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Thursday, 17 July 2008

Not Very Happy

This isn't my usual kind of post. I like my posts to be nice to look at - I like to add photos even if I'm not posting in a photo meme. Can't think of anything suitable at the moment.

Today is the day eldest daughter should be arriving to spend a few days. She's eager to cuddle her new niece and personally hug the proud parents.

Reaching this part of Ireland tends to require a great deal of planning. This time daughter opted for a flight to an airport just over the border, from which a family member could collect her by car. Simple, you would think.

No. The airport is closed for two days due to industrial action.

Now don't get me wrong. In disputes, when all else fails, the withdrawal of services can be the only option. I hope the unions concerned get whatever they can. But this time it really hurts. Daughter can no longer visit. Next flight in is not until Tuesday, by which time she would be nearly ready to leave. Various commitments mean her visit must be delayed for several weeks. I'm not happy.

Even the weather isn't happy!

I might have a photo after all.

This more or less expresses the way I feel!

21 comments:

Nessa said...

I'm sorry you can't see your daughter.

Rosebud said...

Drat. I know that must be a huge disappointment for you. I'd be so upset with the airport planning, or whoever made the decision to close it.
I actually think that flower is beautiful. It looks a bit "hot" at the moment.

Sacred Suzie said...

Oh that is so sad and frustrating! I'm so sorry, what a disappointment. The flowers are weeping for you.

Little Baby Nothing said...

I'm typing this from my desk in work, where I'm not supposed to be, but am because I have no other option - normally I quite like my job, but today I'm hating every minute.

Personally, I disagree on the unions front - I loathe them anyway, this time is only worse because it's personal. We're at their mercy over here, and this sort of thing happens constantly. If Derry was a normal airport, run by a money-grubbing, profit-making company (ok, I know that actually describes most councils as well), it wouldn't be a problem. It's only an issue because it's run by the local council. Wouldn't be an issue a little further west, either, as then it'd be over the border where the unions don't operate.

I'm still hoping I can sort something out for later in the summer, but at this stage it looks bad as everyone else is on holiday and I have to be here to cover.

B. Roan said...

I understand missing your children. I hope you get to see her soon. BJ

seev said...

Oh, Dragonstar, I come to make my first visit to your nice blog in a long time and I see you are unhappy. But I can understand why. I'm very lucky to have my nice daughter Kate living right next door!

I had to smile at that photo though. Those deep red flower petals do indeed look sad, for a flower.

Jonna said...

This is too bad. :( How disappointing for everyone. Let's hope everything is cleared up for her next visit.

jientje said...

Awwww, I feel for you, that is terrible!
If I give you a hug, will it make you feel better?

Blue said...

That is the s****!!!
We've industrial action too but all it means to me is no one has collected my rubbish so really feel for you.

Blue
x

Daryl said...

Well that is very upsetting ... especially since babies change so quickly ... I hope things get sorted out quickly

:-Daryl

nonizamboni said...

Perfect flower to illustrate the sadness and disappointment you must be feeling. I wish this hadn't happened and if I lived nearby I'd take you for tea...but thanks for the honesty. Take.good.care.

Andrew Allison said...

Welcome to Bloghounds! I hope you will be happy in our blogging group.

I certainly don't hope they get the pay increase they are asking for as it will open the floodgates. We are all feeling the pinch at the moment, not just the public sector.

I am sorry though about the visit of your daughter being postponed. You make plans and look forward to these events. It is very frustrating. Was it Derry Airport?

CherryPie said...

I am so sorry about the delayed visit xx

I think the flower looks hopeful and next time you will have a wonderful time :-)

sally in norfolk said...

delayed/cancelled flights cause so much pain and sadness :-(

Daily Referendum said...

Sorry to hear about your missed visit. Is that a marigold? Excuse my ignorance I've only got orange ones in my garden.

Claire said...

Oh, how disappointing! That's horrid!

Cxx

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oh, I'm so sorry, dragonstar. I know how precious time together is when we live apart from our loved ones. I think you are being amazingly fair-minded about it all! My thoughts are with you and daughter.

Jane said...

Oh Dragonstar, how awful for you, your family and your daughter. I wonder if people really realise what they are doing to people's lives when they have these strike actions. I'm sure you will find a way to meet up, and even if it isn't as soon as you had hoped it will be all the sweeter when it does happen... I just wish you could have been together now. How about getting a video phone on Skype? It won't help completely but may be a great way to chat and see each other...

Lord James Bigglesworth said...

Sorry to hear this but it will come soon.

Liz said...

That is a fabulous flower! But I'm so sorry your daughter's trip had to be delayed. We've had a council strike over here and the dustmen were 2 days late taking our rubbish, which was irritating, but didn't cause heartache. I hope her visit when it happens will be extra long and wonderful.

MyMaracas said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! How disappointing for you. I do hope you are able to see her soon.

Hugs