Thursday, 19 July 2012

Just a quick catch up.

          Hi guys,I have just sat down to have a coffee on my own as I have the house to myself for a couple of hours which as I have said before I just lovvvveeeee time on my own.Just a quick post to catch up with a couple of things that has happened over the last few weeks which have brought a smile to my face.
    Eldest grandson Billy has had his sports day at school as I mentioned a few weeks ago in my post,sorry its taken so long to tell you about it.It was a beautiful day the ground was a little wet but it was sunny and warm and the ground didn't stop them.Billy came 1st and 2nd in some of his races and his team which are called The Lapwings came first so as you can imagine he was very excited about that. The photo below is him with his egg and spoon which he came second in,he came first in his running race and 2nd in the sack race.
     This is Lewis cheering his brother on,he ran in the toddlers race and came third they all love running.
        The races seem to have tired Scott out bless him,he wasn't asleep just laid down to watch.

      Here they both are looking very proud of their older brother.
    Billy with the cup his team received for winning.
      This one made me laugh because Billy had told us all we could not cheer for him cos it puts him off so we did as we were told,until grandad shouted to him before his running race and this was the look he got,grandad soon shut up lol.

      Cheeky monkey Scott getting up on to my work top in the kitchen to look at the trains as they go by,sometimes think they only come to see me because of the view from my windows a little boys dream.
    I have wanted to paint the shelves in my kitchen for a while now but just not known weather I would like them when done,well I took the paint brush to them and this is what they came out like.


     I do like them they have brought a bit of life to the kitchen having had every thing wood for so long its made a big difference,I'm happy with them.
    Last week was another sports day with a difference,7 schools from the villages down our valley joined together for Olympic sports.Billy's school secretary was one of the runners for the Olympic torch in our nearest town and the school bought the torch after so they had it to be able to use.All the children were jumbled up and put into countries and had the flags and tshirts with their team colour.They had an open ceremony for the Juniors and then the infants it was fantastic to see them all getting involved.2 of the older children ran in with the torch,unlit but the schools had been and lit the beacon for the village before it all started.Danny Nightingale who was a Olympic gold medallist in 1976 has been going  around the schools for a few weeks talking to the children to encourage them all about sports,was there to open the ceremony and spend the day with them.
The cooks from each school got together and did lunch for the children and spectators which was lovely and must of taken forever to organise.The whole day was lovely and the weather was fantastic the days before we had rain showers and thought it may have to be cancelled but it was a scorcher I think the angels have been working a little magic for the school having 2 sports days and both lovely weather.The day after was torrential rain you would have thought we had been in a different country.

    This pic is the boys with the torch and Danny Nightingale.And the one below is the infants doing their dance in the ceremony,Billy is the one at the back in yellow with his head turned from us,he did very well they all kept in sequence with each other most of the time.

                                Lewis was wanting to run with them bless him.
   The venue was Danby moors centre and is in beautiful surroundings it is well worth looking up if you are ever up in North Yorkshire lots of things for children to do and learn about and a lovely place for walks and a picnic.

              I think this is a lovely photo of Scott do you ?

              This is Billy getting ready to do his long jump (he was in the French team yellow).He did well but didn't win that one,he did win the running race for his year and the throwing for his year so he did really well out of 50 pupils his age,I'm very proud of him.

           Scott taking a rest,this isn't our chair he just saw no one was in it and decided to take a rest,only little ones can get away with such things.

         Billy's team came third at the end of the day and they all got a bronze medal each.As they all got up on the stage at the end of the closing ceremony there was a lot of tired looking children and a few teachers and spectators too but a brilliant day was had by all.It had taken the schools 2 yrs to organise and a lot of hard work I'm sure but very worth while.

                                               Billy with his medal which is proudly displayed on his bedroom wall.
   Well I have ranted on enough now and need to get outside and tend to my little garden while it is dry,I do hope that we are going to get some sunshine this weekend it would be nice to start the summer holidays for the children with nice days then we can get out for nice walks picnics and building sand castles on the beach not forgetting the sand in me sandwiches after all that's the best bit about a day on the beach. I hope you are having a good day what ever you are doing and are all well and happy.Love for now from Jill xx


  1. Hahaha, love "the look"! That'll teach him :)

    Nice work on your shelving Jill, really perked them up, looks lovely.

  2. Love your shelves done in white! I want to do that to my own kitchen cupboards. And the Olympics for the kiddies...that's marvelous. When we had the winter Olympics here, all the schools did special things too.

  3. Jill, your shelves are so pretty, I don't know where you find the time to paint. Those three darling boys must keep you on your toes and running most of your waking hours. They are so cute.

    In answer to your comment on my blog: I can not even let myself think about not having my Steve . . . I know so many widow ladies and it has got to be a very lonely road to travel. If he likes his silly old man shows . . . great . . . we're together, that's what I like. I can tell that you have a happy family life, too. God has blessed us. Thank you for sharing.
    Your blogging friend, Connie :)

  4. Hi Jilly, loved your photos of the children, they look as if they had a whale of a time.My grandchildren had their sports day but it was 'non competitive'! Can you believe that? Because some parents complained that last year it was too competitive.Honestly some people are in for a rude awakening in life arent they, life is competitive!!
    Anyway, really adore your painted shelving, amazing what a coat of paint can do. Have a lovely weekend love, Anne

  5. Hi Jilly, love your shelves, love the colour, what a lot of painting, great sports day pics, long time since Ive been to a sports day, my daughter always enjoyed them, especially the sack race, where her dad would always give her a few tips and she won! Julie xxx

  6. Wonderful pictures, the boys have been so very busy !!!
    I love the new colours of your kitchen cup boards, great work !!!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. It is great having the house to yourself, I love it!
    The boys look great and your shelves are brilliant, I love the maker-over. Sometimes you just have to get on and do it. After I am always pleased.
    Have a wonderful weekend too.
    Love Carol xxx

  8. I LOVE the painted shelves!!! There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a plain old pine piece turned into something special. I do love counter top standing pieces.... sadly, I don't have the room, sigh! Your shelves look amazing!
    Have a great weekend,
    Kerry x

  9. Visit from Norway;-) Have a nice day;-))

  10. Hello,
    Your grandchildren are adorable. I love the sulky face pic. Nauhty Granddad!
    Your shelves look beautiful. I love them. Your kitchen must be a lovely place.
    Tracy xxx

  11. I love the painted shelves and your dishes look great in them.

  12. Jill, Thanks for being concerned about our hail storm . . . all is well, not much damage. I heard later that there was a small tornado hitting down in parts of our area. Steve said that he could see it from his window and work. Tornadoes are new to our area . . . but we've seen a few small ones in the past ten years or so. I don't know why that is, maybe the increase in humidity as our dessert area grows and there are more people planting trees and farming and using more of the irrigation. It's a mystery to me. I've never been much of a science buff. Have a great week, Connie :)

  13. How lovely that the boys are so athletic and healthy!

  14. Oh Jill, I loved every photo and every word of this post about your G-son's game days. I am so thrilled to hear that the weather was so good to you all, knowing the kind of weather you have been having so far this year : )
    Your little g-boys are sooooo darling!!!! I am in love with that little Scott! Such a darling!!!
    Thank you for sharing these special days with us.
    sending many hugs...