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Winter Wonderland and the Meaning of Magic

I really think it is high time that Nanni gave up training. I mean, she must be fully trained by now, the sheer number of times she goes into training when she comes to see The Twinkles and me.


This is Faris, of course, reporting back from yesterday's adventures in Winter Wonderland. Nanni was so shaken up by train cancellations on both her journey to London and home again that she isn't up for blogging today. Personally, I think she may have unwittingly upset the Fat Controller, otherwise why would she be having so many Train-Related trials and tribulations? This is only my opinion, but I find I am generally right about most things. Just saying.


Nanni was still smiling when we picked her up in Daddy's black cab at Victoria Station. I expect it made her feel better seeing us. Even though the Twinkles had chocolate smeared all over their faces and their clothes. That was Daddy's fault, by the way. I could have told him it wasn't the best idea he has ever had.


Our first stop was a place called Hamley's. Nanni was like a kid in a toy shop, I'm not joking. Okay, so she was in a toy shop, now I come to think of it, but you would have thought she might have been able to Act The Grown-Up, just for the occasion. She particularly loved the pretend snow and the way Tala and Lilia held out their hands to catch the bubbles being blown about by one of the shop assistants. I preferred the boomerang myself as I am good at throwing things. I liked the way it kept coming back to be thrown again and again. This never happens with the things I throw at home or at Nanni's.


After Hamley's it was time for lunch, so we all drove to Nando's. We had to wait a bit for a table but this was fine by me because I found a spare salt cellar and played at spilling salt though Nanni rather spoilt the fun by holding her hand underneath so that the salt didn't go all over the floor. She isn't usually a spoil-sport but I think she was hungry and was worried in case we might be asked to leave before she had a chance to eat her spicy chicken wrap. I have generally found, however, that Nando's has a high tolerance to Rampaging Rascalry.


Of course the highlight of our day was Winter Wonderland. As we walked around, the sun started to go down and all the lights twinkled and shone. Nanni said this was magical. I'm not absolutely sure what magical means but I imagine it is another word for lighting. My absolute favourite thing was the ride on the roundabout. Guess what I chose to ride on! I could have chosen the red double decker bus, or a fire engine, or a motor-bike, or a break-down truck. But, no, I went straight for the black cab! It was just like Daddy's. But smaller of course, so that it would fit on the roundabout. Daddy swelled with pride, Mummy had tears in her eyes. Nanni, being Nanni, laughed but she sounded a bit choked up too. I will never understand women. I took advantage of the situation to wheedle another roundabout ride. Yes, I chose the black cab once again. I even had a passenger one ride but she didn't pay...


Walking out of Winter Wonderland we looked up at the sky to see the moon, all mysterious and almost fully round. We will have to wait until 6.18 on Christmas morning to see it in all its fullness. I'll almost certainly be awake. Will you?


The next time I see Nanni it will be Christmas morning. I will wear my Ho, Ho, Ho Christmas jumper. The Twinkles will be wearing their new dresses. Nanni will wear what she always wears. The Moon will be full and, once we have eaten Christmas Dinner, so will we all.


Tala and Lilia say: Christmas is Coming! Mummy says it is, so it must be true. Last year we were not even three weeks old so we didn't really quite understand what was going on. This year we are one whole year old so we know so much more. It will be Magical. Faris isn't absolutely sure what magical means but, though indeed he is Our Hero, in this case we think we know better.


Bubbles! Quite, quite magical...

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26.10 | 14:21

Mmm, was it because there were '24 men kicking a ball' that it didn't end entirely satisfactorily???

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15.10 | 11:13

I don't remember seeing this first time round.... but thank you for sharing with me. You write beautifully, and brought a tear to my eyes. Lots of love xx

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10.10 | 21:37

Jaqui I think your grandchildren are very lucky. You have spurred me on to write a letter to Amelia who like Hazel is away from home for the first time. 💕

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03.07 | 22:43

Wouldn't have missed it for the world. xx

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