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Thursday, 8 October 2015


I had a pleasant surprise tonight to receive this photo of a smiling and almost laughing Rosa, my dear grand daughter.  Well done Selina and Matt ~ all the hard work seems to be paying off.

It is almost as though her little "awareness" switch has been activated.  I have a suspicion that a little sense of humour is developing . . . 

. . . . and it wasn't a response to one of my jokes either . . :)

I am so happy that she is more settled and isn't she doing well?

Friday, 25 September 2015


Against the backdrop of a sad day there were some wonderful moments.

It was Harry's funeral and the service was beautiful and incorporated into it was a reading by his youngest grandson, a poem read by his eldest granddaughter, a solo saxophone performance of Elgar's Chanson de Matin by another granddaughter, and a duet by his youngest granddaughter, played with her mother.  Quite a talented family, and Peter was very good and quiet throughout, and listened attentively to the music, or so it seemed.

My thoughts and feelings went out to my sister, Maggie May, and her two children and grandchildren.

The day was a gathering of friends and relations, and the icing on the cake was the meeting of my two grandchildren, Peter and Rosa, with their parents.

Dear little Rosa seemed quite pleased to meet her big cousin Peter . . . . 

. . . . . and Peter seemed very attentive towards his new little cousin.

It was so nice to see them together . . . . 

After the memorable service drinks, cakes and nibbles were served in the church hall and after we had circulated for a while it was time for us to to say our goodbyes and head back south through Bristol to my home where I treated us all to fish and chips.

I am so pleased Selina, Matt and Rosa could come to join Jon, Lisa and Peter  . . . and myself.

After our meal we all took it in turns to have a cuddle with Rosa and, hallelujah, she actually smiled at me . . . or was it the wind?  . . lol.

Monday, 14 September 2015


Well doesn't time fly when you are a baby?  4 weeks old already.

Rosa has had initial feeding problems but that is ok now ~ in fact now she has a voracious appetite but suffers from colic sometimes. That problem seems to be managed well with drops.

The main difficulty now is that she doesn't want to settle and wants to be cuddled all the time and poor mummy and daddy are very tired.  With her dad returning to work today after paternity leave I called in to see Selina and Rosa this afternoon.  Her Nanna Sue had already arrived and had taken Rosa for a walk in her pram.  Baby and Nanna arrived home a while later and Rose was fast asleep and by then so was Selina ~ so while Nanna did some ironing I kept rocking the pram gently and she slept like a top for a couple more hours, as by then we took it in turns to rock the pram.  

She looks quite content here doesn't she?

Let's take a closer look to make sure she's ok . . . 

That's my girl. . . . bless her little cotton socks . . . :)

On Wednesday afternoon I am taking her out for a walk in her pram to give her mum a rest.  Anyone care to join me?

Sunday, 6 September 2015


It is with deep regret I announce the passing of Harry, my brother-in-law, early this morning.  

For those who do not know it, my sister is Maggie May at Nuts In May and I saw her and some of the family today and this evening. 

Harry had been battling prostate cancer for over 15 years and over the last 18 months his health gradually declined and eventually he was taken by pneumonia. 

He was a charming and very kind man, a good husband to my sister, a good father and grandfather, and a good friend to me.  He was a very friendly man and never had an unkind word to say about anyone.

He was a brick layer and at his peak he laid 3000 bricks a day building houses.

He will be greatly missed ~ he was a devout Christian and he, like us, believe this is not the end for him but just the beginning of a life which will be everlasting and happy beyond measure and understanding.  Maggie and Harry will be reunited at the appointed hour, never to be parted again. 

No more pain, no more sorrow

I would like to think that my dear departed wife, Maria, came to meet him and take him by the hand to lead him into paradise. She was such a caring person, that is precisely the sort of thing she would do.

God bless Harry   R.I.P. 

Tuesday, 1 September 2015


I visited my grand daughter, Rosa Florence, this afternoon.
She is doing very well and is settling into a routine of feeding, sleeping and a fair amount of consciousness with her little eyes looking round at noises.  She has more than regained her birth weight.

She is 15 days old today:

. . .  . and here is baby Peter aged about 2 weeks.  By that time he already had his first photo shoot . . . 

. . . and another one with his eyes open . . . .  

Hello Buster

. . . . and Rosa with her eyes open . . 

. . . and here is Peter now at 23 months . . . .

I wonder what Rosa will look like at 23 months?

Peter, you'd better get the hang of that camera and by then we'll find out . . . 

Time will tell.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

BABY ROSA ~ 3 Days Old

Baby Rosa and Mum were able to go home from hospital on Day Three ~ and for a while the little family settled down together as a unit and all got a good night's sleep.

Nanna Sue visited and took some lovely shots:

Grandpa visited the next day and baby was having a little trouble feeding.  She kept falling asleep on the breast and it became a little frustrating for both mum and baby.

She was no nearly as happy here, was she?

Oh dear!

Last night I heard they returned to hospital because baby has now become slightly jaundiced and the hospital staff want to get to the bottom of the feeding problem.  I think they let mothers and babies out too quickly these days  . . .  but it is so busy and rather like a conveyor belt.

Babies are are all little miracles aren't they, and it is quite amazing how they develop into perfect little people.  Not long ago Rosa was developing inside her mummy before she became a noticeable baby bump: 

We hope Mother and baby can return home soon.  It's quite a worrying time for all of us until things settle down on the feeding front.


I have just heard that they are able to come home again.  Both parents are very quiet and they have been advised to be much noisier when baby is feeding so she stays awake.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015


We are still on cloud 9 here . . . 

. . . a little life has entered the world . . . a life with some of our genes in her make-up, which will live on and on in future generations.  Quite a thought.

Today was Selina's and Matt's third wedding anniversary and boy what a present they almost had on it ~ this little bundle of joy arrived one day, but just 4 hours before it.

Let me introduce you to Rosa, one day old and practically perfect in every way . . 

And here is her Mum, Selina, who looks remarkably fit and well after the birth. She always was strong and fit was my girl.

. . . and the proud dad, Matt, a gentle man who will make a great father, as indeed will Selina be a fine mother.

. . . . . "Hey !!  . . . . let me have a cuddle ! Come to Grandpa!"

I managed to stop her crying and to rock her to sleep and the others were amused at me making baby noises . . . but Rosa seemed quite happy with Grandpa . . .  and didn't mind the 'pass the baby' game at all.

Matt's mother, Sue, came with me to see our grand daughter and we are so proud of her.

Nanna loved her to bits as soon as she saw her, as did Grandpa.

"Cuddle me some more please, Nanna" . .

"Nappy changing time, Daddy! . . . come on, do your stuff!"

Meanwhile Mummy has no baby so she has to make do with a teddy bear . . 

Grandpa suggested she should have had quads so we could have had one each . . . 

Almost time to go . . . . some parting shots.

"Hey Mum, my turn!"

"Well done girl, I am really very proud of you!"


And so ended a beautiful visit and first encounter with Rosa. Wonderful day.

Selina is staying a second night at the hospital so that she and baby get the breast feeding right ~ they are almost there. 

And as for you, little Rosa, I can't wait to see you again and to introduce you to toddler Peter.

I'll get back to the wedding subject next post.