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>> Monday, 13 October 2008

I can take photos too...

In answer to the great number of beautiful autumn shots out there (you know who you are, Iota) I've decided to show you this one from a garden square near us. I won't wax lyrical on the hues and shades - other people can do that far better than I. I just wanted to show that life in (this) town doesn't have to be grey and colourless...

And this little snapshot is what I planned on posting; on the street outside our flat last Friday I saw the following: a very tall, very thin mummy and 3 children (ranging in age from around 9 down to 5), with assorted violins and flute cases, all about to climb into a G-Wizz car. (Click the link, or think of those Fiat Bubble cars from the 1960's if you can't be bothered). 'Tricky...', I thought.

Boy #1 thought so too, but put it somewhat differently.
"Look Mummy! Look! What a large lady! How will such a laaaaaarge lady and all the children fit into the tiny car?"

She laughed. Luckily.


Adventure Mother 13 October 2008 at 22:54  

Well? How did she do it? I'm intrigued.

Iota 14 October 2008 at 03:58  

Autumn. It's catching.

I also have to tell you about my history with Fiat bubble cars. My mum had one in the early 70s, and used to fit herself and 4 children in (no bothersome booster seats in those days). We once got Mum, Dad and 4 children in - just for fun. How did we do it? Well, we had the estate version! Why anyone bothered to design and manufacture an estate version of what was essentially a large pram with an engine I fail to know, but they did, and we had one. The estate bit rather spoiled that bubble shape, as you can imagine.

ped crossing 14 October 2008 at 04:12  

Too bad you couldn't capture video of that. And kids call it as they see it!

sharon 14 October 2008 at 04:31  

Reckon the bubblecar must have had Tardis qualities!

When I was very young my Dad had a motorbike to get to work. A friend offered to sell him a large sidecar and suddenly, as a family, we were mobile. Mum sat in the front seat (no way was she riding pillion, what would people think!)and my little sister and I sat in the back one. We travelled many a happy mile visiting various places and relatives on day trips, and even complete with luggage for our annual holiday in Dymchurch. It was quite sad when the time came when he was able to trade up to a car.

Frog in the Field 14 October 2008 at 05:39  

I have a sense of Deja Vue
(is that how I spell it, well yes it's obviously how I spell it, but is that how one should spell it?)

Anonymous,  14 October 2008 at 10:55  

A family of contortionists?

Potty Mummy 14 October 2008 at 11:14  

AM, you know, I'm so English that I didn't stand and watch. That would have been much too intrusive... (though she did tell Boy #1 that they had done it before, and the car was gone this morning, so I'm guessing somehow they managed!)

Iota, an estate Bubble Car! Wow! You must have been the coolest kid at school!!

Ped, I know, I could have been a you-tube millionaire (or something).

Sharon, I changed my mind. Iota wasn't the coolest kid in school. You were...

Frog, not sure, I think it's 'vu' and that there is an accent on the 'deja', but really we need Pig to answer this. Though with your name, I'm surprised at you!

Mud, musical contortionists, I reckon.

Irene 14 October 2008 at 12:01  

Living in the States, I missed that whole Bubble car event and I have no idea what everybody is talking about, but I imagine a little bubble on wheels in which one squeezed one's self and one's family. It's amazing the dangerous things people did before there were seat belts and proper car seats for children. We all took our lives into our hands. There must have been many horrendous accidents with fatal endings. I remember just letting my kids sit in the backseat unrestrained with not a bother in my mind, until my best friend started pointing out to me that they would be flying projectiles when we got into a crash. Amazing how naive I was and brainwashed by the car industry that fought against putting seat belts in all cars until the government made them.

Anonymous,  14 October 2008 at 12:42  

Damn - that fitness link in your side bar isn't behaving and I haven't been able to google your contact. Any idea why?

Potty Mummy 14 October 2008 at 13:23  

Irene, I know, I remember travelling miles on school runs in the back of my mother's mini unrestrained, with my younger sister and a friend scooting around unrestrained in the boot (it was an estate). What were we thinking?

Mud, I think it's sheer idiocy on my part in installing the link. Will redo it now but for the meantime the address is:


Jonny's Mommy 14 October 2008 at 22:05  

Nice shot! Your son is hilarious.

I'm glad she laughed too!

Samurai Beetle 15 October 2008 at 03:09  

what an adorable little car!

love the autumn photo, here in south florida it stays green year around, I can live without winter but miss autumn.

Jo Beaufoix 15 October 2008 at 19:14  

Gorgeous picture Potty Mummy, and kids just say it like it is don't they? I bet it was quite funny to see though.

Google Mummy 15 October 2008 at 19:38  


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More info can be found here - http://mini-et-moi.com/2008/10/03/thats-super-mummy/

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Potty Mummy 15 October 2008 at 21:41  

J's Mommy, thankyou. And yes, my son is hilarious. Sometimes he even means to be...

Ah SB, yes you might think that. But did you read the accompanying article. On this subject - for once - Jeremy Clarkson is actually right.

JoB, thanks, and yes it was funny - in a ground-swallow-me-up-oh-why-am-I-worried-he's-right kind of a way...

Michelle, thanks for the invitation. Unfortunately the timings clash with both school runs, but if I can sort cover out then maybe...

Anonymous,  15 October 2008 at 23:30  

Sadly we didn't have a bubble car but I think we must have had the precursor of the people carrier - a huge Peugeot thingy. Mum used to be able to get all 6 (yes six) of us and lots of our friends into the back. It was prompted many a stare and comment from passers by; I'm sure not all caused by her awful driving!

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