Category Archives: Personal Experiences

August 2022 round up

August was a better month all round. What I have read I had a much better month in August. I picked up quite a few books which turned out to be un-put-downable and so got read in two days each. … Continue reading

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Blackberries

Like lighthouses I associate blackberries with Blyton, even if they only feature prominently in the odd book. For lighthouses that is, of course, Five Go to Demon’s Rocks, while for blackberries it is The Hidey Hole. Blyton’s blackberries Blyton’s children … Continue reading

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July 2022 round up

There was not an awful lot of blogging done last week – as I mentioned in the last Monday post I ended up being ill again – what a summer! What I have read Another not very good month – … Continue reading

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June 2022 round up

I might not have been on the blog as much as usual last month but I still did enough things to write about. What I have read Not a great month for reading as I barely read a thing for … Continue reading

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May 2022 round up

I’m a little bit later doing this than usual, because I was away on holiday. The holiday was in June, though, so I won’t be rounding that up until next month! What I have read What I have read is: … Continue reading

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April 2022 round up

May the fourth be with you! Yes it’s May now, the last legal restrictions ended in Scotland finally and so life is feeling fairly normal – which is actually quite weird. Jacqueline Wilson’s new Faraway Tree book comes out at … Continue reading

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March 2022 round up

Phew, it’s the first of April already. I hope you enjoyed this morning’s post! We had a brief warm spell in March where we could sit outside in short sleeves, but by the end of the week it was snowing. … Continue reading

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February 2022 round up

February has passed by pretty pretty quickly, even for the shortest month of the year. We are now into March, when the days definitely start to get longer, a little warmer, and hopefully a lot less windy! March is also … Continue reading

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Birthday and Christmas gift round up 2021

Christmas (and my birthday) were quite a while ago now, so you might be wondering why I’m only getting around to posting about it now. Or, given my track record, you might well be assuming I had forgotten to write … Continue reading

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January 2022 round up

Somehow it is not only 2022 but it is the end of the first month of 2022. What I have read I haven’t started off very well towards my goal of 100 books in 2022, in fact all month the … Continue reading

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My 2021 in books and Blyton

Last year I did more in-depth round up of my year in books, so I think I’ll try to stick to the same format this year. As I said last year (yes I’m being lazy and have copy and pasted … Continue reading

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December 2021 round up

I’ve still to do my year in books for 2021, so for now (and slightly late as I entirely forgot about it*) I will look at what I got up to in December. *It would have been slightly late when … Continue reading

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November 2021 round up

It’s now officially the Christmas season, so that mean it’s time to look back at November. What I have read I started out well in November, reading several books in two days each, but then, again, I picked up something … Continue reading

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October 2021 round up

After a long time with no holidays during the pandemic, we not only had a week away in September but also a weekend in October! What I have read October was another slow-ish month for reading. I started one I … Continue reading

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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, 10 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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