Friday, April 13, 2012

Okay, so I'll admit it!!

We all tease my husband (who was born in Ottawa) that he is a British wanna-be, as he loves all things English (could that be why he married me?!).  He prefers to call himself an Anglophile!  Well I feel I have a right to my taste for all things British, as it was where I spent the first 16 years of my life.  I love English style and it has gradually taken over our home.  Emma Bridgewater pottery, Burleigh pottery, Cath Kidston get the drift.  I have never had a problem denying this.  But I am now ready to admit that I am an English snob when it comes to some things.  Now don't get me wrong, we are not talking toffee nosed here.  But I do much prefer English chocolate to Canadian and nobody comes close to writing a mystery like a Brit.  Add to that list, Jane Austen and Rosamunde Pilcher and you just about have perfection!  I like country style decor and I have just found another one to add to my list.  I happen to think that English baby clothes are the cutest.  I mean, just look at these two which arrived from Ebay yesterday.

At 99p each they were a steal.  Even with the postage I couldn't resist. I think little Norah may be adorned with Mothercare outfits!!

So now it's out in the open.....I am a British Snob.  There, I've said it and it's done!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Is this a second childhood?

I grew up with Ladybird books as a child in England and I loved them.  The one on the bottom right "The party", was my absolute favourite and I remember reading it for hours on end!  I have started a collection of vintage ones (wish I'd kept mine now!), so that my Grandchildren can discover them as well.  Little Norah is a little young for these, but I read another book to her yesterday.  Her Daddy learned to read with the later Ladybird books.  They were over yesterday, and her Mommy said how she loved the fact that I have a basket full of children's books out already.  We share the same philosophy about reading to children.

I love the following poem.

"You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be-
I had a mother who read to me."

- From "the reading Mother" by Gillian Strickland

There's her little pile all ready and waiting (beside the diapers & wipes!)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy Easter

I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely Easter weekend.  We went to church, as is usual every Sunday and then had a quiet day.  We were back at church in the evening to be at an Easter musical evening in which our daughter sang in one of the choirs. It was a lovely evening.  I feel that Easter is such a sacred time.  If it wasn't for Easter, there would be no need for Christmas, as Jesus would just have been another baby born in Bethlehem, but because of the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, we have reason to rejoice and have hope for the future.  I am so grateful for the Saviour and for all that He has done, and continues to do in my life.  Everything I have and hope to have is because of Him.  This short video helps us to remember the reason  we celebrate.  Enjoy!