Recently I’ve been writing memoirs and reflections about my life forty years ago and one of the things that occurred to me was how much I missed being a young daddy. As I write my daily blog (see memoirsofgibraltar.com ) I sometimes wonder where the past forty years went but take heart and comfort (in my Autumn years) from the closeness I still have with my children. Today I spent a magical day out with my eldest daughter who very much shares my sense of humour and it’s been totally lovely.
Forty years ago I adored my child……….
Today I had a great day out with my brother in law to the car rally made complete by a poodle loving life on a roller frame because it had a spinal problem. Finished off at a view point called Pwll Deri where a child had set up a stall for Cancer Research Wales. Couldn’t make that up – it was miles from anywhere. But I bought a little gecko.
It’s been a bit of a week this week, most of it seems to have been entertaining the kids which has been great; it’s taken me back to my days as a children’s worker and been a real tonic. Feel 10 years younger 🙂
Today I supported colleagues from the Language and Play department with their Play Day at Scolton Manor in Pembrokeshire and basically gave them a whole day sing song peppered with lunch, water and sand play and a bug hunt. I went prepared (check out the wellies) but fortunately the rain held off and we all had a fabulous day. The photos here are published with parental consent.
Ever since moving into my new house in January I’ve been meaning to get round to digging up an unsightly concrete path/patio but have never had either the energy or the machinery. My next door neighbour Gareth is a builder and he knew I wanted the path dug up and some nice grass laid. This morning there was a knock on the door and there’s Gareth with one of those jigger-picks. BOOM!! An hour later it’s all smashed up and ready to get dumped. Fantastic!! Mind you after taking about ten wheelbarrow loads I’m already pole axed so I’m now having a break but no prizes for guessing what my Saturday afternoon has in store. Gonna be a busy day because I’ve also finally managed to get a plumber and an electrician to fit my shower; this could be a good week.
Right now I’m at a loose end waiting to start work and loving having the time to catch up with my little people. We live out in the sticks on the Pembrokeshire Coastal path which is a great place to take the dogs for their evening walks. My dog Mowgli and my granddaughters dog Bear have become good companions and have a daily evening walk with Bluebell and me which gives us time together too which is lovely.