Thursday 25 October 2012

The Gallery: Books

Elizabeth at 9 months old

From a very young age, we have read to Elizabeth and allowed her to explore books.  Even now, as she approaches her second birthday, she loves reading and will frequently ask us to read a book with her.  She often sits and reads a book on her own as well.  Now obviously she can't actually read the books but she will turn the pages and point at things on the page, babbling her way through the book (and I'm pretty sure she knows exactly what's going on on the pages).  She has a few favourites that she will pick up more than the rest and these are the ones that have that 'well read' look about them.  Some flaps are missing in the Where's Spot? book, there are rips on some pages in the Totte Ryder Op book (her favourite Danish story, Totte Tidies Up) and there are many many creases on most of the pages.  Personally I try not to think about the state of some of these books...

We love Elizabeth's passion for books and hope that it continues to grow with her.  One day she may even be as obsessed with them as her parents are :)

This post is for week 120 of The Gallery.  To see all the other book-obsessed entries, go here.

Wednesday 10 October 2012

The Photo Gallery: Yellow

The theme for The Gallery this week is yellow.  I've been a little lazy and am using a post that I was going to write anyway and the 'yellow' bit is a rather tenuous link.  Still the yellow is there!

At the weekend we took a lovely walk around Watlingon Hill.  The weather wasn't great - there was no sunshine to speak of and the fog didn't really clear up all day.  Still, we had a very enjoyable walk and we actually loved the fact that it was so foggy.  It made the walk something special.  There was a calmness to it that can only be found when you're on your own at the top of a mountain, or somewhere so remote that the only sounds are you and the wildlife around you.  Total bliss.

Now because of the fog, it was pretty damn cold.  I'm still in maternity clothes so didn't have a huge selection to keep me warm.  Elizabeth doesn't really have any warm winter clothes yet either but I did find an awesome pair of warm joggers in a drawer that are bright yellow!  There's that tenuous link I was talking about.

Elizabeth keeping the dog at bay while we get Toby in the baby carrier

Ready to rumble!

Stopping to look at some purple flowers; Chiltern gentian

It turns out that the purple Chiltern gentian are quite rare and aren't usually in flower at this time of year.  Lucky us for having seen it!

You can have a gander at the other entries for The Gallery here.