Monthly Archives: July 2012

Rosie’s Walk


I was very excited to find this book in our local library today; ‘Rosie’s Walk’ by Pat Hutchins.  I remember it vaguely from when I was small so it’s great to see again and fully appreciate with older eyes…

Absolutely love the colours! As well as the design, pattern, drawing… just love it all! 

The book has really clear, simple lettering for Elsie to follow as we read…

And perfect humour for a little one too!

A worthy winner for our ‘A Little Book Award’ this week! 🙂


I Love You


We’ve been away for a week in Wales for our annual ‘Big Fat Family Holiday’, 1 big creaky old house, 4 generations squeezed in together, lots of rain, much fun!  Whilst there we decided to hold a photography competition. Simple rules – the photo had to be taken on the holiday, no effects, no cropping, everyone votes for their favourite on the final night.  I wish I had copies of everyone’s entries as we actually all surprised each other with the standard of the shots!  I have, however, got the winner  – my younger sister’s entry…

Suddenly it all made sense why she had been scanning the beach for hours and hours!

Nice one sis, totally love it!

Charley Harper


This week’s ‘A Little Book Award’ (judged by myself and Elsie) goes to ABC’s by Charley Harper

Every time I see something by Charley Harper I am instantly drawn towards it.  His designs are so unusual and unique, I absolutely love them.

Sadly Harper died in 2007.  When once asked to describe his art style, he replied, “When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures…”

To read all about his life and work, and to see more of his amazing illustrations check out this website.

 Loving the back page!

Strawberry Jam


So we made so very yummy Jam with some of the strawberries we got at the weekend, using the simplest recipe ever ever.  Here it is…

(If you don’t have a thermometer, you can do the ‘wrinkle test’.  Spoon a bit of mix on to a cold plate, allow to cool and push your finger through it.  Jam is done when skin has just about set, wrinkles up, and if the two halves of the jam either side of your finger mark remains separate).

A very berry weekend…


This weekend we went ‘P.Y.O-ing’ and headed straight to Elsie’s favourite fruit – the strawberry patch!

We were expecting slim pickings as the farm’s website said bad weather had resulted in a slow crop, but there were loads everywhere!

Our basket full we headed off to get some gooseberries and blackcurrants…


After having such a nice time picking the fruit I then had a sudden panic moment when just about to pay – thinking we’d got a bit too carried away and totally had no idea how much it was going to cost!  But breathed a sigh of relief when we got all these (plus the ones in Elsie’s tummy… ok and mine) for £8, cheaper than the supermarket and much much more fun!

Now what to make with it all, mmmmmm decisions, decisions…

To find your nearest fruit farm check out this website!