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Let me hear those 'Ah Bless's.' This is Theo, sound asleep this afternoon under a blanket most kindly knitted by a blogging friend. He really has wonderful hair.

Later we drove down to the beach where he built sandcastles and watched as they were crushed by the incoming tide. He likes doing this. When he's tired he demands a ride on my shoulders, which means that we can move at a normal pace, singing songs as we go. 'The Grand Old Duke of York' is a favourite. Anyone know which hill it was that the Duke marched up and down? I am sure Theo will be asking in a year or two.

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Posted at 11th Mar 2012 - 09:10PM   Posted by Fennie   Theo Comments: 9

Faith's Avatar Oh he is gorgeous! He looks like his hair has been in big rollers! My little grandson loves the Grand Old Duke of York too, but I don't know what hill it was.

Posted by: Faith on 11th Mar 2012 at 09:28PM

Mollygolver's Avatar What a little darling. Beautiful hair!

Posted by: Mollygolver on 11th Mar 2012 at 10:53PM

Camilla's Avatar Ah, bless him. Lovely photo of Theo, all that gorgeous hair.!

Remember singing this to my children when the were small too Fennie. I also remember singing to them... row row row your boat gently down the stream, merrily merrily merrily merrily life is just a dream, ah happy days.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Mar 2012 at 11:09PM

Blackbird's Avatar What a day of adventure for the two of you- he'll keep you young. And they do look like angels when they are asleep, don't they?

Posted by: Blackbird on 12th Mar 2012 at 04:50AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar There is nothing certain either about the identity of the Duke or the place but,

Candidates for the duke in question include:

Richard, Duke of York (14111460), who was defeated at the Battle of Wakefield on 30 December 1460. Richard's army, some 8,000 strong, was awaiting reinforcements at Sandal Castle in Wakefield (the castle was built on top of a Norman motte). He was surrounded by Lancastrian forces some three times that number, but chose to sally forth to fight. Richard died in a pitched battle at Wakefield Green, together with between one third and one half of his army.

James II (16331701), formerly Duke of York , who in 1688 marched his troops to Salisbury Plain to resist the invasion from his son-in-law William of Orange, only to retreat and disperse them as his support began to evaporate.

The most common attribution is to Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany (17631827), the second son of King George III and Commander-in-Chief of the British Army during the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. His one field command of significance was the Flanders Campaign of 17934, which resulted in the heavy defeat at the Battle of Tourcoing (1794), followed by his recall to England.Flanders has something of a reputation for being flat, the specific location of the "hill" in the nursery rhyme has been attributed to be the town of Cassel which is built on a hill which rises 176 metres (about 570 feet) above the otherwise flat lands of Flanders in northern France.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 12th Mar 2012 at 07:30AM

Ivy's Avatar What a darling angel. Not only do I love his hair, no, his lips are like rose-buds and his soft rosy cheeks are just divine. Are you sure he's not made of Marzipan?

Posted by: Ivy on 12th Mar 2012 at 07:57AM

Withy Brook's Avatar Plenty of Ah Blesses from me, Fennie. He will break a great many hearts when he is older, I guess. There are few things more heart-stirring than a sleeping child - especially one as handsome as he.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 12th Mar 2012 at 12:05PM

Milla's Avatar beautiful hair, beautiful face. What a sweetie.

Posted by: Milla on 12th Mar 2012 at 02:05PM

KittyB's Avatar Gorgeous boy.

Posted by: KittyB on 15th Mar 2012 at 11:48AM

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