Friday, 21 October 2022

Friday's Fave Five - 21/10/22

And it's Friday again.  How did that happen?  I've only just managed to get around to all the blogs linked to last week's Friday Five.  Thanks to our host Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story for keeping us on our toes on Fridays to pause, take a breath, and think about the good things from the previous week.

1)  Saturday I was up and out early to try and catch sight of my younger son.  He was doing a 50km run through Epping Forest which is the forest near our house.  The run started near our old house followed the forest past our lake, then on through the forest to Epping, and then all the way back to the start!  He does love a challenge.

I managed to catch sight of him and take a picture.  Well he caught sight of me as I was chatting to a dog walker!  Anyway I saw him.  

Hubby and I were both hoping to catch sight of him on his way back but unfortunately he missed a turn and ended up running down the other side of the lake to where we were sat.  Fortunately he was able to link up with the route at the bottom of the lake and made it back to the finish.  

2)  On Sunday we started off with a lazy morning then Hubby and I decided on doing a walk in Chingford.  We took the train to Chingford station and then walked up to a view point and then a loop through the forest.
This is an obelisk which is on the meridian line which runs through Greenwich.  Hopefully Hubby is pointing north!

This is looking south and you can just see the outlines of buildings in the city of London.  Unfortunately it was too hazy to see them clearly.

This was a bit further on looking down onto the reservoirs near us.

We were hungry by the time we got back to Chingford so we found somewhere to have some lunch before heading home by bus.

3)  1:1 time with grandson Nathan on Monday.  Unfortunately Granddaughter Ella was in hospital Sunday night as she was very wheezy again and needed steroids and nebulisers.  She came home on Monday evening and is a lot better now but on an inhaler regime and antibiotics.  Anyway Nathan had a very disturbed night - he woke at 12 and didn't get back to sleep until 3 am.  (He was being looked after by a family friend, a favourite of Nathan's but of course he wanted his Mummies.)  Long story short, he didn't go to school so Nanny had him for the day.  We played a lot of games!

I'm thankful that we're retired and can help out our families when needed.

4) A quieter end to the week - after Nathan on Monday and then Vinny on Wednesday it's been nice to have a couple of days with no demands on my time to be able to relax a bit.  I even got some crochet and knitting done:

The knitting group are making poppies for a Remembrance Day display in the church where they meet.  These aren't finished yet as they need their black centres.  I tried out the knitted pattern (on the left) but I think I will stick to doing the crochet ones - they're quicker to make!

5)  Another job crossed off the to do list:

I finally moved the plaque with our house number on it so that it's visible.

Previously it was hidden by the rose bush!

It's currently stuck on with some heavy duty suction tape which avoided the need for drilling holes.  Hopefully the tape will be as good as it's supposed to be otherwise there will be another job to add to my to do list lol.

Now I'm off to make up beds ready for the arrival of our elder son and his family (and dog) on Sunday.  They will be staying this week as it's half-term break.

Have a good weekend all.


  1. Hi Wendy! Looks like you had a good week. I love the pictures from your walk in Clingford. Good for your son for running in and completing a 50km run. Good for you for going to watch and support him. I hope that your grands are feeling better soon. I love the little red flowers you are crocheting. I love the architecture of the entrance to your home! I hope you have an excellent weekend. See you again soon!

  2. That's funny, my son participated at the marathon run in Amsterdam and he sent me almost the same picture !
    That's good for young parents to have a grandma available, I didn't have the chance, my mother was afraid of babies and my grandma raised me until I was 6 ! Strange disease. Toby is now getting more and more independent he looks also older then he is, my poor son suffers because his "little" one prefers his friends to his Dad ! That's normal I comforted my son, remember you did the same, and your Dad suffered too ! Your trees are still quite green, ours too !

  3. sounds like a full week of special blessings for you especially the time with your grandson. Sorry to hear your grandgirl is ill.
    YAY for watching your son run and for having time to do that pretty knitting.
    OOH...I'll have to show my husband the meridian line photo. We used to celebrate New Year's Eve at 7 pm with our oldest girl and then put her to bed....because dave said that was the time in England when it was Midnight (or some such thing). He's always loved telling the girls about the prime meridian line. (he worked in England for about 4 months when our oldest was just 3 years old).
    Happy weekend!!

  4. It is so great that you are so close to most of your kiddos and can help as needed (and see them often!). It does feel good to get little jobs done around the house. I really need a day to get a half dozen things done that I keep putting off. How fun to see your son running a marathon! Good for him. I'm lucky to walk a mile of more. Wendy, it is always good to catch up with you here!! xo

  5. One of the great gifts of being retired is having the time to help out and spend time with our childen and grandchildren, isn't it?

  6. Your son must be very fit to do a 50km run.

  7. How fun that you were able to catch sight of your son on his race, or at least on one part of it. I'm sorry Ella was sick. It really is nice to be able to be available when our kids and grandkids need us. I'm glad you had a nice outing with your husband. The crocheted poppies are really cute. It will help a great deal to have your house number visible! Hopefully the heavy duty tape will hold it for a long time.

  8. You had a very busy and eventful week. It is great to be available to help our kids and grands, but it's also great to have those down days to relax.
    Your day out in Chingford looks like so much fun. (I am going to check it all out on google maps) We visited Greenwich and took our photos on the meridian.
    Have a good week ahead!

  9. Thank you for sharing all the photos, very fun to see your part of the world. :-)
    I love how you are able to care for your family.
    Enjoy the new week.

  10. I love the crocheted poppies. It is nice to be able to help out with the grandchildren. I know I appreciated that as a young mom and my girls do too. That being said we need the down time to recharge too : )


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