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Celebrating Book Week… in several ways!

Several of my friends with school age children have been having a few headaches trying to get to grips with book week and rustling up character costumes for their little ones to shuffle off to school in.  My husband and I had to do the same thing this week – we are attending an Adoption Activity Day and the theme of it is Book characters.  After asking my best friend, we decided we could go as Jack and Jill from the nursery rhyme – well… it’s in a book, right?

I also noticed that Dr Seuss, of Cat in the Hat fame, would have been 111 today.  Now, I remember reading most of his books when I was 3 or 4 and my Mum had just introduced me to the magic of the public library.  It kindled my love of books and my love of verse.  Some of the verses are actually really good to remember as adults.  They hold some very interesting truths.  So, todays blog is a bit of a cop out.  Here are some posters made by talented others!

Seuss think

I love this so much.  It is a quotation laden with promise.  Regardless of how institutionalised you are, everyone has an imagination.  You might need to relearn how to use it, but once you do… magic is unlocked.

Seuss love

This definitely explains why my marriage works!  We have compatible weirdness!


Yeah… I always look for the complications.  I need to remember to look for the simple as well!


How very, very true.  This is also about cultivating an attitude of gratitude.


This is so very important to remember.  Being unique is one of the most awesome qualities we have, and it would be a shame to give it all up to be an homogeneous group of drones, regardless of what the mainstream media would like us to do!  In addition, this needs to be at the forefront of my mind on Saturday when I am faced with a room full of children, any of whom might be my future child.  I need to make sure I check them all out.


If you ever come to my house, you will see just how much we love books here.  Yes, I find magic every time I pick one up.  Or even when I turn on my Kindle!  Books ROCK.

I wonder if I could dress up as the Cat in the Hat after all?


Feeling reflective…

And not in a day glow yellow, high visibility sort of way either.


I think it might have something to do with the weather, or the time of year, or the fact that my stupid knee is still not playing ball and I am not able to do all the stuff that I want to do so I have more time to think, but I am definitely churning things over in my mind at the moment.  This can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing.  I am not quite sure which it is this time.

Last night, I decided to get out three books to leaf through and re-read.  I wanted to tell you about these books and they might help some of you out there as well.

sink reflections

The first book I am going to be re-reading is “Sink Reflections” by a lady called Marla Cilley, who goes by the name of FlyLady on the internet.  She has adapted a system for cleaning and staying on top of the jobs in the house and garden which I am a huge fan of.  I found it about 11 years ago, when I was struggling to keep house and go to work full time, and stay on top of everything.  Although I no longer go out to work, I do feel that I could do with a refresher course in her system.  I have a bigger house and a MUCH bigger garden to keep on top of these days and I feel a bit like I am drowning.  I know why I feel that way – the perfectionism monster is creeping about again – but I am hoping a re-read and a “back to basics” approach might help me.

timeless simplicity

The second book I am want to re-read is the book that started off the journey from full time accountant to Homemaker, and hopefully will inspire me to get to the final destination of holistic herbalist and life coach.  It is a think volume by John Lane called “Timeless Simplicity”.  I bought it in the gift shop at the Eden Project in Cornwall, when my husband and I were there on holiday.  I can’t really tell you what drew me to the book, because it genuinely looks very unassuming, but I read it from cover to cover and then felt compelled to underline bits and write notes in the margin.  I NEVER do that in books, usually, so this is a special, special case.  I am hoping it will give me the boot in the backside that I require to get me back on track with my qualification and remind me of why we are doing what we are doing.

back garden self sufficiency

The third book is a relatively new acquisition.  It is entitled “The essential guide to Back Garden Self Sufficiency” and this is really what I aim to be.  I know I won’t ever get to that stage, at least not until I can turn the entire back garden into an allotment for the veg and fruit that we would like to grow and harvest and store, but it does give some really useful hints and tips for getting the veg patch up and running.  It also gives a lot of hints and tips about how to store your harvest, and I hope that this time next year, that is what I am going to be busy doing.

I hope, if you decide to get these books as well, that you enjoy them as much as I have and intend to again.