Well, I am back and just for Elephant's Child who is jealous and River, who is feeling chilly, according to the comments they left last time.... here's a picture of a piece of equipment they will NEVER have to buy....... no, not the cars, the snow blower, silly! Should have used the zoom, I think! Wonder what happened to the WT? He was there a minute ago........
It's been snowing since early evening yesterday and has continued all day. It's not very cold but the mercury is set to descend rapidly tonight and tomorrow we get wind too, oh, happy happy, joy joy!
So.... can't get to the main computer to find photographs as the WT is working from home so decided to do a book report!
Not from the past year but ones from way back ..... I am slightly ashamed to say that my first remembrance of reading to myself was, sorry, an Enid Blyton story about the blackbird who wished for elegant colorful feathers instead of the boring black he was given. Not sure of how it was achieved but he ended up with beautiful shiny feathers and a bright yellow/gold beak with which he was apparently content! I think it was in an Enid Blyton compendium. Let's just gloss over the fact that I had the WHOLE set of Noddy, shall we?
The Pink Hyancinth by Mabel Lucie Atwell was another story I remember reading (along with many more of hers) but on googling Miss Atwell I found she was in fact a children's book illustrator so not sure if she wrote the stories too. She actually has a page on Pinterest!
We go up a notch with the next book, The Wool-pack by Cynthia Harnett as she was the 1951 Carnegie Medal winner!
From age five to eight I lived in Worcester in the west of England and attended the Alice Ottley School for Girls or possibly Gels as it was quite posh! We had what I now realise for back then was a fairly progressive history teacher who really made the time we were studying come alive. The book is about the Fetterlock family and set in 1493. Along with having the book read to us we each wove a rush basket in which to keep our history exercise books and also wove a small piece of cloth each on a loom that she had set up in the classroom. There were plans to visit Burford too, but by then we had moved..... to Egypt! I think those lessons began my life long passion for history and in particular, the Middle Ages! I still have my copy though minus the interesting dustcover!
Side note...... reading the Wikipedia entry for the school, former pupils included Vanessa Redgrave and Barbara Cartland......who knew?
The Good Master by Kate Seredy is another favourite, my copy (sadly long gone) had the most wonderful coloured illustrations. I loved that book, I read and reread it. I need to search for a copy but it must be a hardback, a paperback or on Kindle just won't do!
What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge is next. An American book so have no idea how it came to be a favourite of a young girl who knew little of America, lol! My mother was a librarian at Dunfermline Public Library before joining up in 1939 so I am sure it was one of her suggestions. I chose it in a book club I belonged to in Chicago, oddly the others in the group (all American) had never heard of Miss Coolidge.
We were living in Nottingham, I was twelve perhaps, and my maternal grandparents came to visit from Dunfermline and Granny brought me a somewhat shabby and huge book bought in the library book sale, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I can remember a line from the book.... Ellen O'Hara was 32 and by the standards of her day was a middle aged woman...... Loved that book and was one of the many who queued in Leicester Square in London to see the remake of the film at the end of the sixties.
Another book written about a woman living in the Middle Ages was Katherine by Anya Seton. My stepfather had a selection of book club novels of which this was one and regrettably I never returned it to him! I have no idea what happened to that copy but others have been borrowed from various libraries over the years. It needs to go on The List!
Hmm, I'd better stop..... I could go on and on..... the reason for not putting up a cover image is, quite frankly, apart from the Wool-Pack they are absolutely NOTHING like I remember or the book didn't have a dust cover when I received it so I really shouldn't be entitled to call this a Sunday Selection except it IS Sunday and it's a selection! Forgive me, River?
I would love to hear what you loved to read when young.......
Thanks for stopping by, keep cool, warm, or dry but above all keep smiling and be nice!
love, gillie x