Some tough rules here in sunny Nairobi

So I left London on a morning when the temperature was – 1C and here in Nairobi, visiting my son and his family, it is around + 31C.  That’s not all that’s different – here there is my granddaughter Catrin now aged just five.

She was so excited to see me again that she woke me up at 5.30 am. We had to go downstairs and chat and play games.  By mid afternoon, I could barely stay awake, but we were playing more games and Catrin was confusing me by changing the rules. So, in a game of Snakes & Ladders, she insisted that you went up snakes and down ladders.

When I protested, she insisted: “This is my game. So I’m in charge and I make the rules. The rules are ‘No falling asleep. No going to bed.’ ”

But, in the end, I just had to grab an hour’s sleep on the bed to remain functional. Catrin keep going though. After dinner, I gave her a bath and washed her hair before reading her three stories and laying down with her until she was asleep. Where does that girl get her energy?!? As for me … zzzzzz

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