This post is for you, as promised, Hector.
|Checking the tyre pressures, essential pre-drive checks.|
Retirement at Parsonage Cottage is far from dull and rarely peaceful. Two of our grandchildren live nearby and on school nights they spend a couple of hours with us - having their tea, talking about their day, followed by a little television viewing, or playing some very lively games on the Wii.
Fine evenings will often find us outside in our little patch of woodland playing Hide and Seek - very noisy Hide and Seek as our granddaughter finds it impossible to hide without giggling loudly. I always lose because the animals (dog, cats, hens) give me away - that and my white hair!
Tonight, however, I had to laugh because Dobson, the dog, was having a wonderful game of 'Tag' with little Miss Pinkerton, the ginger cat. At first I was going to intervene, then I realised that she was actively encouraging him to chase her. It is the first time I have seen them play together like that, I hope it won't be the last.
Young Hector loves those evenings when he is allowed to get his car out and drive it around the wood. It is an old one, built by a different grandfather, for his grandson. I found it listed on ebay several years ago and got it for a bargain price. Grandpa Max did quite a lot of restoration work on it, fitted a battery, then insisted that Hector should learn to drive it properly and take a driving test.
He passed with flying colours and is a real star at reverse parking.
He went that way!
The evenings are getting darker so having functioning headlamps is an added attraction. By 6pm their parents are home (thank goodness) and we are exhausted.