Friday, September 24, 2010

Pirates, and a pool update.

I have always been fascinated by pirates, ever since I can remember. As a kid we used to go camping on remote islands off the coast of Malaysia and I can still remember my parents and the friends we often travelled with discussing what to do if we were attacked by pirates. We would travel out to the islands on rickety old wooden fishing boats and all the kids would be crowded around the bow, scouring the horizon, desperately hoping to spot an approaching pirate ship. We really had no idea of the the true dangers associated with a pirate attack! Now as an adult and the mother of two pirate obsessed boys I wonder who the pirates employed to do their PR and marketing? What is it about plunder, pillage and rape that is so glamourous? Is it simply the idea of the individual living outside of society's constraints? Seeking their fortune and sailing the seven seas? Hmmm, it does sound glamourous when you omit the villainous aspects!

Number 1 pirate attended a pirate party on the weekend and also celebrated International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept 19th if you fancy celebrating next year) at pre-school. He LOVED it! His birthday is approaching and he has asked to have a pirate party, of course!

Meanwhile, the swimming pool renovation continued. As the Captain was off at pre-school, the little one sat by the pool mesmerised:

Or if the tile cutting machine got too noisy, he relocated to the chatterbean:

The coping is now finished:

Tiling has begun:

Hopefully photos of us swimming in it to follow soon!


  1. oh i LOVE that sandpit ... we have been looking for a boat for ages and can't see to find one. Tiles are looking great - the boys are just so cute!

  2. also love the wooden pirate ship ... where did you find that one ? i just love wooden toys.

  3. Hi Emma I just found your delightful blog and this is the first post I have read - too cute! We had a pirate party for my 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter last year. If you email me, I can give you some suggestions if you would like. I've just become a follower of your blog and added it to my blogroll. Do drop by mine @ and say hi!
    J x

  4. I love the blue tile - so Mediterranean!

    Pirate parties are so much fun! For one of my son's birthday parties (I can't remember which year, maybe 9th or 10th) we did a pirate treasure hunt/bike ride. The boys and dads rode their bikes to a series of clues. It ended up at the beach where they had to hunt for buried treasure. Problem was, we forgot where we buried it! One dad finally found it. It was quite an adventure.

  5. Hi Emma, thank you for visiting my blog and your comment. I'm happy you did as this brought me to your lovely blog. My son is pirate/boat crazy, as you have probably seen on my blog :) Anyway, I'm off now to browse throught yours!
    Anna, xxx

  6. i am swooning over your sandpit boat.

  7. Hi! I stumbled across your blog this morning and fell in love with the pirate theme post =) I agree, there's just something about living outside of societies contraints that is so appealing.

    Love your blog, I've added it to my blogroll. Hope you drop by my blog and say hi as well :)




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