Archive for October, 2008


October 17, 2008

Hannah was shopping in Newport today (shockingly she’s start the Christmas shopping!) and had stopped for a coffee in the cafe in Thornton’s. Ella was very tired and was asleep in her buggy, and Hannah needed to pop away from the table for a moment to the counter. It’s not a big cafe and the counter was only a few feet from where Ella was in her buggy, facing away from the counter. When Hannah got back she was shocked to find Ella’s face covered in chocolate. Ella had woken up, seen her opportunity and swiped the cake that was on the table! Incroyable! So Ella is turning into an opportunist of the highest order. Hannah is slightly worried that Ella was pretending to be asleep just in case the chance arouse to make the grab – I hope she’s not that devious.



October 17, 2008

Our friends Neal and Nicola had their first child two weeks ago, a son, Thomas. We were both very pleased to hear their news, and send our hearty congratulations. Unfortunately Thomas has had a tough start to life and hasn’t been well. I was very happy to read Nicola’s email this evening describing their progress, and we hope all continues upwards. When things settle, we’ll bring Ella over to the mainland and visit.

Overdue Update

October 12, 2008

Hi. It’s been a few weeks since I posted anything. This isn’t for any particular reason other than laziness. Hannah and I are busy in our jobs, with Hannah taking on quite a lot of private tutoring of both French and singing at the moment. So far we have felt no ill effects of the global credit crisis (though I was coincidently moving a bank account out of Halifax into Llyods).

Ella is turning into a proper toddler. At times she strongly objects to things, such as being put back in her buggy when she doesn’t want to be (I suffered that on Cowes Parade when I didn’t want her to be free to walk past the Royal Yacht Squadron where there is no barrier to separate the path from the sea). Mostly she is still very good, though. One particular wild child incident occurred when Hannah had taken her to Monkey Mansion at nearby Gurnard Pines, and was there with Barbara. Kids have to take their shoes off to go into the play area, and Ella was playing around with some of the shoes. She kept giving Hannah cheeky looks. Slightly later, Hannah overheard a mother scolding her son for stealing his sister’s chocolate buttons, which it appeared had been hidden in some shoes. Hannah worked out that rather than playing with the shoes, Ella had been scoffing the chocolate buttons! She still has naps during the day, which is handy, such as now. Crawling is a thing of the past, she can even be taken for a walk into town, though needs guided away from the road or out of people’s gardens continually. She can climb both up and down stairs. The coming down stairs is more of just sliding down, though. There are still no clear words, but she can follow simple instructions occasionally. She does rabbit away all the time in her own language, and she does mimic sounds sometimes, like when I said ‘uh-oh’ the other day when I did something wrong.