Monthly Archives: June 2009

Report after first semester

We met with Lillian’s teacher, Melissa, yesterday.  Apparently she is going fine – no issues of concern at all.

Lillian prep midyear report


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Bedtime thoughts

I managed to get Lillian into bed by 8.00pm tonight.  That’s early for her.  Fortunately she doesn’t really know how to read a clock yet.  She just knows the sequence – dinner-bath-dessert-clean teeth-story-sleep.   If we can compress that sequence she accepts going to be earlier.

In the last couple of days she’s been playing with a doll Granny Helen gave her a while ago, with special knitted clothing and also a pajama suit.   She takes the doll to the bath with her, then after the bath she takes off the day clothes and puts the pajamas on.  She hangs all the clothes on a single coathanger, compressing them on any-which-way, and then asks that they be hung up alongsider her other dresses in the closet.  In the morning she puts the day clothes back on again.

Tonight, about 15 minutes after we left her to sleep, she cried out.  She said she was scared, she had seen a shadow.  She didn’t want to be left alone. I think she was making up the part about being scared, but she was pleading so touchingly that I agreed to sit beside her.  I went and got a laptop computer, which fortunately know works anywhere in the house because (at long last) we have our wireless setup working.

She was watching me catching up on email and after a while she murmured “It is like playing the piano, isn’t it.”

Later, she sat up and asked: “Daddy, how much water is there in Australia?”

Lots, I said.

“You mean bigger than this house?”

How to explain how much water there is in Australia?  “Yes, much bigger.  Do you remember when we went swimming in the ocean at the island?  Lots, like that.”

She looked worried.  “But that’s salty!”

And so it went on…

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Unexpected donkey ride

We took a long weekend at the farm last weekend.  On Saturday night we had our neighbour from just down the hill, Lynda, and another neighbour who lives in the forest at the top end of Turton’s Creek, Penny, over for a roast dinner.  They both seemed to enjoy it very much.  The next day we got a call from Lynda inviting Lillian to have a donkey ride.  So we headed down in the afternoon, stopping on our way home.  Lynda has three donkeys, but her friend Fiona, who lives nearby in Woorarra West and has seven donkeys, had just showed up with three of hers.


The person on the right hand edge of the photo is Lynda.   Lillian likes her farm more than ours – as well as donkeys she has sheep with little lambs, goats, chickens, ducks, and four dogs.

So Lillian sat on one donkey, and then the party set off – six donkeys, three or four dogs, and four adults walking alongside.

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