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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hampton Court Flower Show

While Daddy and Minnie were in Greece, we decided you could join me on my annual jaunt to Hampton Court Flower Show.  It was great fun and you enjoyed it, though it exhausted both of us ... we agreed that maybe it would be a one off ;)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Kelly's Wedding

Daddy and Minnie went to Greece to see Cousin Kelly get married to Glen.  The Keats were there as well as Yaya and 'Metris, and everybody had a lovely time ... playing on the beach, seeing the family, and enjoying the sea.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Family Bike Ride Round Bewl Water

We went on our first BIG family bike ride a few weeks ago, around Bewl Water in Kent/Sussex.  At 12.5 miles, I thought it was manageable having cycled round with Fish many years before.

But with two girls added to the cargo, a heavy bike and a hot day, it was hard hard hard ...

I was very grateful (and knackered) when we finished, though it was beautiful and exhilarating.

Sunday, August 7, 2016


When I was pregnant with Penny, we were thinking about names.  One day we walked past this statue on the Southbank ...

'Minerva' I said, wondering whether we would ever be brave enough to call our child that name.  We decided it was a bit too 'out there' and moved on.  But the thought stayed in our minds.

And when we needed a name, at a time when we all needed to be braver than brave, it seemed to embody all the fight, strength  and 'dammit to everything' spirit that little Minnie needed at the time.

And she has certainly held onto those feelings with all her might!

Minerva (/mɪˈnɜːr.və/; Latin: [mɪˈnɛr.wa]; Etruscan: Menrva) was the Roman goddess of wisdom and sponsor of arts, trade, and strategy. She was born with weapons from the head of Jupiter... She was the virgin goddess of music, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, and magic. She is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl usually named as the "owl of Minerva", which symbolised her association with wisdom and knowledge.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Your New Playhouse!

Granny and Grangrad got you a playhouse for your birthdays this year!

Mummy and Daddy had to build it together, it was quite hard and we are not very good at DIY.  But we persevered with only a few minor errors, and you love the result.

Next time (??) we will borrow and electric screwdriver ...

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Piano with Patrick

You are progressing well in learning the piano with Patrick.  You can now read the notes C-G, you know where middle C is, you can play a whole C scale, and you are starting to use your left hand.

It is fascinating to see how you learn, how determined you are when you want to get something just right, how frustrated and distracted you get when you do something wrong, and how happy you are when it all comes together.

It is ok to make mistakes ... not just when you are a child, but for always.  Never be ashamed of being fallible, being human and being imperfect ... always try your best and live by what you believe and the mistakes will melt away, making you stronger.