Monday, November 30, 2009

A Most Apologetic Post ...

... for having absconded yet again from the blogosphere. I blame my grandchildren personally. Do I really have to visit them to keep up with their development and to be part of their lives? Yes, I do!

I spent a rather long and also busy weekend with my son's family in Stockholm. It was wonderful.

On the second day I picked up my grandchildren from nursery on my own, first the older one, and then we went to pick up the toddler brother from his group. It was a proud moment for a granddad who doesn't see them that often.

Then it was time for some physical work for me, pushing the pram with the attached roller board for the older child to stand on after a tiring day "at work". But we got back in good order, now all three of us tired!

The weekend was somewhat more relaxed and I had the privilege to attend the 4 1/2-year-old's "swim nursery", where they get used to the water through little games, rhymes and a lot of splashing.

Then I and my granddaughter had a day to ourselves. We had planned to have a fun and exciting day out in central Stockholm. We travelled by underground, ferry and bus, just for the fun of it.

With the help of mum and dad I had prepared some interesting visits; to Junibacken, a museum dedicated to Astrid Lindgren characters like Pippi Longstocking and many others, to Aquaria with sharks and all sorts, and lastly a big toy shop.

But it was Monday! The Astrid place was closed, the aquarium was closed and so were all nearby restaurants. Granddad went into overdrive, but kept cool and checked if it was possible to eat at the Vasa Museum and the Nordiska Museum, but in both places one would have to pay an entrance fee to access the food facilities! The situation was getting slightly desperate.

It was cold and windy, which did not do much for the little girl's growing hunger or bladder.

After an emergency hot dog she informed me that she desperately needed the toilet. Granddad, after having spotted a restaurant down a side street some distance away, told her she had to squeeze and hold tight, in the most calming and reassuring voice.

Hurry, hurry across a couple of streets, park the buggy, rush through the entrance, past a man who was allocating tables to lunch guests, straight into the gents', find a cubicle, and YES, she had managed, to granddad's great relief.

After having thanked the understanding man by the door, we got on a bus, where we did not have to pay thanks to the buggy. Then we enjoyed the day-old Christmas window display at NK, the famous department store, marvelled at all the lovely toys in a big toy shop, and finished it off with some Italian ice-cream before counting all the underground stations on the way home.

Wow, what a day out!

A w ice-cream

BTW I have now finished setting up my photo web site , and I have already planned some adjustments to make navigation even easier, especially for when the number of images will grow in the future.

So I have taken down the flashing neon sign saying "Under Construction". From now on it will only be maintenance and expansion.

(In my next post I will tell you why I dislike (I hate the word hate) Ryanair so much that I struggle to find words to describe it.)


oreneta said...

I am glad it all worked out for you and your granddaughter in the end and accidents were averted!

Lynda said...

Reads to me like you are doing a cracking job in the Grandad dept. Small children and even smaller bladders are always a challenge.

Rositta said...

Grandkids are fun to spend time with. Mine like yours, live far away from us but we will see them at Christmas. Isn't Ryan Air like Olympic, cut rate and takes your chances?...ciao

CanadianSwiss said...

What a marathon Grandpa you are. One to be proud of, I'd say :) Now, I've got to get myself back into blogging mood. It's been much too long.

swenglishexpat said...

Oreneta - Had disaster struck, it would have stood between buying new clothes or getting an expensive taxi!

Lynda - Nice to see you again! Thanks for flattering words. ...and it would all have been my fault!

Rositta - We always have to get re-acquainted for a few minutes before all the fun starts. I think I have figured out how Ryanair makes so much money, but more about that later.

CanadianSwiss - So, there you are! Welcome back. I have been a bit of an infrequent blogger and reader this autumn, mostly because of setting up the photo web site, and then one's personal life gets in the way sometimes. ;-)

LadyFi said...

What a shame that you missed Junibacken and Aquaria - both are great places for kids!

I know how annoying it is when everything is shut on a Monday!

Sounds as if you had fun anyway.

swenglishexpat said...

LadyFi - One thing I did learn that Monday was how friendly and helpful people are when they spot a granddad with a grandchild. It was really heart-warming.

Veronica said...

Sounds like a pretty good granddad outing to me. Icecream fixes EVERYTHING!
And you reminded me of some of my favourite places in Stockholm ... Vasa and NK ... aahhh

Protege said...

Cute girl; there is nothing better than spending some time with the family.;)
Thank you for your great comment on my Tree post.;)

swenglishexpat said...

Veronica - And being a granddad you're allowed to spoil them a little as well! Not much responsibility, just for their safety.

Protege - Strangely there are strong family ties despite the physical distance. You just continue where you left off last time.