Friday, 22 July 2016

Sammy update July 2016

This is my grandson Sammy. He's three now and a very fun-loving little boy. He has been to the seaside recently and here you can see him enjoying himself in the sand.

Mummy had some me-time too.

With Daddy exploring the shoreline! When I look at this picture below, I think that to a child, all is well so long as you hold tight to Daddy or Mummy's hand. The whole ocean is spread out before you, but no need to worry about the roar of the waves or those strange looking creatures that you find on the sand.  All will be well. Just keep your parent in sight. Doesn't he look small in this one!

Here is Sammy having fun in a tent with his cousins.  He's the one in the middle.

and back on the sand to build sand-castles.

It's hard to run on the sand especially with Daddy chasing you!

Isn't he just gorgeous!

Dylan update with Ruby

This is my first photo with my new grand-daughter, Ruby Skye, and her older brother Dylan. I am a very proud Oma indeed.  They came to visit with me this morning and we had coffee in the garden and fun with the grandchildren. Ruby is one month old already. I can't believe how the time has flown during this last month.

Dylan broke up from school yesterday for a six week break. This is his first school year and he came home with a very good school report the other day. In England the children break up for the summer around about the 21st July and go back on or near the 5th September.

Dylan loves his little sister so much.  It is wonderful to see the two of them together and watch Ruby's eyes focusing on her brother while she smiles.  She already knows his voice and enjoys his presence.

Dylan has been rewarded for his wonderful year at school with a new bicycle and he is so proud and delighted with it. He rode it round here this morning to show it off.

He is riding it uphill on stabilizers and it was a little hard to get it going at first, but he will soon get the hang of it.  Happy memories!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

We have a new Prime Minister

My goodness! What a lot has happened over here since I last blogged on here. As of tomorrow (Wednesday), we will have a new Prime Minister, Theresa May. She has lots of experience and will be a wonderful Prime Minister, I'm sure (I hope). Her main opponent was Andrea Leadsom, but her lack of experience at the top went against her and Theresa May had more support.  Larry was amazed at how quickly things happen over here and wished it could be the same in America. I said we always took our time to deliberate, but once the decisions were made, we moved fast.

I have been following the political events closely and blogged about it here, if you care to look.

The new blogs are through a different Google Account, which was purely unintentional. Somehow I ended up in a different place. Google is attempting to rule the world, I think and I have found all sorts of interesting corridors to wander down.

I have been fascinated by all things political, right from the referendum to now and the interest will continue into the future as we negotiate better deals for our country and more openness with the rest of the world. I voted Leave because I felt that belonging to the European Union was far too restrictive for our country. We need to be free again. The future depends on our negotiators!

I also have a new gardening blog. You can check that out here.

If you haven't already, I recommend you check out Google+. It's a big daunting at first, but very interesting nevertheless.


Saturday, 18 June 2016

My new grand-daughter!

Well, here she is at last - Ruby Skye Smith. She was born yesterday morning at 7.36 and weighed 9lbs 2 ozs. Isn't she lovely? Ruby is my first grand-daughter, after five grandsons so you can imagine how excited we all are. Her brother Dylan, who you all know, was very excited yesterday. He was with me in the afternoon until his daddy came and fetched him and took him to the hospital to introduce him to his new big sister.

We did some colouring.

This was a very special day and I felt privileged to be part of it. We witnessed the birth of a family, which is now complete - mum, dad, brother and sister. Any more children would be a bonus.

So, welcome to the world little Ruby. I hope you have a very happy life.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016


Hello people,  one of my blogging friends has just informed me that unless you are a member of Google + it is not possible to comment on my blog! I had no idea this was so. I'm sorry if this is inconvenient for you. It certainly is to me.

Yesterday I tried to write a post on the main computer and my blog had disappeared. What is going on? I started a new blog on the blogger site but it doesn't appear in my list here! Weird. So now I can get to this blog on my IPad, but not on my computer and I can only access my new blog on the computer. I can't access this blog on it.

