Tag: Grandparent stuff

refresh the bench …

refresh the bench …

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!

down to the woods …

down to the woods …

Daniel, Emma and I made an early start yesterday morning to wander down to the woods, we ended up walking the best part of three and a half miles which was more than enough for the pair of them.

Whilst we off doing that Pat took Harry for a wander as well and then later and after lunch we ‘painted’ a few hard boiled eggs, which stretched my creativity to breaking point.

Daniel insisted on bringing along a whistle … to warn us when we were being chased by wolves … which seemed to be most of the time.

In addition to escaping from wolves we checked under the small bridges for Trolls, ran from Crocodiles (who swim in the River Tame of all places) and generally were on our guard for all sorts of threats from the wildlife. When I decided to up the game and suggested we might have to watch out for Lions, Daniel put in me in my place by telling me they were only in the grasslands and not here!

Only one of us slipped, cut their hand, and bruised their knee and went tumbling back down the muddy hill (mountain) that we had clambered up and it wasn’t Daniel or Emma!

All in all we had a fine walk

The egg painting was basic but fun …

pumpkin time …

pumpkin time …

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!



thunderbirds are go …

As a child growing up in the 1960’s the futuristic tales of International Rescue and the Thunderbirds easily captivated me and I suppose I probably watched all of the episodes at least a couple of times.


I would have been around six years old when the first episodes were broadcast and there’s something neat that now over 50 years later my Grandchildren are discovering pleasure and entertainment in that same thing.

This new found area of interest was prompted when they spotted some die-cast Thunderbird models in the garage the other day, which in turn led to me looking up a few episodes on You Tube to help me explain how Thunderbirds 1, 2 and 3 took off.

Both Daniel and Emma were as taken with Thunderbirds as I was all of those years ago, despite the puppetry being amateurish when compared to the latest CGI type productions.

It wasn’t a long step from there to them asking if they could come to our house to make Tracey Island … and that’s exactly what we did last week – although the keen observer will note that our cardboard model of the ‘island’ differs a little from the original, but there’s no stopping when you’ve got imagination, cardboard, glue and a bit of paint.

There’s some pictures below of the work taking place and the creativity didn’t stop with the children, I crafted the magnificent (and realistic) swimming pool on the top- clicking on a picture will open a scrolable galery. 

Our visit to Buxton yesterday was directly linked to this stuff as we spent an hour or so scouring the charity shops there for old Thunderbird toys – unfortunately our search was good fun but fruitless.

Although Harry was with us he didn’t take part in the construction work, preferring to check the walls for hand marks … a spot of lunch and then the finished item complete with Thunderbirds 1, 2 and 3 in their respective ‘parking’ areas …