Saturday, 28 December 2013

52/52 - The Last Hurrah!

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013.


Both my girls, on Christmas Day, enjoying a slightly calmer moment.  They had such a lovely time, and they were so excited by everything happening around them, but still managed to find themselves a little space.

This is the last in the series of "52" posts for the year, number 52 of 52, the last hurrah.  I've loved joining along with this, with not only documenting the growing and changing of my own little girls, but also watching the growing and changing happening within my other blog-friends lives.  It's been a wonderful thing.  We seem to have come such a long way since my first post, Wiggles seemed so small then, only just able to sit up by herself, truly just a baby.  Now she's a walking, talking little whirlwind of non stop energy and bounce.

Biscuit seems to have grown older and wiser, and I think, more beautiful.  I can see the little girl she's leaving behind and the grown up girl that she's becoming.  She's so serene, and thoughtful, and that's been captured in many of the weekly pictures I have collected for this project.

To have a look through the series, if you would like to, click on "The 52 Project" tab at the top of this page.  Thank you for sharing along with me.  Wishing you all the very happiest 2014.

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Monday, 23 December 2013

The Week That Was - Party, Party, Party!

Last week, my week went a little something like this:

Monday -  last school week before Christmas! I had a horrible dream that Mr Husband was bonking one of my friends and couldn't sleep properly after that, so I was a little tired and grumpy. Does everyone have those crazy kind of dreams, or just me? Ugh. Spent lots of the day crocheting granny squares to make Wiggles a stocking. I made one for Biscuit a couple of years ago and felt bad that Wiggles doesn't have one too. Spent the evening writing Christmas cards and watching Kirstie. It doesn't get more festive than that!!!

Tuesday - Toddler Group Christmas party! Wiggles ate crisps, slightly duffed up babies and was not remotely scared of Santa. That's my girl! 

She also scoffed a lot of fromage frais tubes to her great glee. Which, amusingly, made her look like Santa herself.

In the evening there was the Toddler Group's Mum's Christmas Party. It was great. Apart from having a glass of wine and accidentally making an inappropriate lesbian joke (not offensive, just badly timed) I was a lot of fun, and the food was lovely! I didn't take this picture (obvs) it was taken by Tilly with Lucky on the left and the lovely Mrs Robinson on the right. And would you just LOOK at my massive roast dinner. Whooooo yeah! 

Wednesday - work for me and Christmas lunch for Biscuit at school. She was very excited because they got crackers and hats. I was very excited because I won £20 on a scratch card inside a Chirtsmas card from my lovely boss Peeps. Proper chuffed! I met Tallulah at lunchtime and we went shopping together in town and did a present switch. After a long day I spent the evening crochet-ing yet another stocking, this time for Em, hopefully I'll finish before time runs out! 

Thursday - Biscuit's school Christmas party. She went in her party clothes and was giddy with excitement. We spent the day doing boring things, cleaning and tidying. I finished crocheting the stocking for Em:

Then later on I dropped over a sticker book and a DVD for Woolly who's been so, so poorly.  Hopefully they cheered him up. I took some Lebkuchen for Impressive E to cheer her up too. No Mummy wants to deal with sick down the stairs. In the evening: present wrapping! Here's the before pile: 

Friday - Christmas jumper day at work! It was great and certainly made a long hard day a lot brighter. And the curry for lunch helped too. I didn't get home until quarter to eight, by which time my brain was completely fried. I hate days like this, I probably spent all of 15 minutes with my girls all day long. 

Saturday - I got up super, super early as I had to work. It was very dark and very wet when I got up and I'm pretty sure I didn't see another human being until I was surprised at the photocopier whilst scratching my booby by a member of staff from another office sneaking in under cover of the noise I was making (photocopying, not scratching).  Ahhh, the joys!  After getting home it was a quick change into something more festive, before heading straight back out again.  We went over to see some lovely friends of ours in their new house, we were joined by lots of other friends and it turned into quite a gathering.  It was so nice to catch up, eat the fantastic food that Curly had made for us all - truly amazing - and just relax with the people we really love. 

