On the 12th day of Christmas

Twelfth Night (also known as Epiphany Eve) is a Christian festival on the last night of the Twelve Days of Christmas, marking the coming of the Epiphany. Different traditions mark the date of Twelfth Night as either 5 January or 6 January, depending on whether the counting begins on Christmas Day or 26 December.

Last evening (January 5th) there was a little knock on the front door.  It was a highly unusual address. We looked at one another curiously from our respective drawing room positions then resolved together to investigate.  We opened the door. Standing there resplendent in the richness of youth and smiling was Annika, Kellan and RaeRae. Annika was holding an exceedingly large and beautiful coconut. It was a gift from them to us, reportedly the product of recent horticulture. We welcomed them in, resisting their momentary hesitancy.

Once inside their erstwhile reluctance quickly transformed to overt inquisitiveness about the premises. RayRay settled upon the couch and conducted a monologue examination of whatever was on the large coffee table. Meanwhile I introduced Kellan to my MacBook Pro and my current production of a blog, illustrating the difference between View post and edit. This enterprise was soon diverted to a basket of playing cards (from the estate agent) which I offered to Kellan. When after a quick assessment of the items he proved disinterested (and replaced the pack on the sideboard) his sister RayRay captured them for herself.  Both she and her elder sister Annika had already been given a similar pack of cards.

Whether as a joke or as the original intention (because I may have misinterpreted the initial offer of the coconut) the subject of $1 for the item arose. We fortuitously had a jar of coins on the counter. I proceeded to pour the contents of the jar into the hands of Kellan. RayRay was quick to expropriate certain of the coins for herself, That commerce having concluded, Annika handed the coconut to me, offering at the same time instruction about how to crack open the nut.  We concurred that a machete would be useful.

This seemed to terminate the purpose of the visit and the children moved to the front door where by further chance they were greeted outside by the little dogs walking with our mutual neighbour Michelle. The dogs instantly monopolized the attention of the children. In a flash they were gone!