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Monday, September 20, 2010

Babble

My little sis’ and her family popped over on Sunday afternoon, to wish Matt well for when he goes to the mainland.  Chatting over tea and cakes in the kitchen, realising I’m not sure when we will next all be under the same roof again, I had an urge to capture what I could on video.

The lad will be fine, this I do know - he tells me he has already met up with some folk due to share the Halls of Residence with him, from Facebook, and they plan to meet up for a drink together on the night he arrives.  

Eeee, the wonders of new technology, eh? 

Playing back this clip, I never realised before how much we tend to all talk over each other!


Later, we harvested some apples and plums from the garden, which I foisted on Lainee to take home.  With the bumper crop this year, I’m just about all baked out, and I so hate for it to go to waste.


I do love these informal get-togethers, we don’t seem to do it nearly enough.  Just a sweet, relaxed afternoon, chilling and catching up together.  At the end of this clip I am wiping tears of laughter from my eyes.  Matt had caught Abby earlier measuring up his room to re-decorate, which naturally made him a tad suspicious – then when he heard me say we’ve around ten folk to house over the TT,  and I’ll give his room over to our friends for the duration,  he reminded me he’ll be home over that period, and does that mean he’ll be relegated to sleeping in the shed?  I’d clean forgot he’d be about (out of sight, out of mind),  and have already promised the said shed out to our bunch of bikers.  That’s when Sam said, “There’s always the conservatory”, and we fell about laughing.


There's talk of Matt buying a padlock for his room before he leaves (grin)..

52 comments:

Akelamalu said...

What a great family get together!

Lori said...

How perfectly wonderful! I think I would just love your family gatherings. :) I loved seeing you and your family and your kitchen is so cute...and those cakes looked delicious. Thank you for sharing your family & home with us...I really enjoyed it...helped me get to know you better. Thanks! :)

Charlene said...

The afternoon and other times like it are the things that make life sweet. Remembering that will keep you sane when you don't think you are.

Kate said...

Good luck, Matt! Love to you, Shrinky during this transition time. The video was fantastic! I recognize these types of gatherings-only difference is folks are speaking slowly and using the word y'all. Love is universal. Blessings to all, y'all!

Shen said...

My son, (also named Matt) went off to college this year. He came home this past weekend (they started over a month ago) for his 18th birthday. I wish I'd had the presence of mind to pull out a camera!
The clip is wonderful. I love those little snippets of time captured forever, and especially when they are such normal moments - not someone's ballet recital or singing debut in the fifth grade... just normal conversation and everyday foods in the places we love...

thanks for sharing.
PS
I redecorated my daughter's room this year (finally) and have given it to an exchange student from China for the school year. I also never thought about what might happen if my daughter was here for the holidays.
hah

haphazardlife said...

I love this type of get together. I wish my sister lived closer.

Joe Cap said...

Can't wait to get home to see this! '
(video blocked at work).

Suldog said...

I love your voice! Doesn't mean much to you, I suppose, I find your accent charming and pretty - a perfect match for you, overall :-)

RA said...

Those moments are the salt of life! Unfortunately, often we who are lucky enough to be able to enjoy such monents take them for granted. There are so many who have no opportunity for cozy, loving moments like these...
A wonderful vid. Thanks for sharing. :)

Leslie: said...

What a wonderful clip of a family get-together honouring your son's going off to university. It makes me so sad when I recall the day I drove my daughter to another town and had to leave her at a motel beause her dorm room wasn't ready yet (it was a brand new university). I had to get back for the first day of school myself as it was a new position for me. She was only 17 years old and I cried as I drove away.

BRUNO said...

I love what you've done with your kitchen---you've put FOOD in it!!!☺ Now THAT'S a kitchen I can relate to! LOL!

And those pantries---everything SO organized!

I wear a hard-hat when I open mine, in fear of falling-contents...!

chewy said...

Everyone jams in the kitchen and talks over each other... same on this side of the ocean.

Toemailer said...

Wonderful video, wonderful people!

mythopolis said...

Great slice of life! Loved it! Now that Matt's room is going to be empty, would you please adopt me? Loved the glimpse of the dog, hanging out by the littlest one, hoping she will throw him a scrap! (And I think she did, cuz she bent down, like she was sneaking him a snack!) Haha! Thanks for sharing this. As other comments suggest, it is quite similar in many families in many places. Here, as with Kate, we say "Ya'll". Dinner time: "Ya'll come an' git it!" Parting time: "Ya'll come back, hear?"

Brian Miller said...

nice. thanks for taking us into your home...family get together can sure be interesting at times..lol. wish him the best at the uni...

Pat Tillett said...

