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May 23rd, 1984

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I have to say... it's been a really good year for the Kestrels this season. Everyone seems to be on their A game, we've moved up in the standings... I can't really complain! Hard to believe we've only got a couple of games left, though. Though I think I'm only scheduled to play in the game against the Arrows next weekend. We close out the season against the Cannons, and seeing as how I haven't played against them all year... I've enjoyed playing against my cousins, though. It's still a bit wild to think that we're all playing professionally. And I imagine Niamh will join the ranks to some degree in a couple of years.

And, of course, I can't forget that our Seeker is finally a married bloke! Congrats again, Aidan (and Arbalest too, of course!).

August 5th, 1983

As brilliant as this summer has been, I think the upcoming season is going to be even better. This is going to be Kenmare's year. Count on it!

I'm having some of the family in for dinner and drinks tonight... This means I have to make dinner for quite a few people. Gulp. No doubt my aunts will try and take over, though. And Mam. It should be interesting. It will be the first time I've done something like this (Kestrels parties so do not count, as there was way more drinking than cooking), so as long as everyone comes out in one piece, I'll breathe a sigh of relief. Mary Clare likely won't be here, though. The poor girl is ten days past her due date. Whenever she has her baby, though, that will mean another- I mean, it's just a bit ridiculous. Then again, maybe this kid knows about the crap that he or she is about to be born into and doesn't want any part of it. Smart idea.

Whoops, I just heard a timer go off! My cue to run and make sure nothing catches on fire or smokes or whatever, obviously.

May 20th, 1983

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It was sort of nice to have a break from training today, I won't lie. But I think we all deserved it, after this weekend's performance, don't you think? Again, well done, everyone! My job is certainly made a lot easier when most of the action is at the other end of the pitch.

I hope you're feeling better soon, Niamh. I've never had the experience of breaking a rib before (bruised, certainly, and that was bad enough), so I can't imagine what it was like. I hope you were allowed back into class today! I sent you some post this morning as well, though I'm not sure it arrived in time for breakfast. Oh well, you'll receive it tomorrow if nothing else.

April 10th, 1983

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We have the Magpies and Falcons this month, both sandwiched around my birthday. Should be a good time all around. I was looking at checking out another match towards the end of the month (it's been ages since I went to one that I wasn't playing in), but I haven't decided which one I'd like to see the most.

I'm really enjoying my new house! Working on getting it all fixed up, too. I've started making a garden out front, and that certainly has brightened the place up. It all certainly keeps me busy and sane. I've met a couple of my neighbours and while they wonder why a woman in her mid-twenties just up and moves here out of the blue they're just brilliant. The couple who owns the house a couple down the road from me invited me over for dinner tomorrow night. I hope that goes well. They're the same age as my brothers, and they've got a four kids, so it should be a full table.

March 21st, 1983

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Only two matches for us this month. We had Portree last weekend (and lost, unfortunately, though it was a close game for most of it) and we've got the Wasps to close out March. I would like to

And I know I've mentioned this before, but thank you again, Melisande, for inviting me to your engagement party. I was almost surprised that I had a really good time, and it was nice to see some people that I haven't seen in a while.

We're off from training today, so I think I might get started on that to do list I have that always seems to be lying around but never seems to get done.

February 24th, 1983

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As of two weeks ago, I am officially a homeowner, and it feels really good. I really have missed living in Ireland, as it's been, what.... seven years since I last did on a full-time basis? Eight? Anyway. It's nice to be back. I think. Though I'm sure it will take me a while still to get everything in the house as I want it (and get used to the space this place is nearly twice as big as the house I grew up in). Since the next Kestrels match is not until the third, I will have some time to work on that.

Hard to believe March is around the corner, isn't it?

January 28th, 1983

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The Kestrels have this weekend off, so that means I'm going to be in the stands watching a couple of matches. Caerphilly/Appleby tomorrow (well, today now) and Puddlemere/Holyhead on Sunday. That one is of particular interest, since those are the next two teams that I'll get to play against because I haven't played against the Cannons since I made first-string.

Ralden's birthday is on Sunday as well, which means that he is going to be caught up to me in age for a couple of months (darn you). I don't think there's anything really set in stone for what is going on past some people gathering at his place for drinks tomorrow, but I think that's exactly how he wants it. I hope you like your present.

December 24th, 1982

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Well, the Kestrels had a brilliant December! I hope we keep this up in the new year. I hope we can

Nate, thank you for all your help in the past couple of weeks... honestly, I don't know what I did before you were around. Things are very much less overwhelming now.

Hogsmeade is beautiful this time of year. The village is all decorated and there's lots of snow on the ground... Very Christmasy if you're into that sort of thing.

