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A Quiet Evening In

We could have gone out for a pub meal and enjoyed a gig by a band playing covers of songs from the Sixties and beyond. Or stayed home with Team Baldwin, fish and chips, a film and a few games of "Sevens." We chose the latter.


We watched Billy Elliott, a film we haven't seen for simply ages. Rather over generous use of the "F" word but Jack and Hazel seemed oblivious to this. Or perhaps they were pretending on the basis that the Aged Grandparents were probably too innocent to understand. I love the story of the boy who learns to be himself and follow his dreams. I did rather a lot of sniffing throughout the film. Jack and Hazel humoured me by not commenting on the sniffs. Only a few years ago and Hazel would have been peering into my face and enquiring: "Are you crying yet, Nanna?" We decided we need to go to see the stage show again, but all together this time. It's a date.


After the film we played cards. We set a finish time before we started which was based on the fact that the clocks are going forward tonight and Hazel has to get up and go to work in the morning. Well, it is called work and she earns good money for it - but helping out at a laser party sounds like fun to me. Jack reminded Hazel that tomorrow's party will involve a camp fire. "Kill me now!" she declaimed, dramatically. She showed me what she has bought her Mum for tomorrow's Mothering Sunday. The blog is sworn to secrecy so I cannot reveal the contents of the parcel so lovingly wrapped up - but the Youngest of the Darling Daughters will love it. "It didn't matter how much it cost, I just had to buy it," Hazel told me.


We played Sevens and I won two out of three games. Jack and Hazel were generous in defeat, Mr B was rather less so.


Tomorrow Young Faris will arrive with his mum and we can't wait to see him - but it has been lovely having some precious time with these older grandkids, just us and them.


Plus the fish and chips and Billy Elliott of course... 


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23.04 | 20:15

lovely and heartwarming - an inspiration to us all x

09.03 | 12:07

Love this story told as ever beautifully.x

10.11 | 21:31

What a super account of a special event. I loved meeting you last night and seeing your creation come together. I’m so pleased you got so much from the activity

07.09 | 13:17

I have broad shoulders x

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