Grand­kids love the gar­den

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FRONT PAGE - By Donna Ewen

GRACE and Carl Ham­bling are shar­ing their Portlethen home with two real love­birds these days. The cou­ple, who have lived at 5 Craig­head Av­enue for 20 years, have been joined in their se­cluded back gar­den most days by a pair of doves. Grace, 72, who re­cently re­tired af­ter 27 years work­ing for Next, said: “Carl and I sit out the back most morn­ings to have our break­fast. “It’s quite an event when the doves come and join us as we spend ages just sitting watch­ing them feed­ing and tak­ing a bath.” Carl, 63, a re­tired off­shore crane op­er­a­tor, and Grace moved to Portlethen in 1975 from York­shire. “Carl was work­ing for Chevron at the time,” said Grace. And the cou­ple later moved into their im­mac­u­late, sunny, spacious home when it was a new-build. Over the years, their five chil­dren have flown the coop, and the home is filled with many won­der­ful mem­o­ries. “We’ve had count­less happy times here and it’s just won­der­ful we are on to the next gen­er­a­tion with our six grand­chil­dren,” said Grace. And no week­end at the house would be com­plete with­out their

“Count­less happy times”

grand­son, Frank Ham­bling, 2, who likes to come over for sleep­overs – to spend time with his “GDad”. Grace said: “Frank has his own bed­room here and there’s noth­ing he en­joys more than spend­ing all his time with Carl in the back gar­den, watch­ing the birds.” Grace and Carl are now on the look-out for a


IM­MAC­U­LATE: The fam­ily home at 5 Craig­head Av­enue. MEM­O­RIES: Grace and Carl Ham­bling with their grand­son Frank Ham­bling.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.