Sunday, 8 June 2008

Life This Week

After more torrential rain over night we finally got some sun. It began with a most beautiful sunset on Friday evening. It has been a busy week. A wonderful 3 course meal together with our House Church in one of our homes, a party, a Barbecue, a day spent with dear little Oliver and then a great breakfast together in another home with our house church this morning before a wonderful time of prayer and sharing and encouraging each other in our individual giftings. Having lunched I am ready to get out into my garden to soak up some sun. I have a host of things I can take out there to do, the priority to set up my new (Christmas present) phone. Something I keep putting off as I still have money on my old one. I may even sit under the tree and read later. Not easy for me to do when I can see the weeds. We'll see.




















Oliver is now 22 months old. He loves his books and could stock a library with his shelf and box full. He can now count to 6 and is a little action man. I am not a 'sit back and watch Grandma', I get involved with everything he does, running up and down the garden, rolling on the floor, taking him out in the pram, playing with him in the park and joining him in the children's playground. Why do I feel exhausted at the end of the day I wonder. After waiting so long to be a Grandma I see every moment as a blessing.


Walking through the park with Oliver I could not resist this beautiful carpet where the Azaleas had shed their petals.






Nor the restaurant where we had our ice-cream.



ARTE Y PICO Award



Lastly I received another award this week. This came to me from Christi at
Charm and Grace Cottage. Thank you Christi I am honoured and pleased to receive this award.
It is awarded for blogs that 'Nourish and Enrich the Spirit' and show Creativity, Dedication, Art and Joy.
I am passing this on to Sara and A Woman Who Is and Vee You will see why if you visit their blogs. As always with these awards I hate to choose between so many dedicated, inspirational and artistic people that I meet in Blogland.

20 comments:

Elizabethd said...

Like you, I love being a grandmother, getting involved in so many things when they were little people!

Britt-Arnhild said...

Wonderful photos.

We've had very nice days here for some time, but to day the clouds and falliong temperatures arrived.

Susie said...

Hi Barbara,
It's wonderful to catch up with you through your delightful photos of your busy week.
Your little Oliver sounds so bright and sweet. I, too, am a hands on Grandma. I love each and every moment with my precious grands.
xo

Betty said...

Barbara,
Sounds like a busy, wonderful life! I'm so thankful the good Lord blesses me with, health, strength and the desire to do many things.....

Don't our little grandchildren grow up so quickly?

God Bless.....Betty

Sara said...

Those blossoms are all so beautiful. The white ones are incredible...that first shot is my favorite - what are those? They have a very interesting look.

The azalea trees and pools of color underneath are also stunning...I am newly amazed at how many gorgeously colored trees we see this time of year. Due to blogging and my digital camera, I note them much more closely than I used to do.

Thank you, Barbara, for the award; I feel honored.

Sara

A Woman Who is: said...

“I may even sit under the tree and read later. Not easy for me to do when I can see the weeds. We'll see.”

That put a big grin on my face. I try to plan some down time in the garden, but it never fails, I get up and wander around always up to some little task or so…even if it is just trimming off a few old blossoms. I find it just plain hard to sit out there.
Read a book in the garden, I don't think I have ever been able to do much of that...yet isn't that part of why we labor so hard is to sit back and smell the roses? Something I must think more about :0)

Barbara thanks so very much for honoring me with this blog award. It really does bless me!

Oliver looks like he really is enjoying his library! I am so glad you enjoy him so very much!

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

What a beautiful sunset :) And I love that little picture of Oliver and the books. When my little one was that age, he LOVED to pull ALL of his books off the shelf. A few months ago he asked if he could have the bookshelf back in his room (several years ago we took it out of his room because of the daily mess). I'm happy to report that although we are still reading together, there is less book mess. He is happily past the book pulling off stage :)

Take care and have a nice day Barbara!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Please go back to my brookville daily photo blog as I have added a photo.

Now if you look at the page I have put a clickable thumbnail on it that shows you what the Pinky Winky looks like. The branches are still a pink color.

Mike said...

Lovely photos. Isn't it wonderful to finally have some warm weather?

Jeanne said...

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Love all you share read this article on Britain's eldest man.
Love and hugs
Jeanne

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Sounds like your days are very busy and yOU sound like a wonderful Grandma. Your Grandson is very blest to have you. Congratulations on your award. I think you are very deserving. I loved the pictures. connie from Texas

Dee Dee said...

Barbara...I could rest here at your blog for hours...it just seems to restore your whole being...I loved hearing of Oliver and your sweet visit with him...there is no explanation quite adequate to tell how these little grandchildren just touch our hearts so completely.....a lovely post.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

What a pleasant post and a neat surprise at the end...thank you!

Oliver's pic is so sweet as he kneels among his books looking for just the right one.

Yes, being a grandmother is a great blessing. I am glad that you are a busy, active one!

Needled Mom said...

It sounds like you and Oliver had a wonderful and memorable time spent together. These are moments to cherish.

And.....I'm glad you finally got some sunshine to brighten the garden days.

Willow said...

I'm so glad you got some warmer weather and some sunshine this week. I'll order up some more for London, shall I?

Sweet photo of Oliver!

Charm & Grace said...

Lovely photos, especially the azalea carpet. I can see why you couldn't pass that up. What a precious, precious picture of Oliver amongst those books. I couldn't imagine being a happier child than to have been surrounded by so many wonderful friends (books.) And of course getting to spend the day with Grandma would top the list! Sounds like you are one terrific Grandma, too, doing the park and reading, etc. He is blessed to have you...

I look forward to checking out the blogs you have awarded.

Linda said...

Isn't being a grandmother great---and exhausting? My grandkids love reading too and I spend a lot of time doing that with them. I have the greatest photo of me reading to three of them. I love the expressions on their faces, totally lost in the story.

Annie said...

Wow, that ivy covered building is outstanding. I've never seen anything like it. Barbara, just returned from a trip to the California coast. Lots of flowers there. Please stop by for a visit and enjoy. Annie

Teresa said...

As much as I personally yearn for involvement in "House Church", it is that good to read of your experiences. I was tagged recently, and of course that means tagging others. I am tagging you. Please see my blog if you think you might like to participate.

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

What glorious abundance from God illuminates the gardens in your corner of the world. Thank you for sharing with us. I will take two scoops of Pralines and Cream ice cream at that elegant ice cream shop!

Congratulations on your new award; you richly deserve it. Your blog is like opening a window onto the most enchanted garden spaces..