Monthly Archives: June 2008

Cairns holiday

Teresa wrote:

She’s having a great time there – having picture taken when cuddling a koala and having parrots standing on her shoulder… My mum said she had a temperature the first couple of days but is better now.  They’re taking her to see the Great Barrier Reef on a helicopter tomorrow.


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Very logical theories of human origins

We’re riding home.  She’s sitting on the cross-bar on my bicycle, holding the handlebars.

Out of the blue she says “Daddy, you know what?”  She often says that when she wants to broach a new topic. “Sylvia came from Lily’s mummy’s tummy!”

“Yes,” I say.  “That means they are sisters.”

“Whose tummy did you come from?”

“From Granny Helen’s.”

“No you didn’t” she says confidently.


She continues. “Only girls come from girls’ tummies. Granny Helen is a girl.”

“Where do boys come from, then?”

“Boys come from boy’s tummies!”

OK… We ride on for a while.

Then she says “Two babies from the same tummy – that’s funny!”

I say “If two babies come from the same tummy at the same time, they’re called twins.”

“Twins!… what if three babies come from the same tummy?”

“Three babies from the same tummy at the same time are called triplets.”

“Triplets!… how about… twins-three?”

“Well, you could say that.”

“What if four babies come from the same tummy?”

“Four babies from the same tummy at the same time are called quadruplets.”

“Quadruuuplets!! That’s funny!…. how about… twins-four?”

And so on…

A little while later we ride by some foreign students conversing among themselves.

“Daddy, you know what?  Those people were talking Chinese.”


“Yes.  I can talk Chinese.  But you can’t talk Chinese can you.”

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Sticky tape is very useful

Lillian is in a bit of a sticky tape phase at the moment.  She loves “craft” activities involving sticky tape, and given half a chance will use it for other things as well.

Today she had a little scratch on her tummy.  We recently got her some special fairy bandaids, so one of those was duly applied to the scratch.  But then it was bathtime.  The fairy band aid can’t get wet!  So Lillian sticky-taped an A4-sized piece of clear plastic wrap over the relevant spot, carefully applying dozens of tape segments around the edges of the wrap.

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Can we buy a rocket ship?

Daddy, why haven’t we been in a rocket ship?

Well, hardly anyone has been in a rocket ship.

Can we buy our own rocket ship?

No, I don’t think so.

Why can’t we buy a rocket ship?

They’re very expensive!

Why are they so expensive?

They use a lot of petrol.

So why can’t we buy one?

We don’t have enough money.

Well you’ll have to go to work and work and work and work and work and work and work until we’ve got enough money and not go shopping and then we can buy a rocket ship!

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Misery Creek not so bad

Yesterday we went exploring.  We drove down the Turton’s Creek road until we found the turnoff for Misery Creek Road.  That sounded evocative.  We followed a narrow track which may or may not have been a private road, into a hidden amphitheatre of green hills.  There was nobody around – just a few cows and sheep.  Here’s my attempt to capture the mood:

It was a wintry grey day, with occasional drizzle.  Lillian had her own special umbrella.  Here she is against the backdrop of an enormous rivergum:

Lillian with umbrella at Misery Creek

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I bought that for her last week, and she’s taken it with her everywhere since, including to bed. She plans on taking it to her “Show and Tell” on Monday.

Notice how she’s also carrying a little pink teddy bear.  She carried that the whole way too.

Lillian was wearing gumboots and was enjoying walking through puddles, mud etc.  At one point Mummy said “My feet are wet.”  To which Lillian quickly responded “That means you don’t have gumboots.”

On the way back we saw a koala (first sighting in the wild), a wombat, and four lyrebirds.

Before dinner we all played “Shopping” – a memory-based board-type game given to Lillian by Granny Helen.  Lillian loves playing Shopping, even though she needs a little help to “win”.

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We’re setting off for school.  Lillian’s sitting on the tag-along. I’m checking to see that my wallet is in my bag.

Lillian: Why you looking in your bag?

Me: I’m looking for my wallet.

Why you looking for your wallet?

In case I need it today.

Why you need your wallet?

Maybe I want to buy something.

What you would buy?

I don’t know… maybe something for me… maybe something for YOU.

What about Mummy? Why you not buy something for Mummy?  That’s unfair you not buying something for Mummy!

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In flight

Don’t worry – she’s about to land comfortably on the bean bag…

She loves jumping onto the bean bag from nearby perches such as the couch or coffee table.

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