After heading back home again and getting the truly pooped, children into bed Mr Husband and I headed back out again to brave the supermarket and buy our Christmas food - mostly vegetables and sort of things you really can't have in stock too early.   Thankfully it wasn't too bad, in fact pretty quiet really and it was all over fairly quickly.  Mr Husband did have a grump about stuffing (largely based around my refusal to spend £14 making it from scratch when we could buy the fresh version for a quarter of that price) but he came around to my way of thinking eventually - good lad!

Sunday - clean, clean, clean, clean, clean!  After a lazy lay in we (well, I) cleaned the house like things possessed so that we're ready for our Christmas guests arriving on Tuesday.  We are expecting Mr Husband's lovely sister, Aunty Poppy, (who we visited in summer in this post) his brother Uncle Eeen and our nephew Cal.  We're sharing the cooking of our Christmas meal between ourselves in this part of the house and with my Mum and Dad in the other part, should be easier across two ovens we figured!  I'm really looking forward to it, even enjoying the preparation, and I know the small girls will have a great time.

So, that was my week, as always I hope you had a great one too.  I think this will probably be my last post until after Christmas, so I'd really like to wish you all health and happiness and thank you all so much for reading.  Enjoy my dear friends, enjoy! 

Love, love,

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Sunday, 22 December 2013


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013.



I've been so impressed at how well Wiggles has been around the Christmas Tree, I'm not afraid to admit that I was dreading putting it up, I thought she'd be a little pickle, but she's mesmerised by it!  I hope she remembers being so small and so fascinated, but even if she doesn't it's lovely for me to see.  

Biscuit has been all partied out this week.  And when you're all partied out, what better thing is there to do than make balloon creatures?  I'm hoping she gets chance to rest and recharge herself a little before the big day, but considering how excited she is, that might be wishful thinking!

I can't believe this is my penultimate 52 post of the year!  It seems to have gone by in a breeze, I'm so glad that I stuck with it and kept it up, it's been such a lovely constant for this little old blog, I'm so grateful that I've been able to play along :) 

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Monday, 16 December 2013

The Week That Was - Agatha Christie, Nibbly Snacks & Christmas Trees...

Last week, my week went a little something like this:

Monday - Poor Biscuit had been cough, cough, coughing all night during the night on Sunday, so I was really surprised to find her bright eyed and bushy tailed when I went into her bedroom on Monday morning to ask if she wanted to go to school.  We walked her in, came home, did a spot of tidying then headed out to the shops, where we bought mostly coffee and vegetables. Before picking Biscuit up, Wiggles had a good old play. I've noticed lately that she's started to play really nicely on her own, completely enveloped in her games. I'm sure Biscuit didn't play as nicely at her age, I can't help but wonder if this is something she's picked up from her big sister. Either way it's a good thing. We all had our hair cut after school, apart from Wiggles who is still sadly lacking in this department...

Tuesday - it was so foggy in the morning, a real pea-souper. I actually really love fog, I like the mix of creepy and beautiful. Like snow, it makes everything that's familiar look somehow quite different. Because of the weather I wore one of my hats on the school run, any excuse. I was chuffed to bits when someone told me I looked like is stepped out of an Agatha Christie! 

What do you think? Excuse the bag under the bed, running out of places to hide presents! 

Toddler group in the morning, nap (Wiggles, not me), school run, then home for a roast and an evening of ironing and mending clothes. It comes to something when a hat is the most remarkable thing about your day! 

Wednesday - work for me, very dull. Biscuit's dress rehearsal for her Nativity Play. So close to payday I'm broke, but keep seeing lovely things I'd like to buy.

Thursday - Biscuit's Nativity! It was lovely.  I was a clever Mummy and took a good supply of Smarties to silence Wiggles. Biscuit was a chicken, and despite having her hat on wrong, she looked lovely and did really well. Afterwards we had lunch at the local pub with Impressive E, Impressive D and Baby Beetle. My Mum came too. It was nice, but Wiggles isn't really great at "doing lunch" yet. She's so noisy!

