And then they were gone

sticking and glueing

What a busy week that was! I feel like a tornado has just passed through, actually the house does look like a tornado has passed through but that’ll be back to rights in a couple of days, the washing machine is taking a thrashing as I write and my poor heart has taken a bashing too.

It’s a funny thing having your daughter and granddaughter over to stay as on one hand it’s the best thing ever to have them here to enjoy for a whole week but on the other hand….

model poses

Bedroom. They took over the guest room and trashed it. Used to ‘buio’ or darkened rooms as is the norm in Italy, I had navy blue towels draped over the curtains (which were never opened for their entire stay) to make the room darker. So it looked like a squatters laundry.

Gracey fell out of the double bed one night so there was a stack of pillows and towels to one side of the bed, a make shift safety mattress making that side of the bed out of bounds.

Toys. Gracey LOVED all the girls’ toys and spent the entire week sorting through them carrying them off to all corners of the house and leaving them there, I now have the task of sorting them all out and taking them back to their original homes now but what a joy watching her play. she also had the uncanny knack of losing her dummy and come bedtime the whole house was turned upside down by 3 anxious adults trying to find it QUICK


Toast. I have gone through 6 sliced loaves of bread in one week and all because Megan adores toast and has taught my granddaughter to adore it too. Not a problem until it comes to meal times and they’re both ‘Not feeling that hungry right now maybe later?’

Food. I had forgotten just how fussy my oldest daughter is. I had crazily imagined she would grow out of this childish phase but no. She stuck to her guns and on the first night I prepared baked salmon, I threw some capers and anchovies on, a squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of oil and shoved it in the oven to bake for 20 minutes, I even added some fresh mussels I’d found in Asda that morning as I knew she loved them. When it was time to dish up she was hovering close by with a piece of toast in hand and turned up nose said, I don’t like salmon mum, and I don’t like anchovies or capers in fact I’ll just have the mussels.


Shopping. On her last day, yesterday, she needed to go to Primark to change a couple of things she’d bought but weren’t right so off we pop and I stay in the car with the girls as Alice is poorly and Gracey tired. She returns, after enough time for me to want to get my phone out and see where the heck she is, with a huge smile on her face as she found some other bits whilst she was there. Happy families we all make our way home. THEN I discover three articles are the wrong size so we jump in the car again to repeat the performance.

biscuit making

Said all of that, I miss them dearly, we finger painted, we made Jubilee Biscuits, we dressed them up and sang lots of songs and we hugged lots and lots and now I must wait until September for my next dose of girl power.


  1. caro_mad
    May 24, 2012 / 10:57 AM

    Aww I’m glad you had such a fab time with your girls and I completely know what you means when it comes to goodbyes. I had absolutely no problem with it until I became a mummy myself. Now I am weeping every time that I have to say goodbye to my mum. 

  2. May 24, 2012 / 9:18 PM

    You must have had such a wonderful time with them… Sending hugs. xx PS: all your girls and granddaughter are absolutely gorgeous!

  3. Frankie Parker
    May 25, 2012 / 1:34 AM

    Shows like you had an utter blast, never fear September will soon be here…  I just can’t get over how similar you all look…. x

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