A little over five years ago I was at Manchester Airport about to board a flight to Amsterdam with my son to watch Manchester City play Ajax in the Champions League, with just a few minutes to go before boarding I got a ‘phone call to tell me the news that my daughter Sarah had given birth to her first child – a boy.
Step forward five years and my wife and I were calling to a local community hall to deliver the Paw Patrol birthday cake that my wife had made for Daniel’s 5th birthday.
As well as a bunch of his friends being there, his younger sister Emma and younger brother Harry were also there.
It wasn’t a family party as such, already he’s ‘too old’ for that, so after delivering the cake we didn’t stay too long so as not to outstay our welcome, but we did call back later to help with the cleaning and tidying of the community hall.
It was excellent to see that the children played traditional games and activities (including pass the parcel and biscuit decorating and even better to see that none of them had their heads buried in mobile phones or iPads.
Later in the week – 1,825 days after arriving and on Daniels birthday we met up for breakfast before they called back to our home for some present opening.
We’re fortunate to have frequent and regular contact with our grandchildren, but it doesn’t half focus your mind on the passage of time and we can hardly believe how quickly the days have passed.
Five years ago we didn’t have any grandchildren and now we have three – along with birthday parties and the inevitable cake making being firmly established as part of our family routine.
It’s been a reasonably quiet August week for us … so far, I say so far as today we have our three grandchildren, so it’s a case of bit of picnic in the park, a run around and a play on the swings and slides and then back to ours, no doubt for a bit of Thunderbird time.
On Monday I was down at a motorcycle dealers in Manchester taking a bike out for a test ride, and there will be a separate post about that in the next few days on my other blog – motorbikes.blog
Monday evening saw the return of football at the Etihad for the 2017/18 season. This was the second game of the season and my son and I had been in Brighton last week to watch the first game of the new campaign and to see collect all three point with a fine 0-2 win.
We enjoyed the game against Everton, a team that we haven’t done especially well against in recent years and although a pretty decent game of football, the final score was 1-1 which was a little disappointing.
On Tuesday we had a decent wander around Knutsford, which was nice. We hadn’t gone for any particular reason really, although we were keen to see if we could spot any Thunderbird related toys and paraphernalia in any of the local charity shops for our grandchildren. The weather was decent and its was altogether quite pleasant just wandering around with no particular purpose and stopping off for a bite to eat in one of the local cafes.
Wednesday we were in Cardiff to visit my parents, and unlike our last trip down to Cardiff at the beginning of August our journey (both ways) was pretty decent and not subject to delays. and we enjoyed a decent lunch at the Coach and Horses, a fairly local hostelry
Yesterday our nephew Andy spent the day with us, but not before we had both nipped down to the motorcycles dealers that I had been at earlier in the week, after the visit there it was back to ours for some work on one of the bikes.
The suns shining and it looks like we have a decent day in prospect, time to get showered and get the picnic sorted then …