Category Archives: Personal Experiences

September 2021 round up

In September we finally got to go away on our three-times rearranged holiday and we were lucky to have really good weather! What I have read I didn’t read a lot – I took my Kindle on holiday and attempted … Continue reading

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Caves and ruins – the reality

I’ve done two ‘reality’ posts already – one about finding a real-life hollow tree, and another about caves and passages at Auchmithie beach. I was on holiday on the north east coast of Scotland earlier in the month and found … Continue reading

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Noddy at the Little Treasures Museum

I think if you go to any British museum for toys or childhood you’ll encounter Noddy. I found several Noddy items at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London, and I wasn’t at all surprised to find plenty at the … Continue reading

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August 2021 round up

August was the month when the schools (and nurseries) went back and social distancing was generally scrapped, leaving us all in a bit of a no-man’s-land where nobody was sure what sort of distancing was polite. What I have read … Continue reading

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July 2021 round up

July brought a heatwave but also some very heavy rain and storms. What I have read I started out well in July but didn’t keep it up. Still, 9 books isn’t bad for during the school holidays! I’m now done … Continue reading

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June 2021 round up

June has been a better month, weather-wise. We’ve had some sunny days and even quite hot days, though it has been a bit mixed with chillier days in between. The schools – and nurseries – came off on Friday for … Continue reading

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Hollow Tree House – the reality

On a day out recently I visited a very old and very hollow tree, and it got me thinking. Hollow Tree House Hollow Tree House is one of my favourite stand-alone stories by Enid Blyton. In it two children – … Continue reading

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May 2021 round up

Last month I predicted that the weather would turn sunny just as we were allowed to meet indoors again. I was wrong. Not only was it not sunny, it rained. And hailstoned. And rained some more.  What I have read … Continue reading

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April 2021 round up

“April showers bring May flowers,” is a well-known saying, but what do April and May showers bring, I wonder? I’m looking forward to May 17 when we can finally meet other people indoors again, but it’ll probably be gloriously sunny … Continue reading

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March 2021 round up

March brought some easing of restrictions (finally) and even a few days of sunshine. I’m looking forward to even less restrictions and hopefully more sunshine in April. What I have read I had another month where I felt I didn’t … Continue reading

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Enid Blyton Ephemera

I’m one of those people who keeps everything. Old schoolwork? Check. Ticket stubs? Check. Programmes, leaflets, flyers, wedding favours…? check. Unsurprisingly some of those bits relate to Enid Blyton. If you look for Enid Blyton ephemera on the internet you’ll … Continue reading

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February 2021 round up

Two months of 2021 are now done and dusted and the light at the end of the tunnel is slowly growing along with the length of the days. What I have read I haven’t read an awful lot this month … Continue reading

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Corfe Castle – A first hand look

Hi everyone, it’s been a while. I’m sorry for that, and I’m largely sorry for leaving everything to do with the blog to Fiona. She’s done a smashing job though, hasn’t she? I wanted you guys to know, before I … Continue reading

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January 2021 Round Up

That’s the first month of the long-awaited 2021 over, and to be honest, it wasn’t any better than much of 2020, was it. What I have read I set myself a target of 100 books for 2021 and then proceeded … Continue reading

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On my bookshelf part 7

A while back I gave you detailed tours of my main bookcases. First up were my Blytons in parts one, two and three, Blyton and Malcolm Saville in part four, miscellaneous children’s books in part five and my collection of … Continue reading

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Birthday and Christmas round up 2020

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, … Continue reading

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My 2020 in books and Blyton

Last year I did a sort of round up of my year in books, so I thought I’d do the same again this year. Every year I set some reading goals. The main one is how many books – I … Continue reading

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December 2020 round up

At long last we reached the last month of 2020. What I have read I have made an effort to finish things that have been languishing on my currently reading shelf for ages, and I succeeded with one of those, … Continue reading

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November 2020 round up

The penultimate month of 2020 is over. I know things won’t immediately get better in 2021 but I know many of us are just sick of 2020 and there is at least some light at the end of the tunnel. … Continue reading

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October 2020 round up

My early draft of this post started with ‘this may be the last month that I’m not at work’ and I was right! What I have read I barely read anything in the first part of the month, partly as … Continue reading

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