Marooned in the Modern World

In conjunction with my book "Swiss Family Suburban" this blog is from my diary; the diary of a wife and mum in a world where neither is valued highly. Beth Bill.

20th February 2011

David was booked to exhibit his artwork at the Adelaide Bike show in Belfast, N. Ireland and, with an effort of great courage, I decided to go with him and leave the children at home. Of course they are more than old enough - they could even be leaving home next year, but it still takes some effort. Even though they don't need childcare they arranged their own and invited our friends round for 99% of the time. It seems they had a great time, but I gather their diet slipped a little and I suspect that the PS3 figured quite heavily in the schedule.

As far as we were concerned it was quite a busy weekend at the exhibition and unfortunately I am totally ignorant regarding the racers. Quite a few came to speak to us and I eventually had to apologise and say that I really didn't know who they were. I did enjoy having the evening to myself when David was in the restaurant having biker man chats - a hot bath and CSI TV - great. We stayed in Carrikfergus which was nice, not that we had much time to do the tourist thing. Apparently David's dad was stationed there when he was in the army years ago.

11th February 2011

Well, I guess we're well and truly back into term time mayhem. It's not without its perks, though. The children all play in a folk band run by the City Music and Performing Arts Service, called Rootz and they were booked to play at a Barn Dance in Longton. They usually get a pie and pea supper but sadly not this time. They did however get a break from playing and managed a few dances themselves. Any excuse to wear a silly hat!