In case there is anyone left here, can I direct you to a new blog I’m active in/on – www.strangelypark.com
It is a story / diary I’m writing about a fictional neighbourhood in Warsaw. My usual style.
If anyone does read then please let me know what you think in the comments over there. You can also follow on Facebook if that’s easier for you. There’s a link in the blog.
Thanks and happy reading!
My posts are like London buses, you wait for ages and then four come at once! This one is just a short explanation of my current blog strategy.
There has been a renewed ‘effort’ made with the other blog I contribute to, POLANDIAN. There has also been a broadening of the scope of Polandian such that not every post needs to be strictly speaking about Poland. As such, I shall keep this blog, 20 east, as the location for purely personal stuff such as today’s posts along with the very rare other post that I feel is not right for Polandian. All other posts will be on Polandian from now on.
Although my total output will remain unchanged, or even increase, this does mean that posts here will be fewer and further between and primarily suitable for family and friends. I obviously still welcome you all as much as before and hope you continue to enjoy posts in both places. Polandian has a few other writers and I’m sure you’ll enjoy them too.
There comes a time when all cats should have a shower. Once every three years or so is not exactly frequent. It’s been a bit of a beauty day for him today, first a long groom with his new brush and then a shower. He’s still a bit miffed about the whole thing even now!
Zosia has been pottering around on her tiny pink thing for far too long. To be precise, since she was only three years old! Back then it was slightly too big, now it is just ridiculous despite having removed the basket, the stabilisers, the tassels and put the saddle up to max height.
The time was well past then for her to step up to a big girls bike and with the funds as a komunia present from her aunt & uncle we ventured forth today to buy one. From what I’ve read, kids shoot up fast from nine onwards so we didn’t want to go crazy with this bike as it will need replacing much faster than did the pink panther. Decathlon was our first and last stop. She saw this one, tried it out and that was it.
May 20th was the date of Zosia’s “First Communion” or komunia as it is known here. For Catholics it is a serious event, one to bring the family together and another opportunity for me to demonstrate to the guy upstairs that I’m still living up to the document I signed on the day I married Marta, that my children will be brought up in the Catholic faith.
We’d like to thank everyone for attending, in total we had I think 18 at the party afterwards most from Warsaw, some from further afield in Poland and a special thanks to my parents who came from the UK. Travelling is not easy for them but I thought one last trip would be worthwhile to see Warsaw one more time, visit our new apartment and attend the komunia. They were last here for Zosia’s christening, nine years ago and they could see better than we can how much Warsaw has changed since then.
I only took a few photos as I was concentrating on the video – not that the concentration helped the quality! Both can be seen below.
Zosia & friend
Waiting to go in
The whole gang
Having a laugh
At the “after party”
The (10 minute) Video
The original pictures can be found here –