Monthly Archives: November 2012

And now a baby with a name – Evelyn Dumaria Leaman

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Evelyn Dumaria Leaman was born on the 30 November at 8.18 am in Kuala Lumpur and weighed 6lbs 4oz. Hello, Evelyn!!


The Baby with No Name

I meet Graham in Belgique for coffee. The Zumba girls are already there – Sheila, Elaine and Linda Fields. Later Sue Davies passes by. The talk is of Lucy’s baby born on 27th November, weighing 7 pounds and 12 ounces after 3 days of labour.


The baby hasn’t yet been named. It’s birthday, though, is the same as Giles Fraser, my hero! BTW, Giles is also Jewish.

Rocco’s 5th Birthday Party

Rocco has his 5th. Birthday party at the scout hut behind the South Woodford library and all of his class are invited. Mr. Ballooney, the entertainer, has to amuse and occupy 35 children and most of their parents. And he does it well for an hour and a half after which there is a party with cakes and sandwiches prepared by Danae.

all the kids sit eagerly…….

….enraptured by Mr. Ballooney’s show…..

…..featuring a rabbit, ballons and Rocco.

Louisa and family and Thom, without Tara who is unwell, are also there and we all go to Danae and Nathan’s house afterwards for dinner – a hippy bean stew. Rocco behaves impeccably as the birthday boy although the odd balloon bursting does startle him.

Rocco make a wish.




joss in his newly renovated villa in Bali

School days


It is coming up to Rocco’s 5th birthday and he is settling into his first term at Snaresbrook School. He is a favourite of Esme’s friends, in particular Ella, and seems well looked after during lunchtimes. Anyway, he looks happy here with elder sister, Esme.

Raise a laugh

We go to Nicolas and Susan’s house, The Gables, near Godalming for lunch – to reprise our trip to Lille and Cologne and, more importantly, to celebrate Ray’s 62nd birthday.

Ray about to make a wish

lunch was a delicious lamb tajine

We drove along the M25 to get to Godalming, talking the western route to get there and the eastern to return: a total of 140 miles and just over 3 hours driving time. This is the second we have circumnavigated the London Orbital just to socialise with our Surrey chums.