My Life With Moo

First of all I take my hat off to anyone whose household includes a child ~ you all deserve a medal .. goodness I’d forgot what to expect when Moo became a more permanent fixture in my life  ..time goes right out of the window even being super organised my day is 5 hrs shorter than anyone else’s  !!

This is so Moo
The questions, the constant chatter, the way he says “Grandma” at the beginning of every sentence ~ even if we are the only 2 folks in the room … I now have a pencil sharpener / rubber in my ‘essentials kit’ 

This afternoon I have to call into school as he has lost his shoes …yes you have read that right  HE HAS LOST HIS SHOES  how does a child even do that ????

Un be known to me Moo has taken it upon himself to train me as ….

green ninja
Do I need to be a Green Ninja ?? the training is gruelling let me tell you can’t I just be a Knitting Ninja ??

The good news is I have a story read to me each & every day and I’m learning far more about Ancient Egypt and WW2 than is strictly necessary ~ which I’m sure is a bonus I just haven’t figured out how yet … so this is why I’ve not commented on your blogs in recent weeks, I am still here & I’m still lurking reading your posts ~ which provide a respite to the world through the eyes of a 7 yr old, my blog will possibly become semi redundant which is a shame … but as another blogger pointed out I have the ‘Parents Race’ at sports day to contend with

1970's P E socks
Remember 1970’s P E socks ?? I’m sooo going to knit myself a pair ..I might not win any races but I’ll have the fashion stakes covered 🙂



New Direction And A New Skill

Sorry I’ve been away for ages …forgive me ?? so just what on earth have I been up to ?? Well funny you should ask grab yourself a cuppa and I’ll explain ~ the time was right for me to take a starring role in Gelfling Grandson’s life ..tongue in cheek quote – obviously his daddy has the starring role I’m more of your best female artist

I’ve never had a clue about the plot in my life ~but that has never stopped me 🙂

I now do virtually all the school runs, Moo stays with Beloved & I a couple of nights a week depending on 2nd Born’s work placements from his nursing uni course and I have altered my working life to school hours during term time only ~apart from every other weekend. Now for the really important news  ….I have taught myself to use dpn and have embarked on my first pair of socks !!!!

I have had an irrational fear of dpn since like forever, ~ get me learning something new LOL

I now feel like I’m leading some sort of incredible double life, learning something new AND having a youngster around  ….. which really gives you a whole new lease of life

Go on ask me anything about Star Wars or Sesame Street I dare you …I have them both covered 🙂




Keep Fit The Gelfling Grandson Way

Gelfling Grandson AKA ‘Moo’ has a passion for being outside something I have encouraged from day 1 ~ when I ask him if he’d like to go for a walk you would think I’d offered him some sort of major treat 🙂  I try to maintain a goal of 10,000 steps per day so when Moo comes to visit I know it will be a goal that is easy peasy to reach. Today was super cold but the pair of us wrapped up warm & set off into the unknown

Today’s walk will take just a tad longer as Moo needs to smash each & every puddle …obviously !!

Of course we had to call by to see how the Lincolnshire Red cattle were fairing in their barn

This chap was as pleased to see us as we were to see him 🙂

Being the adventurous duo we are ~ it was time to go off piste

Bear Grylls / Ray Mears / Ed Stafford please move over there is a new kid on the block ready to take up the exploring mantle

The best thing about our adventure …Grandpa had a nice hot lunch & mug of hot chocolate waiting for us when we eventually arrive back at the cottage AND total steps count 11585


On A Cold And Frosty Morning

Moo AKA Gelfling Grandson & I have spent a magical couple of days together, as you may be aware one of his all time bestest thing (his words not mine :-)) is to be outside and if that includes a long walk all the better, soooo after a leisurely breakfast that’s exactly what we did, where the sun had cast shadows a little frost lingered

All along our walk we caught glimpses of where Jack Frost had skipped about over night leaving his silver treasure for us to find

If that wasn’t enough magic we found something fantastical

A ‘rustic’ scarecrow …Tangled Backwoods style

And on the way home Moo’s eye caught sight of something bright red

A whole host of rose hips ~ rose hip syrup anyone ??

What better way to spend a cold & frosty morning





Hard Work Has It’s Own Rewards

After what seems like the longest time ….it’s been 3 months actually but hey ho I’m at this stage of my studies


BUT the good news is ….my brain is full of useful, important work related stuff and DA DA DAH

I’ve only gone & done it ….100% of my NVQ level 3 in Health & Social Care has been done, handed in and I’m just waiting for everything to be verified !!

Now for news on 2nd Born’s nursing studies ~ as a complete surprise for him Beloved & I have decided  for his elective placement next summer to sponsor him to go to Tanzania for a month, I have arranged to have a leave of absence from ‘The Workplace’ to look after Gelfling Grandson so in a few months ..

2nd Born will have his story & Moo and I will write the story of our summer together ~ I for one think the best is yet to come ❤




Little Library And A Long Walk

The first day of the school holidays also coincided with me having a 3 day weekend …I know me on a 3 day weekend !!  Anyhoo this means Moo can come to stay, so how do you entertain a young man who is nearly 7,  LOVES being outdoors and is into cooking at the moment ???  firstly a gentle stroll of a mile to the next hamlet to visit the ‘Little Library’

Little Hale Library
Little Hale phone box has been home to a library for as long as I can remember, although the defibrillator wasn’t installed until 2015

As luck would have it there were 3 cookbooks for our approval, Moo being the discerning chef he is, thought this one was the right choice for us ..the almond pastry featured inside  had no bearing on his preference what so ever

Cook book from Little Hale Phone Box Library
The deal in the community is ..if we decide to keep the book rather than just borrow it we simply drop off any book to keep the stock replenished

Now we could simply just have walked back the way we came …OH NO …lets go the long way round  Moo uttered ..Bear Grylls please be aware the next generation is snapping at your heels!!!  so began our 6 mile odyssey meandering down country lanes, taking in the scenery, drinking at least a gallon of water, while Moo chattered away ~ the topics covered subjects from HIS rules for being kind to butterflies to Roman bricks ???

So here  is the photographic evidence of our afternoon

Over the fields & far away
Helpringham Church can just be seen in the distance
Cornfields at Little Hale
The heatwave has really ripened the crops
Working Farm
Just one of four farms we passed along the way

If your wondering about the ‘Almond Pastry’ that Moo gave the thumbs up to …

Almond desert
As I am on day 3 of a healthy eating regime making this just to watch everyone else tuck in will be a MAJOR undertaking !!