Sunday, 30 October 2011

A Walk Through Cragg Vale

Cragg Vale is just about a 15 minute drive away from our doorstep and it's one of my favourite places.  It's so peaceful and ideal for a walk in the crisp autumn air.


This morning that's where you would have found Caroline, Charlie, Nicholas and I.  Victoria had taken George to play in a football match so they couldn't come with us and the men were all busy building a shed up at Caroline's house.


Charlie and Nicholas - I asked them to stand together so I could take a nice picture of them both.  They stood together alright but not once did they look my way!  Never mind, maybe next time.


Nicholas collected a bag of stones to throw in the river.


Our weather is definitely autumnal now and I'm enjoying it.  I'm just hoping we get a lot more autumn before we get the extra cold winter that is being forecast.

More on Cragg Vale can be found in this post from last winter.


Saturday, 29 October 2011

Happy as a Sandman.

Here's one of the reasons why I've been absent from blogging.  William, Caroline, Charlie and I have been to Devon for our final week's holiday of the year. 


Charlie, in his element, digging on Westbay beach.

More to follow soon.


Friday, 28 October 2011


I'm babysitting tonight.  My girls and their boys have all gone to a Hallow E'en party and Victoria didn't want to leave Max in all on his own so she left him with me.


He looks like a sad little puppy doesn't he?  He can't settle tonight. I think he's tired and wants to go home.

I  know it's been a while since I posted but I'll be back over the weekend with a catch-up of the last few week's doings.


Sunday, 9 October 2011

A Look Back Over the Week.

The week started with a birthday.  A big one.  My son in law, Trev, reached the big four 0. Caroline invited us all round to celebrate.  The first picture shows my two sons in law, Trev and Gary.  Gary turned 40 in August and because Caroline wasn't around on the day she lit the candles a second time and we sang Happy Birthday to Gary as well.Wklyrecap3Octb

Tuesday afternoon Charlie and I made apple pies.  Our lovely neighbours John and Lesley have an apple tree in their garden and they kindly gave us a big bag full of apples.  So, Charlie and I got stuck in.  He did a great job of rolling the pastry, turning it every which way just like I showed him to keep it in shape.

Thursday rolled around and was a good day.  I dropped Charlie off at nursery school and drove over the tops to Hebden Bridge.  When I said it was a good day I didn't mean weather wise.  In fact it was quite the opposite, with heavy skies producing heavy rain.  For some reason when it's bad weather like that I love to go to my favourite cafe in Hebden Bridge, grab a good daily newspaper (provided by the management), a cup of coffee and sit and read the paper with nothing to distract me but the river gushing by outside the cafe windows.  Yep, it's a little oasis of calm and contentment!

On the way back I drove via Blackstone Edge Old Road and took some photos.  The rain was lashing it down most of the time so the landscape picture was taken from inside the car.  I don't like to get my camera wet if I can help it besides I prefer to look at the bad weather rather than be out in it!


Also this week I made another digital scrapbook page.  I love this photo of Nicholas, my four year old grandson, and knew I wanted to build a page around it and this is what I came up with.  Details over on My Digiscrapping World blog.


Friday night was a hectic night.  Victoria's boys and her little dog spent the night with us and then all of Saturday.  We were on the go all the time and believe it or not my camera hardly saw the light of day, hence no photos until today.

George has recently been learning how to play chess.  Here he is with granddad having a game this afternoon.  Just as a matter of interest the game they are playing with is Victoria's childhood one.  William taught her how to play.  I've never seen the attraction of the game myself. 

Draughts was always the game I enjoyed.  George also found an old set of that in the cupboard yesterday and that game is mine from my childhood.  I taught George how to play and he cottoned on in no time at all.  Nicholas was fascinated with the draughts and I "taught" him how to play too.


Caroline and Trev came round yesterday afternoon and ever present rain not withstanding Caroline and I took three little boys and two little dogs out for a walk.  This little face peered up at me in the rain and I snapped the only picture of the day.  He's a little cutie pie!

There we are, all up to date once again.


Monday, 3 October 2011

Digital Scrapbooking

It's hard to believe but my youngest grandson, Charlie, he's only three, started Nursery School a few weeks ago.  He attends for three hours each morning and has taken to it like a duck to water - thank goodness!  You see, it's my job quite often to take Charlie to Nursery and pick him up and because he likes it it's a very easy job.  For some parents though it's not so easy.  There are a couple of children who have been crying because they don't want to go in.  I feel so sorry for them and their parents.


Anyway, here's the digital scrapbook page I've made to remember this big step in this little boy's life.   Doesn't he look a little cutie in his "Don't you look like a big boy?" school uniform?

Details can be found over on "My Digiscrapping World" blog.