Wiggles and I do Nativity

In the evening it was the Christmas WI Meeting. It was immense! More sausage rolls than you can shake a stick at, and some brilliantly funny old ladies! We played "Guess the Smell" I won! It appears I am completely bloomin marvellous at knowing one smell from another. I won a packet of National Trust Raspberry and White Chocolate Biscuits,which I gave to Mr Husband is white chocolate is yuckers. Then we played Pass the Parcel on speed, this involved lobbing the parcel as quickly as humanly possible around the circle. Then we sang 12 Days of Christmas, but some of the more amusing group members decided to add in actions, I nearly wet myself laughing at Lords a Leaping. Finally, Mrs Baxter's camel impersonations had me whimpering with laughter, to the point where I was rendered incapable of singing the National Anthem. 

Friday: work for me. Biscuit went to her little friend's house after school to play, which she loved. After we'd got them into bed Mum babysat whilst we went to the supermarket and bought ALL THE NIBBLY SNACKS for Christmas. We spent a whole £2 on a trolley full, the rest was all paid for with saved up survey vouchers. Get in! 

Saturday: Biscuit went to a Princess Party for one of her little friends, she was so ridiculously excited. It seemed so quiet without her that Mr Husband, Wiggles and I went out for a walk. I kept forgetting it was just the three of us and looking around for number four. In the evening I went to meet Tallulah aandcwe went to a pub in town to watch Mix play with his new band. It was a great night. Complete with crazy old duffer and some Eastenders style "Get outda my pub!" Brill! 

Sunday - Christmas decoration day! Up went the tree, the stair decorations and all the other little bits that make it Christmas. Wiggles was (amazingly) a great help, passing me baubles from the box, declaring "Bubble!" with each one. Nana and Grandad came to visit in the afternoon, we don't see them all that much so the girls were really pleased. Spent the rest of the day cleaning and sweeping, why do decorations bring so much mess with them? Still, very much worth it in the end. Don't you think? 

So, that was mine, how was yours? 

Love, love,

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Saturday, 14 December 2013


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013.


My Nativity Chicken, complete with hat, fluffy cuffs and fried egg on her shoulder.  She did so well in her school play, I could see her really trying to get into chicken-y character by flapping her wings occasionally and darting her head forward - I didn't expect her to take it so seriously!

Wiggles exploring, as usual!  Nothing phases her, not the height you put something at, the distance away from her, nothing!  She can climb, squeeze and, funnily enough wiggle her way towards getting whatever it is she wants.  Here she attacks the shelves, I'm not quite sure what she was aiming for, but I'm pretty sure she's about to nab it!

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Monday, 9 December 2013

The Week That Was - Crochet, Christingle and Crisps...

Last week my week went a little like this:

Monday - crochet day! Just couldn't stop! In addition to roasting a chicken, going to the supermarket and a smidge of housework I crocheted Wiggles' dolly a dress, pants and a hat, a cup warmer and the first triangle on a string of bunting. Good stuffs. I have discovered that crochet is good for my diet. I concentrate hard on it, and scoff less. Winner. 

Tuesday - Toddler Group with Wiggles in the morning, afterwards she had an epic two hour nap! I made carrot & coriander soup for work tomorrow. We headed down to pick Biscuit up after school, then came home and watched Lady & the Tramp together. In the evening Mr Husband and I went to the supermarket and bought Christmas jumpers and stocking fillers for the girls.

Wednesday - work for me. The little girls went to a Christmas Tree exhibition with their Gran after school, which they lived by all accounts. Mr Husband and I ate apple strudel and drank hot tea in the evening whilst he dutifully snipped laminated pictures out for a series of geocaches he's planning to place. 

Thursday - The weather turned freeeeezing! We walked Biscuit to school with our teeth chattering. It was Biscuit's church assembly so Wiggles and I went along to wave at our little sweetie. Once again we had to retreat upstairs behind the soundproof glass as ONE of us got screamy. Afterwards we popped to Tilly and Em's house for coffee where we watched Tilly's wedding video. This may sound ridiculously female, but oh my gosh, I have never seem anything do lovely! It was like a beautiful Hollywood film of a famous wedding. I am so, so jealous. I loved seeing it, I'm so glad she shared it with me :) Wiggles only duffed Em up a couple of times, so that's progress, huh?  

