In yesterday's comments Elizabeth talked of books which she loved as a child. They struck a real chord with me - The Famous Five of course, almost everyone read those - the characters all became almost part of the family. But she also mentioned BB (if my memory serves me right the author's real name was W Watkins-Pitchford (hopefully somebody will correct me if I am wrong). The two books I remember are 'The Little Grey Men' and 'Down the Bright Stream' - I wonder if they can still be bought? - Cloudberry, Sneezewort and the rest, getting up to real adventures on the woodland floor. How I loved those books, and read them over and over again.
That love of books has never left me and still I come across books now and again which I want to read over and over, and it is these books that I end up buying. One such book I was bought for my birthday last week - a biography of Kathleen Raine, the poet. Friend G bought me 'No End to Snowdrops' written by Philippa Bernard'. Utterly fascinating life, difficult to put down and so easy to read. **********
Holly Berries: The big question is will there be any left by Christmas? Holly trees and bushes are laden and look divine, but this week the redwings and fieldfares have arrived in force, apart from the blackbirds - and all are tucking into those berries with gusto. I do not begrudge the birds a single berry - after all, that is what nature intended them for; but I do wish they would hold off for another seven weeks (yes that is how near Christmas is!) .
So, two questions really - did you enjoy reading as a child and if so,
what books really influenced you (perhaps we could make a list, it might make a good Christmas present list for folk who don't know what to buy for their god-children, grandchildren, friend's children and the like).