Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Once again my blog is suffering from neglect. Again just life getting in the way as well as being stuck in the mud...figuratively speaking!
However there was a bright ray of sunshine when I received the following verses from a very dear friend...

So good to get your letter
And I'm glad you're feeling better
And I'm glad --------'s feeling like a home!

 I'm so pleased you've your 3-wheeler
You will look a lively "shelagh"
As you head to do your shopping in the town.

You may need to wear a scarf
As you tootle down the path
And a wintry wind comes chilly on your neck.

But I reckon that it's great
And your bike must be first-rate
And if you think you look a dork...well, what the heck!

'Cause we're at that certain age
Where we care not at this stage
If we're a dork or something saucier, Oh well!

We can ride a 3 wheel bike,
Or go on a crazy hike
Do whatever we would like
Enjoy ourselves and ring a little bell.

Now I'm finishing this rhyme
And I've had a lovely time
With a picture in my mind of you and E----
'Cause when he gets a bike
Or a tandem he might like
You can both go out a-riding on your bikes!

I know you've seen this before but I had to put it up to go with the poem!!
Now, hopefully, I will get back to blogging more frequently, maybe this blog has broken my 'drought'!

Sunday, May 4, 2014


Yesterday was the local Anglican Church Fete and as I can't resist the thought of a bargain, (and of course supporting the hardworking people of the Church!) I had to go. I bought two jars of delicious 'bread and butter zucchini' relish, I'm sure just the same as the bread and butter cucumber recipe. Also some yummy muesli slice...I do wish the recipe had been provided as we both really enjoyed the slice.
However my piece de resistance, I should say pieces, are the two very much preloved childrens books. The most interesting was the story of KERSTI and Saint Nicholas. It is the loveliest story, first published 

 by Frederick Muller in 1949. This copy was presented as a Divinity prize in 1950 and it turned out that the lady who was in charge of the book stall, and who sold it to me, was the owner of the book! We had a lovely few minutes talking about our mutual love of books and also her sadness that her grandchildren were only interested in screens. Their closest link to reading was that they at least listened to audio books. I'm encouraged that my grandchildren are readers, as are their parents.

It really is the most delightful book and one I think my 7 year old granddaughter will appreciate. The pictures throughout the book are beautifully done as well.
My other buy is interesting for a different reason. It is the same vintage, given as a present in 1952. 

It is very dated and although I'm enjoying browsing through it I don't think the modern teenager would relate to it at all.

'Aren't you ashamed of yourself?' Said Grandpa reads the caption. 

Poor Elizabeth struggles with the expectations of her family when all she wants to do is to go to Art School. It ends up being a bit of a budding romance and she does in the end get to do what she sets out to do. And as for her Grandpa being so thoroughly disappointed with his granddaughter, hopefully that wouldn't happen too much today.
If any of you follow Kate at  don't forget her giveaway of her beautiful childrens book about Stanley and his adventures, STANLEY AND THE HOT AIR BALLOON. She has crocheted all the characters and so much more. All the patterns are included for the reader to crochet their own Stanley. It is a treat of a book!