Thursday, 1 August 2013


Just thought I'd update you on what's been happening here.

We've had a busy couple of weeks having a new drive laid and new gates made and installed and are very pleased with the finished result.

 View from the back of the drive

View from the front of the drive, see the gates?

Today we have tidied the garden, helped by our youngest grandson, Nate, who has spent the day with us, as he is on holiday from school and his Mum and Dad are working.

Nate with his Dad (my youngest son)

Today is our eldest grandson Sam's birthday, he's 14, where did 14 years go????  We will be joining the family at the pub for Sam's birthday tea this afternoon.
Sam at Kick Boxing

On Monday we are off on another trip, just until Friday, we are going to Down Hall Country House Hotel near Bishop's Stortfort, which is in Hertfordshire.  The trip is with our usual company as they offer sightseeing trips included in the price and this trip is no exception.    

On Tuesday we have a day out to Cambridge, with its museums, art galleries, beautiful architecture and college buildings.  Wednesday we visit Southend-on-Sea with its seven miles of sea-front and pier. Thursday morning will find us at Castle Hedingham, a small village in northeast Essex, where we enjoy a round trip on the ColneValley Railway and an included Cream Tea, in the afternoon we will have some time in Colchester

Of course I will be taking the camera and reporting back to you to after the trip.


Finding Pam said...

You are one busy lady. Enjoy your trips and grandkids.

Banker Chick said...

What a great trip...we are off to Santa Barbara to see the grandkids about mid-month. It will be cool in comparison to MO. It has actually been a mild summer in comparison to others, but somewhat humid.

MorningAJ said...

Sounds like a nice trip. We've not been in that neck of the woods for a while.

Valerie said...

They're a couple of healthy grandsons by the look of it, and a kick-boxer as well. Hope the weather holds for your trip out, maybe just a tad cooler for the coach journeys. Have a wonderful time.

Oh, forgot to say, I LOVE the gates. Just what I always wanted....duh!

Akelamalu said...

I am and I do Pam xx

It's always good to spend time with the grandkids BankerChick, enjoy. xx

They are all places we have never visited AJ, so we're really looking forward to the trip.

They are, thank God, Valerie. I've checked the long range weather forecast and it's not looking too bad, that's if they've got it right. LOL Our old gates were very similar but very, very heavy and had started rusting so it was time for new ones.

Cloudia said...

Handsome lad - yes! We have been thinking of YOU! Glad to see you enjoying such a Summer, Dear :)

ALOHA from Honolulu
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Akelamalu said...

Thankyou Cloudia xx

tony said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM! I hope the weather stays sunny for the school holidays.

Sandi McBride said...

Lots of work going on at your end...grandsons are quite handsome...I have a 14 year old grand daughter as of July 28th and I have no clue where the years went...seems like yesterday doesn't it?

Mama Zen said...

You've been busy!

Beach Bum said... drive laid and new gates made and installed...

Spent the better part of the last two days painting. There are times, okay that's most of the time, when I wish I lived in an apartment and someone else did all the maintenance upkeep.

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Tony, his mum is hoping for good weather over the holidays.

Oh yes they grow up so quickly Sandi!

Well we didn't do the work ourselves Mama Zen, but we did make the workmen endless drinks.

Ah that would be great wouldn't it Beach? Lol

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

LOVE the driveway and gates! have fun honey, and the grandchildren are adorable.

smiles, bee

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Bee. xx

politelyinsulting said...

Lovely new drive :) You are ALWAYS going on holiday. HAVE FUN :)

Secret Agent Woman said...

The driveway and gates look great. Have fun on your upcoming trips!

Daryl said...

i hope the party was fun

Ron said...

Way to go! The drive looks faaaabulous! Love the tile!

Happy Belated Birthday to your grandson, Sam!

Hope you're having a great time on your trip, m'dear! Looking forward to stories and photos!


Flowerpot said...

You are making the most of life Ak - good for you!

Travis Cody said...

The driveway and gates look terrific.

Happy birthday to Sam!

Vanessa V Kilmer said...

Beautiful driveway. Your grandsons a so handsome.

Maggie May said...

I've never been there and it looks a wonderful stately home.
You are probably the most well seasoned traveller I *know*!
Maggie x

Nuts in May

CrystalChick said...

Handsome family! I'm sure Sam had fun as teenagers do so well.
The driveway and gates look quite nice. Ours is a wreck! We'll have to make some improvements eventually.