When I was small and I mean really small, my sister used to have a full set of the books by Alison Uttley. She would read them to me and as she was a sweet and lovely lady - still is, she'd remind me of all the sorts of yarns which went into the books.
Just as I've been poking around in the blog tonight, I've remembered why I call my Bloglist 'Friends and relations'.
In the above book, much loved by 'J'. and me, Hare is a skater (not very good), and he always referred to anyone who was in his circle of friends as his 'Friends and Relations'.
And so you are 'Chums' - true isn't it...