bairn blog: a tale of three henleys

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11:49pm Saturday, 14th June 2008

Well, it has been far too long and after a few nagging emails from friends and family thought had better let you know what we have been up to.

The Henleys 3 have all been faring well but o so increadibly busy these past couple of months. So, a potted history of the Henley’s since early april:

G is doing really well. He is fiercely stubborn and free-willed but delights in the simplest of things like reading, putting a bucket on his head, dancing (or boogy woogying as he calls it), having his hair scuplted by the vacuum cleaner, mowing hte lawn (more of that later) and playing with his toy cars. He is quite the chatter box and enjoys pointing out all that he sees and knows, especially if it has wheels and an engine. There have been a few gems along the way too. G thought double yelllow lines were ‘baby roads’ and upon seeing a house being built thought it was a ‘broken house’.

Lately, he has developed an unhealthy yearning for chocolate and cake which is a bit worrysome. He even uttered the word “cake” aloud in his sleep one night.

The poor fella has been unwell quite a lot lately. He has had a perpetual cold since spring and recently ear infections in both ears which a double dose of antibiotics doesn’t seem to have shifted. all leading to a sporadically grumpy child.

G likes his routine which is a good job as our weeks are pretty structured now. P has been working Sundays the last few months to bring some extra cash in (much needed since jumping on the property ladder) so Sundays are Daddy day, always starting with the weekly shop at Asda. It’s strangely surreal going shopping at 9am on a Sunday morning but nice and quiet – the only down side being the inability to buy booze (actually, probably a good thing).

Most Sundays are spent at home although the last month cole and G have tried to go into Edinburgh to lap up the summery vibes before it gets too busy with the fringe. Cole took G to a bairn disco the other week, as part of the imaginate festival. Sadly, boy did not enjoy the fab hour or so of dance music for the babies and toddlers, complete with dancers and chill-out room. Oh well, dad had fun.

Saturday’s are lazy days, although with the (relatively) good weather we and the longer days we have been spending a lot of our time in the garden. P has been a diva with the seeds and compost and we have a healthy crop of courgettes, carrots, beetroots, potatos, beans, tomatoes and peppers on the way, plus gooseberries, strawberries and more raspberries than we know what to do with. Half of today was spent harvesting the gooseberry bush and now have 3kg of the blighters. Fool and jam galore this summer me thinks!

The house, and garden are beginning to feel really homely and, having moved in to the house late summer last year, it has been lovely to see the place in prolonged periods of sunshine. The previous owner obviously took good care of the garden and we seem to have been constantly treated to new flora with the passing Seasons.

With such lovely surrounds then it is great that we are going to be having a few visitors over the coming summer months. Can’t believe we have been here for 9 months now – time has flown by and there never seems to be enough time (not money) to do what we want to the place.

Anyway, that should be enough to keep you in the loop for now. Any more and won’t have anything else to write for the next couple of months. Will try to stick some snaps up over the next couple of days and maybe even a video or two.


Pat said on Tuesday, 17th June 2008

Love the "baby roads" and "broken house", keep these gems coming!! You can also look forward to Gethin coming out with phrases you can only guess the meaning of once he starts school. My two started their schooldays in Derbyshire, my neighbour had to translate some of the weirder local sayings they came out with!
Wishing you all a lovely summer,
Pat x