Emily and Phoebe

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Snow White

Emily has decided to help Phoebe stop being frightened of the wicked queen in Snow White.

"She has to face her fear, Daddy," she yells over her shoulder as she pursues her sister with a picture of the witch.

Strangely enough, Phoebe seems not to appreciate Emily's tough-love approach.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Back for a few days...

So here's a picture of Phoebe, hands in pockets, all nonchalant like, about to recite a poem at her kindergarten's end of year celebration. Her teacher, who adores her, is quite fierce, and can here be seen telling "EVERYONE to PLEASE be QUIET so that Phoebe can speak." Phoebe was in any case inaudible, and all that could be heard was the usual murmuring from the audience of "ever so blonde" and "foreign, you know". This is normally guaranteed to provoke Nevi into a mini-rant during which she asserts loudly that "any idiot" can tell she and Phoebe are "identical", but this time she was entirely restrained.

The sign round her neck, by the way, confirms that Phoebe is a pear.


Monday, July 09, 2007


We are walking along a path heading towards one of our favourite tavernas on Tinos.

"Look, Daddy," says Phoebe pointing at a low wall. "There's the wall where you got cross and threw my shoes last year and Emily went and got them for me!"

Ah, yes. Happy days!

I'd quite forgotten...

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Emily is unhappily scraping the tomato sauce off her chicken. "Daaa-aaad! Why did you put these green things in the tomato sauce? You know I don't like green things!"

"Darling, what did we say about not moaning? Why not find a different way of asking? Why not say, 'These green things look interesting, Daddy. What are they?'"

"Hmmfff. These-green-things-look-interesting-Daddy-what are-they?"

"Greenfly, darling."

[Suspiciously] "What's greenfly?"

"They're little green flies that you find on plants. Some people kill them using sprays but I like to collect them and use them in cooking."

She stares at me in disbelief.

"It's oregano, darling. It's a herb."

"Oh. OK." She smiles in relief and pops a piece of chicken (with sauce!) into her mouth.

If I'd known it was that easy to get her to eat...

Friday, July 06, 2007

A few images from Emily's party

Thursday, July 05, 2007


We were in Tinos for a fortnight (avoiding the Athens heatwave and forest fires) and are off to Spain for another couple of weeks on Tuesday, so there'll be not much in the way of posts except photos...
Today's selection features Emily in full Esther Williams mode and Phoebe as Agent 004 and a half, Licensed to Squirt...