'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Tuesday, 9 February 2010

A Date with Tilly

Every now and then our friends will phone up and say "Shall we take Tilly out on a date?" or something like that. It's an old-fashioned name, and Tilly's an old-fashioned girl.
Tilly Twinfold is my old two-burner gas barbecue cooker. She's a little corker, and, with her small blue bottle, a bit of salad, some crusty rolls and a few sausages, is just the thing to make a pleasant evening on the beach even pleasanter.
Here's what it looked like at Pilot Bay last Sunday. Bliss!


  1. And that's another NZ word I will have to remember - "tilly" = cooker. It's all very confusing. And how come those children in the first photo are only as big as seagulls? Are the children borrowers or are the gulls overfed?

  2. I have a wee charcoal barbeque - the model is called little chief - made in a Christchurch factory probably 30 years ago. It has a plate only about 30cm diameter. I haven't taken it out and about but it too is very cool to use. :)

  3. YP. They are a special kind of Herring Gull we get down here - they prey on children.

    Aud - Sossies for two at New Brighton?