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Tag: Roald Dahl

Matilda’s book reviews – The Faery’s gift

The lady of the manor and I love Roald Dahl, you’d never guess with a daughter called Matilda would you? (Who incidentally would have been George if she’d been a boy) I can’t wait until Henry and Matilda are old enough to start reading some of his books, in the mean time we’re making do with some of Quentin Blake’s books which are a bit more suitable. But if you love Road Dahl as much as me then you might be interested in the Marvellous Costume make (note this isn’t a sponsored post, just thought you’d be interested). Although having read all the tweets about world book day maybe you won’t all be so excited about making costumes?

I wonder if I can enter just by dressing Matilda in her normal clothes? Although she definitely isn’t opposed to a bit of dress up so we might have to get our thinking caps on. I think Henry mike make a rather good Fantastic Mr Fox and Matilda, well she’ll have to be Matilda won’t she?

This week we have been mainly reading The Faery’s gift 

Faerys gift coverThis is a really lovely book published by Barefoot books who if you haven’t checked out you really should. They make some of our favourite books, books that are original and a little different in terms of style (Bear on a Bike is another firm favourite). What I also like about their books is they often have a moral story in them or some educational message, all wrapped up in some beautiful words.

The Faery’s gift is a simple story; a wood cutter and his family are poor, cold and barely sustaining a life when one day he does a good deed and saves a faeries life. In return the faery grants him a single wish, which sounds great but he has to decide what to wish for (here comes the moral bit). Does he wish for the baby that his wife so desires or for his mother to get her eye sight back or for lots of money? I won’t spoil the surprise of what he does but I will say that he fails to wish for 3 more wishes which surely is the obvious answer?

Faerys gift picture page

Matilda loves this book, she seems to really like fairytale style stories especially when they involve some magic. She also likes the illustrations, which I think you can see from the photos are just beautiful, so full of colour and covering a whole page each time. As a bonus the book also comes with an audio CD where the story is read by Niamh Cusack, I like to think I’m good at reading books but not sure I can compete with her voice.

If you want something a little different to read do have a look at The Faery’s gift and the other books from Barefoot Books.

It started with a kick…..

Last night was a big, no massive event; the bean went from being something in a scan photo to a real live moving person. You see for the first time I managed to feel the bean kicking. The lady of the manor had of course being feeling movements for a while (or maybe it was just gas?), but nothing that could be felt on the outside. Feeling a kick is a pretty big deal for a guy, it’s when it all starts sinking in that in less than 3 months we will be bringing a new little person into the world. It really is quite an amazing thing that there is a little baby in there happily growing and moving around and can leave you quite speechless sometimes.

Strangely enough this event has also coincided with us starting to spend the big bucks, being our first child we have to buy EVERYTHING! It would appear that paying my salary direct to Mothercare may be a good idea going forward. Fortunately I planned ahead and have been investing in the share save scheme at work which pays out next month and should hopefully pay for a good chunk of the things we need. Combined with a few donations from family we should soon be ready for the big day.

We are also in the final stages of planning the decorating for the Nursery; this is one of the last rooms in the house that has gone untouched since we moved into the house a year ago. A kind of unspoken rule between the 2 of us that it would be the baby’s room so should be left for now.

Of all the decorating and interior design that we’ve done so far this is the most excited I’ve been, mainly because of the amazing wallpaper we’ve found. The issue with decorating this room is that we didn’t find out the sex of the baby so need to keep the room quite neutral, but really didn’t want to just paint it yellow. Fortunately we spotted some wallpaper from Osborne and Little which is a Quentin Blake collection (him of Roald Dahl fame). I tweeted a picture of this last week and got a quite amazing reaction, in case you missed it here it is again. I think this is such a cool design that will suit a boy or girl and also not just for a baby room, so fingers crossed no re-decorating for a while! We’re going to put it on 2 walls and paint the rest, plus most likely have a blind in same design.


Its funny how sometimes a song pops into your head like a soundtrack to a film, in this case I spent a few hours singing to myself “it started with a kick” to the tune of Hot Chocolates It started with a kiss. I’d suggest you re-read this post humming that tune to yourself for an interesting insight to the workings of my brain 🙂

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