Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 504

American school date

This week I went into Harry’s USA school to read my children’s book ‘The Adventures of Gumdrop Rally‘ to his class.

My kids' book!

My kids’ book!

Gumdrop Rally, the hero

Gumdrop Rally, the hero

You can find my book here. (And top marks to the folks who buy it on either Kindle or Paperback and spot the four typos! Grrrrrrrrr. 😉 )

Anyway, they learned stuff, and I learned stuff too, which is always a bonus!

They learned about the RSPCA, the floods in Gloucestershire of 2007, how long it takes to write a book, and what the word ‘pregnant’ means. (They giggled a lot at this 🙂 ).

I learned these things:


A hedgehog called Slow Poke features in my book. Interestingly, I had to explain about hedgehogs since there are no living species of hedgehogs species native to the Americas.

Ain't he cute?!

Ain’t he cute?!


The kiddos hadn’t heard of gooseberries (Slow Poke lives under a gooseberry bush, naturally), even though (as I found out later) they are native to northeastern and north-central United States and adjacent parts of Canada.

Gooseberry Fool

Gooseberry Fool

I told them I would bring some back and make Gooseberry Fool for them from England.


This was an interesting question ‘How many dollars have you made?’ I told them so far I’d made £1.26, and that was from me and my mum and dad buying copies. 🙂

Pat or patch?

The music teacher in the class that I sat in on was asking the teaching to ‘patch’ their knees (tap/pat on them). Is this an American thing? I had not heard of this before. Always learning, see?!

What are you doing?

Listen to this accent change! Excellent work!

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5 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 504

  1. Andy says:

    Wot a brillyunt kid! I just doubled your views and give it the big ‘like’ 🙂

  2. Haha, cheers mate, as always! 🙂

  3. Mindy Helms says:

    Well done Harry! Never heard of “patch” your knees? “Pat” yes, but “patch” WTH? Must be a Maryland thing? Sweet book too. You are very talented. 🙂

  4. gloria says:

    Love the kid who can speak in both accents so clearly. About the “pat your knees” direction, I said it three times to hear what I say. I was surprised to hear “Patch your knees” coming out of my deep-south, southern accented mouth when sliding together the consonants of t, y, and, r, before k .

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