Hi, I’m Francesca but everyone calls me Frankie; and this is my Blog ” Thoroughly Modern Grandma “.  I’m married to Mr J, a freelance Consultant Engineer, who’s put up with me for almost 40 years! And we have one daughter Gemma (G) and three grandsons.  I love being a Grandma and we spend as much time as possible with our three grandsons whilst still managing to find plenty of time to travel and indulge in our passion for food and wine.


In December 2017 I retired from Transport for London where I had worked as Chief Planning & Reporting Accountant for the past 24 years.  This has given me new found freedom but after having such a structured work pattern for so long, where my working day was revolved around meetings and relied up a well organised “Outlook” calendar I felt needed to find something to help me with the transition to my new found freedom. So say hello to my new blog – “Thoroughly Modern Grandma”


And as you’re likely to hear a lot about G and the “Boys” here’s a quick introduction.  G is married to Mr G and they have three boys, Grandson no 1. Finley (“F” aged 10 and 9/12ths), Grandson no 2. Caspar (“C” aged 8 11/12ths) and Grandson no 3. Isaac; or Zacky Zackysaurus as we like to call him; (“Z” aged 6 2/12ths).  They are all totally adorable (well most of the time) and are all crazy mad on football, as well as the other usual boy things of computer games, climbing, BMXing, swimming, surfing, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, making a lot of noise, getting muddy, making a mess etc etc – basically totally exhausting !


I hope you enjoy reading the blog which is likely to cover a wide range of topics from Grandparenting, Food and Travel, Wine, Our New House and more.


Oh yes,  I forgot to mention that as part of mine and Mr J’s retirement plans G, Mr G, the Boys and us are planning on buying a new large house and moving in together.  The theory being it will give us the freedom to go off travelling when we want and give G and the Boys more room.  It should make for some interesting reading 🙂

With so many apples it’s great to be able to make some fresh apple juice with the less than perfect ones. There are only so many apple crumbles you can eat in a year ☺️
To get the best… https://t.co/lQzooaXhKR

Zero Waste Food, How to Make Chicken Stock https://t.co/3pIT9ehC3T

I love having a Sunday Roast with the family and roast chicken is one of my favourites. And, the great thing is that you can make great stock from the chicken… https://t.co/abGF8o34XX

What a gorgeous Autumn afternoon. I just had to go for a walk. The sky was so blue without a cloud in the sky and the sun was warm☺️
#autumn… https://t.co/diN5G91zKB

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