Sunday, 2 October 2016

more pics

just a few mor pics

Inspecting the boats on parade

I love the elephants 

This is why I never appear on photographs

What a great week I have had one of those weeks were you realise what life is about
Monday , Tues and Wed we were baby sitting Pippa our Granddaughter Monday was just mucking
about in the garden hunting for Squirrels .Tue was off to Chester Zoo only 20 mins away what a great
day even though more time was spent watching the local Ducks that the more exotic animal though
she was very interested in the monkies and wondered Why she could not go play with them
Weds it we set off for Rhos between Colwyn and Llandudno except for the wind which blew her
bucket and spade away, but after a 200yard dash down the beach I managed to retrieve it before it
finnished up in Belfast. We had a fantastic three days without spending a fortune. On air fares,
hotels and dinning out, One of life’s greatest pleasures is watching young people grow especially
when they are your own
Friday I always collect Thomas from school. Now our old village were Thomas now lives has a pub
that has been bought by the village and is now a community pub and open for coffee etc Now it has
become a tradition that lots of the children drag their parents in on the way home from school for a
quick half ??? Thomas and I go in milk shake and coffee and a game of dominoes, we sit like two old
codgers talking over the weeks events we don’t discus Politics or Religion but everything else. You
can learn an awful lot chatting over a game of Doms.
When I first started courting (now there is a word not used today) I was 16 Noreens mum and dad
where heavily involved in Scouting and spent most weekends at Middlewood scout campsite
Worsley Manchester so to actually see Noreen at a weekend I became involved in scouting and after
50 years still am. Mini and Tom (Noreen’s parents) they were always high up in the echelon of
scouting Tom being the District commissioner at one time so it was obvious that our children would
have lots of camping holidays at Middlewood even when I was serving when ever we could we
would join them there. Only going back 10 years Tom and I were running competitions there and still
instructing so the place had great sentimental value to us. I say had because today was the last day
as the site of a few hundred acres has been handed back to Peel holding who have swapped it for a
new purpose built site only a mile away. Which will enable more young people with the experience
of outdoor pursuit’s and the comradeship of sharing and living together as a team.
As a family today we all met up there and enjoyed one of the best afternoons ever just walking
through those wood, the lake and the Island tell the grand children what their parents got up to and
parents telling what their grandparents got up to. Laughter rang through the tree tops splashing in
the mud climbing trees collecting acorns, fir cones and conkers what a great day.
We are blessed with children and grandchildren who would prefer a muddy puddle to a computer,
finding laughter in a muddle puddle, beauty in an acorn, they the difference between ash, oak,
sycamore, scots pine and fir trees, navigate without a compass, cook on an open fire and make there
own basher.
I am not making them out to be anything special they are just ordinary, its just that as a parent you
have to teach them something, and other than cooking that’s all I know?? its also something that
they all enjoy even today in a life with all its diversions they can still get away and enjoy what God as
bestowed upon us for Free
This country of ours has some of the most versatile countryside in the world 90% of it is free to visit
and enjoy. Who ever wrote the getting back to nature calms the mind knew what they were talking
Waking up this morning the Marina as still as a mill pond, mist rising through a rising sun creeping through the trees, My favorite Moor hen knocking on the hull for its breakfast (no bread its bad for water foul Cornflakes are better) then in chursh this morning the children joined us up in the choir I say us thats three of us I dont sing I play. the kids give 100% they think the are x factor and have no inhibitions so they just let rip what a wonderful sound. I cannot read music I play be ear and sometimes use my fingers. on my guitar I have a sign which says "I dont understand music but I love the noise it makes and the noise this morning was certainly made in heaven
So tahst my day folks
sorry to bore you but I have no news on the boating side and I did say I would continue writing
God Bless
The gang at Middlewood Scout Camp