~ Thomas Hardy country ….
Here’s the house where he was born (in Upper Bockhampton) …
…and here’s the lovely harbour at Weymouth … it's a picture-postcard scene.
I’ve put more photos on my Flickr site (a link to which is in my sidebar).
Mrs C and I have had a busy time with our grandchildren … we had Mini
and Little D staying with us during nursery school half-term, along with
their mum, and their cousins A and JJ came over to see them from time
to time. It’s been lovely seeing them all, but we’ve both felt very
tired at the end of each day … we’re not as energetic as we used to be.
Mrs C did most of the child care while our four girls were growing up
(and for a time she also looked after two of our nieces as well)… I don’t
know how she did it, and managed to do a lot of farm animal care,
gardening and home-decorating as well. Amazing.
We’ve been watching a fair amount of drama on the TV … Downton Abbey
and The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett), Whitechapel, The Event and
Mad Men … most of it on “catch-up” thanks to BBC and ITV Player, and
all of high quality. We heard recently that future series of Mad Men
will be shown on Sky TV, which is unfortunate, as neither of us wishes
to subscribe to it … we prefer to stay with Virgin Media for the time
To end on, here’s a funny story about our 4 year old granddaughter A.
She and her mum were walking past a David Lloyd Sports Centre in
Nottingham, when she spotted a children’s playground within it. She
asked if she could go and play there. “I’m sorry, darling, but it’s
too expensive,” said her mum. Whereupon, A said excitedly: “Don’t worry,
Mummy, … I can pay!” … while waving her purse in the air (which had
toy money inside it).