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To catch someone's heels

Posted by CjK on August 08, 2004

1. What 'to bowl a hoop' means? To play hula hoop or (like)to roll a wheel?

2. Sometimes she wouldn't let the spoon go; and sometimes, just as Bertha had filled it, she waved it away to *the four winds*.
What are 'the four winds'? [Bertha's feeding a baby. she = a baby]

3. He made a point of *catching Bertha's heels* with replies of that kind...
What 'to catch someone's heels' means? Thank you very much.