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Saturday, June 11, 2011

I don't know who was the most nervous..

True to their word, Denise and Jon
            gave Sweet Sam one of the best afternoon's of his life
                       ..including his first ever Motorbike Ride
                           (and yes, of course I was terrified)!

 

He shook all the way, but the lad did well, feeling proud as Punch to make it to the Grandstand.  In the Paddock, he met and ambushed several of his hero's for a photograph.  Here he is with Michael Dunlop, one of the winners of this year's TT races.


Later, Sam queued to buy a bag of donuts, but um, inadvertantly jumping the queue, he almost picked a fight with one of the biggest German biker's known to man.. thankfully, this giant proved friendly enough and elected to let him off (just this once).  From there on out, every time Sam passed him and his mates in the grounds, he would point and yell out, "Look, there he is - zat is ze boy ooo stole mine 'nuts!!" much to Sam's complete and utter delight.





Yeah, Denise and Jon truly did him proud, I think you can tell, as his face says it all!


This is the second year I've met up with Mrs. Nesbitt and her hubby, and this time they were able to spend three full race days with us, watching the riders pass from the top of our drive.  There were a fair few other familiar faces up there, too, and certainly a fine time was had by all.

Pity the Mutt made off with BOTH  of Jon's cap's this year (sorry Jon), but at least (unlike last year) this time Jon managed to escape our house with a full set of unmolested gloves.


Here is Denise catching a quiet moment or two in between races..


I had no idea a mere mortal could speed-read that fast - she devoured that entire book within just a matter of hours!

Aww, it was lovely to catch up with them both, and it felt kinda' sad to wave them off - but as they'll be back come the next TT,  we can still look forward to meeting up with them again, soon enough.


The extra icing on the week came for me when my shirts arrived from Chewy's on-line shop.. tell me, how cool is this?


I also have another design of hers in white, and am happily sporting them both with pride (er, one at a time, that is)!

So that's it for another year, the bunting is coming down, and the fun-fair is packing up as I type - the bikes are flocking to the ferry now, and all the buzz and excitement of the past two weeks is slowly dissipating with them. I can almost hear our little island exhale in relief, as it focuses upon a return to normality, and a revertion back to that usually more measured and peaceful pace of life, that which we locals have also grown to know and love so well.  

83 comments:

texwisgirl said...

oh that is great that Sam got to experience the ride and also meet some very cool bikers!!! LOVE the German guy!!! :)

chewy said...

I don't know who is braver... Sam or Jon!

Hey! I recognize that T-shirt. Looks great on you!
http://www.redbubble.com/people/darduncan

Ami said...

LOVE the shirt.

And the pictures of Sam and the bikes and the story... how awesome is that???

:)

Brian Miller said...

very cool shirt...and sounds like he had an amzing day! even with the big scary nut guy...lol

Putz said...

sam is so lucky to be in your family and yes he looks very happy><<>><i am in park city with dan who has a bike race{peddle bike not motor}he gets a shirt when ever he races alos{also}dan's drugs have been somewaht reduced

Barbara Shallue said...

Yes, you can see it on his face that Sam was having a blast! I'm sure that made you so nervous watching him zoom off - kudos to you for letting him go!!

wishihadakarmaanghia said...

Totally love that Sam got the best day of his life!! What a happy boy! Cool t-shirt. Cool Mum! xxxxx

mythopolis said...

hahaha...!! Sam, you are too cool in my book, dude! You're a cool mom, Shrink...I know those breath-holding moments..but it paid off. Cool shirt!! : )

X. Dell said...

(1) Nice shirt. I think black is your color.

(2) I think I would have been more nervous with the German doughnut eater than with the trip on the cycle.

Portia said...

Love the photos of Sam! He looks so incredibly happy! The T-shirt is awesome!

Margie said...

Sam looks so happy in the pictures!
How wonderful he had such a great time!
Love all the pictures!
Love the shirt!
You look beautiful!

Oh, thanks for the kind words on my poetry.
I've only been published in a small paper when we lived in Florida.

Margie :)

Grayquill said...

Sam's smile did say it all. Stealing the donuts is top job - Go SAM!...Good post and btw - you make a pretty good model :-)

Ms. A said...

I was raised on a bike, but not sure I want my kids or grands on them. Of course... I don't get a vote, they do what they please.

Shrinky said...

Yeah Texwisgirl, he was a regular sweetie, wasn't he?

Shrinky said...

Chewy, Jon was a superstar!

Shrinky said...

Hi Ami, ahh, it was a fun week!

Shrinky said...

I know Brian, only Sam, eh? (Grin)

Shrinky said...

Hi Putz, hope Dan did well in his cycle race - are his drugs being reduced a sign that things are getting better for him? I hope so.

