Tell me more! Linky party.

My hubs is always complaining that I am never on time for I'm a bit late to the linky party, but I thought I'd give it a go......linking up with Mrs. Lemons over at Step into 2nd Grade.

I chose this first one, as I am unlikely to ever meet any fellow bloggers - lol -  I live on a peninsula in the far north of Ireland.

I met my husband in 1997 and we married in 2004 on a 'secret' trip to Edinburgh.  We had planned to grab two witnesses off the streets, but were saved when my best friend and her hubby turned up (not so secret then!)  We had an additional surprise when his sister and her hubs arrived from Wales!  It was a wonderful weekend!  
We are both kayak coaches and we met whilst out teaching a group of teens.  The thing I love most about him is that he is young at heart and makes me laugh......

I played trumpet for the church brass orchestra in Bavaria, Germany, where I lived for 5 years.  I taught Kindergarten and speak German.  (My first husband was German).

I have 3 stepsons and 5 grandchildren - 3 girls and 2 boys!

I adore my Border Collies, Holly and Blue.  Holly is 17 now and has been my constant companion for 15 years. Blue is only 2 and as mad as a hatter!  They had a very bad start in life and I have been blessed to be able to adopt them.  We walk on this beach every day:

I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2000 and have had a couple of long spells away from teaching :(

Hubs and I love to tour Ireland on our motorbike.  

This is the newest:

For my next 'big' birthday, I want to visit New York - I have yet to convince the darling this space!

I have never tasted coffee - I hate the smell, but drink waaaaay too much diet coke and tea!

When growing up, my Dad's pet name for me was Crystal Tips (popular children's programme when I was young - haha!).  This was on account of my hair - red and curly - I hated it with a passion and spent most of my young adult life getting it dyed and straightened.  Now that I'm a 'proper' adult,  I spend most of my time dying it red to cover the grey bits!  Who'd have thought.......?!  It's long now and I don't mind the tats but still like to get it straightened once a month.

I love to read and have always wanted to write and illustrate children's books.  My other 'want' was to be able to sing.  My greatest embarrassment at High School was being asked to leave the school choir because my singing was so bad!!  I'm scarred for life (!) and feel very self-conscious when singing along in assembly in case anyone hears me!!  Feel like I should have a sign round my neck or, at the very least, a TEE-SHIRT:

Finally on a work note, I have completed half my Masters Degree in Special Education and am allowed to conduct the type of educational testing that a psychologist would normally do.  I feel very blessed to have been given this opportunity - funded by my Education Board.

And on a very final note - it nearly always rains in Ireland - so I want to know which one of you stole the sun?  Nearly half way through the summer hols and not a glimpse........!


  1. Ireland!! So cool - and I love that you and the hubs travel around on your bikes :) Sounds fun!

    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

  2. Hi Susan!
    I spent 10 years abroad teaching in various countries, thinking I would never come back here and now I feel so lucky and content in my wee spot of the world! We are fortunate to have no real responsibilities, so pretty much get to do what we like, ie biking and camping - the only drawback's nearly always VERY COLD and VERY WET!! Hehe! I'm off now for a read round the blogs.....☺

  3. Wow! Ireland....I so want to visit! I am your newest follower and I have so enjoyed your photos!

    If you get a chance...please hop over to my very new blog and give me a shout!

    Mrs. B's Nook

  4. Thank you for your lovely comment Dee - nice to 'meet' you and thank you for the follow! I'm off over to Mrs B's Nook - sounds like fun! ☺


  5. I LOVED reading this! Oh, how I love Ireland! I have a friend in Cork and we have been to visit twice. The first time we did the south of Ireland (Cork, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Kenmare, etc.) and the second time we were based in Dublin and also did Howth, Kilkenny, Galway, and the Aran Islands (Inishmore). I LOVE LOVE LOVE it there in Ireland!

    I also love Holly and Blue! One of my peanuts is named Holly! I need that dog hair cup myself. So nice to meet you!

    1. Hello and welcome! It's amazing to meet someone from the blogging world who has actually visited Ireland!! - I'm glad someone loves it as much as I do! Sounds like you visited all the best places!
      Yes, I love my cup - says it all really - we are big softies when it comes to our furbabies - haha!
      Thanks so much for the visit!

      Wendy ☺

  6. I have never tasted coffee either! I'm glad you joined the Newbie blog hop! That's where I found your blog. I've nominated you for an award. Check out my blog and learn the details.

    Grade Three is the Place for Me

    1. A coffee hater too - good taste then - haha! Thanks for visiting and saying hi and..... WHAT CAN I SAY.... AN AWARD - YEEE HAAAA - thank you so much, you are too kind! I definitely most post about that!! Thank you so much - I'm speechless for once! My colleagues will want a pic of that!

      Wendy ☺

  7. I just found your blog. I am your newest follower. Come visit us sometime.
    Stephanie (your newest follower)

  8. Hi Stephanie!
    Thanks for stopping by, saying hello and being my newest follower - it's much appreciated! I'm off to check you out now....!

    Wendy ☺


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