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Nana P Diary Part 8

07

Jun

2010

I have not written to you for a while, sorry, I understand the Internet has not been good at your home in Chatteris for some time so I didn’t feel the need to send a message that you would not get.
Not too much to tell you really, Portugal is lovely much more prettier than Spain.

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Nana P Diary Part 7

16

May

2010

Hi Baby Jessica,

Now we are in Portugal, again one thing came to my mind to remind me of you and to tell you about it. No big deal, but my thoughts were with you and I could almost see you in my mind. We parked outside a children’s nursery so Grumps could walk to the Library to try his internet access which, didn’t work. Anyway being stopped outside the nursery, I saw loads of very young children going for a walk together with their teacher or minders. Some of them were as young as 12 months old and were tottering along on their new found feet all dressed in same coloured smocks and holding hands to stay together.

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Nana P Diary Part 6

30

Apr

2010

Steve's DVDs and Missy's Long Drop
Steve’s DVDs and Missy’s Long Drop

Dearest Jessica,

There are two things that reminded me of you this week so i’ll talk about them , maybe you won’t understand but I’m sure Mum and Dad will laugh and share with you later on. Firstly I know how much you are enjoying the colours on Cee Beebies and we thought of you today. Grumps has got really into Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer in Spanish and I think of you watching it in Chatteris. Grumps watches an hour of each while he has his cup of tea each morning, it’s on our level right now 3 years plus. I wonder who is enjoying it most right now, maybe when we come back we can watch it together. The Dora is in English too so we can leave them with you to watch. I’m sure Sesame Street will be good for you too soon.

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Nana P Diary Part 5

08

Apr

2010

Dearest Jessica,

Look at that big crate of strawberries
Look at that big crate of strawberries.

It’s been a while since I last wrote to you, sorry but internet access is difficult on most campsites and Grumps usually spends a lot of time doing his web page. We are also learning Spanish on the computer so that takes up a lot of our time at least an hour or 2 every day, it’s quite good fun and we often laugh at our poor pronunciation of some words. But we are being understood in shops and restaurants and learning new words all the time. We watch C Beebies in Spanish most days too, and I think of you watching in Chatteris.

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Nana P Diary Part 4

30

Mar

2010

You could build a few sand castles with this dune
You could build a few sand castles with this dune.

My next interesting story for you is the ‘Dune Pyla’, again you won’t understand yet, but as soon as you see sand you will have so much fun, it’s great to play in and from what I could see everyone one was having great fun. Again I don’t know too much about the history, but from what I understand is the dune is about 100 metres high and is virtually vertical (straight up for you). I looked at it on a hot and sunny day and thought – no , not for me, I could see people struggling to climb it red faced and out of breath at only half way. Apparently it moves (???) about 4.5 metres a year swallowing up everything in it’s path including trees and houses. (still confused how it does this) . I was quite happy viewing it from the bottom and watching everyone trying to climb and then trying to fall back down.

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Nana P Diary Part 3

27

Mar

2010

Stephen with a nice bottle of red wine on his birthday
Stephen with a nice bottle of red wine on his birthday.

Hi Jessica, sorry it’s been a while since I wrote to you; it’s sometimes difficult to find a good campsite with internet access. So we write what we feel at the time and wait for a campsite that we can download our stuff. No chance you’ll understand this so don’t worry. In a few years you will be telling me the latest things on the internet I’m sure. Two things I want to tell you about this last week, firstly Grumps birthday. I knew he wasn’t going to have his ‘normal’ birthday at home with all the family with lots of cards and pressies. So I wanted to make sure I could make his day as happy as possible as we were on the road.

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Nana P Diary Part 2

21

Mar

2010

One of the marine tanks with a picasso fish amongst many others
View of the tank with nana’s favorite fish, a picasso fish.

Hello again Jessica, and Mum, Dad and Slinky. Happy 6 weeks birthday for yesterday. I was trying to get this page written for you by then but Grumps was busy with his blogs yesterday (don’t ask me, but I know it’s not rude). Anyway now I can tell you my second story of our travels that you may like. I understand you’re into CBEEBIES with lots of pretty colours that you like. I do remember seeing an advert for a new program on CBEEBIES called Jessica’s Games. Has that started yet, ask Mummy, she’ll let you watch it if it’s on already and before your bedtime, which I hope is getting better for you.

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My First Letter to Jessica

14

Mar

2010

A Picture of Frances with our granddaughter Jessica page at 1 week old Frances with our granddaughter Jessica Paige at five weeks old

Dear Jessica,

Although this page is dedicated to you and my travelling, I am aware that it is available for anyone to read. To those of you who are also away from their Grandchildren and want to ‘be there with them’ then I’m sure you’ll relate to this site with me. I know you won’t be learning history and geography for at least 6/7 years Jessica but maybe you can be ahead of the game listening to my stories. The plan is when you wake up in the middle of the night and Mum n Dad can’t get you back to sleep, if they read my blog to you for a couple of minutes you’ll be so bored you fall into a deep sleep. (good plan don’t you think mum n dad). Let’s hope it works.

The first very boring (sorry Interesting thing) You will learn at school in history is the second world war (is she asleep yet !!!). We have travelled through the Normandie beaches, the Somme ( where my grandfather died fighting for Ireland)and Picardie and Dieppe. I was also very bored with English history at school and fell asleep many times in class. But Irish history !! hey time to wake up and listen (no not you Jessica, you stay asleep.) My Great Great Uncle was Michael Collins the most famous rebel in Irish history and boy do I take after him. He tried to change the course of English/Irish history but was killed because of his ideas. Now there is a Great Great Grand Uncle to talk about when you go to school. (asleep yet ?).

No okay i’ll carry on, the next interesting thing we did in France was visit the Bayeux Tapestry – Mum n Dad will tell you all about this won’t you (???) . Okay I’ll bore you all, this was the tapestry that was made to depict (sorry big word for 6 weeks old). The battle of Hastings in 1066 between King Harold and King William, one of the most famous battles of all time so far. The tapestry took years to complete and is amazing in detail, you should see it if you get the chance which I’m sure you will do when you go to school.

Now we have moved further down through France and tomorrow we are also going to see another famous site, but I will tell you about that tomorrow as I hope you are now fast asleep. If you are not surely Mum n Dad are.
Talk soon, bet you can’t wait for the next thrilling instalment.

NANA P N GRUMPS XX

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