Monthly Archives: October 2010

Sand and fingers

Sunday: you did, finally, get that lie-in you and everyone around here has been in dire need of. By virtue of keeping the kids up late in the effort to watch the DVD of a dreary doublets-&-ham costume drama featuring Cate … Continue reading

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The acceleration is dizzying

Saturday: Another dawn another departure. Scoot out to the airport early morning to see off Yeye and Nainai. It was a fun-packed rain-drizzled six-day visit. Shallow sleep on the bus back into town. Shadowed for most of the day by … Continue reading

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Illumination

Drizzly, but a fine day for the children and for Yeye and Nainai especially. A Halloween festivity at playschool in the morning. N, her classmates, all the staff dressed for the occasion. Trick or treating around the premises for the children, … Continue reading

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Budding souls

For months you’ve enjoyed the unobtrusive kindness and courtesies of strangers sharing public transport or even just a sidewalk with you and one or both of the tots. As if there’s a great reservoir of goodness among people just waiting to … Continue reading

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Clueless

Amusing event of the day: proxy experience of Didi’s kindermusic class having their costume party, attended by S with Yeye and Nainai. Twelve one-and-a-half year olds wobbling around the playroom disguised as bumble bees, butterflies, Spidermen, fairies and a devil (Didi). … Continue reading

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On the horizon

The sky was blue in the morning, the temperature just fine. At lunchtime you all boarded the stopping train for the Northeast coast, loaded with two carrier bags of crisps, cheese sticks, rice triangles, bananas, cranberry juice, dried mango and … Continue reading

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Spirit and life

Sunday: The unusual pleasure of taking both Yeye and Jiejie on an easy scenic bike ride in the morning. Following the trail along the mangrove banks of the Danshui River out to the tip of Shezi Dao, where the Keelung … Continue reading

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