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February 2013 Magazine Article

01 Feb

February 2013 Ben has discovered naughty.  He has, of course, shown behaviour for some time where his will did not coincide with his parents, and he made his point with varying degrees of impact, effect and volume.  But now he has added a further dimension.  He indicated that he was hungry, so Diane got the chocolate digestives out and […]

January 2013 Magazine Article

01 Jan

January 2012 “Meeeooww!”  Sweep the cat is demanding food, again.  He strolls up and down, yowling loudly, banging his head against your leg, jumps up onto the desk, nudges your hand with his head, then walks up and down on your work and if you still don’t respond, he lies down in the most inconvenient place, either […]

December 2012 Magazine Article

01 Dec

December 2012 “How will we get out of here, Guys?”  Diane and I were at Beningbrough Hall, just outside York.  It’s an impressive Georgian House with a superb garden and a WWII love story to boot, from when the RAF, WAAF & Canadian equivalents were billeted there.  Although there is plenty for adults, great effort has been taken […]

November 2012 Magazine Article

01 Nov

November 2012 “Morning, Granddad!”  Euan and Zach greeted me with a sunny smile, a cheery hug – and loud voices, immediately followed by, “Shhh! Speak quietly.” from their still sleepy father.  It is around 7am, and it is clear that Tom would rather be in bed.  The boys have been early risers since they were born, particularly Zach.  While they […]

October 2012 Magazine Article

01 Oct

October 2012 “Mmmm…. Capernwray, Grandma.” A time machine arrived at school (as they do) and in her planning, Diane phoned our eldest grandson to consult him: “Euan, if a time machine arrived at your school, where in the whole world would you go?” Euan had been very chatty up to that point; there now followed […]

September 2012 Magazine Article

01 Sep

September 2012 Three things are certain with Aedan: When he arrives, there is a huge smile and an effusive embrace; he inevitably wants to know what you’re doing and just as inevitable, if it’s remotely interesting, he wants to help. On Gala Day, he arrived with Maayana to use the Rectory garden as a viewing […]

August 2012 Magazine Article

01 Aug

August 2012 “They’re not worms, Grandad; they’re spaghetti!” Zach smiled at me; it was a smile that said ‘poor Grandad, he can’t tell the difference between worms and spaghetti’. My smile said ‘poor Zach, he doesn’t yet understand nuance and intimation…’ The whole conversation had been sparked by Zach’s eating style: “Zach, why are there […]

July 2012 Magazine Article

01 Jul

July 2012 “That was a narrow escape!  Those horrible people were chasing me, and I only just got back to the safety of my mummy.  Baaaa!”  He shot a murderous look at Rachel and me, which clearly conveyed the sentiment.  Neither mother nor child thanked us in the slightest, and if ever I saw the […]

June 2012 Magazine Article

01 Jun

June 2012 “I told you! I knew it!” The pitch of the voice was raised slightly, so the child was almost squeaking.  A mixture of triumph and exasperation played on his face.  I was taking a group of children through the resurrection stories, week by week.  We had reached the story at the end of […]

May 2012 Magazine Article

01 May

May 2012 “Here’s your medal!” Nathanael was surprised to be offered a medal for jogging 100m, and declined to accept.  Tom, on the other hand, accepted the medal he had earned with pleasure – and exhaustion.  He had just completed a 13km half marathon.  The day before, he had ‘prepared’ for the day by helping […]