Thursday, 13 March 2014

Whatever happened to Goosey Gander

I took the McBaby to a play and learn session that we'd never been to before. It was an eye-opener. Firstly, I tried to hula-hoop to show the McBaby how to do it. Except, it's gone! I can't do it. He just watched me stick a red hoop over my head, whirl my hips madly and look panicked while the hoop slid to the ground.

Anyway, more importantly, I realised that hardly any of the nursery rhymes sounded familiar.

1. Twinkle twinkle, chocolate bar?

What?! A song about rusty cars? Why? What was wrong with the star? Last week at a different rhyme time we had "Old MacDonald had some rain". For the love of Noah, why?!

2. Wind the bobbin up

I have heard this before obviously, but I don't recall hearing it when I was a child, although it sounds like it might be quite old.

3. Horsey horsey

Clippety-clop, no we did not.

4. Flippy floppy scarecrow in a flippy floppy hat

The only scarecrow I was familiar with was Worzel Gummidge.

5. When I was one, I had some fun, the day I went to sea

We didn't have fun.

6. Five little ducks went swimming one day

The tune sounds familiar, but not the words.

7. Sleeping bunnies?


While I'm on the subject, when we used to row our boat, we didn't do any screaming either.

How about these that time has forgotten:

1. Goosey goosey gander.

Probably got consigned to the history books because someone got thrown down the stairs for not saying his prayers.

2. Little Miss Muffet

Again, I suppose those tuffets are hard to find these days. As for curds and whey....

3. Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross.

Haven't heard this one for 20+ years

4. See- saw Marjory Dawes

She's just a character on Shooting Stars now.

5. Jack and Jill

Haven't heard this for yonks - possibly because anyone who uses vinegar and brown paper should be kicked all the way to A&E for not ruling out concussion.

6. here we go round the Mulberry Bush

Has anyone else heard this one recently?

7. Sing a song of sixpence

8. Doctor Foster.

I told someone that I used to know a Dr Foster (who wasn't from Gloucester). My friend didn't know why this was funny.

What other new ones do you sing? What nursery rhymes do you remember?


Monday, 3 March 2014


Ah Paris, city of light, city of romance. How excited we were to find out that our lovely friends were visiting! We’ll have a long weekend, meet them and show the McBaby around!

After all, who doesn’t love the Paris cafĂ© scene? Well, the McBaby, as it turns out. Looks like we won't be going back to Paris any time soon....

His thoughts on the wonderful food...

His thoughts on the gorgeous architecture....

HIs view on the classic street scenes...


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Our new allotment!

We're now allotmenteers!

We've just taken the keys to a massive 3 pole plot and braved the wind and rain this morning to get started. I say "we". It was MrM who did the work while the McBaby and I stomped all over the ground pointing at worms.

Poor MrM got home drenched through - a mixture of sweat and rain thanks to hours of digging and clearing the stones and previous occupant's sweetcorn, only for me to tell him that he was working on the wrong spot.

Sadly, he didn't fall for that at all.

Silent Sunday 2nd March 2014