Thursday, 3 March 2016

World Book Day!

Well just got back from dropping Lauren off at school today. They were letting the children dress up as a character from books. Have seen lots of princesses, Spidermen (& women) Darth Vaders, elves, knights etc. (Not all of these were characters from books methinks! There was one boy who was inside a cardboard box which was painted like a wall. It looked great but we couldn't think which book it was meant to be. Lauren suggested Humpty Dumpty more a nursery rhyme character but maybe it was a book we didn't know.

We laughed as we were driving to school listening to the wireless, it was reported that an Umpa Lumpa had been seen on the M6. Probably caused a major traffic incident.

Lauren was dressed up as Black Beauty. Well not exactly as the horse. She had her riding gear on hat, jumper, joddies & riding boots. She also had a crop which I warned to to be careful with! She was in one of those strange step into toy horses similar to the one below & it was brown not black. Reminded me of Bernie Clifton & that ostrich he used to have. 

She had wanted to go as Belle as she has a beautiful gold costume she got for going to Disneyworld about 18 months ago however she decided it was too cold to wear it. 

I think it's great that they encourage the children to focus on books & give them vouchers for books. It's hard to believe but some children just don't have any books in the house at all so the vouchers give them an opportunity to have one of their own. Also sometimes there's just too much emphasis on telly, films and computers which may stunt their imagination. 

As for me I'm ashamed to say I haven't read for a while, got out of the habit & into watching too much telly whilst I crochet. So last week whilst I was clearing out the little bedroom I found a bag of the Camilla Lackberg series of crime books which I had forgotten about. I decided to read them again. BIG mistake! It's a couple of years since I read them & I discovered she has written a couple more so I thought I'd go back to the beginning again. I really enjoy her style contrasting the normal lives of Patrick & Erica Hedstrom (police officer & writer) with the horrendous criminal characters form the past & present in that lovely little Swedish coastal town of FjÀllbacka. I'd love to visit it sometime. I'm now up to the fourth book, The Stranger and I can't put the books down which means I'm getting very little work of any kind done & she keeps me guessing right to the end. What an imagination! I'll never get that bedroom cleared and decorated at this rate & I only have a few weeks left before I start the rail tours. Better read faster & for longer!!!!!!

My Singer 338!

Well here it is my very first sewing machine, the one I got for my 21st birthday in 1966! I know it cost my Mam  a lot to buy it for me...