Daddy and Dadda’s Dinner

The whole pre – agrarian diet got me thinking about sausage and bacon! We have enjoyed several fry-ups in recent times. And I am very much enjoying them I must say. However, I am also a man who loves a good terrine. So why not layer up your sausages and bacon with a little home made stuffing (mushrooms and onions) and bake for around an hour on 170 centigrade! A definite winner served with a homemade tomato and basil sauce and braised Savoy cabbage.

Due to our babysitter coming tonight, carbs are very much on the menu today. Nothing booked as yet. I think that we are just going to get in the car and head to one of the many village Gastro Pubs that are within the local area! I enjoyed a plate of chips for my lunch and I believe John ordered in Pizza for his entire office this lunchtime. It is just one day off from the diet. And yes, I will definitely be ordering a dessert.

Last Thought of The Day

My sister in-law will be missed very much! My heart goes out to her three children.

I was very happy to receive a text from another nephew tonight, Joe.

Within family and extended family loss, people do connect / reconnect.

That is the nature of family isn’t it?

And being non religious by choice, for me, nature is the giver and the taker as far as I can see.

I remember the conversation with Tara and Ritzy after Granny Hazel died…

We are all made of stars!

What we are given is rescinded. That is the nature of things.

But we leave memories a plenty. And it is those memories that weigh forever more.

Thank you for reading…

Baby Pictures (Caleb)

Well, last of tonight’s ‘Bay Pics’ to show. Caleb snuggling up with our biggest baby Remus (and Gracie). He was such a happy baby, so easy going, so chilled. I can see why big sister Tara kind of adopted him. Wow – they are really so close. Some proper writing and updates tomorrow I promise. But I hope you enjoyed today’s little bout of nostalgia…

Baby Pictures (Aaliyah)

And we come to our Aaliyah! Well known for sucking her fingers! Though she has done well over the last months – sadly a few weeks ago she has taken up her old habits once again. She had stopped for maybe 3 months. Looking back she has her fingers in her mouth in almost all of her pics! Now, if Tara can stop sucking her thumb at nighttime, I am sure that there is hope for Aaliyah.

She would be around 12 months at this point as this was the summer of 2016. Again, like her brother Thor, a very committed contender for getting crawling under her belt! Well done!

Baby Pictures (Thor)

Baby Thor at just 6 months old. Not quite ready to crawl, but I remember that it was funny to see him attempting to push his bum in the air trying to propel himself forward. A very determined little fellow. But he was quite the screamiest baby of all time.

Perhaps I will finish the trip down memory lane in a few hours time with Aaliyah and Caleb and a few of their baby moments at home, here in ‘The Shires’.

Remember that I did not get home with all of the children, being born abroad for some time! Eighteen Moons in fact. Perhaps I will post a few pics of my time in India (Eight months), Thailand (5 months) and finally Nepal (5 months) in a couple of days. The story is of course available via the Amazon platform, simply by searching ‘Eighteen Moons’. An extraordinary and hopefully inspiring story! Thank you for reading.