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Father’s Day 2015

I’ve been a lucky father today as for the first time in a couple of years I’ve had all four out my children with me this afternoon at my daughters for a BBQ on Father’s Day.

As well as celebrating with my four little darlings, I’ve had one son-in-law to be (just under six weeks to go to the wedding), one grandson, one daughter-in-law to be (just under twelve months until the wedding) all sat at the same table for tonight’s tea. The only one missing was my son’s girlfriend who is away at university in Bradford.

Matt had cooked up an absolute delightful Father’s Day BBQ with burgers, sausages, salmon & slow cooked pork on offer. My daughter and grandson will never go hungry being married to this man as he can certainly cook.

Father’s Day gifts this year included new tee shirts, a bottle of Jack Daniels, wine gums, money and a book about life growing up in my home village of Timperley in the 1930’s called Timperley Boy.

The next time we’ll be altogether will be in just under six weeks at Sam & Matt’s wedding.

But before celebrating Father’s Day with my gang we also had my dad and father-in-law to visit and celebrate Father’s Day with them.

Long Time NO blog, but I’ve been to Maastricht!

Well we’ve just come out of busy period for the Cleary household hence the reason for a lack of posts. But I suppose you’ll forgive me for being busy?

The first thing to report is that we’ve had a week away from work following on from the Easter break which was enjoyable even though it was busy.

The Easter break started off with my Dad, brother and I having a long awaited afternoon out visiting some of the pubs of my home town of Altrincham. We called in the ‘Old Market Tavern’ as our first stop and had a couple of beers. The pub was not busy but there was a small gathering which gave the place an atmosphere. Our second pub was the ‘Orange Tree’ and was not busy at all! In fact we were the only ones in there for a while apart from the landlady. The bar had by the looks of things had an extensive refurbishment that had smartened the pub up no end. Again we had a couple of beers here while dad mixed the round up with a coffee. Our third and final pub was the ‘Malt Shovels’ and it looked like it had not changed at all in the 25+ years since my last visit. It was the most busy of the pubs we jaunted into on the Good Friday afternoon, however the beer was not at its best and after one pint went back to the bar we forced the other one down before having a whiskey and then heading home to some fine home cooked food at mum’s.

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Half term

This past week was half term at school which meant that Joshua was off school all week. We agreed that he could have 3 days at home enjoying his own company and we would have Thursday and Friday with him.

Well the first three days of his half term break was spent playing on his xbox with his mates, then mum and dad spoilt the fun by having two days off with him.

We’d planned to have a family day out on Thursday as Lewis and Danielle were both off too but only after Josh had been to the orthodontist for his consultation about his brace fitting. It was agreed that his brace fitting will take place the Easter holidays.

So after his consultation we went to pick Lewis and Danielle up from her Aunts house as Lewis had been introduced to her Aunt and Uncle.

All three kids fancied a game of ten pin bowling so off we headed towards the bowling alley as the Marcon Stadium (Bolton Wanderers Ground). But guess what with it being half term we were told the next available lane would be available in 3 hours! I presume that this was because it was wet outside. So instead we had a change of plan and elected to go to the cinema to watch the Kingsman. Tickets purchased znd off we set towards the screen showing the film, only to be stopped in our tracks by the manager checking tickets who notified us that we were unable to enter the cinema as Josh was not 15! Well he will be in 2 weeks but that;s not now!

So the 3rd option for the day was a trip to Fleetwood but as most of the day had already been used up we’d only get half a day there. We did have a nice afternoon though shopping at Freeport and managed to pick up a couple of bargains too, On the way home we called in to Applewood Farm for a carvery and the only one not to over-face themselves was Michele!

Friday was a bit of a wash-out with the weather as well as feeling a little under the weather – I wonder if it was something I ate?

So we spent the day clearing a load of old paper work which then enabled us to be able to take the old filing cabinet to the refuse tip on the saturday morning. I also set up a new fax machine for my Father-in-Law. I didn’t know they still sold them!

Saturday afternoon and evening was spent out in Manchester with our good friends Warren and Dawn helping to celebrate Dawn’s birthday.

We met up at The Castle on Oldham Street, however Michele was not impressed and called it an old man’s pub! From there the girls headed off shopping while Warren and I had a couple of more beers at the Micro Brewery Bar in Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre. When the girls returned we headed off to Sinclair’s Oyster Bar where both girls were accused of being lesbians as they wouldn’t join a group of lads while Warren and I were at the bar getting the beers in. From Sinclair’s we headed off for something to eat at The Mitre Hotel. Wow it was busy but we did manage to get a table for the four of us. The food was excellent when it came and we enjoyed a couple of Bellini’s along with a couple of extra beers before heading home courtesy of Dawn driving.

Today has been wet and cold with sporadic snow showers that were not sticking as the ground was wet. We were going to go back into Manchester today to end the half term break watching the Chinese New Year Celebrations but due to the wet weather we’ve stayed inside all day.

Now back to work tomorrow.