Tag Archives: Eric Carle

World Book Day, Buds and Narcissi

I love the idea of World Book Day

I would nominate The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle for littl’uns and Stig of the Dump by Clive King for 7-9 year olds.

We have buds on our Cornus. It’s looking better than in previous years so we are hoping there is no bitterly cold spell to come. They are opening rather early……

Cornus Controversa Variegata

These Narcissi are beautiful, in the walled garden just outside the kitchen, and they make me smile.



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Senegal 7th April – Weaver Birds, Newest Grandchild, Glasses of Tea and Sky on Fire

Yes, I know that’s four things. It’s so hard to keep to three from our trip to Senegal!

1   The garden, full of bamboo, bougainvillea and many other flowers, attracts lots of birds. The Weaver Birds love the bamboo which they tear off in strips for their nests, the Sunbirds come for the nectar and to spread their wings in sunny spots and the Bulbuls do their courting here! All the time there are Black Kites wheeling about overhead. Lucy, before we came, also saw Egrets and a flock of Pelicans!

Weaver Bird with Bamboo strip

Weaver Bird with Sunbird on left

Sunbird sunning her wings

Black Kite

2  Ndeye Marie was delighted with her chunky coloured crayons and paper and immediately started practising her letters.

Crayon Fun

I also read Eric Carle’s ‘The Very lonely Firefly’, translating it into French as I went along, to Ndeye Marie, our newest Grandchild – what joy!

Reading to Ndeye Marie

3  Mr S and I went down to Ami’s family home to see the hired chairs being hauled up onto the roof for the Wedding tomorrow. Some family were having tea outside and invited us to join them in true Senegalese fashion. The mint tea in tiny glasses was very hot, very sweet and beautifully minty.

Ousseynou making tea

4  The sky at sunset

The Sky over Pikine


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The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Sunlit Lichen and Senegal

Tabitha's First Birthday Cake

1   The Very Hungry Caterpillar cake, made by my lovely and talented daughter, KJ, for her beautiful daughter’s first birthday!

2   Morning sun on the lichen on next door’s tree.

Sunlit Lichen

3    And to all my lovely readers, followers and commenters – We go away tomorrow to Senegal for Daniel and Ami’s Wedding so I don’t think I’ll be able to post 3 beautiful things every day. You can be sure I’ll be noting them down and will post extra pages when we get home. Please don’t desert me in my absence – I won’t be able to read your posts or comment either. Have a beautiful week or two and I’ll be back…………


Posted by on April 2, 2012 in books, family, Food, nature, Senegal, travel, Wedding


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