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Rocky Times

May 25, 2014

A guest post by The Dad.

The bug that hit Babess on the flight over has since knocked out both parents, tempering our plans somewhat. Kate will write later about the visit to the Tower of London which I missed, and here I’ll fill in some of the following two days.

On Friday, we packed up and headed out of London, picking up a rental car from Heathrow and heading for Stonehenge. We had tickets booked for the 12-12:30 window, and looked to be on track to arrive comfortably early until we hit a half-term traffic jam just a few miles short. At the same time, the weather closed in and by the time we reached the car-park, thankfully not too late, it was cold, wet and windy. We donned extra layers and got the shuttle up to the henge, and as Kate put it, got “soaked in history and spine-chilling stories”. It was amazing to see the evidence of changes over thousands of years, and marvel at the engineering ingenuity of those who erected the stones, but we couldn’t linger without the risk of hypothermia and headed back to the visitor centre to dry out and get hot chocolate. Pearl, Fainjin and Babess had a go at pulling on a replica stone to see how many sets of them would be required to move it – and that is at least 99.

From there we took a variety of B roads to the White Horse at Uffington (, a far less developed site but no less fascinating. The kids enjoyed the opportunity to run across the wide hill-side below the horse and see the spot where St George slew the dragon. After leaving that, it was a slow drive through a succession of traffic jams to get to the Oxford YHA, and at last have accommodation with our own bathroom.

Unfortunately, Kate got very sick during the night so we revised our plans of spending the morning walking around Oxford then going to Bletchley Park in favour of heading straight for Coventry. This had much greater appeal for Fainjin and Babess who have been looking forward to their sleep-over with friends they hadn’t yet met. Babess was bemused to find out that the whole family were coming to her sleep-over.

We’ve since had a relatively quiet day, the kids enjoying roaming over a big house, finding the rooms they’re going to share with their new friends. Kate has had the opportunity to try to recuperate in some space and comfort. After lunch we left her to sleep, and Fainjin with some time to himself, and the rest of us walked in to the city to see the remains of Coventry Cathedral as well as explore the Herbert Museum ( which Pearl was delighted to find had a Roman Empire exhibition.

The Boy With One Stomach

April 10, 2009

(reproduced with kind permission from the author)

the boy with One Stomach by Pearl

Once apona time tere was a boy with one stomach next door lived a boy with twoo stomach.  they usato play but now they jist agueu and fint.  one day aus they fintit and agued a soft girl saw them out her windo.  she called to the boys Hollo and wat are you doing you must be tired and dissaprid the next minit she was out agin she had a palt ov cokkies and 3 maggs of milk she told the boys her name was ella and she would like to now wat they were doing in her gradn. twoo stomach siad him had twoo stomach.  one stomach said he had one stomach.  ella loved one stomach and mirred him they lived happliy every after.  the end

Interview with the author:
Kate:  So, Pearl, why does one boy have two stomachs?
Pearl: One boy has two stomachs and he’s older.  The boy has two stomachs because he’s older.
Kate: Do we all grow two stomachs when we get older?
Pearl: No, you just grow a bigger one.  I meant twice the one stomach’s size.  But I just wanted to put “two stomachs” instead of “big stomach”.  ‘Cos two stomachs is interestinger.


The Tooth Fairy Cometh…

April 9, 2009

Pearl lost her first baby tooth today.  She mentioned last night it was sore, and as soon as I looked I could see it was wiggly.  Also, the adult tooth has already appeared behind it!  Clearly, I don’t pay enough attention when I’m helping her brush.

She has been waiting for this moment for months.  Many of her classmates have already lost several teeth.  But as soon as she realised that it hurt, she lost her enthusiasm!  There was much anxiety as she prepared for bed – what if she swallowed it in the night?  We told her it was  very unlikely, and in any case, the Tooth Fairy has special magic to retrieve lost teeth.  I never made a decision about the Tooth Fairy, by the way.  Pearl decided for me.  She firmly and resolutely believes in all fairies. One bonus of the whole drama has been that she decided that talking made the wiggly tooth hurt.  Quiet night, happy parents.

The tooth was still there this morning, and eventually the compulsion to talk overcame the pain.  But during lunch, her father noticed a gap… she had swallowed it, after all!  She was a little upset about that for a while, but quickly recovered.

So, what’s the going rate for baby teeth these days?

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