Category Archives: Personal Experiences

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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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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