Regular readers will know that Martin, our skilled and knowledgeable garden helper works in all kinds of weather. Current renewed gales were, however, enough to keep him away today.
When Flo and Ellie returned from two weeks with Becky and Ian we were struck by how animated and engaged she had become in that short space of time.
Here she utters sounds akin to speech of sorts, and waves her hands and feet about, tracking her elephant with her eyes as Jackie moves it backwards and forwards across her line of vision.
Parents of a certain age will recognise the introduction of the repetitive earworm “Stick”, associated with Hey Duggie!’s stick insect character. Ellie’s response to him is an indication of how in tune with the needs of their audience of pre-verbal children are the creators of the TV programme.
This morning, as I rose to my feet to fetch my camera to photograph her playing in her recliner,
she turned to give me a smile. Despite all her mother’s best efforts to keep her nails short she has managed to scratch her face for the first time – always distressing for a parent.
I well remember https://derrickjknight.com/2022/01/06/a-knights-tale-89-sams-first-cut/ (The two missing photographs should be returned to that post once my WP site becomes managed by my computer advisers.)
At the foot of Ellie’s recliner is fixed a panel which relays various sound effects.
When she triggered these with her own kicking feet
she looked bemused, as if she wondered where that had come from.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s penne pasta Bolognese with grated Parmesan cheese, green beans and broccoli. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden and I drank Mendoza Malbec 2020.