I must have the most varied career I have ever known. Definitely in the context of the great outdoors…. Here’s some of what I did for the year 2009. Anyhow….
Last week I got a phone call asking if I would speak at a conference.
J: Hi Peter its Jenny can you talk…?
P: Yeah sure Jen how are you and the garden and all that…?
J: Yeah good. Listen I put your name forward to speak at a conference. It’s for the….
P: Excellent stuff, thanks Jenny, thats great, really appreciated. What is the Leche League anyway…?
J: Well its a group thats been on the go since….. breast feeding….. and you know…. breasts and feeding and breast feeding…..
Fair enough that’s not what she said…. but it was all I could hear.
I admit I am of the male sex. I was born pre 1980. You know. Boys out room – the girls need to talk sort of genre. I still walk on the outside of the road. I didn’t know my Father had a voicebox until I was 32. Back to it…
P: So you want me to speak to all the Mothers about…..
J: Eh Peter no…
P: I mean I could do a sort of
P: Well the last time I did a talk I did a…
J: Peter! It’s more for the children …of the mothers like 30 – 40 children about 8-12 years of age…
P: Sure… yeah Jen that’d be great….
I had put it to one side. Not ignoring it. Far from it. More I guess I didn’t realise forgot that a small country [in amount] of women are so far better organised than the U.S. Army. That is a compliment by the way 😉 On Saturday when I got this email in. I rang Jane after and signed my name down.
Hi Peter,The La Leche League Conference is on this year on Saturday the 6th and Sunday 7th of March in the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth, Co. Kildare.La Leche League ( la leche means, The milk) is a voluntary organisation founded in 1956 that is dedicated to providing information and encouragement to breastfeeding mothers. We are a worldwide organisation with over 3,000 groups. Ireland currently has over 100 accredited Leaders and 38 active Groups.The conference is a family affair and while Moms and Dads attend the various sessions on this years exciting programme the children need to be kept entertained too.This is where you come in.I have perused your website with much interest (I love the video of pink boat) and your sheer enthusism for gardening, (and life) is wonderful. I love the story of you growing plants under your bed at 5 years old, you certainly knew what you wanted to do from such an early age and now you are living the dream, you are truly blessed.We would be absolutely delighted if you could come along and do an hour and a half session with the 7 to 12 year olds on Saturday afternoon.One of the La Leche League Philosophys is “Good nutrition means eating a well balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible”.It would be so good for the children to hear your story and then learn how to plant up little containers and grow their own fresh, organic herbs at home on a window ledge.Hopefully there will be more then just “herb seeds” planted on the day, would’t it be brilliant for the “seed of enthusism” for gardening to take root in the children.See you thenJoan Broe