Friday - a busy day for all of us! I went to work. After school it was Biscuit's Christmas Fair, because I wasn't around Daddy took them to see Father Christmas, which thankfully they both loved, and then for a look around the stalls and games. It was a bit too busy really so they didn't stay for long. Meanwhile I went out for my work Christmas meal. It was ok. That's probably the most I can say about it. I don't think I'll bother next year. The food was nice, but I really can't be bothered with office politics in the office, let alone out of the office. Plus one lady that I work with has notoriously bad manners, which puts me in edge. I think she has to be the centre of attention so she ALWAYS finds something to complain about. I dread it. I feel so embarrassed. I've had more fun at the dentist. So, partly because of that I was home in bed with a full tummy by 10.30 pm, which is pretty much my ideal to he honest! 

Saturday - in the morning, Jeany, came to visit. She's one of my oldest friends, and I don't get to see her enough. It was lovely to sit down and have a really good old catch up. Wiggles was a bit out of sorts and had a bit of a cry, poor thing. Biscuit went with Daddy to the cinema to see Free Birds, which she'd been really looking forward to seeing.  When they got home we ate tea together, then after the children were in bed we filled our faces with posh crisps and watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show, I'd only seen it once before, many, many years ago. It was brilliantly insane!

Sunday - my turn to sleep in, yay! Woke up to bacon and egg sandwiches, mmmmm. Mr Husband went off in the afternoon to meet his chums at the pub, I went with the girls and my Mum to the Christingle service at church. It was so sweet. Wiggles behaved, nobody tutted and they were rewarded with the sweeties from their oranges. Perfect. At tea time Wiggles smeared herself head to toe in pasta sauce and impersonated a zombie. Happy days! 

So that was mine, how was yours? 

Love, love, 

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Saturday, 7 December 2013


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013.



Sunsets and dollies, who doesn't love those?  I've always loved a good sunset and can never resist taking a picture of my most precious being framed by one.  Wiggles currently loves dollies, the noisier the better!  She isn't all that gentle with them, I must say, but she certainly seems to enjoy playing mama.

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Monday, 2 December 2013

The Week That Was - Chazza Joy, Lemonheads & The Christmas Potato

Last week, my week went a little like this:

Monday - not a terribly eventful day. Biscuit went to school and Wiggles and I spent the morning tidying the house after the weekend. After school we went to the supermarket and bought sweeties as well as all the essential bits that we run out of too quickly. In the evening Mr Husband and I snuggled on the sofa (it's suddenly become cold) and I made Biscuit a little crocheted purse to surprise her with when she woke up. I even managed to line it! It's a bit rough, but it's the thought, right?

Tuesday - Biscuit was pleased with her purse, she was worried that it wasn't for her when she first saw it, bless her! Wiggles and I went to her baby group where we got a look at the lovely pictures that Dee took of her a couple of weeks ago. Ordered a couple, very excited to see them. Although Biscuit was going to her ballet class after school we still walked down to see her as we we'd offered to walk Woolly home whilst Impressive E waited in for a delivery. Woolly is ace. My kinda guy :) We stopped in for a cuppa before heading home.  In the evening I tackled the ironing whilst Mr Husband watched the football. I scarfed some lemon torte as a reward for excellent housewifery skills. Ahem.

Wednesday - work for me. To make my day more interesting I went charity shop hunting during my lunch break. I did pretty bloody brilliantly! I got a lovely black skirt for a measly £1.75, knocked down from £3.50 because it had been around for a week. Crazy! It was from M&S originally and is even fully lined. Chuffed, chuffed, chuffed. 

I also snaffled this beautiful top:

For a slightly more expensive £3.50 this time. Excuse the terrible photograph, it's completely impossible to get right because of the beading it has across one shoulder and all the way down one arm. If I turn the flash on it just reflects and you can't see it properly. Trust me, it is beautiful, I'm really pleased with it.

Thursday - Biscuit very proudly took her shoebox for charity into school in the morning. On the walk back we were stood chatting to Impressive E, Beetle, Lucky and Dinky when somehow (and it happened so fast I'm not really sure how) Beetle got knocked from her buggy by a spooked doggy. Thankfully she was fine, but it made our hearts race!!! I spent the day cleaning the house like crazy. Not really sure why, I just got the urge! 

