WE'VE GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN OUR HANDS
Welcome to my 'Barefoot Journey' ....
Thursday, 20 December 2007
Friday, 30 November 2007
Friday, 19 October 2007
Monday, 24 September 2007
Friday, 21 September 2007
Monday, 10 September 2007
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
Monday, 9 July 2007
Thursday, 28 June 2007
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Thursday, 21 June 2007
Friday, 15 June 2007
Suffice to say I have a very very dead computer. Derek is man who works for BT Broadband support office up in Scotland, and although he seems like a very nice man, spending 4 hours a day on the phone to him for the last 3 days is definitely trying my patience and I won't be missing those conversations when (????? IF!!!!!) my computer finally gets fixed. Keeping my fingers crossed for their latest attempt which will now occur next Monday.
So I can't post any of my pictures, and I had something lovely to show you all prior to UK Fathers Day this coming Sunday, and I was going to update you on relationship progress with my new purchase.
Hope to be back next week. My rock is back on Thursday (yes that 3 weeks has quite whizzed by). Can't wait for some semblance of normality to descend upon our household again.
Can I just say a big "hooray" to my dear friend Tif . The sales in her little shop have just tipped over the big 100. Fab news Tif and we'll all 'do a little dance' for you too. x
Friday, 8 June 2007
In my post about tagging I told you about a recent purchase of mine. I'm being brave and it will be making its debut appearance at the weekend. Wish me luck, I'll let you know how I get on next week.
Farewell to the ever elegant and graceful Darcey Bussell as she retires from the Royal Ballet.
Here's hoping somebody is bringing you all flowers this weekend.
Wednesday, 6 June 2007
Shakespeare's Story Book (paperback and story CD)
Tuesday, 5 June 2007
1. My most most most favourite nibble is the humble twiglet. I know it’s a love it or hate it thing by I could simple not live without it and woe betide anyone who tries to make me.
2. At the age of 38 I have just bought myself my first ever sewing machine and I have no bloody idea how to use it!!!! ‘The machine’ is sitting watching me waiting for me to dare approach it, teasing me with my huge incapability in this area. I am determined though. Any tips from sewing veterans are warmly welcomed.
3. I made my modelling debut with Tif in The Cambridge Evening News. We modelled knitwear on the streets of Cambridge with, oddly enough, a small kitten and a dog. Photo evidence can only be revealed of course with kind permission from all participants.
4. Bizarre but true. I escaped unscathed having had an AK47 fired in warning and then pointed directly at me in extremely unfriendly circumstances in Angola during the civil war.
5. I am an orderliness freak. I am at my most content when everything has a ‘place to live’ and is tucked away neatly and in its correct position. My wardrobe is arranged by colour, by CDs are arranged alphabetically, my books by type and then alphabetically, and my pantry is always stocked with the essentials (neighbours use me like a local store!). Friends are scared to fall asleep on my sofa lest I file them away somewhere.
6. Despite the above I infuriate myself by having all sorts of pending piles all over the house that I have yet to allocate a ‘place to live’. This does make me a complete hypocrite because my perfectly ordered world is clearly more imaginary than reality, however I still constantly tell the rest of my family off for not putting their stuff away.
7. I love to learn and I always include things to learn in my new year’s resolutions but somehow I never ever stick to them. I have discovered that day to day unexpected learnings are much more realistic so I always look out for them in whatever situation I am in (like the AK-47 thing - lesson learned - never get myself in such a ridiculously awful position ever again!).
OK, I'm done now excpet for my remaining task to tag 7 people. I'm new to blogs so don't know many people yet so I'll find some and include their links next time.
Sunday, 3 June 2007
Before I came across Barefoot Books I seldom appreciated the artwork in children's books but at Barefoot it holds equal importance and the artists are truly appreciated. For me it adds to the whole story telling experience and it also opens the minds of children to think of visual imagery in a multi-dimensional way. I'd love to hear what you all think and I'd also love to be introduced to other 'art rich' children's books if you know of any.
Wednesday, 30 May 2007
Anyway on a cheerier note I have now fathomed the technology and can show you the beauty within a barefoot book. Here for you to feast your eyes are 2 pages from 'We're Sailing to Galapagos'. Now these bright colours and cleverly crafted images are enough to cheer anyone up....
The book is written by Laurie Krebs who also wrote the award-winning 'We All Went on Safari: A counting Journey through Tanzania' (more of that another time) and the illustrations are by Grazia Restelli - her debut publication in the English language. Her beautiful collages have gained much critical acclaim in her native Italy - it's easy to see why.
I read this book at story club last Friday (4-7 year olds) and after just a few pages in they were all chanting along with 'we're sailing to Galapagos, Galapagos, Galapagos' - magical. And we had a great chat at the end about the Galapogas islands, volcanoes and all the animals and birds. Lots of the barefoot books have really helpful information pages at the back which serve as a great aid for parents/carers/teachers and inquisitive young minds.
So, until next week - when I will bring you news of the Barefoot Books summer sale, my book of the month for June and other news, including my must have item for every garden this summer.