Monthly Archives: March 2015

St Patrick’s Day Sparkle

An event I have wanted to attend for years is the Birmingham St Patrick’s Day Parade.  This year I finally made it there.  My friend and I dressed in Green, wore false Shamrock nails, sparkling facial tattoo’s and made our way to the city centre.  Once we reached the Bull Ring we were immersed into a sea of Green, White and Gold.

Me and April

We watched lots of floats go by, listening to Irish music, watched Irish dancers, Salsa dancers, Chinese dragons and Pipe Bands from around the UK and from Ireland. After the parade we made our way through the singing, dancing crowds to the folk village and had a glass of Guinness – had to be done!!  From there we visited St Anne’s Social Club and met up with some family friends from my childhood.  I was warmed up with a hot Jameson’s – Whiskey is not something I drink but I was so cold it did the trick to warm me up.

We were very lucky girls as we had concert tickets to see Nathan Carter at the Birmingham Town Hall.  This is the longest UK tour Nathan has done so far and he was excellent.  His grandmother sells the merchandising and yes we bought wonderful T-Shirts, Black with plenty of sparkle.  At home we have quite a few Nathan Carter CD’s but live, he is  incredible.  What a voice.  When he sang ‘The Town I loved so Well’ the Town Hall was in awe.  Nathan told the story of his musical journey growing up, moving to Ireland, playing to empty venues to now, sell out performances.  He certainly deserves every success.

All in all it was a very long, tiring but perfect day. Below are some photo’s of our wonderful day 🙂

Bull Ring, Birmingham. St Patrick's Day Parade.

Bull Ring, Birmingham. St Patrick’s Day Parade.


April – waiting for the parade to start.


Ould fashioned Pony and trap.


Fly the flag for Ireland.


The Trinity Netball Team


The stage is set for Nathan Carter!


Nathan in action.


Me, Nathan and April – what a fabulous evening 🙂


Ten Minute Sparkle

Finally I get a few minutes to update the blog and a few minutes it is too!!  I’ve already escaped from behind my desk to rush out to the shops to buy some goodies for tomorrow.  Tomorrow is my Mom’s birthday (I can’t confirm age because I fear if I should write it down my blog will disappear to a cloud never to be seen again).  I am cooking dinner, which I do most weekends but tomorrow I want to make more of an effort.  I’ve also bought a birthday cake, and as a gift I have bought some of Mom’s favourite make up and of course, who can have a birthday without chocolates?  Well, we can’t!!!

I like blogging, I like just letting my mind and fingers take over and letting the words flow.  Usually I have a subject.  I have a few subjects on my list of ‘blogs to write’.  Places I have visited, things I have done, things I want to do, things I am doing…oh the list goes on.  Time also goes on, too quickly and as many times as I make a timetable to fit everything in, something comes along to thwart my plans.

My mind keeps changing about the future, future plans, what to do, what should I do, what do I want to do.  I keep coming back to the same thing…perhaps it is a sign…this too is another blog post waiting to be written.  I need to update you about taking up Zumba, about the goodies I have given up for Lent, the freedom I shall experience when my latest study module is completed in early June. This one has been the toughest yet and I can’t tell you the amount of times I have almost given up.  I’m not a quitter though, if I start something, I have to complete it. I also need to blog about the fabulous day I recently had at the St Patrick’s Day parade and seeing Nathan Carter in concert.

I love reading my friends blogs, they are interesting, uplifting and funny.  I love to read the blogs in my reader, which effectively are, your blogs.  I love that people blog, about everything. We have such rich, unique, amazing and interesting lives and it seems that we are also interested in each other’s lives and I think that is just wonderful.  We each sparkle in our own way and we are sharing our sparkle with each other in every word we write, every picture we share and every blog we post.

So now that I have rambled on for ten minutes I shall return to my spreadsheets and gaze out of the window at the blue sky and sunshine and dream some more day dreams…there is yet another blog post to be written.

I hope your Friday is truly sparkling, thanking you for rambling with me and I hope to catch up very soon.