Saturday, 21 June 2008

naming ceremony

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We had a lovely time. Ma borrowed the awning from the farmer's market and we put it up in the back garden. The weather was a mixture of very warm sun and torrential thundery showers; so it worked well.

Even Pa came out of the living room and sat outside for a while. He was quite interested in what was going on, declined to speak as part of the ceremony ("Say something?! Me?! Of course not!"), interrogated me about our visiting friends ("What profession does SHE follow, then?"), enjoyed the sandwich platter that Sister Natalie had ordered from Sainsbury's ("Sandwiches?! What kind? Can I have ham?") had a glass of cider and then retired when he got tired.

Sister Natalie and our other two 'sponsors' said some really touching things to Leo - in fact, Natalie's made me cry - and they have also written them down for him and I am going to put them in a scrap book. B said some ad-hoc things at the beginning about our idea of what being a 'sponsor' involves; and I finished off by reading 'On Children' by Khalil Gibran.

Then we ate, drank and chatted until baby-bed-time.

08062008(004)Natalie had ordered fantastic cake shaped like a lion ... it was brilliant, and HUGE - we took it home and I was morally obliged to finish it all by myself during the week, as B has been working.

It was a fantastic day - the only thing that marred it was the because of family reasons, R couldn't be with us. However, we have got him on standby to stand for No. 2 and are prepared to have the ceremony round at his house to make it possible :).

In other news, things are not resolved with B's mother. She has been on the phone again to Ma, saying that she 'has apologised and doesn't see what else she can do'. Apparently she left Ma a message and Ma phoned her back. Again. Ma then phoned me and told me that she didn't want to be involved. Ma has also sent B's dad a birthday card, which hasn't helped our situation at all, as B decided not to - after messages were passed on through the friends that Kate is communicating with AND Ma AND by text that "He would be VERY upset if B didn't mark Father's Day and his birthday". Nothing we have received resembles an apology as far as we can see.

Kate has also sent a 'good wishes in your new home' card to our neighbour, who will be moving some time in the next few weeks. They don't know each other and the neighbour is bewildered and also, gratifyingly, irritated on our behalf. She made me laugh my socks off the other day as I was telling her the saga by saying "I was always quite thankful that my husband's parents died before we met, as I don't think we would have got on".

Such pragmatism is very healthy and I am trying to develop some.

In other, other news, we have had seven chicks hatch, one of which I had to carry around in my bra for an afternoon before managing to repatriate it with it's mother. Long, slightly un-nerving in a 'don't push your elbows together' story, involving confused broodies sharing accommodation.

For now, that is all. Except - despite all the family stress, it's been a good week. B was away for sixteen hours at a time Tuesday to Friday and Leo and I managed very well, although I was knackered by Friday. I kept us and the chickens and cats all fed, watered and clean and kept on top of the washing. So not bad. New Baby is kicking like mad, too.


14 comments:

  1. Hello, Michele sent me!

    That cake looks amazing!

    Sorry to hear you have had that vomiting bug down your way - My family had that on Christmas Day of all days! So, I didn't cook and then our freezer decided to defrost itself and we lost all out Christmasy food. :-(

    Hope you are feeling better.
    Take Care
    Nikki

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  2. Hello, Michele sent me!

    That cake looks amazing!

    Sorry to hear you have had that vomiting bug down your way - My family had that on Christmas Day of all days! So, I didn't cook and then our freezer decided to defrost itself and we lost all out Christmasy food. :-(

    Hope you are feeling better.
    Take Care
    Nikki

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  3. zit all sounds lovely Ally. And that Leo is a handsome boy. Kate's a fool. Look what she is missing.

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  4. zit all sounds lovely Ally. And that Leo is a handsome boy. Kate's a fool. Look what she is missing.

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  5. Leo's gorgeous. The cake lwas fabulous, you've had a good week and the baby's kicking. Excellent. Shame your m-i-l is still behaving like a tit, but she's suffering more than you and let's keep it that way.

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  6. Leo's gorgeous. The cake lwas fabulous, you've had a good week and the baby's kicking. Excellent. Shame your m-i-l is still behaving like a tit, but she's suffering more than you and let's keep it that way.

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  7. What an amazing cake - glad it all went so well.
    Keep your energies focused on you and yours!
    GoodTwin

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  8. What an amazing cake - glad it all went so well.
    Keep your energies focused on you and yours!
    GoodTwin

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  9. What Z said, and all the others and Well Done You! Thank you for your kind comment on my blog - and in the midst of all your goings-on! Lotsaluvan'hugs, Karen xx

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  10. What Z said, and all the others and Well Done You! Thank you for your kind comment on my blog - and in the midst of all your goings-on! Lotsaluvan'hugs, Karen xx

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  11. That is a fabulous cake -- Perfect for Leo. And what a big boy he is (look at those eyes!). Family troubles, huh? I swear, parents should just shut the heck up when their kids have children (I surely plan to). My mother gave me all sorts of grief about stupid little things when Impera was a baby.

    Trixie has decided she would like chickens. I may have to bother you with some questions when we're ready to give this a try.

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  12. That is a fabulous cake -- Perfect for Leo. And what a big boy he is (look at those eyes!). Family troubles, huh? I swear, parents should just shut the heck up when their kids have children (I surely plan to). My mother gave me all sorts of grief about stupid little things when Impera was a baby.

    Trixie has decided she would like chickens. I may have to bother you with some questions when we're ready to give this a try.

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  13. Cake is adorable. Leo is even more so. I just want to scoop him up and hug him.

    And what an amazing lady you are. Not only do you keep everyone clean and fed AND keep up with the laundry -- you do this while carrying a baby chick in your bra!
    If I wore a hat, it would be off to you.

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  14. Cake is adorable. Leo is even more so. I just want to scoop him up and hug him.

    And what an amazing lady you are. Not only do you keep everyone clean and fed AND keep up with the laundry -- you do this while carrying a baby chick in your bra!
    If I wore a hat, it would be off to you.

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