When mum-of-two Sharon Gillespie, 69, from Bearsden, isn’t jetting off to visit her grandchildren in Canada or sunning herself in Vegas with her retiree husband David, 71, she is off to Zumba or sightseeing in Scotland with her friends.
Here, the retired receptionist shares a snapshot of her very busy life as an international hands-on granny.
Right on track
This is me and my sister-in-law, Rhona, about to go on a tour of Glasgow Central Station.
We had to wear these rather fetching hi-vis jackets, and looked like Jack and Victor from Still Game!
It was fascinating exploring all the tunnels under the platforms.
I’ve been using the station for years and had no idea so much was going on underneath my feet!
It was great fun – especially the champagne afterwards in the Grand Central Hotel.
When my eldest son, Craig, 43, and his wife, Vicky, moved to Canada 11 years ago I was heartbroken but we make sure we go over at least four times a year to visit.
This is me and my husband, David, with Craig and our three gorgeous grandchildren – Julia, 12, Claudia, 11, and wee Jason, who is nine.
I am so lucky to have a big network of friends who I see regularly, for lunches, Zumba and badminton.
This is me with the girls I met when I was nursing – Norma and Ruby, with dark hair, are on my right and the girl on my left is Ruby’s daughter, Lorna, who we were visiting in Windsor.
This is a precious photo because it was the last get together before we lost Ruby two months ago. She was a lovely woman, salt-of-the earth, and I will miss her terribly.
Empty nest? No way
Claudia recently stayed with us for a couple of weeks.
It was lovely having a young person in the house again, and she’s a real chatterbox.
This is us sightseeing in Edinburgh.
I want to be a hands-on granny and I look after my other grandson, Finlay, once a week.
When Craig emigrated we made sure the distance didn’t get in the way of being close to the children.