KiTh aNd kIN
[kith and kin] – phrase/idioms. - one's relations. The word kith is Old English, and the original senses were ‘knowledge’, ‘one's native land’, and ‘friends and neighbours’. oRiGIn: The phrase kith and kin originally denoted one's country and relatives; later one's friends and relatives. -KinS [-k-nn-s]- a diminutive suffix of nouns: indicates smallness or, by semantic extension qualities such as familiarity and affection as in daddykins - a name a child calls their father when they want something.

Monday, January 10, 2011


I am not overly sentimental about things (as in physical things) - I've never been one to keep little trinkets or mementos (some times much to DK's disgust).  But there are a few things I've kept.  Including my 1970's fisher price toy collection.  I grew up in Zimbabwe (well it was mostly Rhodesia when I was living there) and every year my aunt and grandmother from Wales would send over the latest Fisher Price release.  And I still have them all, in full sets!  And now little HK is enjoying them.

But Ryan over at Pacing the Panic Room got me thinking - how do I reconcile my usual lack of sentiment (which some ie DK might describe as obsessive minimalism) with my new mummy job of being the official historian of little HK's childhood.  Advice gratefully accepted - what do you keep and why?  How do you stop it from getting out of control?  Is your blog your keepsake (oh my minimalist heart loves that idea...)


  1. OMG that is so cool. U kept all that so long! I loved Fisher Price stuff and always wanted the green tree house. You photos are great and such a lovely momento, that looks like history to me.

  2. Yes I have the tree house - that was an fave! Thanks for visiting!