Pull Up A Seat With Grandchildren

For XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’, here are a few seats which my grandchildren have enjoyed playing on in recent years.

The local mall has a play area for when they come to visit us in Florida.

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It’s always wonderful to see children enjoying simple pleasures.

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Who of us doesn’t remember the thrill of playing on the swings in the local park? Some things never change.

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When Sienna came to visit us in Johannesburg she wasn’t too old to enjoy the playground swings.

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Likewise with the rides in the shopping mall.

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A few years ago, this was my teenage grandson’s favourite seat as he wobbled around on his unicycle which he’d bought with our birthday money. He actually became quite proficient  on it, but alas such fads blossom and then die, so it now languishes in a corner of the garage.

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Thanks for looking at my nostalgic photos.  To join in XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat ‘ challenge, just click the link. I hope you’re all having a good day.

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Cheerful Pink for Cee’s FFC

Pink is one of my favourite colours, and my little granddaughters certainly take after me.

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My  birthday in July last year was quite a pink affair, with my sister making me this beautiful chocolate cake, decorated in pink.

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The following  day was my actual birthday, and we had ‘high tea’ at the Oyster Box Hotel, also with a pink theme.

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My favourite pink Hibiscus is/was growing in a pot outside our front door in Umhlanga. I hope the new owner is looking after it well.

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Pink is such a happy colour, and this weekend, I’m going to think pink and be as cheerful as these beautiful Proteas.

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I’m sure everything is going to work out just fine, and as there’s nothing I can do to speed up the process of finally getting our Green Cards, I’m going to keep calm and stop worrying about it.  As our son often says,”It is what it is.” 🙂

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Have a great weekend, and ‘Happy Mothers’ Day’ to all of you awesome moms. We rock!

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Autumn in New Jersey.

Ailsa’s Travel theme this week has given me a chance to share a few pics of our visit up north to see the family. It was the first time we’d seen our son’s new/old house. Like father, like son, he has recently bought a really neglected property and is having it totally renovated. Unlike us though, he has rented out his other house, which was all nicely done, and the five of them are living on the top floor of the new one, in the newly redecorated three-bedroom guest suite. We stayed at a nearby hotel, but for future visits, this suite will be our accommodation. The leaves were turning, and the unkempt garden definitely had an autumnal look about it.

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The children were so excited to see us, especially as they knew we’d brought them each a ‘goody bag’. Taylor’s class was going on a school trip to Melicks Town Farm the next day, so we decided to tag along. Here she is trying her hand at making apple juice.

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The hay ride, was a first for me. What fun, sitting on hay bales, and bouncing along the bumpy track up to the apple orchard.

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Taylor was so excited that granny was coming too. Dad and Granddad followed along behind.

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There weren’t many apples left on the trees, but we did manage to pick a few.

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This friendly bear was just waiting for a hug.

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Loads of pumpkins everywhere, but which one to choose, and they’re all so big and heavy too? “Daddy, I want this one. Can you please help me?”

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The following day, we were at the park, and ‘Max the Fearless’ was eager to show us that he could climb right to the very top of the Tarzan frame.

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Of course he would rather clamber up the slide than slide down it. The little girl waiting at the top, was so patient. Thankfully she didn’t decide to slide down and kick him in the teeth.

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Two sisters swinging side by side.  This reminded me of my sister and I so many years ago. I never imagined that one day, in the autumn of my life, I’d be watching my own grandchildren doing the same thing. Where did all those years go?

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I’m back in Florida now, where autumn doesn’t really manifest itself, although we have had a couple of cooler days and nights to remind us that winter is on the way. I’m so happy that we decided to take the trip up to New Jersey, not only to see family, but also to experience some of the beauty of their autumn.

To see more entries for Ailsa’s Travel theme, just click here.