Friday - Biscuit woke up super-excited because it was Grandparent's Day at school and she got to take her Grandpa in with her. Of course, I was worried that he'd misbehave! By all accounts though he behaved perfectly. Although he did wear his hat. I went to work, had an amazing curry at lunch time (spinach and paneer, yum) and picked up two more tops in the charity shop for an amazing £3. After work it was the "big" Christmas light switch on in our village, which we completely ignored and went over to Impressive E and Impressive D's house for E's Birthday drinks. It was great fun, there was Lucky, Mr Lucky, Tilly and Billy. We all drank far too much prosecco, danced and sang Lemonheads songs loudly and, in my case, really quite badly. But hey, I know the words! 

Saturday - I stayed in bed until half  ten (ow) then we went to a local garden centre to check out the Christmas Decorations. Wiggles and Biscuit loved them,Wiggles particularly liked anything that sang. The tackier the better! After that we went for a lovely walk, it was a tiny bit wet and there was a faint whiff of bonfire which made me feel all wintery. In the evening Mr Husband treated us to takeaway. Naughty, naughty.

Sunday - Mr Husband's turn for a long sleep. It was my Dad's Birthday so we took his presents and cards through. As it was the first day in December we decided to celebrate with craft. Biscuit painted her Christmas bauble and Wiggles, not wanting to be left out, painted her Christmas potato.

Impressive, huh? I was in charge of the roast potatoes for Dad's birthday lunch, which (obviously) were excellent, though these ones were paint free. After lunch we went for a long walk through the fields. It ended in a heart-stopping panic when we were charged at by a group of horses.  I photographed the horses against the sunset about ten minutes beforehand looking all serene. Way before they decided to stampede on us!

It really wasn't funny. It ended with Mr Husband throwing Biscuit over a gate to safety and Wiggles and I cowering by tree hoping to remain unseen, whilst I braced myself to sheild her as best I could.  Rarely have I felt that awful instinct that comes over you telling you to protect your child at all costs. Thankfully Wiggles was in her sling so I could keep her lovely and close by and safe, but I think the poor little tot could feel my heart beating through my chest! It all ended ok, though we both had a whisky when we got home! Spent the evening crocheting a chicken hat for Biscuit's Nativity Play. She's going to look mental.

So that was mine, how was yours?

 Love, love,


Saturday, 30 November 2013


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013.



Biscuit proves that a sideways glance at the television is always going to be preferable over Mummy taking your photograph again.  I love her little half smirk, like she's up to something ever so slightly naughty.  Cheeky tinker.  Wiggles was having one of those days this week, I'm not quite sure what was the matter with her really.  Even bouncing on Mummy's bed (which usually cheers her up no end) couldn't bring a smile to her face.  Don't worry though, shortly after this picture was taken I managed to entertain her with my collection of nail varnish bottles which she very much enjoyed taking out of their box, and then putting back into their box.  My heart does do a little yelp at this picture nevertheless.

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Week That Was - Old Mugs, New Shoes & Washing Baskets.

Monday – there was terrible rain in the morning. We walked Biscuit to school with the rain falling straight towards our faces. Very British! My friend gave me the beautiful Christmas spice scented candle she'd made for me using a fabulous old mug I'd rescued from being thrown out by house clearance people. I'm so pleased with it. She's such a clever girl.

 "We" spent the morning cleaning and tidying up the house, then Impressive E and Beetle came for lunch. We had homemade soup and long chats about a crazy variety of subjects, it was lovely. After picking Biscuit up from school she and Wiggles entertained themselves by sitting in a washing basket together giggling.  Although Wiggles looks less than impressed in my picture...

In the evening I went to the Stitch and Bitch group in the local pub with my friend D. I made a crochet flower, did a bit more of my blanket and found a good home for a particularly delicious piece of chocolate brownie.

Tuesday – I went to baby group with Wiggles, who actually managed to behave for a change! Not a single baby got duffed up! I had the smug glow of someone who had already prepared their evening meal and left it to bubble away in the slow cooker. The smell of sausage and bean casserole met us on our return home. A trip to the supermarket in the afternoon saw us pick up a plentiful supply of vegetables for the week's soup  as well as some enormous jacket potatoes to go with our tea. 

