Tuesday, 7 January 2014
New Year; Kate and the Big Boy Cousins
When Kate was younger one of our favourite books to read at bedtime was the 'Katie Morag Island Stories' by Mairi Hedderwick. So we were pleased to hear that a television adaptation of the books was being shown over Christmas on CBeebies. It's great - the little girl playing Katie is very convincing and the Island of Struay looks just as it does in the books. The two grannies are also portrayed perfectly. Completely charming, just like 'Balamory' which we watched when she was small. Programmes like these make me grateful we still have the BBC.
Our favourite story was this one, 'Katie Morag and the Big Big Boy Cousins', who visit the island and get in lots of trouble for playing Chickenelly - knocking on doors and running away. We liked this one because Kate also had some big boy cousins who were equally naughty. And one was a redhead, just like Katie's cousins. Here she is with them at Christmas 2004.
Today is the bigger boy cousin's 21st birthday. Last week I returned to Northern Ireland for a few days to spend time with my sisters at Dad's house in Ballyronan, where this photo was taken. We lit the fire; cooked a chicken with stuffing the way he did it and played Scrabble like we used to. And on Saturday night we celebrated Cousin Dean's 21st birthday. Now at university in Dundee, he's still fairly naughty: he certainly enjoyed his party. Before we went out he showed off his newly acquired skill at university and made me Strawberry Daquiri. Happy Birthday Dean!