On Wednesday morning the tenth of April, I looked out of my window and the lawn, (grass,) in my back garden had a white light frost over it. I always remember the date as the tenth of April is my second sons birthday. Looking back to that day, it was a beautiful, sun shiny day and as he was born at home I was a very happy young mother. If any mums are reading this you will know it's one of the happiest day of your life when your child is born safe and well. It was so different when I had my first son. I had him in Risedale maternity hospital, even then they were over stretched. It was so busy the night he was born, there were mothers being moved about from place to place depending on how far in labour they were. We were kept in hospital for 10 days then and it was so full they came around and asked if any mothers could go home. The staff couldn't have worked any harder. They ran out of sheets and nappies at one time. I was happy to leave after five days, a midwife called daily so it was fine.
Still I'm getting away from the point. Today is looking much more like the spring day we need so much. I really hope the weather has turned for the better; we need it don't we? I think we even deserve a decent summer, not having had one for the past few years. Oh well we can only hope!
Well it's another sun shiny day, I haven't been out yet, and my setee covers are still out on the line in my garden. I forgot to bring them in last night and it has rained. No good moaning though because we really need the rain, and they will dry today. The radio says it is going to be around 55 degrees. My grandson, his wife Danniel and Tyler my great grandson are calling over and having lunch with me. I'm looking forward to it.
I have a friend and when he calls he often brings me a choc bar and a scratch card. I told him off for wasting his money. Then scratched it and surprise----surprise. I won £20 pound. Well we argued because I wanted him to have it, he refused, we then decided we would share it. I was quite excited as I don't win often. The day after I was left a message on my phone from The Credit Union that has started up in Barrow. I have joined it as it will be a great thing to help people who are in trouble and need a loan. There are so many loan sharks around and TCU, help by loaning members money at very little interest. Anyway the phone call was to tell me I had won the Easter prize. I thought great, I would love a nice choc egg. Well surprise again, I have won £50 pounds, I wish I could share me excitement with you all. Now as I'm not a gambler, do I buy another scratch card as many things run in three's don't they?
One of the things I really appreciate about being older is our free bus pass, I use it almost every day. I popped up to Ulverston and had a very nice lunch with a young friend who made especially for me, home made rye bread to have with the soup she had also made. I really love the fact that some one does something special for a friend. I'm going to miss her when she leaves but wish her all the luck in her new home. A good thing is though she wants me to visit and it's in a lovely place
It was nice to see Kate and Will here in Barrow, visiting BAE. My three grandsons work there, it's so good to know your family is in work. I wish all the kids were as lucky as we were years ago and knew they had a job waiting when they left school! Just a shame it was such a dull day for the royal couple, after all the sunny days we have had. It's great to be in the daily papers for something we can be proud of. They are such a good looking couple and I hope all goes well for them and thier child when he or she arrives.
We have been inundated with remarks some far too gushing, and some not very polite ones about Maggie Thatcher! It must be very hard for the people who love and care for her.
She has divided a nation even in death. Every one has a right to an opinion especially as we are in a free country. I still would hate to see people try to disrupt her funeral even though I agree that it is way over the top and the money could have better uses. It will bring and awful lot of money into London as the hotels will all be full. Also it will be world news and it would be nice if we showed the dignity as the civilised nation we have.
Though she did do some things that helped our country, such as standing up to a lot of the EU's nonsence. Saying that, 'I mean me, as I can only speak for my self,' have been let down by all parties. When John Smith died I wished that Margaret Becket had been voted in instead of Blair. We need another strong leader and I can't think of anyone on either side who could be that. Unless it's our local Mr Woodcock, he is showing the makings of an honest and really hard working MP. We have three MP's in Cumbria that are working hard and each one is from a different party. which gives hope to all.
Just finished preparing lunch for my visitors. I realised I only had yougerts and fruit for pudding. I know the little one won't be eating much fruit yet. Now, my rice pudding and custard come in tins. So I looked through my cupboard there weren't any. I decided I would make a rice pudding. I suddenly realised I hadn't made it for about forty years. I had milk, sugar, butter and even some nutmeg, I hope long grain rice will do. My mother-in-law made really good rice pudding, with a lovely skin on the top, the kids always called grandad's toffee as he use to share it with them. I was wondering if families now have the same customs, I guess it's so easy to buy ready made. Not sure how this one will turn out it doesn't look quite, what I remember. Still it might not look good but should taste the same. I'll eat it! My Nanna always told me, 'If you can't have what you like. Like what you have.' I loved her, but she was a dreadful cook. Just tried the pudding it not quite the same, still I'll give it another half an hour. Oh oh, I've read the packet it mentions good for curry!
I'm rambling on again so will say bye for now