Today we helped move our middle son into his new flat in Salford, which means we are down to one child left at home. We had a few tears off Michele in the morning before we set off to meet ‘our little BIG Chef’ at his new flat and then a lot more as we drove away and settled down at home without the BIG daft one in our home. However we still have one young man at home, Joshua. I’m sure he’ll miss his BIG brother not being here too.
Lewis has changed jobs and left The Radisson Blu, hotel in Manchester & started a new job as Chef de Party at Cau, Media City, Salford. Cau is a new restaurant opening up at Media City, Salford that embraces Argentinian Cuisine. They already have 15 restaurants across the UK & the one opening at Media City will be their 16th.
Michele has decorated the house ready for Christmas, with the tree and decorations all now up. We better get the presents wrapped too now I suppose.
The Christmas parties are coming quick and fast, my first one with Team Whatmuff was a week last friday which was a couple of beers around the Northern Quarter area of Manchester. We called into Terrace, Lower Turks Head, Smithfield Market Tavern, Crown & Kettle and the final one was the Castle on Oldham Street.
Michele had her one and only Christmas party on Thursday past at hotel Innside.
And then there will be my third and final one which will be the usual lunch-time pint with curry half n half with the ‘Old Boys’. We sometimes manage to drag this one out to the whole afternoon out but a couple of us have run out of holidays, so it’ll be just a lunch time gathering for me.
Manchester United have had a bad week this week after being beaten in the Champions Group stage which meant they finished 3rd in the group and then being beaten away at Bournemouth 2-1. Will Louis Van Gall find the winning formula and get United back on the winning track?
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.
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.