Sunday, 21 May 2017

Where's Anna?!?

Jamie's game at Carrow Road is a great way to spend a May Sunday afternoon in the glorious sunshine, even better when spent with the girls. We rocked, boogied, ate way too many sweets, shouted till hoarse and enjoyed the footy together. I have to confess to barely knowing who any of the celebrities were, I must be getting old. Lucy was animated and excited all afternoon in an attempt to get the autograph of her favourite 'YouTube vlogger' - alas her efforts were in vain. Anna and I did manage to bag both the autograph and firm handshake of John Ruddy for the last time with sadness on probably his last appearance at Carrow Road. Thanks for the memories big John and the fine saves. The bottom photo sent to me by a friend in the crowd behind us is proof that no matter where you are in Norfolk Anna can be spotted in her distinctive hat and even in a large crowd. It does come in handy if she wanders off to identify her! Thanks for a lovely afternoon girls xx

Another member of the family also progressing...

When she arrived in our home, I cannot lie Inkey was a bit of a mess - a nervous, worried and not really healthy looking dog. It been over a year now and she is turning into a lovely family pet and one that is now firmly embedded into our lives. Whilst she still retains some of her old traits and worries such as she is scared of the microwave, howls when the house phone goes off and really does not like any strange men coming to the house, she definitely feels safe and loved now. She is still very much a beagle as she loves to empty the kitchen bin, eats her fair share of cat poo and could not be trusted off the lead! There have been times when she has urinated on the carpet and cost an arm and a leg at the vets (everything that Inkey has is not covered by her insurance) that I have not felt the love or owner bond. She is cheeky, greets you when you come home (sometimes more than my uncommunicative girls!), starting to become playful and adores a cuddle with the girls. The change in her behaviour I think is so wonderful is when she comes home from her walk, she bounds with pure and unrestrained excitement, legs a flailing everywhere and leaps through the dog flap into her home. She loves being part of a family and we love her. I do wish I could drag some more enthusiasm out of the girls at times though in walking her though, but I do confess to enjoying the peace and quiet of a walk with the dog sometimes though too. Just me and her, my thoughts and the sunshine...

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Greatness beckons bombing down the right hand side...

I am sure I must describe Anna's footballing achievements with more than a little dramatic licence and parental over exuberance, but Saturdays tournament saw the 'Fakenham Under 9's Ghosts' footballing prowess move up a notch or two.  The team were fabulous and recorded their third and fourth victory of the week. All against teams they had previously lost too. Anna, resilient in defence, but desperate to get a goal did just about everything but score. At one point, taking the ball from her own penalty box right up to the oppositions and forcing a save from the tight angle, having beaten no less than four of the opposition. She was like a woman possessed! I cheered and roared like I was watching a Norwich game. Anna wears her heart on her sleeve and sometimes this spills over. In not getting her goal, got quite upset and for a few minutes failed to see the very real importance of all the defensive work she put in. That will come with maturity and as each season goes by. You may not have believed me in the past when I said a real team is now evolving and emerging and one that is capable of going from strength to strength with some really good wins next season, but it genuinely is. I think Anna may just have found her position as an attacking full back as well. I am looking forward to watching her again and again immensely next year, perhaps a new hat is needed! Well done Wiggle and team. It's all coming together! xx

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Wild about the Hammonds!

The beauty and backdrop of Pensthorpe and the 'Wild about Wensum' day was the setting for a very relaxed and slow paced family day today. A ramble through the woods, collecting stamps and stickers, a classy pastry and pringle picnic, arts, crafts and activities, a feral run around the playground and pop home for a delicious tea next door. One sorted and contented Hammond family! Lucy begins a big week next week, with the advent of the 'Sats' exams - she is taking them very seriously indeed and has put some level of pressure on herself to work hard and succeed. We will not know the outcome of her efforts till probably July, I can only place on record that I am extremely proud of her, her application and effort. We keep saying to her that all we want is for her to work hard in all she does and simply do her best, not because we think she will fail, this is all we expect and she never disappoints and always meets our expectations. Good luck Looby Chick!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

A victory well worth waiting for....