Shrinky said...

Oh Barbara, I knew he was in good hands, but I couldn't relax until he was home again!

Shrinky said...

Hey Kristina, you threw me there for a minute, you've changed your blog-name! How's it going, hon? I must pop over for a visit this week!

Shrinky said...

Hi Dan, cool mum, huh? I'm gonna' show this comment to my kids..!!

Shrinky said...

Hi X-Dell, um thanks, (but what am I gonna' do with the WHITE shirt, now??) as for the 'nut guy, aww he's a pussycat really!

Shrinky said...

Cheers Portia, isn't it just? Chewy is an awesome artist!

Shrinky said...

Hi Margie, I had a feeling you must have been published, although I'm surprised you haven't had a collection of your poems in print yet - I'm sure you will one day soon.

Shrinky said...

Oh GQ, I love that silver tongue of yours (see my cheesy grin?), with it, you can just about make your mouth say anything!!

Shrinky said...

Tell me about it, Ms. A! Thankfully, despite the biking culture of this island, none of mine (other than Sam) are too keen on riding one, much to my relief!

wishihadakarmaanghia said...

Hi Shrinky - yep - finally sussed that nobody else uses their real name and you know how I like to keep up with fashion...!!?? All a bit dusty chez moi again - my brain seems to have seized up. hmm. Am trying tho - and always good to see you when you visit xxx

Akelamalu said...

Oh well done to Sam! Love your T-shirt Shrinky.

Shrinky said...

Ahh, Kristina, a rose is a rose, regardless of whatever name it may go by (grin).. I'm looking forward to catching up with you hon, it's been a while!

Shrinky said...

Hi Akelamalu, Denise has just emailed me with another great batch of photo's, and he's grinning from ear to ear in every one!

Pat Tillett said...

I used to ride bikes back in the day. There is no feeling like it.
great post! thanks for the photos!

foam said...

what fun you all had! and i can understand being nervous when sam rode with the bikers. i would have been a nervous wreck too!!
and you even had a visit from blogging buddies ...
it's good to have a change from the regular daily stuff, but i reckon it's good to also get back to normal again too.

li said...

I've always wanted a motorbike. One of these days....Cool T-Shirt!

Middle Child said...

He would have loved the ride - its been ages since I have been on a bike ( a harley Don hired for me to pillion for my 40th birthday) but its such good fun, Love that shirt! Great photo of you

Jayne said...

Oh, I love this breezy post, Shrinky. So glad Sam (look at that smile!) got to ride, and that you followed up to let us know how the TT went. Good fun, alright!
You do know how to have a good time. ;)

Shrinky said...

Hi Pat, my big bruv' used to take me all over the UK riding on the back of his bike - seems like another lifetime ago now (smile).

Shrinky said...

Yeah Foam, it's been fun, but it's always a nice feeling to sink back into the old regular routine again too, isn't it?

Shrinky said...

You go for it Li - I can just picture you riding around wild and free (grin)¬!

Shrinky said...

Oh Therese, what a romantic way to celebrate your 40th - wow!!

Shrinky said...

Hi Jayne, yeah, I love that wide, cheesy grin of his, he always sucks up the joy in every moment!

Rock Chef said...

Glad Sam enjoyed his ride - although just watching him made me scared and I knew how it ended already! Sam is so lucky to have someone like you watching over him.

Love the shirt!

Shrinky said...

Hi RC, the next major event in Sam's calendar is his 18th birthday bash.. we were hoping to play it rather more low key than he has set his heart on - but we've caved to his wishes. He wants a hall, disco & DJ. Unfortunately, to date not ONE person has responded to all the invites he's given out.

I could happily throttle each and every one of them.

Nancy said...

The smile on Sam's face said it all! What great fun.

Rock Chef said...

Isn't that the heart breaker? So hard to steer them away from situations like that. Hope it works out in the end.

Shrinky said...

Yes Nancy, it was!

Shrinky said...

Ah RC, I'm not beyond twisting a few arms yet.. keep your fingers croseed for him, eh?

Rock Chef said...

Yeah, you are a great woman, Shrinky!

Shrinky said...

RC, I kinda' doubt that's what these sterling folk I'm about to ambush will think (shove), but I sure appreceiate your support, all the same!

Lori G said...

What a lovely end to a tense 2weeks. Way to go Sam! You're the Man! (Way to let Him Shrinky, Bless You)& don't fret, the responses will come.

Hilary said...

Oh what a grin on Sweet Sam's face. Chewy wonders who is the braver one.. Sam or Jon? I'd say it was you. I could feel your Mom-tension.. but I could also sense your Mom-pride. Such a great day.

Shrinky said...

