2. Odi rings. We haven't seen her since the other side of Christmas. She says Fabi has been touching his palm with his forefinger, then moving it up under his arm- which she interprets as him missing his grandad (me) because I'm the only one who plays that game with him. You know the game I mean? You trace a circle on the child's palm, walk your fingers up the arm them tickle him, whilst reciting,
Round and round the garden
Like a teddy-bear
And tickley under there.
The suspence is delicious. My dad used to play it with me. I hated it- but always wanted him to do it again.
3. More verse- from a song I used to play on my mother's wind-up gramophone.
The kings horses,
The kings men,
They marched up the road and they marched down again;
The kings horses
And the kings men.
For some reason that's going round and round my head this morning. There must be more to it, but that's all I know.