Saturday, February 28, 2009


@ YAY COCO IS OK! and thank you all for a lovely lovely birthday!!

@ is at children's hospital

@ is at children's hospital with dear Coco who has a high fever

Friday, February 27, 2009

Ms Debbie, Coco's wonderful bus driver, painted this wonderful picture of Coco and her lion!

Coco hi tech!

Where does our backyard elf go when it snows?

Coco's turn!

DOWNHILL skiing to school!

X-country skiing to school!

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Beachy babe

Coco of Puget Sound!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Coco's Funny Little Cupcakes!

(Note how low they sit in their paper cups, and bear in mind that they are very thickly layered in icing, to get an idea of how VERY little these funny cupcakes are!!! But Coco and Rainbow-the-lion liked them - and her classmates too, and her teachers, though it's possible they were just humouring me...)

Friday, February 13, 2009

@ is relieved 'twas merely

@ is relieved 'twas merely a lymph node! Hurrah! Hurrah! O that all the world's fears were actually merely lymph nodes!

Thursday, February 12, 2009



Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sneaking sugar...

Monday, February 09, 2009

Let's go huskys

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Thanks seren!

Celebrating COSETTE, God's gift to us for FIVE YEARS!

The winning attempt to PIN THE MANE ON COCO!!

Playing 'In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle, the Lion Sleeps Tonight'...

Coco.s 5th birthday party

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Preparing for COCO.s 5th party...

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Karaoke Questions Revisited...

I love the answers you've being giving to the questions "What song am I singing in Karaoke in this photo?" and "What song do/would you like to sing in Karaoke?"

Rachel would sing 'Funky Town, and along with Sam guessed Blue Moon, (which IS from the same communal era of our lives as 'the song'!) Sam also guessed U2 'With or Without You', or something from Coldplay's latest album - you were all most tasteful in your guessing, I must say!

Martin would sing Mr Oizo's 'Flatbeat. Caro would sing jamiroquai's 'Space Cowboy' or Tracy Chapman's 'Sorry', and guessed ABBA 'The Winner Takes it All', or The Beatles 'Let it Be' (which I did sing once in an audition for Les octave too high??!! My family and I laughed long and loud about that! Reminiscent of laughing for about an hour with Tom after failing my driving test for the __ time!!) 

Bens guessed 'Sweet Child of Mine'. Mum sang 'Santa baby, hurry down the chimney tonight...', and guessed 'Catch a Falling Star', and Elvis' 'Love Me Tender, Love Me True', slightly out of tune (thanks Mum!).

I've been asked to give you A CLUE! (Remember Ab Fab??!! I LOVE that moment!)

Clue #1 - that's my good friend Laurel in the foreground - she may well remember what I was singing! She sang 'Video Killed the Radio Star'.

Clue #2 -The song I'm singing in this pic has 'the selfsame words and tune' (Shakespeare, in Macbeth), (well, selfsame TUNE, at least) to a shocking little number performed at Forster SUFM's summer 1988/9 concert (along with the Pharoahs and the Martyrs) in which April, Karina, Didy, Kath and I danced around Dave, clad in a psychedelic fluorescent helmet, singing

"Stunned Dave
You make me misbehave..."

Rosemary Davies was aghast, horrified, outraged, and the bizarre thing was that I, the author, in my teen naivite (sp?), was somehow oblivious to the sexual overtones of our performance. I remember we were truly surprised at Rosie's response. A few more words for you...

"...You do everything
C'mon stunned Dave
I wanna be your slave..."

Initially, when I thought of this clue, I thought 'How nice - a lullaby for my dear little nephew David'. Maybe not.

SO, what would you sing, and what did I sing??!! I look forward to Karaoking with you some day!!!!!
Happy guessing?!!!!! 

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Our union-church has a great kids corner named 'Godly Play', which Eowyn and Cosette love. Here they are with E's good friend L, being creative! This reminds me somehow of Tom and me sitting on our squares in Cambridge licking a beater each! There've been lots of beaters to savour around here of late, what with the creation of Coco's lion cake and funny little cup cakes (a picture of which shall appear when it's developed, at Mum, Sam and Becca's request!! I love that you all laughed uproariously at the thought of them!!!!! Who needs perfection when we can laugh at ourselves...) Bens is in the thick of job-searching - it's hard work! And I'm about to make Anita's curried tuna recipe for dins! 
Love M

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Coco is really enjoying her b'day gifts! Thanks!


Thank you so much dear ones for your generous and loving gifts for Coco! We had such a lovely family present opening ceremony this smorning! First, Coco opened the lion from Serendipity and exclaimed 'How did she know?' Nextly she opened the socks and pencils from Becca, Sam and Zach, and chose a pair of socks to wear to school, and bounced the pig, birdie and cow on the tops of the pencils. After this, she opened 'The Scissor Fiends', written for Coco by Mummy and illustrated by Eowyn the amazing painter! (Daddy's present, the story "Different Like Coco" is still on its way!) 

Coco and Eowyn had lots of fun ripping open the big parcel from Grandma and Gump, and Coco was very excited about making cards and wanted to do so right away! (We didn't, as it was a school morning!) She was delighted by the lovely bracelets and purse from Rachel, Victor and David, and chose the purply bracelet for herself and gave the black-and-white one to Eowyn - she loves to share, our Coco! 

The last present to unwrap was 'Augustus and his Smile', from Tom, Anita, Eddie, Bastian and Rooster - she snuggled up in my lap and listened to her new story and loved it. (Eowyn and Daddy listened too!)

And on arrival home from school today, after an icecream date at Baskin-Robbins with Mummy and a party with her school friends, indulging in lion cupcakes created by Mummy, there was a card and stickers from Great Auntie Nancie! What a lovely day! We love our five year old!

A little aside about the cupcakes - Bens and I laughed uproariously about them last night, because, whilst being most artistic, they were very small and kind of ridiculous looking - Bens' Mom was a Martha Stewart type whose cakes were always very perfect ... not so his wife's!!!!!!!!

Happy birthday COCO! Brekkie in bed!

Happy birthday Coco! Brekkie in bed! We love you!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Our four year old lion is five in two sleeps! This pic goes with an orange, yellow, brown and gold mane I've painted for her - which she can wear too, but shall be a party game entitled 'Pin the Main on Coco'! Coco is excited to wear the lion suit Eowyn made her for Hallowe'en! I am making and decorating lion cupcakes - this is the first time in my life I've ever made cupcakes! 

Cross country skiing with Karen - oh, so fun!