3 Sep 2014

walks with Enid


I found an old box of my childhood treasures the other day. Baa Baa the sheep, my gem collection and a tower of well thumbed Enid Blyton books. Fondly I recall memories of burnished halls and thatched barns. Of plum cakes, brown bread and butter, and treacle. Such beautifully descriptive texts telling tales of simple days; simple lives.

And so I created a new (and already much loved) ritual with Bijou. Each night after our family story time we tuck Remy into bed and I snuggle under the covers with my girl and read to her. We wander under cherry trees in full blossom,wipe eggs clean for market and we crank heavy wooden butter churns and marvel at the resulting pale yellow.

Housework and sibling squabbles are forgotten as she and I walk hand in hand into a world of innocence, gentleness and simplicity.A world that I know so well but one I am delighted to be exploring again with my wide eyed girl.  By lamp light, tucked under woollen blankets we quietly walk together; just my honey girl, Enid and me.

Steph x

8 comments:

  1. What sweet words you write. I love Enid Blyton and I remember my Mum tucking me in for cuddles and the magical world Blyton creates. Made me smile to see that beautiful quilt and remember the stories.

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  2. Beautiful Steph. I have many fond memories of reading Enid Blyton books. And nothing better than snuggling down together to read ~ my daughter and I enjoy our nightly read and cuddles too, super special stuff xx

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  3. Beautiful. Such a joy to share memories of a simple but enchanting time.

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  4. I can't wait to share my Enid collection with my girls. They really are a classic, tales from when life was simpler. Much love to you xxxx

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  5. Perfection! Utter perfection. I can't wait to read those tales to Tallow. Melinda is so right, such a classic and simple time and one I love the thought of embracing more in our everyday.
    Much Love xx

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  6. It's a beautiful time of day, quiet reading with your babies. My eldest discovered them years ago (I had a stash from my childhood) and she is still re-adding them now, at 10. We often take famous five style picnic lunches out with us; so divine .

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  7. And the smell of those new again books. Enjoy. We have been readying Charlotte's Web together.

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  8. I grew up with Enid Blyton books and my grown up girls loved them too. Oh, Folk of the Faraway Tree - how lucky they were to have friends like Moonface and Silky. Remember the pop biscuits? Such lovely memories!

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Your words brighten my day! Thank-you so much for joining me on my adventure. x