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" Swansea 2 - Luke Michael - Our First Pictures"


Date & start time:     Thursday 6th April 2017 and the days following.

Location :                   Gareth & Rhian's House, Hendy, Swansea, Uk ( SN 538 033 )

Photos by :                Mainly ourselves !      

Places visited :         Gareth and Rhian's home in Hendy.

New Arrival :              Luke Michael Hiley - 8lb 7oz.- born at 7.30am last Saturday.

With :                           Jill, Gareth and Rhian, Ann, Cathy, Alexander and others.


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Our chance to head south to see our new grandson today.

It is a six or seven hour drive to Swansea, so we make an early start and take up the offer of lunch from our friend Jill in Cheshire along the way.

While we were there we took the opportunity for a walk around her local woods to exercise ourselves and the dogs.

She has a new puppy Ziggy, who also needed to work off a bit of energy !

Today's walk Jill, Ann and myself . . . with Ziggy, Harry and Dylan.

A short drive from her home is Jubilee Wood . . .
. . . an excellent place to take the dogs.

They run around like mad . . . but always seem to be close at hand when there are treats on offer.

No allegiances . . . anyone's treats will do !

They'll even do tricks and walk the pole if the incentive is right.

The walk through the woods brought us out to an area of open grassland, also open to the public.

I'm sure there are more dogs now ?

It was a popular area for others to walk their dogs too and we stop to chat to numerous dogs (and owners) along the way.

A request stop for one last photo before we have to return to the car and continue our journey south.

A big thank you to Jill for lunch and chance to relax for a while . . . we'll have to catch Nigel next time, as he was at work today.

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We were slightly ahead of time as we reached Swansea . . . so we drove straight to Gareth and Rhian's house.

We take the first available opportunity to see Luke . . . and fortunately he's awake and accepting visitors !

Chance for me to have a cuddle too.

One last hold for Ann as Rhian looks on.

Time to drive over to Sandra and Jackie's house for the rest of the evening.

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Next morning we are greeted by wall to wall sunshine . . .
. . . in the Mediterranean paradise of Swansea.

The view from our balcony overlooking a rather hazy Swansea Bay . . . the headland of Mumbles can just be seen away to the right.

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We return to Hendy on the outskirts of Swansea to see Luke once again.

Rhian is recovering well after the birth of her first-born.

Obviously got the knack of how to relax young Luke.

Gareth also loves to hold him . . .
. . . an obviously proud dad !

Luke, wide awake and taking an interest in his new world.

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We go back to Gareth and Rhian's house several times over the next few days.


. . . Ann enjoys another cuddle.

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Time to offer them a few presents, including two special ones that had been hand knitted.

A colourful woollen baby-grow . . .
. . . and a "Welsh" all-in-one trouser set.

They looked rather familiar to Gareth as they were knitted 36 years ago for him to wear when he was first born.

Ann had kept them safe and they were as good as new . . . I don't think Gareth would fit in them now !

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Catherine and Alexander were down in Swansea this weekend too . . . so they came across to see Luke as well.

Cathy with Luke.
Alexander lends a hand.

We realised that this was the first new born baby that Alexander had really held and experienced.

Up till now he was our youngest grandson . . . all his family were older than him so this was a real first for him.

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The weekend also provided the opportunity to visit the dress hire company prior to Gareth and Rhian's other big day.

It seems weddings take longer to organise than babies . . . so in advance of the August date we went along to arrange a fitting for us men.

Gareth . . . groom to be . . .
. . . with Rob, the prospective father-in-law.

[ These two photos were taken on an earlier occasion ]

Today Alexander tries on his suit . . .
. . . and discusses neck ties with Gareth.

[ It seems no-one took the "father of the groom" picture today . . . hope they do on the big day ! ]

Afterwards we drove the short distance over to Rob and Viv's house to say hello and meet more of Rhian's family.

 Great Grandma Val has chance for a cuddle . . .
Luke seems a very contented baby . . .
. . . but he does enjoy a sleep as well !
On Saturday, or was it Sunday, we visit once more.
The mid-wife is due so Ann may have to give him up soon.
He gets weighed in his birthday suit !
. . . then wrapped up warmly and softly once again

It was Saturday after all . . . as Luke Michael Hiley was one week old today.

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Paula, Tom and Abi were down in Swansea for Easter weekend and were also able to meet up with Luke during their time there.

[ Photo courtesy of Paula of course.]

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix Tz60 , my Panasonic Gx8 or my basic Samsung mobile.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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Previous pictures - 1st to 10th April 2017 - Swansea Visit to see Luke

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