Friday, April 17, 2009

Words and Pictures: ‘Collecting’



When I was as little as eight, the only thing I ever bought with my pocket money was an Enid Blyton book. Given this happened approximately 47 times* and I have hung on to every one of them for very nearly (gulp) thirty years, I'm calling it a collection. Now my kidlets are working their own way through the Adventures of the Wishing Chair and befriending The Folk of the Faraway Tree. And as I overhear Mr Myrtleandeunice reading these bedtime stories, my own memory of those same words, the same calamities and rightful endings, the same mirth at the mischief and edge-of-seat anticipation: it all comes flooding back. Just like that thirty years was a minute ago.



* I have a suspicion that a small number of these books were acquired through birthdays and Christmases. In which case I undoubtedly frittered my pocket money on sweets and treats.

See who else is collecting stuff and playing along with Pip

15 comments:

Loz and Dinny said...

NO WAY!!!!! So impressive - I have started collecting these hardbacks for Edie - - but I only have 11 - they are just gorgeous! ...yes deep in chutney here - will be starting the green tomato chutney soon when we work out what isn't going to ripen ... flirt further with the Tassie idea - after a year we are utterly sold!

Loz and Dinny said...

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Suse said...

I have a near identical collection. And I still pick them up in op shops when I see them, even if it means I then have doubles. (As I see you do).

And yes, school holidays. Also, fancy dress birthday parties to attend.

ps. your blog is lovely. Bookmarking now.

lucyslounge-dee said...

thats great, a true collector. enjoy htem forever d

lucyslounge-dee said...

sorry writting upside down from the other side of the world!

Pip said...

That is a FANTASTIC collection. You've inspired me to gather mine up and put them nicely like yours. But I have NO WHERE NEAR that many! Just gorgeous. A rainbow of Enids!

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous collection for your children to enjoy. Your Mum certainly did a good job looking after them for you.

Jo James said...

Your collection is an absolute treasure!
I'll have to look around for some of my own collective goodies and snap some pics.

Fine Little Day said...

What a treasure yes!

Kylie said...

I have this collection of Enid Blyton as well! I also have a few much older editions of the faraway tree and wishing chair stories that belonged to my dad... circa 1940 & 50's. My boys love being read to from them. Such timeless stories, I love them.

Hayley Egan said...

I found your blog through Hula70 and I LOVE it. I also love Enid, though some things about her have remained a whymsical mystery to me.. like Treacle. What is that? X

Kylie said...

Hey Hayley,
treacle is sort of like golden syrup. A little darker and stronger in flavour... They both come about from sugar refining. One of those odd pieces of trivia I remember because my grandfather loved to eat golden syrup on buttered bread.

MiradaSonoraS said...

Oh Kylie,
These are the true benefits of blogging!
X

susan said...

what a gorgeous collection!
i have never heard of those books
my daughter loved the bobsey twins and trixie belden (both from the
50's i believe)

Fluff bum said...

Just found your bog and enjoyed it! Thought I might leave this comment to help curb the Talking to a Brick Wall Syndrome. Personally I talk to the bathroom - a friendly place where no one bothers me on pain of death. Collections - have a few, books, bears, teapots are new. Equate to the shape - round and bulbous. I'm a Famous Five girl and Secret Seven fan myself but unfortunately Mamma felt the need to be tidy and consigned childhood memories to the tip many years ago. Don't have a blog but do enjoy reading them. Rabbiting here, will say au revoir and keep up the good work.