This week was always going to be a busy one. I had been contacted a few weeks ago by Radio Bristol who were going to be doing a week long feature on all aspects of grandparenting, long distance grandparents, kinship carers, how grandparents use technology to stay in touch and those of us who are denied a relationship with our grandchildren. Hopefully Esther Rantzen will be joining us on the phone.
They asked me if I would go to the studio on Friday to be part of a discussion group, which was fine. Then I had a phone call on Monday afternoon asking if I would also take part the next day as well over the phone, as they were going to be speaking to a solicitor about grandparents rights and would like to hear my thoughts on going to court? Which I did.
It is always difficult to remember to say what you really want to say in these conversations, time is short and you tend to go off in the wrong direction. Most people who know me already know my views on going to court and it is well documented on the website.
Going to court has to always be the very last resort, it is very stressful, time consuming and very expensive. I have spoken to grandparents who have spent their life savings on going to court. Also even if an order is granted if the resident parent breaks the order you are back to court.
Here is the interview if you would like to listen http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0242sqk
We are also watching the weather forecast all the time as on Sunday we are holding our fundraiser garden party selling cream teas, looks as though it is the wet weather plan! Hey Ho!
I wonder what next week will bring?