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.
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.
We’ve had a lovely Sunday afternoon with the family.
Mum & dad had invited us over for Sunday roast & we had the day all mapped out with a short spell of shopping in Altrincham, followed by a visit to my brother & his family, then over to see Sam, Matt & Harry before catching up with mum & dad.
However it didn’t all go to plan as Lewis was struggling to free himself from the clutches of his bed! He’d been out late two nights on the bounce in Wigan!
So unfortunately a visit to see my brother & family had to get knocked on the head! Sorry Rob, Sarah, William and Max 🙁
Harry seemed a cheerful little fellow and was playing with uncle ‘big little chef’ (AKA Lewis) and uncle squash (AKA Josh) before he tripped near the TV & bumped his head just above his left eye, which resulted in a quick trip to the chemist then Altrincham Accident & Emergency Unit who applied a steristrp. After a tearful couple of minutes he seemed cheerful enough and the scar shouldn’t be too noticeable when gets older.