makar [ˈmækər]
n (Literature / Poetry) Scot a creative artist, esp a poet
[a Scot variant of maker]

Wednesday, August 29, 2012



I set myself a bit of a challenge at the beginning of the year: to read a list of twelve books that had been lurking on the shelves for way too long. Rather inevitably, I haven't done too well. It's almost September, and I've only read four. I thought I'd get some reading done while breastfeeding, but instead I've mostly been staring vacantly into the distance in a state of utter exhaustion, or reading nonsense on my phone. No surprise there, but what has been surprising to me is how quickly we've moved onto "grown-up books", as my daughter calls them, or books that are more about words than pictures. All of a sudden, we are devouring anything by Roald Dahl; reading Tashi collections for the third time; and relishing every chapter of Charlotte's Web. Even the almost three year-old is captivated: long gone are the days when he could only sit still for half a picture book, and I found myself, more often than not, reading aloud and alone just for the sense of completion. Anyway, I'm really enjoying rediscovering all these wonderful books, some of which are copies from my own childhood (how did they survive? My parents must have been strict...). As for Harry Potter, I'm so glad I waited: it'll be a lot more fun to read it for the first time with little ones. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. Here are some of the books we've been enjoying of late:

The Barefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts & Goblins
Tashi
Charlotte's Web
The Magic Faraway Tree
The Elephant & the Flower
Tales from Celtic Lands
The Wizard of Oz
The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories
James and The Giant Peach
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Twits
The BFG



Wednesday, August 8, 2012






You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds
as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be
dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your
right foot with
your left.

Oh, the places you'll go! by Dr. Seuss 


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