bairn blog: a tale of three henleys

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01:12pm Tuesday, 18th March 2008

In the past two weeks we have had a busy ol’ time @ Henley towers. Time is moving so swiftly at the moment it seems hard to catch up sometimes. Gethin is at once being angelic and demonic – a raving 2-hour long tantrum commencing at 6 this morning being a good example. At the same time he is providing many moments of hilarity. He has perfected a true villainous streak – cackling evilly when he knows he has done something naughty – and has the funniest affected walk when he wants to move swiftly, much like something from Benny Hill.

Last weekend we went over to Livingston for some shopping, only for Cole to be offered a last minute freebie to watch Scotland against England at Murrayfield. A great game (and a great result) as the Scots triumphed and suffice to say a fair few alcoholic beverages were imbibed. On Sunday, as the sun was shining, we three went on our almost weekly stroll down to Carriden House to espy the flora and fauna of springtime. The Highland Coo was quite elusive at first but turned up in time to see Gethin jump into increasingly deeper puddles.

Sunday also saw P start to work occasional Sundays to help with the coffers, much needed after ongoing boiler issues and the lost slates (and subsequent water damage) caused by the howling gales. Sadly it was a stressful day and one which put P in two minds of doing again – no one should have to put up with verbal or physical abuse at work but it seems par for the course at the library, as testified by this recent article in the Edinburgh Evening News. Anyways, before P returned from her tour of duty at Muirhouse we were paid a visit by Denise, a lovely treat as her first trip from home since she was rushed to hospital in January. She is making a wonderful recovery and it is great to see her out and about again.

That evening Cole also embarked on his first Filmhouse film quiz with friend Neil. Suffice to say on the grounds of only making it to the flicks biannually (and then only usually seeing popcorn fodder) and the quiz being quite arty felt a complete thicko but it was fun and think got one question right that the others in the team didn’t manage :)

The last week saw a visit from Moomin and some fun-filled shopping was had by all with a couple of trips to Edinburgh and our gazillionth trip to Ikea since we moved house last September. Finally got round to putting some pictures up which have been lying around and am happy to say that the living room is at long last looking the way we want it.

Anyway, back to Gethin. The wee lad is doing well. He can quite happily entertain himself and loves his books and building blocks/bricks, although he is developing a perhaps unhealthy obsession with Pingu. He is proving quite stubborn at times (mmm, a trait he has got from both his parents) and is also the master of some quite quality strops. Yet he is beginning to show that he knows right from wrong and quite often apologises unprompted if he has been naughty. Still doesn’t stop him having a raging fit if he doesn’t get his way sometimes though. As all bairns his age he has become quite possessive and most things are ‘mine’.

Well, the terrible twos have definitely onset (and we did witness our first official Ikea tantrum on Sunday – we’re so proud) and we are still a few weeks away from the birthday. Not sure what plans are afoot to celebrate the wee ones anniversary but no doubt cake and candles will feature, and hopefully a new bed for bairn as he is outgrowing his cot (physically and metaphorically).


Graeme Elmore said on Wednesday, 26th March 2008

Saw some "Terrible Zwei" aktion in IKEA Osnabruck last week - solution Eine Concentration Play Pen.