Sunday, January 9, 2011

Now we are six...

When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six,
I'm as clever as clever,
So I think I'll be six now for ever and ev

AA Milne, Now We Are Six, 1927
Our boy is six. In his words a 'big six year old boy'. 

His proudest achievement is that he can now skim a rock and make it bounce three, four or even five times if he chooses the right one. He nailed it on Friday and dashed back down to the shore the next morning, the last of our holiday, to check he hadn't lost the knack while asleep.

We also discovered that he can kayak by himself, jetty jump and swim a lap freestyle and breathing properly (that averages out at about a two hundred dollars a stroke if you add up all the swim school fees - well worth it of course). 

He may be all grown up but all my new six year old wanted for dinner was cheesy pasta. That's plain old pasta, white sauce, grated cheese and peas. And he insisted on a tickle pat at bedtime, so I'm pleased to say he's still our boy for a little while yet.

We've been holidaying in a marvellously untouched part of this end of the world this week. But that's a story for another day, tomorrow perhaps.


  1. Being able to skip a stone is a wonderful milestone, wanting a tickle pat at bedtime is just plain precious..... Oh happy days... Deb

  2. Happy birthday to Mr 6! I'm seriously impressed by his stone skipping skills :)

  3. Looks like the place to be! It's nothing but rain, rain and more rain here. My big boy is six too! ;-)

  4. just great images of your wee one - this looks like childhood personified :) le xox

    ps maybe when they are ready your six year old and my six year can be email or real pen pals ... my eight yeasr just started his own blog - I love it :)

  5. Perhaps you should add photographer to you header!
    These are seriously beautiful photos of a seriously handsome Mr six!
    Ann, you will turn around three times and standing behind you will be his Mr six! I promise, that is how quickly it seems to go. so enjoy every second.
    xo. J

  6. What wonderful holiday snaps Ann. It looks like a great spot wherever it is.
    Happy Birthday to Master 6!
    Nice to see someone's having a normal Summer!!!

  7. Totally approve of his cheesy pasta birthday choice. Very wise.

  8. Precious times...
    I also love the blue sky in your photos. We are flying out to Auckland on Tuesday and heading North. I hope that we get to see some sunshine rather than the grey rainy skies here in Brisbane.

  9. I'm an interior designer from Melbourne, Australia - I loved your blog, I found it very inspiring. This is all new to me but I have just set up my own blog
    You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it.
    Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!

  10. Ah, Ann, so good to hear from you, old friend. I've missed your witty and erudite posts. Wishing your big boy the happiest of 6th birthdays. I can't believe how much he's grown! Soon he'll be tapping on Mr Villa Life's shoulder ☺. And what a precious skill to have learnt, rock skimming - something Mr PB can't wait for Joshie to master. Bravo! J x

  11. Happy birthday to your beautiful man. He looks like he is in sun and water heaven! Emma. xx

  12. Skimming stones - that's such a boy thing isn't it? I remember my brothers doing it whenever we were near a body of water... Happy birthday to your gorgeous big boy. I giggled at the 'tickle pat'. Our big girl has always asked for a 'tickle back' at bedtime.

  13. Your blog is lovely Ann. I've only just discovered it. Beautiful photos of a beautiful time. Mel xx

  14. What a handsome, grown-up boy, and what life skills!


Thanks for taking the time to write, Ann x


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