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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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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.

Manchester United's Old Trafford Football Ground - J Stand

J Stand – Old Trafford

In a week of turmoil at Old Trafford where David Moyes was sacked after only 10 months in power there is another change being applied to the fans sat in J Stand or now commonly known as the NE Quadrant at Old Trafford. The Season Ticket holders in J Stand are being told to move out so that the club can introduce a ‘singing section’!

You may well ask why this affects me, well it doesn’t anymore as I didn’t renew my season tickets in J Stand after 24 years of sitting there myself, but I still have a number of friends that I’ve known for many years that sit there & to move them out to create a singing section is just very poor & a bad move by the club.

I know the atmosphere at Old Trafford has waned over the years & the great roar the crowd used to deliver only comes out on special occasions but United is no different to any other club nowadays in the Premier League which is a shame as it was the atmosphere that got me hooked on going to football matches.

So why does the club need a singing section & of all places intend putting it in J Stand? Why not make 100 or 200 blocks of seats all around the ground earmarked for fans that want to sing throughout the matches rather than in just one section. Surely the noise needs to come from all across the fantastic stadium rather than just from J Stand?

my thoughts are with my friends who are being scattered far & wide across the stadium.