26 August 2018

Sorry, but we really are full this time!

Penny’s sister J arrived from Toronto on Wednesday and now Penelope’s B&B is well and truly stuffed! Thi has been relegated to the “bargain” suite, a mattress on the floor of the snug, and J has taken over the last available space in Annabelle’s room. It’s nice to have a house full and a full complement of guests around the dinner table.

Not much news this week, I don’t think. Adam and I have been very busy with another garden project but I won’t be able to reveal the details until we’ve finished. So, we should be able to show you all the photos and finished result by early Spring 2019.

Jessica continues to provide much amusement and entertainment. As I’ve written previously, it is astonishing how quickly she is picking up her English and now uses some phrases without prompting. What’s also fascinating is the way in which the language develops or at least her ability to string several words together into some sort of coherent request. So, some words will be in English and some in Chinese in the same “sentence” – the two languages are mixed and matched to express her wishes. Unfortunately, stupid Nainai and Yéyé are so dim that they still don’t understand some of the Chinese parts of the sentence and therefore fail to grasp the intended message. Honestly, you’d think we could make the effort to meet her half way after all the English she is picking up!

I had a chuckle the other day when Facebook popped up with a message alerting me to the fact that Sallie Rinderknecht had just posted something for the first time in a while. Those of you who are Facebook friends with my elder sister will know that she is normally a regular if not prolific poster on Facebook so it’s good to see that she is learning to manage her addiction.

Finally, you all will no doubt have seen the “news” about the rebranding of the Nabisco Animal Crackers package. The animals are no longer in cages but apparently roaming free across the African savannah. I understand that the impetus for the change came largely from PETA which sparked an interesting discussion around the dinner table about the causes that some people will feel sufficiently moved by to make an effort.

Don’t worry though, there was an excellent cartoon in the New Yorker which made splendid use of all those caged circus wagons which are now surplus to requirements.

And finally, finally, a bonus selection of “amusements” for you this week – the top ten one-liners from the Edinburgh Festival:

1) Working at the jobcentre has to be a tense job – knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day. Adam Rowe

2) I had a job drilling holes for water – it was well boring. Leo Kearse

3) I took out a loan to pay for an exorcism. If I don’t pay it back, I’m going to get repossessed. Olaf Falafel

4) In my last relationship I hated being treated like a piece of meat. She was a vegan and refused to touch me. Daniel Audritt

5) What do colour-blind people do when they are told to eat their greens? Flo & Joan

6) I’ve got a new job collecting all the jumpers left in the park at the weekends, but it’s not easy. They keep moving the goalposts. Darren Walsh

7) Trump said he’d build a wall but he hasn’t even picked up a brick. He’s just another middle-aged man failing on a DIY project. Justin Moorhouse

8=) I lost a friend after we had an argument about the Tardis. I thought it was a little thing, but it seemed much bigger once we got into it. Adele Cliff

8=) Why are they calling it Brexit and not The Great British Break Off? Alex Edelman

10) I think love is like central heating. You turn it on before guests arrive and pretend it’s like this all the time. Laura Lexx

And finally, finally, finally – Happy Birthday to my father who would have been 95 years old today – I wonder what sort of celebrations are allowed in the hereafter?

Love to you all,



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