Today 7th October grandad starts a grand tour ….taking in a short trip too Birmingham and back ,three bouts of babysitting in three separate houses,and a grandsons birthday party ……will grandad survive!!!!! even grandad has his doubts
The story starts today at York station
Here i am at York station …..first time on a train for a long long time …..could be long evening ….anyhow the train is due to leave for Birmingham at 18.34
Well things have moved on since Grandad’s day 18.34 the train is due and 18.34 the train rolls in on platform 3 …..good old British Rail ……well it was British Rail in Grandads day lol ……anyhow Grandad is rambling on here for the Grandchildren are some pictures of Grandads train
Well the first leg of Grandads grand tour takes him the one hundred mile or so too Birmingham to see baby Freya ….there is another reason for this epic trip but we will come to that later…..Freya is the youngest of our Ten yes thats right ten granchildren but the only one who lives away so grandad does miss her a little bit (well lot,s really)but don,t tell her anyone! we don,t want her getting big headed about it do we? …..anyhow here is a picture of grandad on his way at Doncaster station
Well the fun is about to start ….the plan is to get off the train at New Street Station (Birmingham) Brian my son has told me not to talk or aproach any shady looking people but to ask for directions too the bus station ….YER RIGHT
Well my train rolled into Birmingham and off i got ……looking around for a not so dodgy person to ask for directions proved to be difficult …..very difficult (they all looked dodgy to me !!!) so out with the trusted iphone and the maps app
As you can see from the map above the directions took me to where the buses left for my final destination of the evening …..this was to be a new feather in my cap …..using a bus …..but all went well and i was at my sons house within twenty minutes …..alas to late to see Freya …she had departed for her cot an hour earlier ……..but not preturbed grandad put himself in charge should Freya wake up in the night ……well grandad got his wish at 5am in the morning and after giving baby Freya her milk grandad and baby Freya spent some quality time together ….bless anyhow here is a picture of us taken together in the early hours.
And with her grandad
Well after breakfast we all went to the local soft play warehouse with Freya and her little cousin Owen …..we were all expecting Freya to be tired ……after all grandad and she had been up for some time lol ……but no she had a great time as you can see below
Well tonight Grandad had the pleasure of babysitting Freya as Mummy and Daddy spent a well earned evening out …. and what a pleasure she was …..we walked round to the local shops for Grandads supper …..still she was smiling at everyone ……here she is in her pushchair on the way home.
Well yes she’s still smiling but tiredness must be starting to kick in ….well a few minutes later milk was demanded by Freya a sure sign of tiredness and as Grandad fed her the last feed of the day the strain of a busy day began to tell and eyelids began to close …….ha ha Grandad is the winner Grandad told her …….was he ? well we shall see …..anyhow here is a shattered Freya drinking her milk
So off to bed we go Freya was a spent force,grandad was the winner,freya was the loser,kissing her goodnight grandad made for the door the thought of my supper firmly in my mind …..well not for long it was’nt !!!!! as you can see below there was only one winner here and it sure was’nt Grandad!!
Well Freya slept well …..waking up at her normal time 5.30 for milk and nappy change and then went back off to sleep (as did grandad) ……..but in the morning ….well!!!! talk about the morning after as you can see from the picture below she was very much worse for wear !! had grandad been pushing her to hard ?
Actually naughty Grandad was lying ; it was 7am and i was woken up by Freya blowing kisses at me from her cot next to me …..she is so cute and i’m sat here in Birmingham New Street station writing this after just saying goodbye …so sad
I hate goodbye moments and in the normal course of things i would be sad for a couple of days …….but this weekend is not normal ….nope i have a couple of days of Grandads grand tour to go ……i have little over an hour to go before my train leaves for York and Kenzo,s (my grandson) third birthday party ….oh and much much more…..so i will
see you in an hour ……thats unless British Rail let me down lol
Well just over an hour later and the train is leaving Birmingham on time ……good old British Rail …..well east coast rail (whoever they are) below is a picture of Grandads train
Well Grandads train arrived on time …..and Nanna Jenny picked grandad up in the car ……there was no time to go home and get changed ! ! no our first job was to go and pick Spencer (my grandson) up and get to Kenzo,s party before all the sarnies went below is a picture of Spencer in the car …..as you can see he’s a little worried about the sarnie situation as well !!
Well a few minutes later we arrived at Kenzo’s birthday party and as you can see there was plenty of food left for Spencer and the other grandchildren there …..below is a picture of Cody ,Rhuban and Spencer all making the most of the in house catering lol
Ok what happened next made Grandads day Xavier my baby Grandson made a bid for freedom across the back garden not a problem normally ! but the fact that it had been raining for two days made it a problem lol grandad of course saw the funny side …..Daddy though seen below was less than amused …….mmmm not sure if it was Xavier or grandad he was less than amused at ??
As you can see above Xavier could see nothing wrong with his hands but daddy felt thay had to be washed !! grandad of course just reached for his camara again…….anyhow moving on slightly once Xavier had been cleaned and changed grandad was more the happy to rescue him below
Yes thats what grandad likes a nice clean boy……Mummy and Daddy had rented a bouncy castle for Kenzo’s third birthday party and this proved to be a winner with the grandchildren …..here are a few pictures of them
Well it was Kenzo’s third birthday and no birthday party is complete without a cake and this party was no different ….pepper pig was the theme this time and grandad just managed to get a picture before it was consumed
Well the party was coming to an end and it was sad to say goodbye …….Grandad as you know hates goodbye moments and as you know is usually sad for a few days …but this weekend is different …..oh yes the grandad tour was not over yet ……after all i hav’nt been home yet !!!
Well it’s monday and grandad is at home but not alone ….after taking Spencer home Grandad is still sitting here this morning with birthday boy Kenzo and baby Xavier …..both have been very good boys (as always) after helping grandad prepare dinner Kenzo is fast asleep …below
Bless …..anyhow we have had a great day and grandad is getting ready to take the boys home …..but we took a couple of pictures earlier and grandad has done a bit of artwork on the pictures …hope you like them
Well it,s over 72 hours since Grandad’s Tour started it’s time to say goodbye …….until next weekend anyhow …….i have loved every moment not just in writing this but more so in the company of such lovely children ……i’m a very very lucky grandad ……I would like to finish with one last photogragh though ……my daughter in law knows how much i miss Freya down in Birmingham …..they let me spend as much time as i could with Freya even though their little girls routine was somewhat thrown out the window (sorry about that ) lol …but she gifted me with a lovely photo of Freya posted below …….thanks for reading