Sunday, 1 March 2015

Monday blessings

So its Monday again and time to count my blessing with The Oliver's madhouse again. The last year has been a bit mad in one way or another. I have to say in a very good way its been mad lol. Last June we became grandparents for the first time. Our grandson Nathan Charles was born on the 8th and a whole new world began for us. It really seems only seconds I was that very young bride or young mum, now I was a grandma!!! Was I really that old ...... sadly yes! He is a dear little boy and he in turn is growing up so so fast. I love this picture of him as its so cute and funny it makes me smile.

Nathan being cool

Matthew and Karen with their new son Nathan

Then just a week after Nathan was born our daughter told us she was expecting. So in the space of a few days we became grandparents to one and one on the way. Mind blowing stuff! My daughter had a tough time during her pregnancy and then went into labour 5 weeks early. On January 22nd 2015 our granddaughter Grace Rose was born weighing just 4 lbs 14 and so so tiny. She was tough and soon was on her way home with mum and dad. She too is growing and we are truly blessed not only to have wonderful children and their partners but to also be lucky to have two beautiful

Ian and Natalie and their new daughter Grace 

Natalie and Grace

So even though I am clearly not old enough I will be waiting for the first time they call me Nanny!

Nathan and Grace

Friday, 27 February 2015

The Prompt:Reality

I am just about to leave home to have tea with a very old friend that I have not seen in years. I then read my mail and today's Prompt was Reality and it really sparked my mind. We all have friends who we have know for years and some we have just met. In my case I also have lots of cyber friends who are no less special to me. In reality I would love to see my friends all the time ! In reality I would love to met all my cyber friends but I know its unlikely that is going to happen.
I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves these days to be that perfect person when in reality we are never going to be that! I want to be slim, I want to be healthy , I want to be a good person, I want to be a good parent and grandparent........ I can but try.

The friend I am going to met was a really good friend and we had many many happy times together. Then sadly due to circumstances we grew apart , no fault , no blame just distance and time. I heard that by an  amazing chance she had moved to my town. I had no contact with her until my daughter bumped into her by chance in the doctors. They were delighted to see each other and she asked how I was and how nice it would be to meet up again. So the day is today and I am very excited to see her as its been about 4 or 5 years.

So my reality is to live for today. Today I will work on my diet , today I feel better and today I get the chance to re connect with an old dear friend and for that I am grateful.
Happy weekend all family , friends and cyber friends xxxx

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Where I live

For most of my life I lived in a big city. In fact I was born in a place called Hackney which is in London. I lived in a flat/ apartment with my parents and brother. I was born at home and next to my mum's sewing machine lol which is why I am so creative who knows!
When I was little we moved out of London to a place called Dagenham. I guess it is most famous for being the place where they build Ford motor cars.
My mum had wanted to go further out into the countryside but as there were not houses on offer we ended up in Dagenham.
My mum always dreamed of living in the countryside again, as she had spend the war years as a Land Army girl. I grew up with her stories of farms and horses and crops and her passion for country living.
My dad was a proper townie and she did not manage to get him to the sticks until he retired. Sadly she did not get to enjoy it much as she passed away at 64 of cancer.
So it then became my passion and I longed to live in the countryside and see fields rather than houses.
So 16 yrs ago we thought we would make the move. The children were older and we felt the time was right. I wanted to go to a place called Maldon in Essex. A beautiful river town with lovely shops and places to walk. A place I had many wonderful holidays in as a child. Sadly it was so expensive and we found it was totally out of our range. This is a picture of Maldon just last week on a lovely Sunday walk.



My hubbie

So next on the list was a place called Burnham on Crouch and that is where we ended up. Our house faces open fields and it is joy to me every time I open the blinds to see the view. Its a small town but with the benefits of being rural but also on the river . So you get lovely boats to watch and walks to be had. I have been very happy here and although I am proud of my London roots I know I could never live in a big city again. I think I am so lucky to have been given the chance to live her and I thank my lucky stars daily. Its a fab place and you should visit the area if you ever get the chance. 
St Mary's Church just across from my house

The path across from my house

Burnham On Crouch

St Mary's Church

Hope you enjoyed my whistle stop tour of my home and see you next Monday!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

The Prompt:Dreams

So I thought I would start taking part in a link up called ~ The Prompt. I think its a great idea as often you are stumped to think of what to post. I key word can often just give you that starting push.
This time it is Dreams!
Like most children I had lots of dreams, some I did manage but some I did not like marrying Donny Osmond lol.
I had two huge dreams one was to be a singer and one was to be a nurse. I did get to be a nurse but I never finished my training which is something I have always been sorry about. Fate is a funny thing and later when I had my daughter  she went on to live both of my dreams. She is just about to start later this year her 2nd year of nurse training. She would have been in her last year but took a year out to have my granddaughter Grace last month. She is a great nurse and I have no doubt she will be wonderful for any team who is lucky to have her.
She is also a fantastic vocalist with the most wonderful powerful voice. Every time I hear her sing I am so proud of her. She truly is living my dream although I did not have even a tiny bit of her talent at all. I wish she could get further with her singing as I believe she should but it is a very hard business to get a break in.

I have put a  short video which I hope works ok so you can hear her for yourself.
So I may have missed out on a few dreams but if I may life again for the most I would not change a thing. I have a wonderful family husband, children and grandchildren and I have been lucky.
Love to hear your dreams and join in with The Prompt.