June update

My lovely sister Hannah reminded me that it has been rather a while since I updated the blog.  The weeks have been flying by, and suddenly it’s June already. The small boy keeps us busy.  He is verging on walking but is majoring in shouting, at which he is already highly accomplished.

We made biscuits with him the other day. The wonderful thing about making biscuits with a one year old is that it’s all about the icing.  Every biscuit must be laced and sprinkled. As if we needed any excuse.

In other news I now have ‘ledge veg.’  Three tomato plants in a window box.  They flutter precariously in the wind, I hope they will make it.  We have a veritable orchard in the garden, two apple trees and a plum tree are fruiting.  We have also rescued a couple of potted patio cherry trees from my sisters’ house move.  They seem somewhat traumatised by the trip across Tooting and are clinging on to life itself rather than wasting energy on producing progeny.  I hope all your gardens are flourishing and enjoying some of the recent showers.

Author: Rachel Wheeley

Comedian, podcaster, full time Mum, based in London, UK

5 thoughts on “June update”

  1. It seems he has his own window box.

    (Handsome lad!)

    Glad he is in good voice. Hope your tomatoes are not so loud. What kind are they that they can grow on a sill?


    1. Hi Lucy,

      Lovely to hear from you! I think they are just normal tomatoes, they are not special sill ones! Who knows whether they will survive or not. They’re doing ok at the moment, so fingers crossed! Hope all well with you. xx

  2. Psychologists say that the first three years of life are by far the most important. By this, they mean – forgive me for simplifying a tad here – that if you’re really horrible to a child at this age, depriving him of love and affection, he will most likely become a psychopath. Fair enough; but they rarely get specific enough about the exact nature of the affection. And they NEVER mention biscuits. Unbelievable: biscuits are the prime psycho-social agents of child development. Piaget touched on this in his 1957 essay, ‘On the Flavoured Biscuit and its Role in Sociocentrism’, saying, “The child’s first realisation that a biscuit can be more than a dry object, to be sucked and/or dribbled on, requiring saliva to deliver its taste reward, his cognitive shock at the concept of the filling or icing, be it jam, vanilla cream, or fig, is among his first glimpses of the essential goodness of the world. For the child, a good world is one quite literally centred on the existence of the filled or iced biscuit. In adult life, the biscuit will be replaced by other love-objects: friends, sexual partners, rock drummers. But for many, the initial encounter with the flavoured biscuit remains as a benchmark by which to judge all subsequent pleasures.” Ooh, I’m hungry.

  3. As Sarah says in Graham Greene’s ‘The End of the Affair’, after she suddenly breaks off her passionate involvement with her married lover, Bendrix:
    “I simply couldn’t bear to look at Maurice any longer. Not after having found something else so gorgeous, so undemanding by comparison, so transcendental.” Bendrix ends the novel in suicidal despair, doubting both his manhood and his sanity, when in fact he’d been dumped for a packet of ginger crunch creams.

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