Showing posts from April, 2014

P stands for Paella


O is for Out and about

I live in a leafy suburb of Liverpool England  UK.
We are lucky to live in such an  outstanding  area of learning excellence.
 There are several faith schools which always achieve good results  through the national curriculum and also some private schools which are now grant maintained.
 Thanks to Government funding, this gives all children an equal chance to go to a school that will suit their needs.
We also have the Hope University Campus,( part of Liverpool University). just around the corner from our home.
This a lovely place to just to walk through with our grandchildren on the way to school.
One of our favourite places to go is Calderstones Park , it is in open parkland with a beautiful  secret walled garden.
 There is a large lake with swans and ducks paddling around, eagerly awaiting  little chubby 'kiddy hands.' proffering chunks of bread and cake.
 Also there is a cafĂ©, serving delicious home made cakes, hot and cold drinks and an assortment of ice creams and ice lollies.

N is for Neighbours

Neighbours  Everybody needs good neighbours  with a little understanding  you can find the perfect blend  Neighbours should be there for one and other  That's when good neighbours become good friends. These are the lyrics to the world renown soap opera
  It is based in Ramsey Street Australia,
The tales evolve round the comings and goings of the
neighbours, all very interesting and heart warming too!
Several of the character sprang to fame in the music industry
 including Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.

We have wonderful neighbours and have shared many joyous occasions
 including special birthdays, Christmas and New Year parties and so on,

The most special neighbours are the family who live next door,

 'The Nygaards'
There are the two boys aged 22 and 17,
 then Mum and Dad Karl and Anna.

We've been friends for 21 years from the day they moved in when the elder son was just
 eighteen months old. Within a short space of time we would be invited around for me…

M is for Mother love,

I cannot describe the joy I felt when my first daughter Kirsten was born, there was this tiny little being humming quietly, taking in her first breaths of humanity.

How did her daddy and I manage to create  such a model of perfection,  she had an auburn cast to her curly hair and the brightest blue eyes I ever did see.

My GP, (Doctor) was a Scotsman called  Murdoch McLeod,  he looked after me all through the pregnancy, His appearance was a bit scary, he  had a shock of red hair and huge bushy eye brows.
Despite his scary appearance he was a marvellousMedical Practitioner.
For the first two weeks of Kirsten's life he would call round to make sure Mother  and Baby were making  good progress, I also had a Midwife looking after me,
this wasduring  the  70's  when there was such excellent  Carein the Community,
 How things have changed ! 

My dear mother Margaret came to stay with us and she cooked marvellousmeals,  to sustain the new Mum and Dad, whilst getting to know this tiny little mi…


I dedicate the lyrics of this lovely song to Leslie and Lorne   to celebrate their forthcoming marriage.

Love is lovelier the second time around 
Just as wonderful with both feet on the ground
It's that second time you hear your love song sung
Makes you think perhaps love,  like youth is wasted on the young

Love's more  comfortable the second time you fall 
Like a friendly home the second time you call
Who can say what brought us to this miracle we've found?
There are those who'll bet love  comes but once, and yet
I'm so glad we met the second time around.

Leslieand Lorne's  forthcoming marriage  brings to mind when my first marriage collapsed,

I found myself  alone with three adorable little girls  to raise, I didn't think I would fall in love again, yet I did,  just a year later....
We didn't marry for a few years as we wanted to go slowly so that the 'girls' would get used to Ian and him to them, We both maintained our own homes but spent weekends toget…