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Day 3 of Golden Wedding Week

This morning I made two Picnic Pies for tomorrow and some crumble topping for this evening and then we went out to the farm to have some time just with the Barcelona babies and their parents and with our eldest and her daughter while all the other children went back down the lane to the beach for more adventures.  On their way back they picked two buckets worth of blackberries for the Blackberry and Apple Crumble.

Blackberry and Apple Crumble

LiveWire 2 is a natural with his baby cousins and they are loving him and his attention.

J&MLiveWires 2 and 5

Just before dinner tonight, we were presented with the ‘first’ of our presents from them all – fabulous T-shirts printed with the family portrait that we had made almost two years ago to give to each family. As a very special surprise KJ had been in touch with Kate from Cornish Bird in the Sticks and she added our Grandbaby twins to the family portrait! What a totally fabulous thing to do for us. We were quite overcome…..  Every member of the family now has a commemorative T-shirt.

Up-dated family portrait to include newest additions

 

 

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Rabbit, Sleeping Baby and Hide and Seek

All the LiveWires have been together today having fun! We love watching them playing so beautifully together.

Rabbit on the line

Sleeping Grandbaby

Just jumped out of the bushes!

 
 

Granny Square Day, Woodpecker and Chicken Pie

Today is National Granny Square Day so I would like to show you some Granny squares made by my Granny and made into a blanket by my daughter for her daughter. LiveWire 4 has a blanket made by her Mum and her Great Great Granny! Please look at this earlier post as I cannot move the photos to here.

We have had the Woodpecker back feeding here again.

Woodpecker at the feeding station

The first contingent of family arrive on Thursday  for our ten day long Golden Wedding Celebrations and today I have made the pie filling for Chicken, Potato and Asparagus Pie.

Awaiting the potato layer

 

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Story Writing, Raymond Carver and Old Notebooks

We were shopping for children’s books today, for six months old to nine years old and found some beauties with which to entertain the LiveWires later this month. While we in the bookshop there was an author event going on, Craig Green writing a story with young customers. It was a delight to hear the contributions for their 26 words story and his lovely way of using their suggestions.

Story writing with Craig Green

Today’s poem in Poem for the Day is this little beauty from Raymond Carver who died on this day in1988. To love and be loved really is all that matters.

Late Fragment by Raymond Carver

Big, big sorting today on another rain-filled day – this time through all my writings from when our son was very ill soon after being born. My notes take us from Day 11 of his little life, his three heart operations, (though today, reading just the first two was enough), my poems, the little things I have kept from those days. We have both cried this afternoon, reading and remembering, but the beautiful thing is that, despite the odds, 50/50; then 60/40  and again 60/40 against his survival, he and his twin sister are almost 40 and he is himself the Father of twins. One day soon, I shall write up the whole experience, the horrors and the delights, the successes and the mistakes, the lovely things that were said and some of the shocking thoughtless words said by people who should have known better.

Here is a photo of the garden a few moments ago when the sun came out after a day of rain reminding us of how the sun shone in our lives as our lovely boy and his three lovely siblings grew to be such wonderful, thoughtful, kind and much loved adults.

Sunshine after rain

 

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Little Bouquet, Hydrangea and Visa Success

We went to visit a friend who has recently joined the Hippie Club, having had his hip replaced a couple of weeks ago. We took a little bunch of Sweet Peas with some Pittosporum from our garden.

Sweet peas

In their garden is a beautiful blue-flowered Hydrangea bush.

Blue flowers

Blue Hydrangea

We came home to the excellent news that our Senegalese family have been granted their Visitors’ Visas and so can come to our Golden Wedding Celebrations in August! We will have all 15 of the family here! You probably wouldn’t believe the intrusive hoops we have to jump through for their Visas to be granted for a 10 day visit – our income, how many rooms in our house to accommodate the family, our itinerary, our passport details, our driving licences………

 

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Guest Blogger LiveWire No. 1

NM was to have been my Guest Blogger yesterday but the evening disappeared! Today, she is home from school early as she will be for the rest of the term as the timetable has moved into intensive time, which means that lessons end at 1pm. Over to NM.

My mummy had twins in January and  I am enjoying playing  and laughing with them. One of them is a boy and  one of them is a girl. They are handsome and pretty indeed.They are growing  a lot and quickly. I love them so much that I don’t know who to hold first.

 I would  like to talk about my Senagalese outfit. It’s a special outfit for celebrations like Eid. I will be wearing it in twenty days’ time.


Granny and I made Strawberry Shortcake.We used my Great Great Granny’s recipe. It was a  surprise   for my Mum and we all enjoyed it.




 

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Another Day in Granollers 

A busy day of Grandbabiness – holding hands, reading, harvesting the lettuces, going shopping, smiling and then a delicious Senegalese meal for the rest of the family.





 

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