November 26th, 1982

It was really good timing for me this weekend. We have both days off, so I was able to go to Hogwarts (not like it's far) this afternoon to watch my cousins play in Hufflepuff versus Ravenclaw. I was cheering for both of them to do well, but... well. I am still a Hufflepuff at heart (Niamh, I do hope you understand). I think the quality of Hogwarts Quidditch seems to be getting better every match I see, or at least the Chasers. They were fast today. And Ravenclaw's Keeper was absolutely amazing. He looked quite comfortable out there, with all those shots raining down on him. I was very impressed. And impressed with Bridget and Niamh, too. They're really coming into their own. NIamh, I hope you try out for U21 this year.

The Kestrels were one for one this month. We beat the Arrows, but lost last weekend to Portree. Both were well-fought games, and could have really gone either way. We don't play again until the 4th, so there's a few days to work out the bugs and hope it all comes together.

I went to visit Shannon and Jimmy this afternoon, after I was finished at Hogwarts, and I must say that it's hard to believe that he'll be two months old on Monday. It feels just like yesterday that he was born. It's still hard

I think I might just have a lie-in tomorrow. We don't have training, so I don't have any reason, really, to get up early.

October 27th, 1982

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There's a beautiful night sky out tonight. It's good if you're an astronomer.

September 29th, 1982

August 21st, 1982

Well, I've been home for a few days, but that whole time zone thing is messing me up again. Which is not good, because the regular season starts again in a couple of weeks and so training for that is basically in full swing again. Ugh. I am incredibly sluggish right now. It's not good.

We have a couple of new faces this year so far, the summer's not over with yet, which is exciting. Dougal, we're going to miss you, though! I'm hoping we can improve on last season's finish, and I think I will hold myself responsible if we don't because I am going to play better. I'm excited for the new season to start. The slate's wiped clean, so to speak. A chance to start over. Just don't expect me to start any matches at the end of October.

I had a brilliant time in Japan. I'm disappointed we lost, of course, but I'm pleased Australia won. I had some good family time as well, with my mother, brother, sister-in-law and nephew around. Personally, I think the change of scenery worked wonders. Melisande, I took your advice and went to the see the sunrise on Mount Fuji before I left, and it was absolutely breathtaking. Mam came up with me, and... words really cannot describe it. It was so peaceful (there weren't a lot of people up there with us) and a perfect way to end my month. I went off myself for a little while, and did some self-reflection on the past ten months. I cried a little, and tried to hide it when I made my way back to Mam, but she definitely knew what was up.

July 29th, 1982

I am very pleased to say that I have finally, finally adapted to this bloody time change here in Tokyo. It only took a week, good Gods. Guess that means it'll take a week to recover on the other end, too. Oh joy.

My mother, on the other hand, has gone about business like it was nothing else. I thought the sheer size of Tokyo would overwhelm her (and it certainly did to me, the first time I really experienced the number of people that are packed into this city), but she has honestly been dragging me around. I'm a little frightened by this version of my mother, I think! In a good way, of course. I'm really happy to get to spend time with her. And my brother, sister-in-law and nephew, who are also here. Even though Ainsley plays for The Enemy.

The weather's not what I'm used to, but other than that, I really do love Japan. I'm sure Fabian would have liked it here, too. Hopefully we'll win a match for you. It's a beautiful country, and I'm pleased I've gotten to see a few of the sights in between practices and meetings and all of the official things.

And as always, GO IRELAND.

June 27th, 1982

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Good match on Sunday, everyone. Closest match we've played against the Bats in awhile, I think. Shan, I hope you were sufficiently entertained.

I think we've had a decent season all around other than my self-destruction and Adam's stumbles after Fabian died, and there is certainly no shame in being in the middle of the pack. I'm okay with that, and it only gives us more motivation for next season.

It's hard to believe this season is over, but with the World Cup on the horizon, it's nice to know I won't have to take a break just yet.

That said, however, I think I am going to take it easy between now and Saturday. I'll see everyone then.

May 18th, 1982 - early morning

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Good luck tomorrow, Kestrels. I'm sure you'll do just fine without me. It's the Cannons, it's not like it'll be hard.

Good luck tomorrow, Niamh. I should be able to make it up to see your match!

April 20th, 1982

April 11th, 1982

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Well, it looks to be an exciting weekend. Easter and Quidditch. Can't beat that.

Go Kestrels.

March 28th, 1982

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Well, we're off until the seventh, which is when we play the Harpies. Should be a good one.

The weather's getting warmer (well, sort-of), which means more favourable conditions for playing. That's good, considering we play three times in April. but that's not as many as the Bats, who play five times, if I read the schedule correctly (have fun with that, Shannon). Unfortunately, not one of those matches is against us.

But the match with the Magpies on the 15th should be good, if nothing else than the fact that a couple of my cousins from Hogwarts are going to be there if their mother lets them go on Easter Sunday, that is.

I suppose I should get to bed. There's an early practice in the morning.

February 11th, 1982

January 24th, 1982

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Thank Merlin January is almost over.

We've got four matches next month. Hopefully I'll play better in those than I did in the two this month (the Cannons match doesn't count, since I didn't play in that one).

Caitlyn, I'm hearing you're doing well in school. Keep it up, pumpkin.

Alison, if you still need me to babysit this week, I'm available.