Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Birthday blunder

It's my husband's birthday on Friday and Father's Day on Sunday. I've bought all his presents online from overseas. I thought I was being highly organised but now fear I left my run about a week too late.

Could be a mad dash to the shops for chocolate coated peanuts and socks tomorrow morning...

Thursday, 22 August 2013

A good fairytale book seems hard to find...

Lately, I feel like I've been living in the parallel worlds of raising kids and retelling fairytales. In time, I'll do a series of posts on fairytales, but for now, I'd like to express my frustration at not being able to find a particularly great compilation of tales. By this, I mean a beautifully illustrated text of fairytales that is still in print. I still have my numerous fairytale books from when I was little, and my beloved Story Time/Story Teller collections by Marshall Cavendish but I haven't been able to find anything comparable., published in recent years.

Maybe I've missed something...?

Though out of print, one of my favourites is My big book of fairytales: a treasury of favourite stories for children, printed in the mid 80's. It's a 'best of' the Story Teller series, consisting of 73 fairytales illustrated by various illustrators. The fairytales themselves are beautifully retold - not too scary but not too glossy either. Second hand (online) booksellers have plenty of copies for only a few dollars.

If anyone can recommend a compilation of fairytales they love, please let me know!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

The way to this woman's heart is through a book voucher

Last weekend my husband and I flew down to Sydney for a very belated 10 year wedding anniversary getaway. A weekend away with no kids and no responsibilities was unreal but then my husband handed me a book voucher from Berkelouw Books and let me loose.

Luckily Berkelouw Books in Paddington has a cafe and wine bar which came in rather handy as I was there for 4.5 hours! I ended up with quite the collection and would no longer be able to get away with carry on luggage for the trip home. My prized purchase was a beautiful 3rd edition of Winnie the Pooh. I've told Husband he has to inscribe it with something incredibly romantic which has got him a little nervous (and he's not usually one to be lost for words - written or spoken) so we shall see what he comes up with ;)