Four generations

Four generations

Glad that we were able to celebrate this day.

It’s been a long while since I came on here last, a lot has happened in that time, the biggest and best thing was the birth of our grandson, born on 13th November 2013, unlucky for some, but not us, we were so glad to be able to celebrate his birth with all of the family including my mum who has found reserves from somewhere to keep going through her battle with cancer, to be able to pass Jasper to her was something that I will hold close forever, it was like time had gone in reverse, because it felt like the time I handed her her first grandchild. Then of course we had christmas which was wondeful, we had the priveledge of having our daughter, her partner and new baby to stay for the holidays, it is such a special thing to be able to share this time, it made the fact that our youngest daughter was absent so much easier, having your children fly the nest is so hard especially at holiday times like christmas.

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Love my job!

Cornwall 13 074Love my job!

I love my job and all the fun and stress that comes with it, but last week I was able to take a well-earned break from the hustle and bustle of school life, I had earned TOIL, or time off in lieu, so I took 4 days, that enabled my husband and I to escape to Cornwall for a whole week on our own with no children in tow, not that ours are small anymore, the youngest will be 20 in a few weeks time. We had a glorious week, and managed to walk around the coastline for miles in both directions from Penzance, stopping when we wanted to and eating when hungry, the only stipulation I made was that we had to take a class teddy away with us, to prove to the children where we had been,also to be able to get the children to do some reading a writing when I made the pictures into a book, my husband was very obliging (he has done it before,) well the best one was when we went to Praa Sands, the lifeboat was on the beach all ready and waiting in case of a call out, Ian strode across the sand en route to the lifeguards just to ask if we could take some Pictures of Milkyway and Soggy on the lifeboat, now that’s what you call love and dedication, I am sure the lifeguards were not thinking that, but they agreed and one of the pictures is above.
We both had a brilliant week and feel refreshed, I have even come home with a healthy glow.

Dartmouth paddle

Dartmouth paddle

Yesterday I had the amazing opportunity to travel on the new paddle steamer on the river at Dartmouth, the sounds and smells were just brilliant, when we first started off the driver opened the whistle, and it sounded just like the steam trains of the past, a real shrill toot, we travelled out to the mouth of the river and saw all of the fortifications along the coast on both the Dartmouth side and Kingswear too. The whole day was brilliant, we travelled to Dartmouth on an old Grey cars coach, that sounded like it was falling apart, the seats vibrated with a humming noise, we also travelled on an ex London Routemaster from Totnes, everywhere we went people started to wave to us, I was also surprised that a lot of people were getting their phones out to take pictures, it was a brilliant day out.

Real horse or Warhorse

Real horse or Warhorse

Looking through my photographs tonight, I came across this picture that reminded me of the horses from “Warhorse” the stage performance, this photo was taken whilst on holiday, at a small centre just outside of Simonstown, South Africa, amazing what can be made with scraps of metal.

Funghi

Funghi

Looking around my garden I suddenly noticed these growing in a shady corner, they are so tiny that I almost overlooked them, it shows how damp it is and has been in Devon recently, it’s raining again now and has been cold today, April 21st, yesterday it was beautiful sunshine, lovely and warm, what has happened to our seasons?