I’m lucky to have friends and family who know about (if not understand) my love for all things Blyton, and who buy me Blyton-related things for birthdays and Christmases. Here’s my 2020 haul!
Corfe castle goodies from Stef’s trip to, well, Corfe Castle. There were a range of postcards including a wooden one, a magnet and a really teeny yet challenging jigsaw with castle-shaped pieces.
Some of the postcards have already found homes on my bit of wall where I already had some Blyton-y post cards, and on my bookshelf (not in front of my Famous Fives, though, that space is reserved for my two sets of Pepys playing cards and my Sindy-dog Timmy.)
I should have included something for scale, but here’s the jigsaw with its ‘whimsy’ pieces which are a hallmark of Wentworth puzzles. Put together it’s around the size of a small postcard.
A nice hardback copy of Enid Blyton and her Enchantment with Dorset by Andrew Norman.
A ‘lashing of ginger beer’ pin and Blytonian phrases tea-towel, sold by the folk who do an improvised Blyton comedy show.
The Island of Adventure adaptation from 1982 on DVD, with Norman Bowler as Bill – look out for a review of this some time this year!
Darrell and Friends by Narinder Dhami. This is a surprisingly thick book!
Poster sold as a “Great Vintage Illustration of Famous Five Annual of 1979” but is in fact the 2014 annual cover with 1979 added (with not very much skill!). All very odd. Obviously the person who bought me this just assumed it was exactly what it said, a 1979 annual. It’s still attractive as long as you don’t look too closely at the copy-paste job clearly done in Paint!
And as a bonus, I bought Stef a nice Malory Towers mug and when it arrived the handle was in six pieces. I got to keep the broken mug while the seller sent a new one directly to Stef. It’s not much good for drinking out of (not that I drink tea or coffee anyway) so I have put it on my dressing table to hold bits and pieces.
Did you get anything Blytonian this year?