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Friday, 24 March 2017

LOOKING TO HEAVEN

Here is one of the 'apples of my eye'.

Rosa, looking to Heaven, as if she has just heard her Nana Maria calling to her to tell her how much she loves her ~ just as much as "Bampa" does.


She is a little angel isn't she and Maria will certainly be Rosa's and Peter's guardian angel.

I think Maria sprinkled stardust on her, just like she did with Peter. I am so lucky to have them and to be involved in their little lives so much and so closely.

Next month will be the 4th anniversary of Maria's passing.  Those four years have gone by so quickly.  It is rather strange but today young Peter was asking about his Nana Maria . . . :)

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

TUESDAY AT "BAMPA'S"

"Bampa!!" there are loads of weeds in your garden. Nanna Sue is working wonders restoring your border, surrounding your magnolia tree. Good job you cut the lawn this morning."

Thank you ladies ~ you are so kind, and I think Rosa may well become green fingered, just like her Nanna and Mummy,


As for me, I am a little side tracked of late, with a big project I am designing and building ~ a pentagonal tree bench, which will fit round a 200 year old tree, situated in a beautiful garden Sue and I look after on Wednesdays. 


On going work continues and it is all coming together, albeit rather slowly, as the project evolves.


Good, it fits around the tree ok . . . so I can take it back home to finish it . . . 



. . . and here is my other helper, Peter, who loves to get involved with woodwork projects.

It should look good in the grounds and it will be somewhere for us to sit to have our coffee.


I built some steps for it and not long ago this whole site at that end of the garden was a compost heap and the tree was covered with climbing Ivy and it was a bit of an eye sore.



I'll keep you posted about the progress, and the way I built it all.

Meanwhile I am afraid I am neglecting weeding in my own garden ~ I must balance out my time better, so I fully accept rapped knuckles now and then.


Saturday, 18 February 2017

THREE GENERATIONS



Spent a delightful day with my gorgeous daughter and granddaughter, Rosa, keeping them company while 'daddy' was out of town on his annual visit to ex university friends.

The selfie was taken during Rosa's snack break when she demolished loads of grapes and strawberries and orange slices. She asked for "Fruit" and the word, "more" is firmly established in her vocabulary.

Monday, 30 January 2017

THE GRANDS GROWING UP FAST

Yes, they are growing up fast and developing so interestingly.

Peter, aged 3, is now fully potty trained which is wonderful.

He has started playschool and loves it. I walk with him to attend on a Friday morning although his Nanny takes him two other half days. One of the ladies remembers Peter's father when he attended 20 years ago. . . . . and she even remembers me! Crumbs, what a memory . . lol

He is a lively little lad and has a wicked sense of humour. In these shots he has just hyjacked his Grampa's chair . . . 


Doesn't he look mischievous? 


Here he is watching one of his favourite TV programmes, Peppa Pig.

He is so funny sometimes. He really likes to drink his milk from his old beaker. He now has a Thomas the Tank Engine mug . . . 



His mother does not like him drinking from his old beaker because he is a big boy now and it is a bit babyish.

Yet, when he asks for a drink of milk, when I say I am getting his Thomas mug, he looks at me and smiles, saying, "No, Grandpa, the other one!" . . . tongue in cheek.

I say, "But Mummy doesn't like you drinking from that one!"

He says, "Grandpa, don't be silly, Mummy is not here, she is at work!" . . lol

He is very affectionate towards his little cousin, Rosa, and here they are together.



And little Rosa?

She is coming along very nicely. Her vocabulary is quite remakarkable already.  I see her every Tuesday when I and her paternal grandmother look after her, which makes a lovely day.
Here she is in her fireman's helmet . . 




Like the little bunny rabbit dress?



I count myself most fortunate to have them both.



Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas.



This year has been such a blessing for me with the grandchildren.

Peter is 3 now and growing up fast but he still enjoys a cuddle with his Grandpa . . . .



. . .  when he is not firefighting . . 



. . . . riding bare back . . . . 



. . . or building things . . . 



Rosa is 16 months . . . . . and doing well.  She comes to visit her Grampa every Tuesday.



She loves riding Peter's old car . . . 



. . . and taking Elleru for a walk in his buggy.

But perhaps my favourite photo of her was taken back in the summer.




Peter loves his little cousin.



I shall be spending Christmas Day with Rosa and Boxing Day with Peter. Aren't I the lucky Grampa?

Here's to 2017.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Christmas Present Wrapping Tutorial

Saw this hilarious youtube on Christmas present wrapping.

I laughed and laughed and laughed ~ so funny.

Hope you like it.

Thanks Bernie for introducing it to me.




Monday, 7 November 2016

AMBULANCE STORY ~ DEAR DORIS

It has been quite some time since I posted. I have been very busy with various aspects of quite a crammed packed life and also I have taken a long blog break, always intending to return.

Whilst driving a bus for Dial-a-Ride today I was telling some passengers about some of my ambulance experiences and this dear little story came to mind when one of my passengers mentioned a Nursing Home south of Bristol. It was the same Nursing Home where one of my former patients lived. 



About 7 years ago I was scheduled to pick up a 99 year old lady called Doris from the Nursing Home and arrived to find a very friendly and quite active lady who greeted me with a huge smile. She asked me how old I thought she was and playing politics I said, "Oh, maybe early 80s!". A triumphant look dominated her face and she said, "I am 99 and I am going for my annual health check at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. Next time you come for me next year I shall be 100!"

I had to smile, bless her, and we walked to the ambulance and I helped her into it and we proceeded on our way, chatting and having quite a conversation.  

I was passing through my home town and I slowed down and pointed to a cottage alongside a hill we were climbing. I said, "Doris, see that cottage, my Great Grandfather lived there!".

She said, "Fancy that! Is he still alive?"

lol

I said, "Er, no Doris, if he was still alive he would be 169. He died in 1905."

She said, "Well I thought he might have lasted a bit longer than that!.

The dear lady, apart from that was as sharp as a razor.
I often think of former patients.  I have met some interesting personalities.

I hope to resume posting soon, including a large project I am making. I am building a tree bench and I am looking forward to telling you all about it.