posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm

scarlet father

bar starred

scarlets had a nap n now she cant get to sleep

she stalks through the house wide awake

i like this music she says

the music is weird though

what else?

my life is weird too

last night i was on bondi fm

a tiny booth in the middle of a restaurant……..?!

a radio station i play ancient world, providence, almost with you, wolfe

i have a chat to the 2 geezas on there

they ask some curly questions

theres loadsa people walking round with joints beers n guitars

i get a lemon lime n bitters

i’m over alcohol

(i did have 2 sakes at margots birthday bash at raw bar)

i play my songs with gusto

fuck people really like the ancient world

should be a number one

had the dj’s singing along

scarlet demands a chocolate eclair

and paces about

she is definitely a genius and shes a real hassler

shes gotta do it her way

shes packs a lot of clout for a four year old

today me n doodles have a swim at bronte pool

it was cold n there was no sauna

ive been asked to judge a pastel competition

if i can get home in time from kilbey/maymi/hoffmen gig

thats right in melbournes ding dong club

fuck we’re gonna be good too

i can feel it a mile off

the most tasteful players you ever heard

shaun hoffmen like a controlled demolition on the drums

son adrian on bass n backing vox another boy wonder

then of course

ricky miami who never puts a foot wrong

we’re gonna be good

we’re not playing sydney

just this one gig

so get yer asses down there

because ricky n the boys are my band du jour

you wanna hear my solo songs n jack frost done properly?

scarlet scribbling in a book

scarlet still cant sleep

c,mon  scarlet its 10 03

but scarlet does not care for parental guidance

shes larger than life

a little girl with a big presence

a chip off the old shoulder

she waves the remote around under my nose

how we sposed to watch tv she whispers

we cant watch any movies

we cant watch any tv can we ?

then she does a weird little rumplestiltskin dance

rolling her eyes

stamping her little triangular feet

shes like an imp from the brothers grimm

a little homunculus from lyonesse perhaps

she doesnt eat much but shes a solid robust child

like a child from the old days

shes writing in her diary from the easter show

then she hugs my shins devotedly i laugh

dont laugh at me she says

she thrusts this book in my face

whos maisy ? she asks

then she plays with her toes

i got a splinter under my toes she says mournfully

jesus i’m tired tonight

i dread scarlets gonna wanna sleep in my bed with me

she snores and grabs n kicks all night

shes quite a character

i mean shes hi jacked my blogge now n everything

the comfort of my olde age

this fantastic little creature who cant sleep

i have 2 shredded wheat with rice milk n raw sugar

scarlet has a glass of chocolate sustagen

she keeps up a steady stream of questions

what with her mumbling n my tinnitus

i can hardly make out what shes saying

so she gets mad with me

fer crying out loud its 10 22….

shes still going strong

she looks like elizabeth taylor

but she acts like a real tricky little ratbag

she finds gadgets that make annoying noises

she mutters n sighs n ululates

she has loud arguments with her toys

i reckon she’ll make a good popsinger

or a good actress or a good painter

shes just got that strange aura about her

a kinda nascent charisma

a piercing look in her eye

a persuasive little voice

god i gotta go to bed now

and scarlet isnt  looking the least bit tired

not at all in fact…..

in spades as well

21 Responses to “scarlet kilbeys life”

  1. avatar
    redgrevillea | 21 September 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    Lovely photo of you and Scarlet there, Steve!! 🙂

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    Freddie | 21 September 2010 at 11:04 pm #

    I have a six year old that rarely has anything to do with a bed before 10:00 p.m. We love em in the morning though I reckon, right? :^/

    Scarlet’s growing up and her face is losing its toddler roundness and oh my heaven help us, she looks just like ya! ✝

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    Shoffy | 21 September 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    Very nice tonight, i miss my kids needing me, I mean they still need me but for different reasons. Enjoy them while you can. Would love to be at your gig in Melbourne, will see what I can do. Shoffy

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    Kristine | 22 September 2010 at 12:12 am #

    I had to comment right away after reading this because I just can’t stop laughing! Scarlet sounds like the female version of my Lucien – or is he the male version of her? These larger than life young ‘uns are going to achieve great things one day. In the meantime, plenty of sleep at night is essential to being able to deal with these highly dramatic little creatures the following day! Rest well. 🙂

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 22 September 2010 at 1:01 am #

    U are blessed to have such a lovely little munchkin. In fact ur blessing is spread equally to all five of the angels that hold ur heart tight. My 2.5 yr old princess (Kristina,my avatar) is pulling the same dirty deeds on me, repeatedly. She refuses to nap during the day, i work from home while my bride is out in the corporate setting, and i have her basically all to myself, and she is a troll!! Gets herself into everything, all the time, and in the evening my wife ATTEMPTS to get the little bugger off to dream land-she finds any and every way to stay up longer !!! More kisses and hugs she demands, than milk or water…and comments on any noise she hears from the outside world as if she never has heard a car alarm till this evening!!!!. When she finally enters slumberland-my wife and i are to tired to even think and its friggin 10pm. than the silence is broken as her 19yr old brother decides at 10 friggin PM to plug in2 his Marshall and blaze some rift from Megadeth or Dream Theatre. I scurry to his bedroom and shriek in a quiet voice ” ur sister JUST went to bed” …he smiles and just keeps on playing. CHILDREN —–GOTTA LOVE THEM EH?

