111 (all the ones…)

(The intrepid ‘explorer’ returns – heralding feverish blogging to catch up…!)

Sunday.  Bit of a hectic one this week with preparation and packing for the conference.  But it was still good…

Led praise in church this morning which was fun and it all went well – its great when you have musicians who can just follow your lead without any practice!  Not ideal, but handy nonetheless!

A late evening coffee with my housemate in a still-clean house!

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Marmalade on toast.  Yum!

An unexpected visit from a good friend spent in drinking coffee, discussion and at times companionable silence!

A Christmas quiz at a Christmas party.

Little amuses the innocent…

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What a day!!!  This one’s easy!

So, Noondy and I hop on the cross-border train and have a great chin-wag up until Newry.  And now, I’ve always felt strongly that people a little further along the road of life have much to teach and so, when two forty-something women joined us at our table we learnt an important lesson about girly days out…  They whip out croissants, chocolate truffles and pink “champagne”! Better still – they had thought ahead and brought FOUR glasses!  Spread a little happiness, huh?!  Sooooooo good!

Then a lovely not-rainy day pottering around some posh and not-so-posh shops in the cosmopolitan city of Dublin, topped off with incredible bruscetta, pollo funghi, espresso and a dash of flirting with an Italian waiter.


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An evening with friends…

Popcorn, chocolate and lashings of Stardust and a healthy dose of Take That over the credits.  A feast of fajitas and then lazing on the sofa with coffee and cookies.

Somehow I think this morning’s second swim this week is rather cancelled out by the junk.  But today – I didn’t care.

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Nifty fifty

Coffee and cinnamon scones in my favourite coffee shop (high praise from someone who does that sort of thing on a daily basis).

I also heard about one of those things that goes on in our world that we are ignorant of but that could have endless chuckle-factor.  One of my students told me about Sealand – an old WW2 off-shore landing strip that was claimed by some bloke and turned into an independant country.  Mad.

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So, in my church they have a coffee break in the middle of the service.  Great idea.  Not so great idea is throwing your own coffee over two thirds of your lovely bright pink top and trousers.  Sorry – just the top was bright pink.  Not the trousers.  That would be ridiculous.  Now, obviously that’s not a highlight per se, but it was pretty funny.  Particularly because in the first half I, in my bright pink glory, was singing with the praise band but dashed home to change after the spillage, and sang in the second half of church wearing a black top!  I’m certain some people thought I was just being a Diva!!! Hahahahahahaha…!

Might do it next time too – just for the craic. 

Music practice in the avo was a lot of fun – we were singing carols and I was getting excited about Christmas!  Music is a great gift.  I like it a lot – whether I’m part of making it or not I don’t care.  But that I can be part of it is even better.

Then hanging out with people from church – I better write something nice as I know she reads this… ;).  Just kidding – it really was a highlight because it makes me feel like I really am getting settled on the North Coast and that feels good.

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Talking over coffee (and chocolate eclairs – the cream kind) in a warm cosy kitchen with an older friend.  Isn’t it funny how many 365 posts revolve around food??!?


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I know its still early, but I’m not sure anything today can top the feeling of booking flights to France!  And at a bargain price too!!!


I’ll be going back to Marseille (where I lived on my year out) in January.  I’m gonna climb up to Notre Dame de la Garde and look over the city, ride the carousel I never quite got round to riding when I lived there, eat the world’s best pains au chocolat in a tiny lil brasserie near the Vieux Port, order ‘un cafe’ and get a rich, steaming espresso for a euro, drink a pint of “Despos” (even tho its boggin) in “Mickey Marley’s” at happy hour and breathe in the scent of good times with good friends, stroll Rue St Ferreol, brunch at  La Prefecture, eat amazing REAL chips at Autentique, dine in the treasure trove of La Vallon des Auffes – a tiny harbour sneakily tucked underneath a crazy busy coast road, enjoy endless cups of tea and chat with Heather, jam with John, see people from my church and speak French til I barf!!!

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