MJCarty snapshots March 2023

Mistaken identity, unseasonal snow and my half-century! A few of my personal highlights from March 2023, captured in tiny wee snapshots.

Here is my latest monthly selection of snapshots of things that caught my eye over these past few weeks, which taken together comprise the month of March 2023…

Wednesday 1 March 2023: Mistaken identity

This month started off with a delightful case of mistaken identity. I was tagged in a tweet from someone I’d never previously heard of. Emma Creagh meant to tag an eminently more qualified namesake of mine, one Dr Michael Carty, in a tweet congratulating (the presumably newly qualified) “Dr Ciara Nulty on her PhD presentation and viva”, which took place on the last day of February. I tweeted Emma to let her know I was not the Dr Carty she sought, and also to pass on my own congratulations to Dr Nulty.

Saturday 4 March 2023: In which MJCarty hits 50


On this particular day, I felt nothing but gratitude for the privilege of being alive to see this day, of all days. Saturday 4 March 2023 was the day I turned 50. I think it’s safe to count much of the preceding 12 months as some of the most difficult times of my life. I am thankful to be here to greet any day. I am particularly thankful that I was here to greet this particular day. If you would like to read some more of my thoughts on reaching the big 5-0, please check out my post Gratitude.

Wednesday 8 March 2023: Snow!

Winter, it would seem, can be hesitant about letting go. This particularly Wednesday started with a wee bit of March snow. Rain came on heavy later that day, banishing very nearly all hint of the snow, almost as quickly as it had arrived.


Thursday 9 March 2023: Friends indeed

Whenever you can, take a moment to celebrate all that is good in your world with the people who mean the world to you.

It was my great honour to mark the occasion of my recently turning 50 with a lunch on Thursday 9 March at the Archduke in Waterloo, London.

It was incredible. Still feeling both overwhelmed and joyous at the privilege of spending time with so many lovely souls.

I was so enjoying chatting and catching up with everyone that I took hardly any pictures of this excellent occasion!

Thank you to Zuraida Curtis for having the presence of mind to take this picture with me and another former colleague from my XpertHR days, Noelle Murphy.

MJCarty Zuraida and Noelle 9 March 2023

And I managed to get just one snap, depicting my lovely friends Nicky and Tash, framed by a London Eye halo.

Nicky and Tash 9 March 2023

So, a toast to Zuraida, Noelle, Nicky, Tash and everyone else that came along that day: Kate Griffiths-Lambeth; Sue Toft; Steven Toft; Meg Peppin; Nick Court; Mervyn Dinnen; Liz Kentish; Rachael Heenan; Dr. Paul Taylor-Pitt; Sukhvinder Pabial; Dean Royles; and Simon Heath.

I am humbled to be able to call each of you a friend. Cheers!

Tuesday 14 March 2023: Back to work!

Excited to be returning to the world of work today… But first, coffee!

Check out my LinkedIn page for a little more on what I’m up to these days.


Friday 17 March 2023: When my eyes beheld an eerie sight…*

Somewhat eerie vibes on my misty early morning walk…

The picture at the top of this post also emanates from the same mist-laden pre-dawn stroll.


Saturday 18 March 2023: Serving 50s Brando realness!

Testing out some grey-toned alcohol markers that I was given as a kind birthday gift, I ended up with this sketch of (the left eye of) 50s Brando. At least, it was meant to be Brando…

I started out trying to copy a photo of Marlon Brando in his first decade of fame. But as with most of my attempts to draw from a photographic reference, the picture took on something of a life of its own, and ended up more a portrait of a striking-looking fictional gent, with very little Brando resemblance.


Wednesday 22 March 2023: Perspectives on St Paul’s

Another London trip today, this time on work-related matters. In the first picture from this day, the London skyline is starting to look rather lovely as (what feels like) spring sunshine starts to peek through! If you look closely, you can just see the Shard and Saint Paul’s Cathedral from here.

And the second: St Paul’s standing tall through it all.


Friday 24 March 2023: The gift of art

When the post delivers the gift of art!

My Friday was greatly improved by the arrival of a belated birthday package from my friend Simon Heath, containing both a Hokusai book and a lovely Simon Heath original. Thank you, sir! If you don’t know Simon already, please do yourself a favour and follow him on Twitter, for a regular supply of wit, wisdom and wonderful art.


Your snapshots

What about you, gentle reader? What has made your month memorable? I would love to know! Post a comment below, or send me a tweet with your snapshots of March 2023.

May you be nothing but kind today, to others and to yourself.

May today be nothing but kind to you and yours.


* I am sure you don’t need me to telhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNuVifA7DSUl you this, but these words are of course from Bobby Pickett’s immortal and lovely 1962 hit, The Monster Mash.


  • All photography by MJCarty (apart from the picture taken by Zuraida Curtis).
  • Namaste! (8089480678) via Wikimedia Commons.

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