We passed another milestone in our retirement yesterday (or possibly two days ago depending on if we ever get a WIFI signal again here at Craigtoun Meadows). Yes, on Saturday 6th July it was our first grandchild Rose’s second birthday and, although I suppose you could say that it was more of a milestone in her life than ours, it prompted a good deal of reminiscing on our behalf as we thought back to the second birthdays of both Paul and Sarah way back in the 1980’s.
In the same way that Marion and I spent hours preparing special cakes for the events all those years ago, Sarah made a huge effort and came up with this super dog. She may not be in the league of our old friend Jan Harbon just yet but the fact that many of the visitors to Rose’s party asked where she had bought the cake spoke volumes for her hard work.
Rose had a lovely time at her party. All the kids who came were well behaved and happy and everything ran smoothly giving Sarah and Duncan (and Marion) just rewards for all the hard work that they put into arranging the day. There was plenty to eat and drink and nobody went home hungry or thirsty.
It only seems like a few months ago that we raced up to Dundee to see Sarah in hospital when Rose was born and yet two years have flown by and we now have a little girl who is a million miles from being a baby and who greeted Marion today with “you’ve got a blue dress on Nanny”. “Coochie coo” and “gaga” are distant memories and I imagine that she’ll be interested in reading soon. With hair like this Einstein’s "Theory of relativity" perhaps.
Phone signals are as elusive as WIFI signals here at the caravan. This is how Marion had to stand to take a phone call from Paul recently. It’s the caravan’s hotspot – move an inch to either side and the calls disconnect.