Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Another entry from Jeanie.. at long last!

Well as you can see by the photo I AM STILL ALIVE!   LOL
I have been visiting Blogs but not found the time or the inclination recently to add to my Blog.  Writers block I suppose.  I know some of you have experienced the same over the years we have known each other.

Recently we had a little tootle 'around the block' the other day, where to our surprise, the chickens and geese have been moved from alogside the tarn!  Instead of seeing them all, and their coops, there are now some raised beds where, we presume, the tenants are going to grow vegetables in the near future.  I  always looked forward to approaching the gate to the tarn when out on our walk. The hens and cockerel always rushed to greet us, expecting food I suppose.  We never ever fed them, but presume others may have done so from their 'road runner' actions towards us.
Below is a photo of the tarn where sheep are now grazing.  There are a few coots and ducks using it, but not as many as there has been in the past.  I miss our little feathered friends.  They wore such variable plumage giving each one its own unique character. Although and old photograph, this is how it now looks. Sheep quietly grazing.  It is still a beautiful view but  sheep never ever rush up to greet anyone.  lol

Autumn Walk aroound the Tarn 032

I took delivery of a piano tuition book and a Yamaha keyboard stand this morning. 
I intend to have a wee go at learning how to play the piano.  My grandson Ben, who is nine, already brings tears to my eyes when I listen to him play his piano for me over the phone.  He is learning so fast!
They will be arriving this Sunday and staying until Wednesday as it is half term.  Samantha will be arriving on Wednesday, before they all leave, and will stay until the Friday or the Saturday. So, next week will be a busy family orientated week.  I am looking forward to spending lots of time with them all.  Lots of home baking will be on the cards from now until then.  Especially Ben's favourite, chocolate caramel shortbread.  Or 'Millionaires' shortbread, which is its other name.
I might just make some fudge too, as Rachel and Samantha love fudge.
Bryan has been spending the past few weeks in the attic re-arranging the train track, building more models and adding more scenery too.  It is all being done lovingly, so they have a nice surprise when they get here.  Matthew and Ben just love granddad's train track.  It is the highlight of their visit.
We also hope to pay a visit to our 'local zoo whilst they are here. (About 16 miles away).  One of the Sumatran Tigers has given birth to a cub, without the keepers even knowing she was pregnant.  If we go I will try and take photos of the little 'surprise' cub and place them on here.

                         I must away and have a wee practice at the piano keyboard.

This is Rachel, my lovely DIL, Amy Grace, Matthew and Ben, dining out on Ben's birthday.

love to all
Jeanie  xx


Andy said...

How lovely to hear from you, sounds like you have a busy time ahead

Veronica B. said...

J, looks beautiful... And I can almost smell those yummy baked goods... Hope the family visit goes well... May have to think about a trip out there myself... We can play "heart and soul" on the piano since that's all I seem to remember from my lessons... Cheers!

ADB said...

Hi Jeanie,
Good to hear you're keeping busy. Learning to play the keyboard is very worthwhile - as I know myself, having played the piano for more years than I care to remember.

Gerry said...

What a nice photo of you and as usual I love seeing pictures of the English countryside. And those dear sheep. Granpa's train tracks sound like the best entertainment for grandchildren. I am sure you are all going to have a lovely time when they visit.

Sybil said...

Hi Jeanie, glad to see a blog from you and a great photo !! Mary and I are just back from 4 days in Norfolk which was very nice.
By now you will have the gang and will be a busy granny...Hope you all have a lovely time and enjoy the zoo...(Isn't we Amy grace growing ! she is gorgeous.)
Love Sybil x

Lisa said...

I am a little late in getting around but here I am at last! I am thrilled to hear you are having a go at the piano. I would have loved to learn to play. We had an old piano when I was young and my grandma would play a few songs. I've always loved it. I hope it goes well and you'll share your talent with us. I like your header picture. It looks like such a bright, happy day. Take good care and tickle those ivories.

Judith HeartSong said...

I love the picture of you:)