Wednesday - work for me. Possibly the only highlight of this day was the butternut squash, sweet red pepper and smoked paprika soup I had made for lunch. Certainly one worth remembering! 

Thursday - Wiggles and I went to our local town in the morning and picked up a couple of Christmas presents. Few more off the list! Home for lunch, Mummy's genius invention - Red Leicester and grated carrot on top of jacket potato. The only way I can squeak raw veg into my lil' monkey! Then we picked up Biscuit from school and went to meet Tallulah for coffee. We walked around the Christmas section of a big department store, took the small people to see the big window display and generally had a lot of fun. Bought Biscuit a little pink toy, Wiggles chose a telescopic duster of all things! Couldn't get her to part with it! Crazy girl :)

Friday: work for me. Bought Christmas presents and curry during my lunch hour, could have been worse!

Saturday: Mr Husband Sir went to the football, so the wee ones and I had lunch with my Mum and Dad. Biscuit went out to the shops with them in the afternoon and Wiggles had her nap. When she came home Biscuit and I prepared her shoebox appeal shoebox full of bits to take to school next week. She wanted to send it to a little girl her own age, so that's what we had in mind when we chose our gifts. Biscuit played Scrabble with her Grandpa before bed, she loved it! She tried so hard.

Sunday - in the morning it was my turn to get up with the children. This sounds like its a terrible hardship, but they woke up around 8 o'clock so really, I count myself very lucky! We decided to resurrect Biscuit's rather large collection of Peppa Pig toys and created Peppa town in our sitting room. We had Peppa's house, school, the swings, Peppa's car and camper can as well as Grandpa Pig's train, oh yes and a rocketship! I think they enjoyed themselves. I love that Peppa Pig house, it's like a toddler friendly doll's house. It's nice and simple and fairly robust, which is good as ours has taken quite a battering! If anyone is considering getting one for Christmas I would highly recommend it. 

In the afternoon we went to a near (ish) shopping village/retail park and bought both girls new shoes. I hate spending my weekends in those kind of places, the people are so materialistic and rude.  We got in and got out as quickly as possible. The shoes are good, the experience less so. 

We went home for lunch, then out for a short walk as I was determined not to let a weekend pass without at least a little lovely cold fresh air! Mr Husband and I spent the evening eating Thai curry and watching The Tunnel. 

Hope you all had delicious weeks filled with loveliness! 

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Saturday, 23 November 2013


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013.

Out on a walk in the woods, yes again!  Wrapped up because of the cold, Wiggles in her sling, Biscuit off exploring ahead with Daddy.

I love Wiggles squashed up laughing face and her funny little teeth and I love the bounce in Biscuit's step.

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

We Like to Read - Hairy MacLary From Donaldson's Dairy

Reading has always played an important part in how we raise our children.  We have always read a book to Biscuit at bedtime, now she's a little older she reads her school book to us, then as a reward we read to her.

Wiggles has reached that lovely age where she can hold her own beaker of milk at night, which means we can start to introduce her to the joy of bedtime stories.  

One of the things I really enjoy about having a second child is reusing, rediscovering and enjoying old favourites. All Wiggles' books once belonged to Biscuit and hold some very happy memories. 

One of their favourites is/was Hairy MacLary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd. 

The book describes a trip headed by the super fluffy Hairy MacLary, followed by his doggy chums who all have excellent rhyming monikers including such wonders as Schnitzel Von Krumm with a very low tum. Their trip (we never find out what they were planning) is eventually cut short when they happen across Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town, at which point they all, quite rightly, scarper! 

Wiggles loves Scarface Claw, it's her favourite part. She often waddles off to find the book during the day, opens it at the picture of Scarface Claw, waggles it in my face and declares "RARRRRR!" In a concerted effort to scare me witless!! 

I'm happily linking this post up with Fritha's lovely series "We Love to Read" over on her blog; Tigerlilly Quinn, for the first time. Do click the icon below for more information.


Have you ever read any of the Hairy MacLary series? I'd love to hear your thoughts....

Love, love,