I prefer to write blogs on the computer because my IPad doesn't know how to add pictures. Anyone else had this problem?

When I looked at the blogger forum it seemed that many people have had disappearing blogs. How odd is that.

Tomorrow my daughter in law goes into hospital to have her baby. There is much excitement in the family. I'll let you know what happens. I have my phone handy.

If anyone wants to look at my new blog, it's called 'Oma's gardening blog'.


Wednesday, 8 June 2016

My English Garden on May 26th 2016 - The splendour of early summer

We've had some odd weather this Spring and Summer. Now we are into June, I can say that May was a very cold month - just a few days of sunny weather, but the plants have done their best and so far, this is what we have. Above is the ever lovely clematis - The President it's called.

Underneath is my beautiful pink rose - so old that I can't remember what it is called. It is ever faithful and seems to be very disease resistant. I have sprayed it with Rose Clear, to get rid of any aphids,, but there haven't been that many so far.

I think the next one is Verbena. I bought it three years ago as a small shoot at a plant sale in aid of Lilley Church.  It has done extremely well in the garden and is very pretty to see.

Lilac flowers have been prolific this year, but with some severe winds the other day, most of the blooms are spent now.

Opening up the canopy of my holly tree has given the ice plant (in the next picture) a lot more light and it has responded accordingly. We look forward to some really nice blooms soon.

Aquilegias (Grandma's bonnets) never fail to please and here are some of this year's examples reaching up to the sky.

I've been busy lately. Our eldest son has come back home to live temporarily. That has necessitated a huge rearrangement in the house.  My office room is now downstairs so that he has his own room.  We are hoping that he can soon find a job and independence. These days that has become harder and harder to do for young and not so young people. We wish him well.

What with all the gardening and rearranging of furniture, the days have flown by and already we are one week away from the arrival of the latest grandchild. She is expected on 22nd June, just one day before the E.U. Referendum happens.  I expect to be up most of the night for either of those events so I'm trying to get as much sleep as possible now.

Can I ask you if there is any (annoying) reason why you aren't commenting on my blog? I don't know from where I sit whether the word verification has come on and is putting people off or whether it is because you are all using your Ipads more and can't be bothered to type a comment.  I would really like to know?


Sunday, 22 May 2016

Our E.U. Referendum is getting nearer!

In about five weeks time our nation will be going to the voting booths to decide whether or not to stay in the European Union. NB: this is not the same as the Eurozone, which is the group of countries within the E.U. that use the Euro. Here we are still using the British pound.

Quite a number of people have not made up their mind about whether to vote IN or LEAVE. For me the decision was easy, I shall vote to LEAVE. There is no doubt in my mind and I believe this is the time for a nation to be brave and make a change.  There are 65 million of us here at the moment, on our tiny island ('and that's just the ones we know about') as Nigel Farage said recently. Nigel Farage is a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels. I think that is plenty of people to survive on our own.  For too long we have been ruled by Brussels and it's wearing thin. We need to take back our independence and start again. Forty years ago we were not in this 'party' and in my opinion things were much better then.

 The current system allows for people from other European countries, who are in the E.U. to travel to Britain without a visa, work here, live here, stay here and take advantage of our wonderful National Health System.  This has got to stop.  It is primarily unfair on the rest of the world.  Yes, it is mutually convenient for our people to go to Europe unhindered by a lot of red tape, but it also means that anyone with a criminal background or criminal intent, can also come here. That can't be right.

When the European Union was first begun, there were less than six countries in it (and we weren't one of them).  Now there are 27 countries and how they can ever agree on anything, is beyond my comprehension. In theory it is good that everyone gets a vote in policy making etc. but in practice it doesn't work because it takes far too long to get the decisions made. 

We are not 'The United States of Europe' and I doubt if we ever will be.  We are a group of different countries with very different backgrounds and cultures, languages and views and the only thing we share is the fact that we live near each other. 

If we leave I don't think it will be very long before one or two other countries want a referendum too.