Thursday, 4 November 2010

Growing up and Maturing


It seems a long time since my last blog but I'm back!!!!!

Since my last blog we have had a fantastic 6 weeks holiday in Australia, more about that later. We then had five weeks to get the allotment emptied, tidied and ready for winter because I knew I was going into hospital for a hernia operation.
The operation was two weeks ago and I am now on the mend.

Growing up and Maturing - My four Grandchildren

So what about our holiday in Australia. We had a really good holiday with my son Dean and Rachel but can you remember this photo from my last blog?
Well these are my Grandchildren now, Charlotte and Jacob.
Really growing up and probably learnt a few things from Ryan and Kye, better not to think about it!!!!!!!

  • I didn't know if my granddaughter, Charlotte, had learned her colours yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what colour it was. She would tell me and she was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued. When I finished, she headed for the door, turned and said,
"Grandad, I think you should try to figure out some of these, yourself!"

While we were in Australia my daughter Joanne and Neil had my new Grandchild, Izac, born on my birthday (I was chuffed).
Remember this photo?
Well look at Izac now, with a very happy Grandad,
so these are my other two Grandchildren, Joseph and Izac.

  • When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, "I'm not sure." "Look in your underwear, Grandad," he advised, "mine says I'm 4 to 6."

Grandchildren. This is what the Nickisson Family Tree is all about!

Growing up and Maturing - Now the Allotment

As I mentioned at the beginning, when I got back from holiday we needed to work on the allotment so that it was ready for winter and before I went into hospital. We needed to take out any produce that was left growing and then compost everything else.
All that is left in the ground are Brussels Sprouts, Leeks and a few Potatoes.
The Greenhouse and the 'Conservatory' have been emptied and Onions, Winter Cabbage and Cauliflower have been planted in seed trays, ready for planting out in the next week (hope we haven't left it to late!!).
We are also growing Lettuce in the Greenhouse hoping that it will continue to grow during the cold winter. You never know!!!!!
Joanne also bought me a Grape Vine for my birthday and this will be kept in the 'Conservatory'
This vine is a German Hybrid, Vitis 'Regent' and has been bred specifically for the UK climate. Grapes to eat or Red Wine to make? Looking forward to letting you know.

On Reflection:
  • I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: - 'No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.'

  • Maybe it is true that life begins at fifty .. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out..

  • Money can't buy you happiness ... But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.

See you soon