Someone’s learning quickly

Done by our son, who is 3 yr 10 mo - not bad!
Done by our son, who is 3 yr 10 mo – not bad!

Well I’m having fun with the soprano I introduced in the post below. It’s proving to be a fine uke and I’m learning a lot while playing it.

Tonight what amazed me most is that our son, age 3yr 10mo is also picking this up well. Tonight, after he practiced with me (well he chose the chords and I had to follow along) I realized he really did know several chords, and could play them well. And not just single finger chords. I printed out a blank chord sheet and I was going to write in all the chords he knew – so we could keep a chart in the kitchen and add to it as he goes along. But before I knew it he’d picked up a pen and had started writing them out himself, and they’re all perfectly correct!

For those of you that know how he plays you’ll be familiar with his favorite chord, which he calls P-minor 7, illustrated on the right. It involves the flat of the palm on the strings so as to generate a chucking action when strumming πŸ™‚

Looks like we have a budding tiny uker on our hands. What fun!


A relaxing thanksgiving was spent in southern California. Many thanks to Andrea and Peter for hosting us all on Thursday, to Rachel for the brunch, and Jo and Leon for our stay.

These pictures are just a few of those we took. They give a flavour of the weekend.

Wedding Part 3

We did it! And in the grand scheme of things it was a pretty big whoop.

Actually by now we have done it three times – got married, got married again (in England), then had our reception yesterday. Three parties in four months – lots of organising and lots of fun!

The reception was held in The Green Room in San Francisco. It’s a fabulous room in the Veterans War Memorial Building opposite City Hall and next to the Opera House.

Three months

Michael (b-i-l) just sent us some pictures from three different months of the year – our trip to Sequoia National Park in July 2005, his photos of their trip up to and at our wedding in August and a great slideshow of his and Rachel’s holiday in Ireland and England in October.

And yes currently all the photos are published. πŸ™‚ We will work to edit the show down to a representative selection of the best.

Update: I have edited the shows. Try them now. Thu Nov 17th.