Anna has been developing into a good footballer for some time now, but in the teams she plays with is yet to experience the consistent and sweet taste of victory. Today all that changed! She was part of the winning team that took the 'year 3/4 North Norfolk schools champions league' for girls by storm and won all six of their games to come away with the trophy convincingly. Unquestionably the champions! I am just gutted that I did not get to see this, having stood on the side lines and watched many a loss and tried to bolster her with talk of a good performance and progress and improvement as a team. Today she nailed it and I missed it. I had to be careful of Anna's propensity for dramatic licence and having verified it with her teacher as they arrived back, she only went and bloody scored twelve goals during the tournament today! BOOOM! Cue over exuberant, slightly excitable (alright very),  proud and probably embarrassing for Anna dad moment! Who cares. I am going to sing it from the rooftops. Damn fine performance Wiggle and one I would have love to have seen. In the absence of complete details, I got her to describe her best goal of the day and she went with it with much artistic licence and one that could have been scored by Wes Hoolahan himself! Good stuff....

Monday, 17 April 2017

We needed that.....

Simply put - we just needed to spend some time together. The Easter break has been just what the doctor ordered. The last five days have flown by and we have eaten, chatted and giggled our way through the festivities (with the odd and expected Hammond argument thrown in for good measure!) I have lost count of the fabulous meals we have had with family and friends with Roast Lamb in abundance in many variations. My favourite  though, has to be the salted caramel cheesecake made by Mrs Hammond and it was divine and of course fat free! There are still two pieces in the fridge, that are singing and speaking to me this evening. Must resist! Must resist! The weekend kicked off at Libby's with 'so much more than an Easter brunch' on Saturday and the chipolatas were made in heaven. Easter Sunday brought grandma and neighbours around for lunch. Watching Lucy be mother hen and help Amy with the cooking, vegetable preparation and serving the drinks was great to see.The girls were captivated as grandma told her stories and then absconded with the lure of electronic gadgets after the meal. Charming! I loved having grandma around for a meal, you never know how many more of these opportunities to share her company there could be in the coming years and one must seize the day. She told me how proud she was of me and what a wonderful family I had in the car on the way home. I couldn't have wished for a better compliment from an amazing woman. Today, has been one of routine and doing what we love best. Fossil hunting - although slim pickings, chips, ice cream and the arcades, with a bit of shopping squeezed in for good measure - all basking in the spring sunshine. None of this is newsworthy, none of this will ever been recorded in the history books to ensure that future generations can learn form this; in fact it is relatively unspectacular and perhaps even mundane to some, but to us, integral to my and my family's happiness and sharing time with each other and friends. Simple stuff and so hugely important to us. We are busy doing nothing, sharing the whole day through. We even squeezed in time to share in Anna's success as she had a Minecraft picture published in one of her favourite magazines. Initially opening the pages with a glum face and then beaming as she realised that 'Anna from Fakenham' had made it big. Most of Sheringham, including an elderly couple sitting quietly enjoying their ice cream and their day, shared in her joy too as she was very loud!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

There only going and leaving me at home...

All the ladies in my life are packing their bags in the morning and buggering off on a road trip to Lincoln without me. Charming! I have a project to complete tomorrow and work on Monday. The sunshine is out and I am a bit miffed that work is again preventing me from spending time with Amy and the girls. I know its only a couple of days, but I just don't like being without my family, I have had enough of that over the years. There is an upside to this though, once I have finished I can settle down and relax in full control of the television, a bit of peace and quiet and the house will be immaculate. With Amy not here, the cat (obsessed with Amy in a weird and unhealthy way) will not sleep on the bed, so one night without the wretched creature purring and fidgeting. Happy days! Have a great time girls. Anna declared with excitement today that they were staying in a posh hotel (umm - premier inn!) You can't win them all Wiggle. Happy travels and museum hunting..