Posts made in January, 2014

A Dinner Party Menu to celebrate the Chinese New Year

A Dinner Party Menu to celebrate the Chinese New Year

In Sydney, Claire and Mike have just celebrated their first Australia Day as Australian citizens. In Beijing Shane, Shan and Dermot are packing their bags to fly to Urumqi to celebrate Chinese New Year with the Gao clan. The year turns once more, the Year of the Horse is upon us. Thursday 30th January is both New Year’s Eve and Claire’s birthday. Here in Dublin we are deciding how best to celebrate both these events in the absence...

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Saying goodbye to the Gao O’Neills… for now

Saying goodbye to the Gao O’Neills… for now

(written on 20th January, 2014) I’m writing this through misty eyes while Dermot potters around finding the most dangerous thing in the room to play with and Shane and Shan try to whittle down their wedding photos to those to be included in their album. Their difficulty choosing photos echoes mine as I sift  the memories of the past five magical weeks. Tomorrow it’s officially over. Tomorrow Shane, Shan and Dermot return to China to...

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Shan, Shane & Dermot’s Special Day – 28th December 2013

Shan, Shane & Dermot’s Special Day  – 28th December 2013

Christmas is over. We’ve packed the last box of decorations into the attic. Claire and Mike have arrived back in Sydney where they are grappling with jet-lag and a welcome return to summer heat. Shan’s family are in an icy Beijing en route to Xinjiang Province for the Chinese New Year. Shane, Shan and Dermot will follow them there in a few weeks time. It’s a time for getting the house back in order after playing host to 17...

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A Buffet with Bling and Chinese Dumplings – the perfect start to 2014

A Buffet with Bling and Chinese Dumplings – the perfect start to 2014

Sometimes life has a way of turning full circle. Last New Year’s Day I remember remarking on the beautiful morning in Duncannon and the start of a “shiny new year”. Within three days we had lost Derry’s mother and within a few weeks his younger sister Deirdre. Both deaths were unexpected. Suddenly the new year didn’t seem so shiny any more. But you get through things and you get on with it and baby Dermot arrived on...

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