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World-wide game played by 11 people on either side & a ball with 2 goals. In the USA it is referred to as soccer.

Another Birthday weekend has passed me bye

Well last weekend another birthday passed me bye.

We celebrated my birthday all weekend, starting the birthday celebrations off on the Friday lunch-time with a couple of beers at a pub close to the office. As is customary on your birthday its your shout at the bar. We ended up this birthday celebration at a new bar on Piccadilly Approach called Piccadilly Tap. The bar is simple inside with just a couple of ‘poser’ tables & a few small traditional tables all with stools. But where they are lacking in furniture they make up for in beer selection, as they have three large blackboards on the walls with about ten beers per blackboard. All the beers range in style, flavour & cost. Take my word its well worth a visit if your visiting Manchester City centre.

Saturday was my birthday & we had a lazy start. Michele was the only one up with me as both younger boys were still in bed, no call from Andrew either, but I did get a text off Sam my daughter. Later that afternoon I had a visit from my mother-in-law who called over with a card and some money for me. Not long after the mother-in-law left I was on my way to collect my daughter and grandson. Matt my son-in-law was catching us all up later as he was at Old Trafford watching Manchester United. By the time we got back Mum, Dad & Aunty Jilla had already got to ours and were being ably entertained by Michele. Lewis had already left for work as he was on nights at Manchester’s Radisson Blu Hotel but before he left  did get a card with some money in it for my birthday. Josh too came up trumps with a card & money. Sam, Matt & Harry bought me Alex Ferguson’s new book called Leading along with some money.

Later on the Saturday night my brother & his family joined us along with Helen & her family. The Bray’s unfortunately were not in attendance as Warren was working nights & Dawn was already out with Adam. However they did call up the Sunday before with a card for me.

The card that travelled the furthest was the one from Chicago as my cousin Julie, Joe, Elle and Chris had sent one over for my birthday.

It was a late night as the birthday party wrapped up at 01:00hrs. I was then unceremoniously kicked out of bed at 03:00hrs for snoring, but that was due to the head cold I was starting to get coming out.  I was then woken by Lewis coming in at 05:00hrs who was having a rant about a dangerous taxi driver who’d brought him home. Then at 08:00hrs my grandson Harry was up and about. Matt and I kept him entertained until 09:00hrs when we made a drink for Grandma and took it upstairs to wake her.

Sunday was a day for relaxation after the busy birthday celebrations the day before. Even Drew made an appearance to wish me happy birthday and for a brief period I had all four of my darling kids under the same roof.

The week before my birthday celebrations was a busy one in the office as we’d rebranded from EC Harris to our parent company name ARCADIS. We had been part of their group for the past four years but now was the right time to become fully integrated. But this was fraught with branding issues as all our branded documents had to be rebranded. The CAD ones were poor and not as slick as what we had had previously. So it was a week of attempting to put these right. As I type now there are still some discussions on-going and tweaks being made to them!

This weekend was supposed to be a quiet one with the only appointment in the diary a visit to Wigan College’s open day for us to look round with Josh who finishes year 10 in June 2016. After the visit Josh appeared to change his opinion of Wigan College from poor to ‘it looks OK’

Saturday night was a must win game of Rugby Union for England v Australia with the winner progressing from the group stage to the knock-out rounds. I dont usually watch the rugby but I gave it a go. It was OK but England got beat by Australia, so that’s England out of the World Cup. At least the rugby shirts will be cheap now, why not check them out on Amazon!

Sunday was a double header of football with the Liverpool derby at Goodison and then Arsenal v Manchester United at 16:00. Everton and Liverpool drew 1-1 and it wasn’t long after the final whistle that Liverpool’s Manager Brendan Rodgers got the sack. Manchester United were convincingly beaten by Arsenal 3-0, which means United drop to 3rd place below Arsenal & it’s back to the drawing-board for Louis Van Gaal.

Eclipse 2015

It’s been an uneventful week this week in the Clary household.

We’ve all either been in work or school all week, Lewis has been on nights but strangely enough he’s not woken us up when he’s come in early doors which has been very thoughtful of him.

Friday was the first solar eclipse since 1999 & to say i was disappointed was an understatement. A couple of us wandered down to street level from our 10th floor office location as the sun was in the wrong position for us to see the eclipse. However a typical Manchester day meant there was some cloud cover that was doing it’s best to stop us seeing the eclipse. But that didn’t deter us.

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Bump!

Mrs C decided that we were going to take our Grandson Harry out for a walk on Saturday, so we were up and out early doors leaving the two youngest boys in bed!

Lewis had an excuse as he’s currently working nights at work and will only have got home to bed at about 06:00, Joshua on the other hand as i may have pointed out is being a grotty teenager so it was easier to leave him in bed.

We were at Sam’s for just after 10:00 and all Harry said when we got there was “Josh?“, nope sorry he’s not come as we’d left him in bed.

Sam joined us for the walk even though we did our best to persuade her to have a little bit of peace & quiet as Matt was also in bed after working nights. So off we headed towards Dunham Park. It’s all changed since we were last there as the car park we used to use opposite the style entrance neat Dunham lights has gone and they now have a large car park within the grounds not too far from Dunham village.

Sam had here National Trust pass with her so there was no need to pay the £6 car park fee.

Harry wanted to take his scooter along with us but we persuaded him to leave it in the car, so all Sam had to carry was his potty just in case he needed the loo as he’s still being potty trained.

Off we went in search of the deer which we were not disappointed albeit that they were a little farther away than I’d have wanted.

Now for the bump story……

most of the paths towards the deer sanctuary are well made apart from one section on the return trip towards the car park. Harry was getting a little tired so I’d picked him. This particular pathway was quite muddy so we moved across over a gully to a dryer section when i could feel my feet slipping in the mud. As I shifted my weight to get my balance i slipped more then realised i was going down with a bump. With Harry in my arms I’d got a dilemma do i fall on him, do i throw him to one side or do i take the hit and let Harry fall onto me?

So down we both came in the mud with a BUMP, Harry immediately burst in to tears even though he wasn’t hurt but just shocked. I was the one that took the full force and landed on my back. Jeans and coat now all covered in mud!

We finished our walk off with lunch in the cafe which was more expensive than we’d expected it to be. Two jacket potatoes, one sandwich , one child’s sandwich, two coffees, two bags of crisps and one bag of chocolate buttons – £23!!!

Saturday afternoon included a visit to see my sister-in-law for her birthday, then back home to prepare for an evening in with our friends Warren and Dawn.

Sunday as expected my back was aching from yesterdays bump so Mrs C has been fussing over me and administering pain killers.

We’ve also had time to catch up with my cousin in Chicago on Skype or was it facetime?

On the football front it’s been FA Cup weekend, Manchester United had a tricky draw at Cambridge, so it’s a replay at Old Trafford in the next 10 days or so, however Manchester City and Chelsea didn’t fair so well as they were both beaten and dumped out of the FA Cup by lower league clubs. Could this be the opportunity that Manchester United need to grab some silverware this season? We’ve not won the FA Cup though for the past 10 years so lets hope so.

Now settled down ready for the week ahead.