New Years Eve Memory Lane (Part 1)

On a forum this morning someone asked about our favourite childhood books and it felt so great to recall them that I thought I would copy it here in the blog to share with you.  You will notice there is not one book about buses or photography there!
 
Before I started school I had ‘taught’ myself to read by hearing bedtime stories and sitting with my father when he was reading the newspaper. 

It was a little embarrassing for my mother – who at the time was a Teacher of Special Needs primary school children and she had not realised her own precocious child was starting to read! Daddy went and bought me the first books in this series and by the time I started school (at age 4 years 6 months)I was well through the series and fluent in reading these key words. It helped that the stories included a beautiful red setter dog called Pat … 
Ladybird Key Words – Peter Jane and Pat the Dog 

Enid Blyton wrote many series for young readers but these were my favourites: 
Famous Five 
Secret Seven 

The other series I read some of where the books by Arthur Ransome featuring the Swallows and Amazons – these had been my father’s chldhood favourites and set in the Lake District of Northern England. Also set in the Lake District were Beatrix Potter’s stories. These had shiny stiff paper wrap covers but underneath that they were beautifully bound little books with a very pretty illustration lining the inner covers 
 

I owned (probably still do) the 1971 Paperback edition shown in this wikipedia item 
Stig of the Dump 

The Borrowers 

Many read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe but I enjoyed the whole series by C S Lewis (one of the few book loves of my Mother) 
Narnia 

From there I went on to Watership Down, the Hobbit and LOTR which was my Christmas present age 11 – this is a picture of a rather better condition than my battered copy, which has the entire trilogy in one binding 

So many happy memories – PArt 2 follows shortly …

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I have an interest in how interior design and adapting a home to support living independently for longer can be complementary. The blog Life Long Design is part of an holistic plan for establishing a social enterprise which will offer the people of Tayside opportunities to explore Telecare and the wider scope of assistive technologies. Enabling individuals to make more informed and responsible choices in the care and support they need in their independent living. I am also keen to see public transport more widely adopted and sustainable rural bus services in particular supported. The Blog Travels with a Megarider shares my journey to find serenity in my life as I make that transition form employment to social entrepreneur. One of my methods in increasing serenity is to travel as many miles as I can on a fixed price bus ticket and explore my own local places of interest. Places that I used to go past and had never stopped to look at; places of peace and tranquility; places where I have had some wonderful conversations with complete strangers. I would like to share with you a response to when I described that one paragraph in an e-mail made it sound simple: "Believe me, Cathy, it does not sound simple. You are taking on an incredible challenge for all the right reasons. It is ambitious and admirable - the sort of project that can change lives, including yours." He is right it is ambitious but when did we every achieve anything by settling for the status quo and ignoring what doesn't work for people? So I would welcome your company from time to time on this journey either simply as a reader or if you are brave enough adding your own thoughts to the comments as you feel moved.

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