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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:02 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

What were you like at his age     Hard I know to let them go. It be diffent with ours as I taught them to use power tools,milk cows, drive anything and all things. Evil reason as then they could help me  

I'm sure he will be great and safe.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like he is having a good time  maybe it,s time to give him some space
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a wee update,  like a couple of you said it was maybe time to give the "young yin" some space , so I did just that ,and the result ---- he's getting on just grand, although he always says "Mind we are still partners in the thinking department" .
I reckon if he can keep making a few bob in the winter he will be fine in the summer, and by the look of things he's doing fine , I love his willingness to give it a go ! a big change from the Laddie who thought that the world owed him a living for waking up in the morning.   A few weeks back I suggested that he tried to get a wee bit ground somewhere that he could use for a base , maybe cutting the fire wood ,somewhere with a bit shelter , he agreed and we went into a couple of farms that I knew the farmers , the result was that he has a bit of an old cow shed and the court that went with it , rented for £200 a year , as the farmer said it was sitting empty for nearly 15 year, so any money is better than none ,and he knows me so thinks its a good idea to have someone about the place , Sandy asked the farmer if he could repair the door on the shed in order to keep his bits and bobs safe, "carry on " was the reply , once he saw the job finished  he was impressed and has now asked my Grandson if he wanted to repair some potato box's for him ,Sandy asked me to take a look and see what I thought  !!! honestly there must be over 300 boxes in various states of repair , the outcome is that Sandy has the job of fixing them  up ,and he can take all the ones that are beyond repair and cut them for fire kindling , a superb result and something to do on these wet days ,
I really am so proud of him, the only downside is when he shook hands on the deal , he then said " Aye me and my Pa-Pa can do anything , "
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope that he gave the farmer a rate per box for the job
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

confused wrote:
Just a wee update, †like a couple of you said it was maybe time to give the "young yin" some space , so I did just that ,and the result ---- he's getting on just grand, although he always says "Mind we are still partners in the thinking department" .
I reckon if he can keep making a few bob in the winter he will be fine in the summer, and by the look of things he's doing fine , I love his willingness to give it a go ! a big change from the Laddie who thought that the world owed him a living for waking up in the morning. † A few weeks back I suggested that he tried to get a wee bit ground somewhere that he could use for a base , maybe cutting the fire wood ,somewhere with a bit shelter , he agreed and we went into a couple of farms that I knew the farmers , the result was that he has a bit of an old cow shed and the court that went with it , rented for £200 a year , as the farmer said it was sitting empty for nearly 15 year, so any money is better than none ,and he knows me so thinks its a good idea to have someone about the place , Sandy asked the farmer if he could repair the door on the shed in order to keep his bits and bobs safe, "carry on " was the reply , once he saw the job finished †he was impressed and has now asked my Grandson if he wanted to repair some potato box's for him ,Sandy asked me to take a look and see what I thought †!!! honestly there must be over 300 boxes in various states of repair , the outcome is that Sandy has the job of fixing them †up ,and he can take all the ones that are beyond repair and cut them for fire kindling , a superb result and something to do on these wet days ,
I really am so proud of him, the only downside is when he shook hands on the deal , he then said " Aye me and my Pa-Pa can do anything , "


Thats a result Ian he'll go far that lad. He's fortunate to have a Grandad  like you. All the best to you both.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great to hear the update you are the kind of grandad I had and hope to be for our grandsons. You two are great together and he loves you thinks the world of you and you him.  
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always have a wee chuckle to myself when we stop for a wee cuppa , when I feel its time to restart I always say "ah well no rest for the wicked lets make a start " the young pup re[lies with a comment like "Ah well you'll know right enough" or "Go on then your call "  a sure sign that he is gaining in confidence all the time
  Today we are of to cut up a big beech tree which fell victim to last weeks high winds , one of my fav jobs cutting up trees for firewood ,especially when I have some young muscle to do the carrying .
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been finding it hard to motivate myself these past few weeks ,with all these wet days , but then I think to myself how lucky we are that we can still get about , all be it that it's a lot slower than yesteryear  so yesterday I set about chopping some of potato box firewood for kindling, result =40 bags  ready to go at £2.50, Meanwhile my Grandson was away cleaning out a garage for a guy who had bought a lot of Beech logs from us a couple of weeks ago , Originally his plan had been to stack the logs outside , but this changed when he did his sums ,and saw that he was getting a good deal on the logs , so now the garage is being converted to a woodstore, Sandy has now taken on the job of making the garage into a woodstore /toolstore, I'm taking a back seat on this one letting the young yin   have his head and doing it his way .
It's now around 9 month since we started this wee project and I would love to take a lot less to do with the running of it , I think that my Grandson will be more than capable of earning a living on his own , we will sit down with a couple of Ciders and put a plan in place for the next move , I don't mind being around and helping him out when he needs it but I'm sure he will enjoy being his own man .
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe he just likes having company to work beside - it can get lonely just by yourself when you are a young un.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Christine wrote:
Maybe he just likes having company to work beside - it can get lonely just by yourself when you are a young un.


Agree plus he just may like to have the 'OK" nod on his ideas from the person he loves/respects the most. Just hope I can have the same with my grandsons. you sound just like my Grandfather, wonderful
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wont walk away from him or no be there for him , I just reckon that come the summer time if it ever arrives in these parts, I would like to give him more space , and maybe spend more time at my allotments , and try and get my younger grandson into some country pursuits , but im sure we will still be chewing the fat most days , and I sit around doing nothing , never have quite mastered that art !
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A quick update , the young yin came round yesterday , looking for a solution to a wee problem with his beloved grass cutter , it was quite an easy fix really but I suggested that maybe a new mower was required and keep the old one just for a backup , the cheeky young pup said " Aye just like you still in the shed just in case ! ",  I really loved the comment .          
He then proceeded to tell me had just been and got a contract to cut the grass at a retirement home every  week during the season  , good for him he has made me so proud in the last 12 month .
 I know this thread is a bit like blowing my own trumpet always going on about "wonder boy " but I just wish that some other youngster could read this and be inspired to do something similar, because believe me he was heading down the rocky road to ruin ,lying in bed until all hours and then running around with the wrong crowd , but a bit hard work and feeling tired at night plus having a few bob in his pocket have given this lad a new purpose in life .
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck to the lad and long may it continue
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Grannies and Grandpas are a much under rated resource.
Humanity survives long past breeding years because of the value of their experience to younger generations.
I think you've done a great job with your Grandson, confused and good on the lad too, getting off his toosh and getting a life that's earning him both a living and a lot of self confidence.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just thought i would update the story , my grandson is still doing away seems to have regular few earners which give him a basic amount each month , but still leave him free to take on extras ,  we had a long chat about how things are going in general for him ,and i have to agree it is hard for him to decide whether to take more regular steady jobs or continue as he is , i think like me he is really enjoying , seeing the opportunity to make a shilling ,and going for it ,i have tried to explain that as long he has enough regular work to keep the wolfs from the door , he can continue to find bits and bobs to put the cream in the sponge ,   As he said "Papa i'm certainly in a better place now than i was 15/16 month ago "  "Thanks"  Now i'm not in the least embarased to say that brought a wee lump to my throat  .
Well done young yin .


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