Seeing your family interact was very uplifting. That's the way it's supposed to me!
Fantastic post...

Scott from Oregon said...

Well... it was a choice between watching you guys or Faulty Towers...

That wasn't a rerun, was it, from last season?

kudos to your writers...

Hilary said...

What a perfect way to document this special time. I love your kitchen. It looks so warm and inviting. The photos on the cupboard doors are wonderful.

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

great family fun.

Mickle in NZ said...

Dear Shrinky - thank you so very much for sharing this. I loved seeing Jake sitting, ever hopeful for attention or human food. And Sam's comment is brilliant!

A wonderful kitchen full of a wonderful family, teenaged daughters and all,lol.

Sending care, love and huggles from Michelle and Zebbycat, xxx and purrrrumbles

Tamara said...

Our bandwidth is so pathetic in SA, so haven't managed to see most of the clip. But so jealous fo your fruit trees! Wish I had space in my garden for them.

Love the photos all over the kitchen and the way you guys all chat so easily. I've always thought my grand an mom were the pnly two people alive who could speak simultaneously and still both understand each other. I guess you guys have that gift too ;-) although you honestly don't talk over each other as much as my family does.

TechnoBabe said...

I waited until my daughter's second year at college and then I rented out her room! She was working during summers by then and was in the next state so it's not like she could pop over often. It was just me and the other two kids in the house by then so I rented out the extra bedroom and also my daughter's room. College is expensive. Ha.I really enjoyed watching your family interact. You are right, to me it seems like you are all talking at once. But it shows how comfortable you are as a group and family. You have a wonderful family.

Land of shimp said...

Oh Shrinky, I never trust a person with a perfectly ordered kitchen, and I was so pleased to see that yours is properly lived in! I particularly loved the sort of mindless way you reached up to shut the cupboard door, it's just an action every mom in the world recognizes, and empathizes with, the world over.

No, "Who left this standing open?" but instead, like respirating, brain computes "cupboard door open for the kajillionth time* *close door without comment*

What a wonderful family you have, and thanks for sharing some of the family time with us.

Shrinky said...

It's always good to spend time with famliy, Akelamalu, eh?

Hi Lori, aw that kitchen of ours is functional and lived in, be it far from glam, at least it's comfy!

Hello Charlene, oh I gave up the pretence of sanity a long time back (wink)!

Yes Kate, I think this scene plays out in every family, it's only the accents that differ - happy, shared times (smile).

My goodness Shen, that is such a tender age! Matt has his 19th birthday on his first week at Uni, and I must confess, I wish he could start there a week later. It's the first step of a new adventure, I guess.

Shrinky said...

Hi Jazz, yeah, I am lucky to have my sis' on the island, although with her working full time, and living 30 miles away, we still don't see nearly as much of each other as we would like.

Oh Joe, what spoilsports of them to block your video's!

Suldog, I sound like a squeaky Brit version of Minnie Mouse on speed (cringe), I HATE my voice, so it actually means a lot to me you don't find it like fingernails scratching a chalk-board, thanks for that (hugs)!

Shrinky said...

yes RA, it's so easy to lose sight of our blessings - moments like these we should all hold dear.

Oh Leslie, what a poignant time - 17 is sooo young, I can well understand why you shed a tear. Matt is 19 next week, and I am still finding it hard I can't accompany him over to the mainland, his dad will drive and settle him in, I need to stay here to oversee the rest of our brood.

Shrinky said...

Oh Bruno, you do have some great one-liner's! Haaaaaaa, thanks for making me laugh.

I think you are right, Chewy - it's written in the family code (smile)!

Hi Toemailer, thanks, and nice to see you stop by again.

Oh Dan, I am a sucker for a Southern American accent! And yeah, the mutt knows if he waits and looks appealing enough, he usually gets lucky eventually (grin).

Shrinky said...

Hi Brian, and thanks, I'm sure he will be fine, I think he is ready to move on to the next chapter (fingers crossed).

Pat, we don't have a huge, extended family, I envy those who do, but I am fortunate to have two dear sister's (one of which lives so far too far away to see very often) whom I hold very dear.

Shrinky said...

Scott, from the expressions on my kid's faces, I often realise they question if they weren't birthed by an alien - pah, I say - isn't it every parents solemn duty to embarrass their off-spring?

Hilary, you have no idea of the amount of hassle I get over those darned cupboard photo's.. everyone but me would love to see them gone (but I hold firm)!

Shrinky said...

Cheers, Jackie!

Hi Michelle, oh Jake knows a good spot to sit when he sees one (grin), someone always eventually takes pity on him.

