Category Archives: Henry


Kevin’s threatening to mothball the blog, though I’m not quite sure what that means. I think he has, finally, after seven years, lost interest in blogging. Does that mean he’s said everything?

Anyway, the thought of that made me sad, so I’m making a concerted effort to write things, and thereby convince him that it’s a good thing.

In recent times, we have been on holiday to the Isle of Wight (yes, it’s true, we always go on holiday to the Isle of Wight), with my mother and my aunty, and got very lightly sunburnt in the process – which isn’t bad, in April.

Henry is occasionally astonishing, particularly with reference to his understanding of shape and form. I forgot to blog, a while ago, about his two-years-early drawing of circles, and about a month ago, he distinctly drew a circle, with three small circles inside it, before pointing to the bottom one and saying “mouth”. At 20 months. Frankly, that takes me beyond Proud Mother Boasting of His Advanced Development, into That’s Just Scary. Similarly, while we were away, we went into the gift shop at the Ventnor Botanic Gardens, part of the decor of which included a trellis-type design, which made green diamond shapes against a panel. It sounds odd, but it looked fine. Anyway, H pointed at the diamonds, and started singing Twinkle Twinkle. I remember being astonished at Daisy’s recognition of a triangle at a fairly early stage (in the face of her dogged refusal to get colours at all), but not this early. 21 months?! He scares me…

Notes about me – Facebook meme

25 Random Things Share Rules:
Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

1. I am blonde in my head, even though I haven’t looked blonde since I was about seven.
2. I have two degrees, one in Literature and Media Studies, and one in just Literature.
3. I wrote an entire MA dissertation on the Chalet School, and it was a darn sight more fun that Shakespeare or Dickens could ever have been.
4. I’m not sending my kids to school.
5. I have researched my family tree to the point of having 645 names in it. That’s quite a lot. I come from Wales, and Ireland, and Wirral, and Manchester, and Shropshire.
6. The most interesting story I found in the tree was of the man who married one sister, then ran off with the ten-years-younger sister, lived over the brush with her for 30 years, had a stack of kids, and finally married her when first sister died.
7. I didn’t intend to quit work when I had Daisy, but I’ve got no intention of going back, now.
8. My youngest, Henry, has never been in his pram, having travelled everywhere in a sling until he could walk, and even now when he gets tired. He’s 19 months old, now, and it’s looking increasingly unlikely that he ever will. I did toy with putting him in the seat of the shopping trolley, yesterday, but didn’t do it.
9. I couldn’t quite bring myself to get rid of the pram. Might celebrate his second birthday by throwing it out.
10. I make slings for friends, especially pregnant friends, but I could never sell them, because my sewing really isn’t of marketable quality!
11. I think 25 things is a lot.
12. I went to two primary schools, two secondary schools and one sixth form college.
13. I’ve only ever worked for two people – St Rhadagund’s Christian Holiday Centre, and Liverpool John Moores University.
14. I’m better at attention to detail than big projects.
15. I still don’t know if I’ve finished having children.
16. I’m not ready to have another one yet.
17. I’m still breastfeeding H.
18. I play the viola, but not often enough to be any good.
19. It’s so long since I’ve played from music, I think I may have forgotten how.
20. People think playing by ear is clever, and/or hard. Believe me, if it was hard, I’d be too lazy to do it.
21. I sometimes think that someone who studied literature to the relatively high level that I have ought to read more. I hardly ever read novels, don’t buy a newspaper, and search the internet for intellectual stimulation, with varying degrees of success.
22. I wasn’t fat when I was a kid.
23. I don’t eat enough fruit.
24. I don’t eat enough vegetables, either, but I do like vegetables. Sadly, the rest of my family don’t, really. They all eat fruit by the hundredweight, while I just sit here getting scurvy.
25. I am married to the best husband on the planet, which is hard luck on the rest of you.

We went for shoes for Henry..

and he is now sporting a nice pair of size 4G shoes, not that he’s to enamored with it all. he can’t now pull his socks off; he screamed the Clark’s in Cheshire oaks down – but now it’s done.

Oh and we bought a new car.

We have just bought a Mazda 5 thing; We are now officially members of the people carrier club, yes we have a car with 7 seats, because we have two children. I am told this is so we can have other people in the car along side the family, and not because we would be having any more children. 

A Mazda, it's not silver (this isn't our colour)
A Mazda, it's not silver

Ruth’s friend has just got one of these so despite test driving the blue one we’ve bought a different colour one, Ruth says it’s duck-egg; although the piece of paper says it’s silver. We’ve managed to swap our rather old,  poorly tricked out skoda, for something much newer and more feature rich car, without doing much to how much we are paying per month. Although the fact we are going from Diesel to Petrol may have an effect. 

We do the swap next Saturday, when we will almost certainly go for a drive somewhere, and show off our car which has at least 9 cup-holders!