The day after I returned to Ireland, Jim went off to the UK to see his new baby Grandson Sonny and catch up with Poppy too. Jenny and Matt, proud new parents, now live in our house in Worthing as it was empty and is much bigger than their one bedroom flat. They seem to have settled in well and Jim is pleased with how Jenny is coping with the new baby. He does look so much like his father! Jim stayed there on Tuesday night. Here are a few photos:
Sonny's arrival, 8th August, 2009. I know I've posted this before but I thought it deserved another showing!
Jenny with Sonny taken by Jim this week.
He looks like he has a touch of ginger in his hair here.
'Hello Mum'. Sonny having a good look at his Mummy.
Wednesday. Russell and Caz have a new house
Wednesday was the day to visit Jim's son and daughter in law in their new house in Worthing. It is the first one they have bought, so is quite small, but perfect for a first home. Here is the outside:
Number 14, small but it's theirs.
This is the back yard.
The Rotary Washing Line full of Chair Covers
The house was extended to make room for a kitchen and bathroom/toilet, so the yard is pretty small. There is room to put the washing out though, which is very important for this enterprising pair. When they were arranging their wedding, they wanted to hire chair covers for the day. It was quite expensive, so Russell decided he might as well buy some and hire them out himself. Well, this has now turned into a thriving little business for them and they hire out roughly 500 a week now. It has enabled them to buy their lovely little house too. The ironing is a bit much, but now Ali is doing some and Jenny will be doing some too quite soon!! I can see them making the business full time before too long. I really admire what they have done. Both Russell and Caz have full time jobs too.
Jim slept in the spare bedroom amongst the boxes of chair covers!
Thursday, Poppy Day
On Thursday, Jim walked into town (Worthing) and Ali met him and drove him to her house in Shoreham by Sea, along the sea front towards Brighton. I cannot believe how much Poppy has grown. It hasn't been that long since I last saw her but she's changed so much. I'm so glad I'm going to see them at the end of September. Apparently, she couldn't take her eyes off Grandad Jim! He even got to feed her too. Here's the bit you've been waiting for:
Grandad feeding Poppy.
Now is she beautiful or what? Those eyes are stunning and now she has lovely blond hair too. She is also crawling around the place. She is now, unbelievably, 8 months old.
Isn't this wonderful? She was looking up at Jim through the mirror. Jim says 'that's plenty of photos' so that's your lot I'm afraid.
Today the dry mix of sand and cement has been laid on all the extension floors. It was put on to a depth of about 8" then very carefully levelled by 2 Brazilian workers. It apparently goes hard after a few days, then the wooden flooring goes on top. It's so exciting. There was a gap underneath the 2 sets of patio doors, which naturally let in the cold air and this layer closed up those gaps. When we walked into the snug tonight, you could feel how much warmer it was.
I managed to get some weeding done this afternoon - I'd had a bad morning one way and another. I weeded the rockery behind the sleeping shed. Because it's new, the weeds pop up almost as you watch them, but I cleared it all. We are hoping the wild flowers we grew there will seed for next year.
A lot of different flowers have appeared since I was last able to garden. We have some annual delphiniums and some of the perennial ones out. Also some new annual cosmos, which are fabulous colours. Best of all is a gorgeous white lily, just ready to burst open. If it's at all sunny tomorrow, I'll take some photos.
As it got dark I lit our ever growing bonfire. It went really well and I stayed out until 11pm! Then we had our dinner. Crazy people.
I hope everyone has a good weekend.