A Family Outing
Two weekends visiting and enjoying days out with my grandchildren – how wonderful it is to be able to do this. I never thought I would get so much joy from having grandchildren, I’ve always felt far too young (I think I’m 36 – and I’m staying at that age no matter what!)
However, their arrival – 9 months apart – has opened up a whole new world to me. One where I can luxuriate in the simple pleasures of watching children grow up and develop their own personalities, dislikes, likes, characteristics – and know that I will always be able to enjoy the pleasures without the pain which comes from being a parent. You know the ones – like when your daughter brings home someone totally unsuitable and you fret and worry until they finally see the light (that was me by the way – it was my parents who had the worry for years). Or when they pass their driving test and they’re free to travel wherever they like – without anyone with them!!
I dare say being a grandparent will bring its own worries – but right now I’m revelling in the simple joy it brings.
We took a picnic with us yesterday. After last weekend (on our visit to the youngest grandson’s), when we queued up for almost an hour at a food outlet in the Cotswolds, I decided ‘NEVER AGAIN’ and suggested the picnic option to my daughter. Hence there was an absolute feast provided between us all.
It turned out to be a lovely warm and sunny day, which was rather a relief as it was pouring down when we left out home at 7.30am! I love eating al fresco – not something we get to do too often in the Lake District 😦
The venue had very thoughtfully provided very large picnic tables with plenty of seating attached (8 seats at each table – plenty of room to spread out). A very lovely large field to run around in and a museum with a Downton Abbey costume exhibition. Some of the costumes worn in the drama are on display here – my lord are those actresses skinny – my daughter and I looked at one of the evening dresses and both remarked that it would never fit us – we two being so short and everything!! (Not being skinny has absolutely nothing to do with whether it would fit or not – honest).
The image is of myself and Hubbie digging in to our picnic. We’d packed up all our food in a large electric cool box, cooled overnight and plugged into the car battery in the morning. I guess something must have been not quite right though as, today, I’ve not been too well – feeling very queasy and went to bed this afternoon. I’m blaming it on the prawn salad – well I have to blame it on something!
All in all, yesterday was a real treat, and I hope we have many more to come.