Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Room to Read

Yesterday's charity thing was buying a book called "Hong Kong ABC" for the McBaby in my bid to make him multilingual (as part of this project, I seem to be turning myself into a Tiger Mum in the process - ROAR!)

I was looking for some sort of Chinese nursery rhyme book with CD but didn't manage to find anything. I scoured the shelves, but the only likely looking aisle had a bunch of women sitting on the floor reading to their children, preventing me from having a look as it's impossible to navigate a busy store with a recalcitrant pushchair and heavy baby. (I know this because I tried to find a book on this subject too).

So, we came away with this one which I spotted under his foot while trying to take a pic of the McBaby with the HK skyline behind him out of the window!

Each letter of the alphabet is illustrated and is accompanied by a piece of CHinese culture such as "dim sum" for D and "wet market" for W. I've been enjoying reading the book to the McBaby while he has equally enjoyed eating it.

All proceeds from the book go to a charity called "Room to Read" which works to improve literacy and gender equality in developing countries. Literacy is something that's very close to my heart as reading is such an important and joyful part of my life.


Friday, 8 June 2012

National Trust - Stourhead

It's my birthday today. It's becoming the custom that no-one remembers and that I sit down by myself somewhere with a piece of cake and wonder what exactly I have achieved over the past year.

In case that doesn't sound like fun, let me add that today, I bought aforementioned the piece of cake from the National Trust cafe at Stourhead - coffee fudge cake no less! I lived fairly near to this property for years and years, but of course, it's not until I've moved away that I've made the effort to visit. Unfortunately, the high winds and torrential rain meant that the gardens were not open but we were still able to look around the main house, driven there by minibus. Stourhead was owned by a banking family, one of whom disappeared to Italy for a few years, meaning that the house contains exciting hints of ornate Italian furniture alongside pieces crafted by Chippendale the younger.

As with most National Trust properties, the volunteers are friendly, passionate and well informed and they all seem to enjoy watching the McBaby stare open mouthed at the massive portraits and chandeliers. I do hope we will be able to come back to Stourhead when it's sunny. There's a picnic and fireworks event in July that looks absolutely stunning.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Stroke Care

Another coffee morning! As well as cake, I bought these fab cushions. Just how 70s are these?! The intention was to make them into bunting (I made the bunting in the pic) but they're such a piece of retro fab kitsch that I can barely bring myself to cut them up!

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