I was so longing to see my family. Our eldest two grandchildren live in Chepstow. Jamie is now 14 and Tommy will be 13 in July. Vicky kindly invited us to Easter Sunday lunch, where we also met up with my sons, our third grandson Aneurin who is 5, and Vicki’s mum Marilyn.
One day that week I took grandsons Jamie and Tommy for a day out at “Go Ape” – a high rope and wire adventure course located in Lydney, in the Forest of Dean.
Here are the boys getting togged up with safety harnesses.
Unfortunately this day the weather was far from kind and the apparatus was really slippery due to the rain. Yet the boys were determined to give it a go. As they scaled the heights Vicki and I watched and cheered them on from below.
Good fun was had by all. Well done boys !!! You are both amazing !!! I would never have had the courage to have tried it for myself.
We also had a family get-together in Trellech Grange, where my aunty Vera and Uncle David were staying at the sweet little cottage of a longstanding friend of theirs, Anne.
The following day we all met up again – this time at the pub next to Anne’s cottage – The Fountain Inn.
On this occasion our family group was augmented by the addition of my cousin Jackie, her husband Nick and their 6 year old son Max.
A few days later we organised for Aunty Vera, Uncle David and Anne to come and visit us at our cottage. We had prepared afternoon tea for us all. Very British !!!
The cottage was a perfect setting.
* photos by Melinda Abbott
All other photos by me © Louise Shapcott