Sunday, November 20, 2011
Grandparenting on the Island
So far, we've played trains together (there's Brio track looping madly all over the kitchen floor, under the table, contemplating heading down the three stairs into the livingroom), viewed Winnie the Pooh on DVD (I'm absolutely a fan of the books but nonetheless have a soft spot for any animation that includes John Cleese's voice and typographic romps), made potato-leek soup together, eaten a surprising amount of pancakes with pure maple syrup, bacon on the side, and read books in a big red leather chair -- so far, Munro Leaf's classic Ferdinand is the winner at five re-reads, but Vipont & Briggs' sly The Elephant and the Bad Baby is close behind at three, while Vancouver Island writer Stephen Eaton Hume's Midnight on the Farm has already charmed twice and the weekend's not over yet.
After our nap, we're planning to make cookies, play trains again, watch the boats out the window, help Granddad set the sponge for tomorrow's bread-making, read more books, and just possibly watch Winnie the Pooh all over again. Ratatouille (the film, not the dish) is also an option . . . .
But don't worry, Nola's obviously amused . . .