I thought you were still in your early twenties for you are so young at heart. Glad you had a great time both with your friend and family. Congratulation on your good news about the baby and on the good news about the new job. Bet you got a terrific view from the Shard.
Going back to the story about my grandfather, Before I took him to his little village, I also took him to The Hawk Conservancy. We arrived just in time for one of their flying demonstrations. This Lanner Falcon was released and flew up to the top of the field where it found a thermal and went up so high it was just a speck in the sky. They called it down with the aid of the lure and it swooped down at a heck of a speed and flew right over my grandfathers head, nearly taking his hat off. He told me, "I've lived in the country all my life but I aint never seen anything like that". He was made up about it. When we were nearly home, I took him into a local pub as he liked an occasional drink. He kept looking round and then made the comment "Its changed a bit since I was in here last" So I asked hime how long ago that was and he replied, "Cor blimey,that was when I was in the home gaurd during the war". The barman had to walk off as he was choking back the laughter. . He also loved Monkey Puzzle trees. Whenever I took him out, he would always mention it when he saw the first one. I didnt get on at all with my step father and my grandfather was more of a father figure to me than my step father ever was. He was quite a charachter trust me.
This morning I have fixed up a light complete with a movement sensor for our back garden as it is so dark you cant see the steps. Very pleased with it so far but will have to wait until its completely dark to get the benifit of it and to set it up properly. I have three local library drop ins planned for the next few weeks to try and get more members for our club. There are another three local libraries I will contact once I have done these.
Like you I have got to get my diet back on track as over the holiday I have put on more than I wanted. My chestnuts are all but finished but at least the shop up town is now stocking my frozen ones again so will be paying them a visit soon. I was talking with my siter who live about an hours drive away and she told me her club has to pay anything up to eighty pounds for people to give a talk to her gardening club so am probably going to buy one of those projectors. It just shows how much I have changed,A few years ago I would never have given a talk but now I actually enjoy doing it and am not even nervous about doing it.
By the time you get to read this you should not have to go tp work for a few days So I will wish you and your family a plesant weekend, Brian.