Today is not only birthday time for Ray and Nina, but also birthday part deux for me with a visit to John, Sam and the little bundles of squidge - who are really not so little any more, but are still very squidgy. After a morning spent in my dressing gown (which I never do), I grabbed my things for us all to go and meet John and Sam at a pub for lunch. The shoulder bag I bought for the Salzburg trip has really proved useful, as now I can carry laptop and/or camera wherever I want without needing a rucksack. There's just an image difference between a bag and a sack that pleases me. In the month since I'd seen Lily (above) and Anya (below) in person they've both grown two bottom teeth each, which they might show you with a smile, but if you try and show someone else by pulling down their bottom lip they will simply cover their teeth with a poked-out tongue instead. I had a bacon cheeseburger at the pub, with nice chips and coleslaw, Sam had turkey from the carvery, John a blue cheese burger, Dad gammon and eggs and Mum had salmon. While we ate, Anya and Lily variously chewed their plastic rings, rattly zebra and fabric books. Then when they were home again, the girls had the somewhat more calorific option of mashed up potato, sweet potato and broccoli - with broccoli florets as finger food to follow. I admired the gusto with which they chewed the heads off the broccoli (or just went the whole hog and swallowed the stalk too) and it turns out that the tiny flower heads that make up the florets are great for spreading around the fancy new high chairs as well as of course your own face, much to the amusement of your audience.
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