Monthly Archives: December 2012

Ski school

Not so much of a skiing trip as an inauspicious end to 2012

Ski school

Disclaimer/warning: there is a rant buried in here somewhere, mainly bought on by not being able to participate in our skiing trip due to a non-bendy ankle. Those of a delicate disposition should not read on past the first few paragraphs. The day after Boxing Day started with a flight to Denver and a drive up into the snowy mountains. America is a country of such contrasts. You can fly for 4 hours and only… Read More »

Snow at Longwood

Our third Christmas stateside

Snow at Longwood

We had a wonderful, traditional Christmas. Christmas Eve evening was just lovely. We took the excited boys to the glorious light show at Longwood Gardens. The whole experience became ten times more exciting and perfect with the fall of the first sticking snow of the season. There was definitely enough to scrape snowballs together and scrunch satisfyingly through the snow. The day itself started with the excitement of finding out that Santa had not only… Read More »

Straw Star

Happy Christmas Pictures 2012

Straw Star

Merry Christmas to all! A selection of pre-Christmas photos to get you in the mood!

Happy Christmas 2012

Driving home from dinner tonight I challenged Garnet to drive by as many Christmassy-decorated houses as possible – he managed an impressive (albeit completely arbitary) score of 25. Simple lights wound round the pillars and porches of the small town houses are the most effective and the usual sight. Although the happy trend for covering the trunks and branches of bare trees with sets of lights seems to have spread from Longwood to our town.… Read More »

The last week of school has been a difficult one to get through. Rationally I know the boy is safe and loved at his wonderful school. But the news of the unspeakable, unbearable tragedy in Newtown, CT has been on everyone’s mind this week. It is just so hard to comprehend – why did it happen and why to children? So many questions and so much grief and shock. I think as parents we all feel some of Newtown’s grief and hug our children closer as a result.

Obama’s speech at the vigil last Sunday captured exactly the feelings:

‘I can only hope it helps for you to know that you’re not alone in your grief; that our world too has been torn apart; that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you, we’ve pulled our children tight. And you must know that whatever measure of comfort we can provide, we will provide; whatever portion of sadness that we can share with you to ease this heavy load, we will gladly bear it. Newtown — you are not alone.’

For the rest of the speech see here:http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/16/remarks-president-sandy-hook-interfaith-prayer-vigil