Saturday, February 26, 2011

a rambling about books

Since having Alanna, in fact since moving to Stafford i've re-aquainted myself with the library. I've enjoyed ordering books and devouring them regularly:) 
Whilst my consumption of books has slowed in the last 9 months, my love of reading and books hasn't disappeared, and in fact i've probably got my 'fix' through borrowing books for Alanna. The library was a major feature of our new-mum social life. Bounce and Rhyme on a wednesday morning was just a part of it. I love finding new books for us to share, and for Daddy to enjoy reading to her.
 Whilst looking at all the new books it's been great fun to see all the books that i remember reading when i was little, are still popular too. It's brought back some fabulous memories. I'm lucky that in our family books were always about. They were fun, they were treasured.
 My sister and I shared them, we probably fought over them sometimes. I have vivid memories of books i read, library trips we made etc. Of course this was all before the internet was even possible.  Wendy ran her own little library, complete with tickets and cards, and when we moved house and couldn't take all the books we had with us, i remember being quite upset that they would be given to two boys who probably wouldn't look after them in the same way. 
The complete geek that I am, i can even remember where i was when i realised i could read to myself. without speaking out loud. LOL oh dear.. 

At christmas i asked my sister if she could remember a book we'd had.. i couldn't remember the title or the author, just that it was about a little girl and her teddy ans the publisher something to do with Golden. Being that much older she remembered more about it, and within seconds of googling on her iphone, there it was.. 'My Teddy Bear' by Little Golden Books. I read that book countless times and spent hours looking at the pictures (my favourite is the one with the little girl in the bath, for some reason the shape of the soap particularly pleased me!).

I hadn't realised until now, why I was so upset that the Booktrust funding had been cancelled. After all, i know that Alanna will always have books available to her.  But if i have such warm, happy memories of a very simple book from 30 years before, (not to mention all the books and associated hours spent reading and re-reading later on) then i'm sure that there must be other little boys and girls who would feel the same when they get their books from this scheme, and the thought of someone missing out on that is really rather sad. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The {Joy of Love} Day 6

(ok, i know i'm likely to be going in the incorrect order, or missing a few days, but that's life!)

Who They Love

well currently, Alanna is loving the Zebra in particular from the FisherPrice set that Nanna & Pops bought her for Christmas. why the Zebra? Probably because it's black and white. She does seem to have a thing for Zebras:) she had a zebra on a baby gym that used to make her laugh constantly. ah the old days when i could plonk her under a baby gym:)


I was lucky enough to be a winner in an instant win on the Fru website a week or so ago, and on Monday I received a fabulous bunch of roses from This meant I still got some lovely flowers on Valentine's day, but that dh didn't have to splash any cash. 
Even better, was that the prize was for a bouquet for me, and a bouquet for a friend. So another one winged it's way to a friend of the family who is currently battling a rather nasty illness.
So, here's a couple of pics of the said flowers, and me playing with the macro setting!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Joy of Love: 3

bit late, but better late than never:)

here is a pic of Alanna when she was born, and from a couple of days ago. Even managed to get quite a close up:)

Tuesday, February 01, 2011


well so much for a daily blog post in december.. i lasted all of 5 days!

ho hum!

but i'm back and trying again to meet a challenge "Show and Tell: The {joy of love}" basically a photo a day challenge, and hopefully i'll learn something about taking better pictures.
for today's challenge it was about taking a picture of what your subject 'does'. well Alanna plays, and grins a lot at the moment, so here she is: