It's my Grandaddy's birthday today, six years since he died and I still miss him more than ever but I know he's watching and guiding me. It is also a year since Alexander went for his first interview for Welbeck, we were convinced it was a good omen being on Grandaddy's birthday and that he would watch over him as he followed his footsteps into an Army career. It was uncanny when the final day of Alexander's officer selection board, the day they accepted him, fell on the anniversary of the day Grandaddy died, proof to me that he really is our guardian angel.
Georgina reminded me that we had taken some photographs on my iphone during the week, we went down to the beach for an evening stroll and some yummy fish and chips.
Next time Georgina takes a photo I will put her up high and stick my chin out to hide the others! We are so lucky to be only five minutes drive away, it's great to jump in the car and be there so quickly. We took Georgina's bike so she pedalled along the path past the beach huts while we relaxed and unwound. During the summer I often go down for a couple of hours with a book and a bottle of ice cold water while most people are at work and the children are at school, just to lie in the sun and swim a little in the sea. The beach is made from pebbles but the nearest sandy beach is not as handy, being about 30 minutes drive. I've been using Google earth to try and find a sandy spot not easily accessible to the mass public in the hope that I can find myself a quiet corner. No luck so far though!
We are off up to Bamburgh next week for half term with Gill, Laura & Fergus. It will be a long drive, Canterbury to Loughborough to collect Alex, then onto Sunderland to drop the dogs off at the kennels and finally up to the caravan, all on a Friday night at the beginning of school holidays. As soon as we drive past the castle in Bamburgh the journey will be forgotten and all will be worth it.