Hello from a very hot and sunny Hertfordshire! In fact, just about all of the UK has had a good run of fine weather recently. Long may it last! The last few weeks have most involved outdoor activities as the weather has been so warm. The BBQ has been going and the paddling pool is filled. We have spent time out walking and in the park and lounging in the garden. The air conditioning in the car has been a godsend!
In May, my Nan celebrated her 80th Birthday. My Granddad followed suit celebrating his 80th Birthday last weekend. For Nan we had a family get together in a restaurant which was just as well as it was a miserable evening weather wise. Family wise though, it was a lovely celebration. Last weekend we had a family BBQ for my Granddad. It was a scorching hot day and while us adults enjoyed the warmth with a few Pimms, the children enjoyed the paddling pool! My Nan and Granddad are amazing and are very loved by the whole family.
In June – right in the middle of the 80th Birthday celebrations, it was the third anniversary of the loss of my other Nan. She too was amazing and very much loved and I think of her and miss her every day. Anniversaries of losing someone are strange days. While we are grateful for the 88 years that she had, and the years we had with her, we still miss her.
So like all families, we appreciate each other and are grateful for what we have. Ours is a large, close family with lots of branches and I love being part of such a large family. My Nan and Granddad are actually Great, Great Grandparents as there are five living generations of us.
My Grandparents know about an awful lot of things. They always seem to have a useful tip, good knowledge to share or advice to give. How do they know so much?! I am very worried that as my Granddaughter grows up she will expect me to know a lot more than what I do! For instance, my grandparents have taught me things such as: Bone-meal helps roses grow, leaving your heating on constantly in winter at a lower temperature is more economical, pastry making, knitting, baking, patience, kindness, knowledge, happiness, creativeness, tips to keep slugs away, how to play monopoly – Tri-onimo’s – dominos – beetle and various other games, they have instilled in me a love of old music particularly Frank Sinatra, Max Bygraves, Connie Francis and the Rat-pack, they have given me time, the list is just endless! And it’s not just me – there are a lot of us that benefit from all of this!! One of our favourite Saturday nights out is a night with Nan and Granddad, a KFC Bargain Bucket and a few games of Tri-onimo’s!
I do love being a Nana myself and am besotted with my Granddaughter who gets cuter by the day. I also have another Granddaughter on the way – due at the very end of November. It goes without saying that I have a lot to live up to in the Grandparent stakes!!