Friday, December 21, 2007


(At her Playgroup, December 2007):

What do you want to be when you've grown up?

Dressed up like Ariel

What will you need to learn at school?

Do painting and make a picture of Mummy

Are you going to get married?

Yep, to Samuel

Are you going to have babies?

Yep! I girl

Are you going to be a grandparent one day when you get old?

Yep, when I'm 12 years old!

What do you want Santa to bring you?

Ariel dress-up.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


What a special time Christmas is for kids.

And birthdays! I turned 70 last week: and at a little party, Millie was sitting on my knee when the Happy Birthday song was sung. She had those candles blown out before I could draw a breath!

Bella's Grandma built a new bed for her, to replace the portable cot we used when she had weekly sleep-overs with us. Bella slept for 13 hours straight in it! They are very good girls (except when Bella loses her dummy in the middle of the night!)

Millie's in the habit of asking two interesting questions these days. When she's leaving us to go downstairs: 'Will you miss me?' And when she comes upstairs again: 'How can I help?'

My two brothers and their wives from Sydney - Graham and Melodie, and David and Jan - visited us last week. Jan gave Bella ten finger puppets: and she wore them with dancing joy! Bella's Grandma found a little carry-case for them, and they and Bella have been inseparable since!

Here's something I just posted onto our Humour blog:

Rowland Croucher

Sunday, December 02, 2007


...for a couple of hours, and called back to Grandma:

'Will you miss me?'

(Remember she's four: and still very cute :-)