Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Ultimate high stake ring stacking

(for one or more players aged 10+)

Today Katie invented a new game...

UHS Ring Stacking requires 12 stacking rings (pictured) and a flight of steep stairs.

Players start at the bottom of the stairs with the rings all over the floor.

Begin by placing the stacking pole two steps up, collect up the rings and stack them on the pole.

When all the rings have been successfully stacked, the pole is moved up two steps and the rings emptied down the stairs, with some usually clattering down as far as the bottom.

The game seems to stop two steps below the top of the stairs. Play can continue, but without advancing any higher.

Katie demonstrating the principal dangers of UHS-RS
(this was a complete demonstration that nearly ended in her landing on her head...)

Other dangers include leaning too far backwards whilst applauding oneself.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

December part I

In preparation for winter Katie decided to try on her new snowsuit. It's rather large, but she enjoyed wearing it nonetheless.

Katie took another long trip Northwards with Mummy and Daddy this December to see various family members at Christmas time.  After 8 hours of travelling Katie was very relieved to arrive at Grandma's house in Formby.

Katie met her Great Grandad in Cumbria the next day.

On the third day of the trip Katie began to feel unwell and it turned out that she had a mild form of the measles as a side effect of the MMR vaccine. She did really well coping with all the travel whilst feeling so unwell.

Time for some family photos on her last night in the north.

Katie saw her first snow at Grandpa's house on the Wirral. We had photos in the front garden before we even stepped into the house

and then some more in the back garden after lunch

Playing at Grandpa's house

When all the visiting was done Katie was exhausted and so she slept all the way from the Wirral to Birmingham. She awoke to find us travelling through deep snow and kept pointing out the window at it in her excitement.

Thursday, 30 November 2017


Daddy was away for a few days at Halloween, so Katie only explored her pumpkin in early November.

'What do I do with it Mummy?'

Very happy to have Daddy home again

Mummy was very excited when Katie's mini beasts arrived. These were bought with some of Katie's birthday money.

By the end of November, Katie had been walking for 11 weeks, but walking indoors in tights or bare feet and walking outdoors in shoes on uneven ground are two very different things. Katie began practicing by wearing her new harness and reins (so that Mummy and Daddy could prevent her from falling and hitting her head).

'I think I'll cling onto Mummy and Daddy on this sloping ground'

Leaning a little against a sturdy tree

Clinging onto her stacking rings during a little photo shoot on Mummy and Daddy's bed.

Are we walking or dancing?

Fly agarics everywhere

Sadly at the end of November the vet agreed that Misty was on her last legs and the kindest thing to do was to put her down. Rest in peace little Mistypuss.

Katie loves Roland, but he's unsure whether or not to return her affection.

Katie has started to actually see things in pictures, so books are finally no longer simply objects she would like to chew. Katie likes to point at the pictures and have Mummy and Daddy tell her the names of things. She can now point out a few different things (mostly animals) when asked to find them on a page and especially likes pictures of cats.

Next month it will be Katie's second Christmas. Time flies!

Thursday, 16 November 2017


Autumn arrived in October. We took a trip to Killerton's orchard, just before the apples were harvested for their annual apple festival.

Katie does not believe in wearing socks (her feet were tucked straight back into the cosy toes after the above photos were taken) so we had her feet measured in the hope that some shoes might keep her socks or tights on in the colder weather. Katie wasn't initially sure what her first shoes were for, but enjoyed playing with them before she started learning to walk in them.

Katie met her first hedgehog, who seems to be living in the front garden at Frog End

October also marked Katie's first birthday. Grandpa and Grandma Jo came to visit for the occasion, but Katie had difficulty waiting for them to arrive and was hoping to be posted along with their anniversary present.

The night before her birthday, after Katie had gone to bed and Grandpa and Grandma Jo had left for their hotel, Mummy blew up lots of yellow balloons and Daddy performed various feats of balance to hang them about the house. Mummy finished the last minute preparations for the birthday lunch and iced the cupcakes (which Katie didn't like, but everyone else did!) and then it was strictly

Katie was quite tired for the early part of her birthday, having had trouble sleeping the night before,

but after her afternoon nap she perked right up and was especially excited to play with her new Zany Zoo from Mummy and Daddy.

Thank you to everyone who bought Katie presents and cards and to Grandpa and Grandma Jo for coming all this way to help us to celebrate.

Only a week after her birthday, Katie found out that she was going to have a little sister. This photo was actually taken in July when Mummy and Daddy found out the good news

Saturday, 14 October 2017


In mid-August Katie began walking. Only two weeks later she walked into Mummy and Daddy's wicker washing basket and managed to gain a big scratch down her nose from a piece of wicker that was unfortunately sticking out. Photographs in the month of September were therefore few and far between.

Taken on Mummy's phone in the car (pre-injury!)

Up to no good - attempting to remove the socket covers!

Is it a little girl or a Sith apprentice in disguise?

Watching the swans, ducks and other birds at Stover Country Park

Katie discovered gravity at the age of exactly 11 months when she realised that she could slide blocks down a clothes storage case that was temporarily lying on the futon (which happens to slope downwards). She decided that this was the best game ever and as such we had to keep the storage case out for over a week until she'd played the game so many times that it no longer interested her.

If you watch the video, do make sure that you switch the sound on - Katie's laughing has everyone in stitches.

Her nose was healing well by the end of the month