    Darrin K.

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    Ellen | 22 September 2010 at 1:47 am #

    Ahhh, little Scarlet, she’s adorable! Four is a rambunctious age indeed. Hope she (and you) finally got some sleep. :-))

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    Tanya | 22 September 2010 at 2:17 am #

    I can relate to the incessant insomnia. Is she too young for melatonin, Valerian, or Kava? (Sorry, don’t know much about kids – never had any of my own) I hope, for her sake, she’s not destined for a lifetime of not being able to sleep…it’s no fun.

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    davem | 22 September 2010 at 3:21 am #

    She sounds just brilliant Steve.
    I really admire your energy.
    I’m just too selfish to go back to the days of little ‘uns! The responsibility never really ends though – I’ve got to go and collect my eldest from the middle of Brum late tonight. He’s on the last train back from Shrewsbury after visiting his girlfriend. Love eh?
    Look after yourself, hero of mine.
    And how jealous us blighty fiends are of all chances there are in oz to see you weave your magic. We do miss you…….3 years and nearly 5 months. 🙁

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    Jonny Hollywood | 22 September 2010 at 6:03 am #

    file under scarlet letters…

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    cazziem | 22 September 2010 at 6:06 am #

    Lovely, lovely blog SK. Scarlet looks so much more grown up since that last pic we saw on ttb, but look at that bone structure, definitely a Kilbey! Look out world!!!

    Kids eh? You’ve gotta love em, even when they drive you to distraction. Besides in today’s society childhood is over before it’s really begun, so savour every minute you can SK!!!

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    Andreas | 22 September 2010 at 6:51 am #

    Ahhh… This one I can definitely relate with… I have a 5 year old daughter and she’s pretty similar to this description …. man I do understand the situation … she’s often been sleeping with us and I often have awoken terrified just moments before a kick to my low parts … strange how a sort of premonition seems to wake me up just in time to protect my “sensitive issues” … man I do relate with you.
    It’s just great to be the lucky father of a bright girl…
    The very best to both Kilbeys ( and the rest of them)

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    eekie | 22 September 2010 at 7:20 am #

    Aww…such a great photo!

    The blogs featuring Scarlet are always among my favourites. She’s such a little charmer/punk, and she clearly has you wrapped around her little finger. I remember talking with you one day when she was just a toddler and she was very cranky. She wanted you to hold her, so you picked her up, but no sooner was she up than she wanted down. So you put her down, but once down she wanted back up. This went on for several repetitions and I couldn’t help but laugh when I heard you sigh and say “baby, what do ya want?” Couldn’t help think of guys all over the world saying that very phrase to females of all ages. I’m pretty sure she’s going to be confounding guys all her life. lol

    Hope both of you got a decent sleep, Steve.

    “ive been asked to judge a pastel competition”


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    Donna | 22 September 2010 at 8:28 am #

    “The comfort of my olde age.” Awwwwww! I have one of those, too. His name is James, and he’s 9, and the greatest kid I can imagine having. I love all my kids, but your Scarlet sounds like my Janina…..look out!!! You think she’s wearing you out NOW?!?

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    andy | 22 September 2010 at 8:42 am #

    so,scarlet has hijacked ‘the comfort of your olde age’ eh?
    iv’e no doubt that’s true….
    however…..i’m sure there are rewards for this!

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    Brian "AYE-SUN" | 22 September 2010 at 8:54 am #

    Scarlet sounds like a sweet lil terror. very cute…

    man, bring that band du jour over this way. hmmmm…..$1500 R/T tix to AUS to see sweet bliss and divine willing intervention. def worth it, but got to pay the the bills..maybe someday.


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    Karen | 22 September 2010 at 10:04 am #

    Aww kids… they drive you nuts but you’d kill for them..
    Mine are all grown had them young and didnt repeat it later on with my second ex…none look much like me….bit of lip here ( literally) a longness of limb there some thing in the eyes….still they are mine and I LOVEEE em..

    Lil scarlet has your forehead maybe the eyes too

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    John Garratt | 22 September 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Little girls = complicated.

    I identify with the arguing with toys part. My munchkin likes to put hers’ into “time out.”

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    Michelle Roach | 22 September 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    4 is such a lovely age.My boys were a real little ‘mate’ at that age.My youngest son,Johnny is only 5.We live out in the south/west of Sydney.Me & Johnny have just returned from a drive to Enmore/Newtown.Awesome day.He sings me songs from the back seat of the car.Wish I could nod off with him instead of driving.Scarlet is just gorgeous.X

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    hellbound heart | 22 September 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    …so you have a little one that takes over your bed when she sleeps in it too? i know all about kicking the covers off and rolling about and snoring and being pushed out of the bed and so on and so on and so on…..but i figure, once it’s over, that experience is gone forever…..

    love always……

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    Anonymous | 23 September 2010 at 10:50 am #

    I enjoyed Eekies’ comment; no doubt he’s right about what happens when little Scarlet’s turn into young women! Enloy her kicks while you can; soon enough she’ll be grown like your other pair. I miss my kids being little. My “baby” 28 years old just completed the Madison Iron Man; I;m so proud of her.

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      eekie | 23 September 2010 at 1:39 pm #

      eekie’s a she. 😉

      “My “baby” 28 years old just completed the Madison Iron Man; I;m so proud of her.”


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