About Sitting On Her Bumbaleerie

Just to explain, the name 'Sitting On Her Bumbaleerie' comes from a Scottish song that my gran taught me. Here it is:

One, two, three a-leerie,

I spy Miss Macleerie,

Sitting on her bumbaleerie,

Eating chocolate biscuits!

You also have to bounce a ball in time with the song, and at the end of every line you have to pass the ball under your leg. Why? I have no idea. But I like it, and it's definitely worth trying!

And that's what I do when I'm making, sit about on my bumbaleerie so it seemed apt. Hope that clears it up!




  1. Och, this is an old ball bouncing game right enough. Bouncing two tennis balls against a wall and bouncing one under your knee at the end of each line. If you catch it against your leg and drop it then you are "out" - next person takes over. Another rhyme was- Are you going to golf sir? no sir? why sir? because I've got a cold sir.
    Where'd you get the cold sir, up the North Pole sir, what were you doing there sir? catching Polar Bears sir. How many did you catch sir? I caught 1 2 3 4 etc. A knee bounce on each "sir" and one for each number. Ahhh. childhood - where did it go ?

    1. This game sounds absolutely bonkers. And also really difficult, there's no way I'd be co-ordinated enough to manage even one loop.

  2. thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog, I wrote you a reply but it got lost in the ether.. (you're set at No Relpy) Thanks again! Sarah