I arrived first and immediately went into Aunty Eleanor mode. I can only go into that mode now that my own kids are teenagers, and it involves sitting on the floor and playing cars, playing mini-basketball, admiring new shoes, giving the baby her bottle and loving every single minute of it. Duyvken's eldest was in school, but I got to play with Master J, Miss C and Baby JW, and I can honestly say that they are fabulous and delicious kidlets of the very yummiest and most adorable kind.
Then Kim arrived with two more delectable morsels of baby goodness. My cup runneth over!! Jasper and Grover were wearing the cutest little button-up shirts with collars, and it reminded me of my own son at around the age of two who used to call those shirts "handsome shirts" and would run away when he saw one yelling "Not the handsome shirt! Not the handsome shirt!" But Kim's two young ones (older two were in school) were proudly wearing their handsome shirts and it was all I could do not to eat them up right there and then.
Duyvken set up an awesome cheese platter and Kim brought home-made iced biscuits in animal shapes for the kids and chocolate gingerbread cake HEAVEN with lemon icing PARADISE on top (Nigella's recipe apparently). Here is a picture of Grover showing how Aunty Eleanor ate everything on her plate (she had seconds too) as Kim talks to JW.
But this is what really happened:
A ball for rolling,
I watch and listen,
The new is that I stand aside