Tamara, my editing skills are virtually non-existant, and the vid does run on rather more than I'd like, I know these things can take forever to up-load (sorry). You may change your mind about how much we talk over each other if you saw the end..!

Hi TechnoBabe, sheesh, you 'ain't jesting about how expensive college can be - I have no idea how any kid can make it there without the backing a parent's wallet.. I have a sinking feeling ours is going to be pretty depleted from here on out.

Shrinky said...

Oh Alane, you made me laugh with that observation, it's true, isn't it? You eventually tire of wasting your breath, and stop even thinking about it (grin). As to the kitchen, chaos reigns, life's too short to be houseproud!

mythopolis said...

AW, Shucks, Miss Shrinky; tweren't nuthin', I's jus' playin a fool. A man can't but help but admire sch a woman as yerself. I'm sorta sweet on yer mannerisms too. But, I's a bit of a loner, Miss Shrinky. I kinda got the wil' in my soul, I reckon. So, best I mosey on now to where's them four winds blow. I kina miss them ol coyotes ahowlin'....them beans on thuh fire. Splicin' up rusty barb wire...no life fer a fine lady such as yerslf.

: ) : )

Kittie Howard said...

Shrinky, I have a little something for you over at my place. Enjoy!

Shrinky said...

Och, to be sure Dan, you've plain old and broken me poor old heart in two here, so's you have.. but I s'pose this girlie understands a man's gotta' go what his heart demands - but sure, 'twas good for the knowing of you (sob). Kiss the coyotes a tender goodbye from me, eh..?

mythopolis said...

Well, Miss Shrinky, coyotes don't take too muuch to kissin', an' that sorta thing, but I'll give 'em yer regards, I surely will. Jus et me one las' night...ran plum outa beans, weren't nothin' personal or nuthin', jus'got hungry. Mos' o' him tasted like a mongrel, but there was a bit o' his brayns tasted jus' like chiken. Made me think o'my mamma, an' sunday eatin's. Bes' be on muh way now, crossin' the Rio.

mrsnesbitt said...

I was there at the table - picturing it all! The hound took the sage for me - wondered why he was so quiet? lol oh food was on the go! lol!

mrsnesbitt said...

P.S. We often pop over to Newcastle - so anything matt needs give us a shout - or if he ever fancies a good roast dinner - him & his pals are welcome! xx

Nancy said...

I love your family - warm and inviting. And those wonderful English accents! :-)

Shrinky said...

Oh for the love o' God, Dan, I am sore disapointed and proper shocked at how a Southern Gentleman the likes of you, can be so casual as to eat your companion, like that! Could you not have at least found a scraping of road-kill to satisfy your monstrous appetite? I fear you are right, you and I are simply never meant to be..

Shrinky said...

Oh my goodness, Kittie, for meeee??? (shrieks of delight, as I gallop over to your place..)

Shrinky said...

Aw Denise, what a generous offer (grin), thanks for that - but in truth, I have a feeling he's going to land on his feet, too busy partying to worry much about food (rolling eyes)..

Shrinky said...

It's so funny Nancy, it's your American accent's that I find so seductive (laughing), I can listen, enthralled, all day, when I chat to my friend in Mas!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I wish I was your neighbor!
xo jj

mythopolis said...

Well, Miss Shrinky, Roadkill ain't bad, if'n its fresh. But out wheres I wander, thar ain't no roads. Thar's things about a man, I reckon, a respeckable lady sch as yerself ought bes not know. Adios!

Shrinky said...

So do I, JJ! (Grin)

Rock Chef said...

Came back to watch this!

That was great, real fly on the wall stuff. Great to see you all together like that - aren't kitchens great for this sort of thing?

Love the way the dog is sitting there waiting for things to come his way.

Thanks for sharing and thanks for reminding me to come back and watch!

Shrinky said...

Well Rockchef, 'twas you who gave me the idea for this in the first place - it kind of puts a voice and face behind the posts, doesn't it? I wish more of my blog-friends would do the same, too!

Middle Child said...

You know whats woerd Shrinky - I have video taped our family and although you have different accents..the rise and fall of the voices and the way of laughing sent chills down my spine - its lie listening to us - years ago when the girls and Don were here...sometimes my mum woudl be there and she had the most gentle and often musical laughter - what are all the pictures on the cupboard behind you all

Shrinky said...

Aw, Middle-Child, s'nice if it brought back a few family memories of times you shared (smile). Those photo's are my fault - I shamelessly snap freinds, family and pets for my rogues gallery, they mostly don't like it of course, but I say "tough"! (wink)

Parabolic Muse said...

What a fun video. I love all the talking and the people. I just did a video with just me and the dog, it wasn't nearly so verbal!

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