‘As we flick the pages of our childhood books, memories flood back of when and where we first met these delightful characters, enjoyed reading about their escapades and just loved their larger than life personalities. They have become intricately woven into our beings forever.’
Forgive me for my whimsy, my indulgence, but:
Do you remember the ‘Tea Parties’, or the picnics and cups of tea shared amongst the characters of your beloved books?
What are the books that you remember, the ones that you grew up with and now read to your children. The characters of these books, now available as soft toys.
You bought them, because not only would you have loved to have them as a child, but really in those days, just the book and your imagination, had to suffice!
(Mmm… I seem to be sounding very old! But hey remember I am a Baby Boomer and things were still pretty tough post World War Two!)
But it gives you so much pleasure doesn’t it as a parent, to see the joy on their faces, receiving the gift of not just the book, perhaps, ‘Winnie the Pooh’, but all the beautiful soft toys as well, straight out of the pages of these wonderful books!
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Alice in Wonderland, those amazing characters!
Helen Oxenbury is a very talented and well known Author and Illustrator and she has given our dear Alice quite a modern look in this box set, first picture above, Alice looks delightful, have a peek!
Authors: Lewis Carroll and Helen Oxenbury.
Well, forgive me, you must think I have gone quite silly on all things Alice, but I had to add these, some above and some below, such glorious merchandise to have these days for a themed gathering, so quirky and gorgeous! And of course any beautiful book needs a night light, why?, because you just have to keep on reading!
I actually might just to have set up a separate post, just for all things Alice!
Such gorgeous stuff!
Winnie the Pooh and those glorious sweet characters!
Peter Rabbit and his little family and Mr McGregor.!
Wind in the Willows, Ratty and Moley, and oh and my goodness, not to forget that rascal, Toad!
And the Tea Parties;
Did they have tea parties, or just occasionally have tea?
Shall we dally?! Mmmm…. yes let’s!
Alice in Wonderland.
(Author; Lewis Carroll)
I received this beautiful book, seemed bigger than me at the time, most probably as a Christmas gift and I loved it. What happened to this book, well most probably fell apart with age and overuse!
Well this book has the most amazingly known Tea Party of all time;
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. What great table accessories.
Aren’t they just perfect! I have found the most wonderful themed accessories for a little girls birthday party, a baby shower, a garden wedding, or a tea gathering, have a peek below.
Such glorious, festive, eye catching, party accessories!
Winnie The Pooh
(Author; A.A. Milne .)
Harder to pin down, a Tea Party, in the ‘Winnie the Pooh‘, books except one quote I have found that says ;
‘Tea and honey is a very grand thing.’
But my search shall continue, perhaps many enjoyable moments of rereading,’ Winnie The Pooh.’ ! shall ensue, endeavour, but mostly enjoy!
I studied, Speech and Drama in my teenage years and as part of my exam, I had to learn and recite passages of literature and poetry. One piece was , you guessed it, ‘Winnie the Pooh’!
Well now to Peter Rabbit?
Was he more interested in pilfering the veggies out of Mr McGregor’s veggie patch, or did he and his delightful family, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton Tail and cousin? Benjamin, actually enjoy a cup of tea? (Mmmm… onward!)
Well we all recognise the beautiful pottery featuring Peter Rabbit and his wonderful family and many of us received pieces of it with the births and christenings of our children for us to keep, use and hand on to our grown up children to then give to their children!
How about this delightful hare and owls, love these glorious designs, quirky and cute!
now onto, ‘ Wind in the Willows’
( Author; Kenneth Grahame.)
More delights to be enjoyed by both adults and children. Now to find those gorgeous soft toys, I still have three from my children’s childhood, all sitting in the bookcase, but I never found Toadie!
Well Ratty was such a dignified Rat wasn’t he, so well dressed so much the personification of an upper crust English gent! Loved it! Picnics on the river, sitting beside a warm fire, Ratty and Moley! One famous quote from the book, which I love is;
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing-absolutely nothing-half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”.
Another quote attributed to Kenneth Grahame and ‘Wind in the Willows’, is:
“ We’ll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place”.
Well, I’m sold! The books of our childhood included lovely days and possibly unusual days, filled with tea and cakes and buns and good company!?
To the Pleasure of Tea, and the Beautiful Books, that fed our Dreams and Fuelled our Imaginations !
Don’t turn down that corner! Bookmark it! Wonderful !
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