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  • Summer Solstice family update:

    It is the longest day of the year and it does not get dark until ten o’clock here in Enniskillen.

    Today is the 44th wedding anniversary of our marriage which took place in Cuernavaca, Mexico when we were both twenty years old.

    My husband has been home on sick leave from work for four weeks, due to heightened anxiety.

    I am pleased he is with me all day because he is able to help me with all the tasks I cannot carry out, because of my Fibromyalgia Syndrome. I cannot lift anything weighing more than eight pounds. I cannot lift a saucepan to sieve rice noodles over the sink. I cannot open heavy doors when I go shopping; so there are shops I have to avoid when I am on my own. I don’t just feel a sharp pain at the time of lifting something heavy, but two hours later my whole body feels though a hundred needles are digging in to me and my head feels fuzzy.
  • My grandson Cal, had three A’s on his school report for English, Music and Irish. His brother Theo is admired for his thoughtfulness by all his teachers; and Rowan, now 6, has a higher maths score than his elder brother did at his age.

    Their mother Madeleine just passed an interview to work as a lab technician in a local boy’s senior school. Her husband Dan, a social worker, who spent all night on duty at the local hospital during the G8 summit, from one in the morning until 9 o’clock is enjoying taking part in his canoeing club two nights a week on Lough Erne.
  • My daughter, in London, is being sent to Italy to check out some marble for her Interior Designer company, and her daughter, Ruby, now 16 months old, is stringing two words together.

    My son Dem is enjoying his job as a manager for Sustrans, a sustainable transport charity in Bristol.

    And I am breathing a sigh of relief as, although we will continue to have full on police presence until the end of June in case dissidents still want to blow up part of our town, nothing major has happened yet.
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