Almost three years ago my daughters neighbours gave her an old garden bench for the children. The bench was passed onto me for a bit of restoration work and you can read about that here.
The passage of time meant that almost three years on it was time for a refresh and a couple of months back the bench ended up in my garden shed waiting to be done.
With Spring around the corner I set to it the other week and yesterday the bench was returned, good to go for anther couple of years … although the pig is a little more pink than last time round!
Yesterday was that time of the year when another established routine in our house takes place – the annual pumpkin activity with the children.
The only change in the routine this year was the addition of small pumpkin so that Harry could join in with Emma and Daniel – which he did with enthusiasm.
It’s actually a pretty basic process, the children draw their design (strongly encouraged by me for them not to do anything other than simple – due to my limitations with a knife) – I then attempt to carve out the design and the children scoop out the innards.
Thankfully I had design control over Harry’s, and whilst Emma’s was a pretty traditional design it just left Daniel to offer the challenge by the inclusion of four eyes in his pumpkin design, it could have been worse as his first drawing had 10 eyes!
The other bonus of the day was that I had received a package earlier that arrived in two large boxes … or cars as the children informed me, so a bit of fun was had in those – which included me ‘driving’ them around the kitchen.
After that the morning was rounded off with some decorating of cakes for Halloween, I was a little dissapointed that the children were allowed to take them all home!
Another few weeks have passed by since I last posted on this Blog – that’s not because we haven’t seen much of our grandchildren – quite the opposite in fact, it’s just been a case of there not really being enough hours in the day to keep up to date with everything.
Not surprisingly the children continue to be massively entertaining and the continued development of their personalities and abilities continues to astound us (as well as bringing us great pleasure).
I addition to sampling some of Grandma home made (best served warm) sticky stem ginger cakes we also got to sample some of their home made Slovakian biscuits … which were magnificent.
A trip to my parents in Cardiff saw us come back with homemade shortbread from Great Grandma – heart shaped and with the children individuals initials set into them, which not surprisingly went down well as did the duck shaped egg cups which received a fine thumbs up from Daniel.
Last but not least was the now routine taking of ‘staircase pictures’, this time with Daniel and Emma wearing a couple of my old crash helmets – complete of course with some face pulling!
If you walk a few hundred yards from where we live and go down to the woods near the River Tame, then you can hear the wolves and risk being chased by them … well you can according to Emma.
Happily though there were no wolves yesterday when Daniel, Emma and I set off for a wander through the woods and did the sort of things that small children should be doing when their out with their Grandad – pulling faces, clambering up into the woods (or mountains if you’re Daniel or Emma), swinging from rope swings (some a little more precarious than others), throwing stones in the River, getting a bit muddy and all in all having a good time – and watching out for the wolves of course! Click on any of the pictures to open them.
All in all it was a reasonable distance for the children to walk, we did 2.8 miles and had a very decent time of it, the first picture in the gallery below is what it looks like when you believe you have heard a wolf. Click on any of the pictures to open them.
When you have heard a wolf …
Then to round off a decent afternoon what on earth can be better than when you get served cheese and onion pie that your Grandma has made and that your Grandad has wrapped in paper. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that are the winners, but I’ll leave the verdict with Daniel who simply said: ” I can’t believe my eyes”