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We had the now not so small folk on Saturday for bike rides, a spot of lunch and much chat. They give me so much pleasure. With all of the awful things going on in the world we need to hang on to what’s simple, good and happy. And family is one of those things. Make the most of it.

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What will I do when they don’t want to spend time with me anymore because it’s TOO BORING……

Thankfully that day at the moment seems a long time off!!

Long may it all last!

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You’d have to be a hard hearted sort not to love a donkey wouldn’t you? With their woofly noses and long soft ears, not to mention their gentle dispositions they are a study in patience. For last Christmas we adopted three from the donkey sanctuary here on the sunny Isle – Daisy, Dylan and Doris and under instruction from Father Christmas they are duty bound to visit. Often.

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The Urchins do like a donkey (thankfully) and like the café even more for endless chocolate cake and drinks so it’s a popular choice for a visit. And they have little Shetland ponies too…

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It’s a grand spot, free to get in to and it’s got miles of muddy paths and space to run and test your wellies out in!

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Great fun and then time to repair to the café for the aforementioned cake..

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By the way and just in case you didn’t know, if you close your eyes then food tastes better. I leave you with Miss Phoenix demonstrating same…

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Ah the logic of the three year old!

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So there we were having a little Friday half term morning at Nanny’s house (just the girls – the boy wasn’t allowed to come because of his new found love of spitting…..) and pancakes were deemed to be the order of the day.

We made the batter and heated the pan. The eldest child was standing on a chair next to the cooker watching.

Eldest: Can I make them Nanny?

Me: No the pan is very hot and we don’t want to end up at the hospital for the rest of the morning.

Eldest: Oooooohhhhhh pleeeeeeease

Me: No. I’ll do them. And anyway the first one is always a bit of a disaster while we get the pan to the right heat.

Long pause. Considered look sideways at me

Eldest: Well. Mummy’s are never a disaster….

I managed to fight the urge to push her off the chair.

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You know when your life has become a little over busy when you are on the phone to the bloke who sorts things like your pension out and are simultaneously making a casserole and potting up marmalade. I told the bloke on the phone of my multitasking and there was a sharp intake of breath – more because he didn’t think I’d been listening to him for the past hour rather than admiration at my not inconsiderable juggling act. Pah! All of that and writing reams of copy for everything from Swiss chocolate, Unilever collaborations, eggs cups, wedding proposals and branding to master data (whatever that is) has made life busy but very interesting. But in the midst of all of this there are others to think of… Sunday last was a Nanny day and the small people arrived at some ungodly hour whilst their mother swanned off shopping for the day. Thinking ahead and knowing the boredom threshold of a gnat that the 6 year old has, I had lined up all manner of entertainments and making and doing. The boy child immediately flaked out in front of the telly with his cars (because you are allowed to do such things at Nanny’s) and the smallest person traipsed around the house dragging unwilling dollies and singing snatches of Frozen (which, I have to say makes me feel vaguely homicidal…).

And so the day commenced. There was cake making – and I must admit that the EBG can pretty much get everything necessary out of the cupboard herself and knows which order it all goes into the bowl. They were a resounding success! SONY DSC SONY DSC I love this one!! SONY DSC When Pops finally dragged himself off the golf course rescued me it was decided that a run round the fields would be just the thing on a freezing February day. Of course….. SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC Actually the older two quite enjoyed it. Not so the smallest child who stood resolutely in the middle of the field and refused to move for anyone even when cake was the bribe of choice. She is such a baggage! SONY DSC SONY DSC But we had a lovely day. Relatively chilled, cakes, telly and an amount of cutting and sticking. And miles of non stop chat… SONY DSC The eldest girl child then decided that she was going to be the next David Bailey. Actually she didn’t do half badly with my camera and got the gist of getting people and things centered and focussed. Here are a few that she took – she’s 6.   SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC Not bad eh? And so the day drew to a close and we broke the post dry January wine out which seemed both fitting and very necessary! Blimey!

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Well Dear Reader, after the awful rainy and windy biblical end of Winter / early Spring that we had you could be forgiven for thinking that the sun might never shine again! But oh my it is at the moment and the garden is lapping up every little scrap that it can. The greenhouse is full to bursting with all manner of flowers and veg, the seeds of which were pretty much all donated by the lovely Dave from the golf club and sent home with TG in little brown envelopes with instructions on the front full of exclamation marks.

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Unbelievably, everything germinated, which is brilliant in one respect but a nightmare in terms of potting on and finding room for.

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The small people have also planted the yearly crop of Sunflowers above and now I need to find a sunny spot for those as well….

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It’s amazing that,  by just  having a few more hours in the week to spend out there,  so much can be accomplished! I foresee the making of much chutney!

In other news from South Lodge Towers, we have had a big emphasis on family in the last couple of weeks with the christening of the Folliers grandson at which The Child was godfather. I kept looking at the back of his head in the church and wondering where this man had come from because it was surely only yesterday that he had been a little boy. But man he now is – although he will of course always be my little boy.

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We also had a long overdue visit from the small people who arrived full of beans and completely wore TG and I out! We cooked, looked at horses, did cutting and sticking and I had the most kisses and cuddles that I’ve had in ages.

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Silly child!

And then last, but by no means least, we have had a brand new addition to the family in the shape of Finley who is now just over a week old. He is tiddly, really tiddly and TG and I went to the North Island to see him

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I have the greatest pleasure in being Wicked Step Nanny which I think quite suits me….and TG is thrilled to be a granddad again

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I know he doesn’t look thrilled – that’s his photo face…

So there you have it Dear Reader. A full update. New additions in the garden and in the family. Marvellous. The weather is set fair for the weekend, there is so much to do outdoors and in, that it frightens me when I think about it and I have another piece for Glean Magazine to write. Add to all of that lines to learn, rehearsals to attend and the holiday let to run and I wonder why I sleep like the dead at night. There are lists everywhere…..

*sigh

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” We haven’t had a Nanny Day in aaaaaaagggggeeeeesss” came the plaintive wail from Madam. And she was quite right, we hadn’t. What with Christmas, rehearsals and life just generally getting in the way, I had been most remiss in my Nanny duties. Now Dear Reader, the only problem with remiss is that one has to make amends. Big time! I got supplies in and prepared myself for a full on day……

There were horses involved. The real variety…

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It was decided by general consensus that this one was called Bob. No, I don’t know why either but it turned out that he was rather partial to an apple or two.

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There was also Daisy the pony…

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This apparently (according to her) is the best game EVER and also (according to her) hilarious…..Pops I don’t think was quite so convinced as they trotted up and down the drive being ponies…

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Exhausted with horsey antics it was decided (not by me) that cakes were next in the order of the day. I would show you a picture of the blood red icing, the blood red cakes (we’d run out of pink) and the blood red kitchen where spilt blood red food colouring went pretty much everywhere but I’d lost the will to live by then and there is no photographic evidence!

And so we moved on. To puppet making

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And some colouring.

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Observe the concentration.

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The small boy meanwhile had abandoned the womenfolk to watch golf with Pops and make giant Meccano. However the lure of chocolate pudding proved too much.

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We had such a lovely day which ended with us all flaked on the sofa watching a bit of telly and having cuddles. Nothing earth shattering, nothing expensive, nothing of any great consequence. “I’ve really missed you Nanny” said Madam. And I had really missed them too. We’re having a sleepover next. Do they still sell Valium?

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