Nelson’s Column


Sam and Holly, Malachi and Orlaith arrived today to spend a few days towards the end of ย their UK trip.

Malachi is a great reader, so his first visit was to the library from which I was happy to pass on to him a selection of books.

Sam and Malachi 1Sam and Malachi 2

Lexulous is the Scrabble-like game I play on line. He wanted to challenge me, so he and Sam needed to work out how to load it onto Sam’s device.

Sam and Malachi 3

First they operated together.

Malachi 1

Mal continued on his own.

Malachi 2

One of the advantages of having your opponent across the room is that you can give him the eye when you have him in trouble.

Orlaigh drawing 2Orlaigh drawing 1

Orlaith broke her arm falling from a climbing frame in Snowdonia, and has become a dab hand at working with just one. Take drawing for example. As she said,0 it was a good thing she hadn’t broken her drawing hand.

Sam and OrlaighOrlaigh 3Orlaigh 1Orlaigh 2

She was also able to take over the Lexulous game on Sam’s mobile phone.

Jackie and Malachi 1Jackie and Malachi 2Jackie and Malachi 3

Meanwhile Malachi was quick to learn the Bookworm game on Jackie’s p.c.

After this Sam took his son off to the library to practice his violin playing. The music was really very pleasant, as it drifted through the kitchen.

Orlaigh 6Orlaigh 4Orlaigh 5Orlaigh 5A

This left Jackie free to help Orlaith build a tower

Orlaigh and Nelson's columnOrlaigh 7

which, with the addition of the man himself in rodent form and black and white sheep as lions, she announced to be Nelson’s Column.

Desk with toys

If there are any glaring errors in this post, my excuse is that the tower, the mice, the sheep, and the numbers board were all transported to my desk where I was encouraged to play with them.

This evening we dined on Hordle Chinese Take Away fare, supplemented by fish fingers, cauliflower cheese, and strawberries and cream. Holly and I finished the malbec, Jackie drank Peroni, and Sam drank Doom Bar.


  1. Wow! Such an industrious group there! Poor little Orlaith. I’m sorry about her arm, but she seems to be getting by just fine. Both children are adorable! Thanks for sharing, Derrick.

  2. I would like to see a picture of the three Knight men together. The boys are beautiful but we need to see how they got their good looks ๐Ÿ™‚

    Brava to Orlaith! Generous, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Those children are bright and creative, showing pleasant personalities, Derrick.
    Orlaith made a great column and could play the Lexulous word game, too. Malachi and you sound like you had quite a competition! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Fish Fingers??? ๐Ÿ˜•
    I don’t believe it! O_o ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Not those soggy crumbed things purporting to contain fish that come in cardboard cartons surely :/

    They are a gastronomical delight from the kitchen of the Culinary Queen aren’t they?

    What a sweet little girl is Orlaith, she looks destined to break many a young mans <3

  5. So, cute little Sam all grown up and raising his own next generation of cuties. Malachi and Orlaith bear wonderful names and the general Knight attractiveness and intelligence that seems to spread through this family. You must be very proud Derrick. And obviously Nelson on his Column was a hit – I like Orlaith’s take on it!

  6. It made for such a blessed reading. May God bless the kids! It’s a glowing post. I reckon unless you are typing in a mobile which offers a sliver into which to key your words (and autocorrects them foolishly when they have scrolled out of sight), there are slim chance of glaring errors.

  7. So love these images Derrick.. And so enthralled are the children in their activities.. Hope little Orlaith arm soon heals.. but it does not seem to be impeding her tower building capabilities ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Love the photographs Derrick – everyone is having such a good time. It’s got to be a special treat for you and Jackie to have these young ones with you for a few days. Have a wonderful time ~

  9. Your photos reminded me of the difference that exists between a child using a phone or device because there’s no one who can be bothered to pay attention, and children who use those devices in the context of an involved and loving family. It’s a wonderful set of photos — very cheering.

  10. I am sorry Orlaith broke her arm. At least they heal tend to heal quickly at that age. A wonderful set of family photos, Derrick. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Orlaith’s incident reminds me of my own daughter’s. When she was five, she had broken her left arm, falling from a very high unsecured slide in a garden center which had toppled over and landed on her as she was unsupervised while my ex-husband who had taken her there was busy with the purchases. It reminds me why mothers are used to having an eye everywhere and clinging on firmly to their offspring when they are of a young age ๐Ÿ˜€

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