As a child I remember the Jungle Book animated movie coming out and absolutely loved it. Years later it was showing at a nearby cinema and I took my three children to see it. One of their strongest memories of childhood was their embarrassment at me laughing out loud at Baloo the bear scratching his back with a tree during the Bear Necessities song – I just couldn’t help myself; even today if the film is mentioned that is the memory they all relay.
My little granddaughter Rhiannon (age 7) went to a car boot market with her parents today and saw this LP vinyl record. She knew the Jungle Book is my favourite ever movie and insisted on haggling with the seller until she bought it as a present for me. I’m thrilled. And even though there’s something very ‘role reversal’ about my granddaughter acknowledging one of my childhood loves I don’t care; in fact it’s quite one of the most touching things I’ve ever experienced.
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.
An old photo probably taken about eight years ago in Amsterdam with my granddaughter Pebbles. It caught my eye because of her lovely happy smile and I realized that cherished moments like these are irreplaceable and should be shared.
Life has had it’s ups and downs. When I have down days one of my strategies is to count my blessings and one of my most cherished blessings is my family. This picture shows just a few of my Motley Crew and just looking at a picture like this lifts my mood and gives me the strength to face anything. Although I woke up feeling quite low today I’m feeling better already.
Having a night out with my family Gateshead Social Club. The main attraction was the bingo although I didn’t win anything. Having said that the free pork pies and company were well worth the trip. Tomorrow – hoping the weather holds – we’re off to Blyth, a coastal town in Northumberland 🙂
Born on 3 April 1992 to the sound of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody my little granddaughter Bubbles brought blessings into my life and has blessed me ever since. Happy 22 birthday my Bubbles with my love always from your devoted Gandad x x x
Nice to see granddaughter Bluebell (left) and youngest daughter Benita following in their auld daddy/granddaddy’s footsteps. Scrubbed up and ready to Rock and Roll Wales last night. Be lovely to see them later today when they arrive for a week’s holiday x x
The chilly winds of December were kept at bay today with Snowdrop keeping me warm and me keeping her warm. After a few hours shopping to spend her Christmas money we did lunch at an open air cafe before jumping back on the tram. A beautiful day.