Hiya Lori, how lovely to see you again! Ahh, it'll get sorted soon enough.. shame there isn't a place you can go to to rent out a crowd, isn't it? (Grin)

Shrinky said...

Haha, oh Hilary, I reckon we've all been there at some point, eh? They survive and so do we (even if our nerves might not)!

mrsnesbitt said...

Love the video - yes a fantastic day all round - and hope to repeat it next year. Yes, all booked up! lol! Thanks again for your hospitality and am so glad Sam enjoyed himself - that's what it was all about eh hun! xxxxxx
Will do my IOM post tomorrow - just hitting ground and running right now! lol!

Shrinky said...

Hey Denise, I was thinking about you - the postman has just dropped off yet another postcard you sent on for Sam - I think that's one every day since you've left!! It sure makes his day when he comes home to find one, he's keeping every one (grin), thanks for being such a superstar!

Snappy Di said...

Grat looking t-shirt. Must go check her out. Motorcycles scare the buhjeezus out of me and I never get one them.

DI

Shrinky said...

Hi Diane, how great to see you in here, thanks for stopping by! I used to ride pillion now and then in my youth, but thesedays I much prefer the comfort of travelling by car.

TechnoBabe said...

Wow, that is the biggest smile on Sam I have seen in your pictures. He is shining. It sounds like so much fun for you and for everyone. Glad you got a picture of Sam with the German biker. Does Sam have a scrap book?

Skunkfeathers said...

A close friend of mine just got back on a cycle for the first time since her father was killed on one in '04. Very proud of her to overcome that personal hurdle.

WTG Sam!

Kate said...

The photos of a happy Sam made my day. Your shirt from Chewy is very cool. I must check them out. Thanks for posting and enjoy the quiet!

Shrinky said...

Hi TechnoBabe, now you come to mention it, he HAS HAD scrapbooks, but not so much so recently - thanks for that, I think it's probably a good idea to start another one up for him!

Shrinky said...

Aw Skunk, yeah, that must take some courage, good on her!

Shrinky said...

Hi there Kate, I do love these shirts, it's amazing how many folk have asked me where I got them from! Yes, it's always nice to get back to normal again, isn't it?

Kittie Howard said...

What a treat for Sam! And the nut guy seems like a lot of fun - love your shirt...looks great on you...looks like all's well that ended well...enjoy your returned tranquality!

secret agent woman said...

That's fantastic - glad Sam had such a great time.

Joanna Jenkins said...

This made my heart happy for Sam. He smile on his face really says it all. I'm trilled for him and so happy the racers were so cool about spending time with him to make this so memorable. Love it!!!!

And I love your new tee shirt- You're beautiful.

xo jj

Parabolic Muse said...

AUGH!!! This is amazing!

You look great in a Chewy original!

SJ said...

Must have been an eventful few days. And don't worry about the white shirt when you post a pic of you in it XDell will decide white is your colo(u)r.

Shrinky said...

Hi Kitty, it's done nothing other than rain since the TT finished, so I've been pottering about indoors, re-charging.

Shrinky said...

Cheers, Secret Agent.

Shrinky said...

Aw JJ, you always say the nicest of things, all I can say is thank God for Photoshop, eh? (Giggle..)

Shrinky said...

Hi Chrissie, ANYONE would look great in a Chewy original!!

Shrinky said...

Haha, hi SJ - I'll keep my fingers crossed!

chewy said...

(choke) You have 234 followers?????????

Shrinky said...

Um, actually I think you'll find it's 235..! (Giggle)

The Kid In The Front Row said...

Looks like a lot of fun, great stuff!

Shrinky said...

Hi Kid, good to see you again - yeah, it was, real good fun!

Sex, Drugs and Bacon Sandwiches said...

Fab for same and great bikers too. Now when can I have one of those t-shirts??

Shrinky said...

Gerroff, s'mine all mine - you'll have to go out and buy yer own one..! (Wink)

Leslie: said...

It looks like such fun...I should schedule my next trip to the UK during that time so I can take in both the island and the TT both! Can hardly wait to meet all you folks! And Sam..well, he is just so huggable (does he allow that?) He is beaming with joy! :D

Shrinky said...

Leslie, I would LOVE to show you around our island, and if you are going to come, TT is THE week to make it over! My goodness, now wouldn't that be something, eh? (Smile)

Margaret Benbow said...

What a happy day for Sam. It looks like he enjoyed his bike ride more than many professional cyclists. I loved your description of his meeting with the jumbo German guy.
And you should be swaggering and sashaying in your new shirt--it's BEYOND cool!

Suldog said...

Way cool, especially the big German and the "nuts" story :-)

Debra said...

Just checking back in on you. I hope that all is going very well with you!

Hugs,
Deb