Thursday, 29 October 2009
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Have a happy hookey time !!!!
Monday, 26 October 2009
Hip hip hooray the kids were singing this morning: first day of half term....
This didn't last long: we'd agreed to ''sort and organise'' Miss Y's bedroom in preparation for a new very grown up bed ( very studenty it can look like a sofa when nicely made up) and a proper grown-up 3 door wardrobe....
But to ensure there was room and to facilitate some throwing out and giving away ( to Oxfam) of outdated/unloved toys etc as well as lovely but ''too childish now'' books we had planned this as a sorting out day. ( supposedly all 4 members of family would work as a team?? LOL
Oh dear what dramas we have had! Miss Y ( like me alas) is a wee hoarder and found this a very testing and trying time. Then again she re-discovered soo many beloved toys and games that I could wrap them for Christmas and she'd be delighted!!!( No I won't be so mean but it is a tempting thought...) There were 2 huge baskets of stuffed cuddly toys, one of large ones and one of medium sized ones and then another smaller basket of the tiny ones....
And whose idea was it to give her an Argos catalogue??? Her Christmas list is already over 2 miles ( and no I'm NOT kidding) long!!! Apart form being a hoarder she had a massivley acute attack of the ''wanties''.
Happy dogs were a welcome relief I can tell you! Here's Pippa in her customary pose when meeting any human. She's in her cute cuddly teddy bear phase, but I'll take a new photo because she had her 3 hour stint at the doggie beauty parlour today and is looking rather different.
Magnificent but with a lot less hair....!!!All those blonde curls on her paws are gone. Lucy is still working on her dominance strategy and moves to the driving seat the minute I move out of it.''What do you mean you're back?I'm driving home today!''
OK OK, I'll come back and sit in the back, I don't want to walk all the way from here.
Tonight after dinner JJ was persuaded that his help would be appreciated as he had promised the entire day off, but had spent it in his office on the phone/ answering e-mails all day- WHY do blokes do this??? Promise and book a day off and then hide away from the domestic stuff by working anyway???
Luckily he was great at the tidying and speeding it all up and we were all cracked up with laughter as it HAD to be done in flashing pink spectacles!
He's measuring walls so we can decide where the new- much bigger and taller- wardrobe is going to go... And me too in silly glasses as it helps in the fun: looking rather tired as I was up at 5 am with a whining nesting Pippa....She demanded to be let into my workroom to curl up on some piles of fabric. That's the old 5 am so it was probably only 4 am? OUCH! I am finding myself very very tired by 7pm and don't like the dark afternoons we now have!!!
It always takes me ages to get used to British Wintertime even if it does give you an extra hour in bed, but I have no problems adapting to the Spring change.
I will try to alleviate these long dark afternoons/evenings by planning some intensice crocheting and film watching/ fireside times!!! It's too dark to walk the dogs, even if I have bought them ''blinkies'' : which are flashing lights for their collars.
I just hope the rest of half term is a bit more fun than this was, mmmmm.
Have a really LOVELY week and I may be a bit late or sporadic depending on how the kids are.
We've got shopping and creating, skating and visiting to do as well as a trip to London and some entertaining.
See you soon? Have fun!
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Friday, 23 October 2009
It's those yellow leaves: WOW.
The rest of the day was spent cleaning in readiness for a cosy and nurturing home for Half Term! And while I scrubbed, hoovered, tidied and dusted I ran a story in my mind. That is when I wasn't singing along to the radio... but I digress. I went down memory lane and thought I'd share it with blogger, except it's going to be VERY dull and BOOOring to most/some people so I apologise unreservedly: please move on as this is really FOR FAMILY ONLY.
I won't mind and I promise I'll have something crafty/crochety and interesting again soon.
Meanwhile so as to keep family reading I have posted a set of random photos from 3 years ago to amuse. It's the ONE and only time we did this for a Christmas card. To go with the annual update for old University and other friends....mmmm yes we don't do those anymore either.
Pippa was a puppy 5 months old .
OK so yesterday was exactly halfway in the year to my next birthday, A VERY BIG birthday. An event that in the Netherlands is celebrated with a very special cake. I know this because my Dad had one AND a special party just before he died a year or so later....
Anyway here I am thinking about what to plan, how to celebrate and how very much has changed since my birth and childhood.
Then in addition a school in Aylesbury is celebrating this very same birthday THIS year and a flyer proclaimed the following:
1. you could buy a house for £2,500.
2. Cliff Richard was in the charts with Living Doll
3.A MINI went for sale at £500
4.The Barbie doll was launched
Where to begin? Mum and dad met after the war as mum's friend had been a penpal to my dad who was hiding in French caves in the French Resistance and later in a Swiss sanatorium as he'd contracted TB. The friend( my godmother) took mum as chaperone to Holland to visit dad after the war and mum and dad fell in love. Mum moved to a small country town first to live with dad's parents and later in their own home. It was a domestic life where to be respected your front step had to be spotless and scrubbed DAILY. Mum even got up at 4 am one day to hang out the washing so as to be the first with her washing on the line was a good and upstanding thing to do! It was a ''beat the neighbours at this game kind of thing.''
From having his own business with his brother- inherited from his dad: more of this later- my dad sold his share and went into teaching, got his degree and his postgraduate degree by evening study and became a lecturer in economics. We moved from the small home-town to The Hague and later to Wassenaar. I was an ''accident'' and should have been a boy as it was my mum's last chance for her great wish for a son.She had her first daughter in London as she wasn't going to have her first baby in a foreign country!My middle sister and myself were born in the Netherlands as this was 5 and 9 years after her first girl. The first delay was planned as this was the advice in those days for a Rhesus negative mother having Rhesus positive babies.
Like I said: I wasn't planned. Ooops. Not sure telling this to a small child is helpful, but hey I survived it. For years I just did not understand how I was an ''accident''...
Guess what? 2 of my dad's daughters studied Medicine and the third Law......