Hello Magpies. Apologies for my absence, life just seems to be getting in the way of blogging at the moment - how rude! I was thinking of dropping Magpie Monday posts down to once a month, I've been hosting for several years now and I think I need to reignite my spark. Feeling like I need to post every week is taking the edge of it some what. What do you think?
Anyhow, I do have something I wanted to share with you today. We've just been away for a glorious weekend camping. On a brief escape from the country farm campsite into the nearest town to go swimming and escape the rain, I nipped into an Oxfam shop (obviously).
This book, not only being so beautiful I was compelled to buy it, holds such wonderful memories of childhood holidays. We went to the Isle of Wight many times as kids, and the magical names of Shanklin Chine; Blackgang; St Boniface Down and Freshwater still fill me with nostalgia. The island has such an olde-worlde charm and innocence about it that you can't help but fall in love.
More recently we went together as our last real 'couple' holiday, and it was while staying in 'The Shack' at Cowes, I discovered I was expecting our baby nearly 7 years ago. Maybe this year or next we'll take her back there to discover the place for herself.
So you see, the Isle of Wight really is a special place for me, and I'm going to enjoy a sunny afternoon in the garden pouring over the contents and pretty illustration plates in this book.
The binoculars you see were also a charity shop purchase from some time ago. Maybe not the greatest technically, they came in a beautifully battered leather case and they've been on many a trip, country walk and picnic with us. We took them this weekend too in the hope of spotting fallow deer and woodpeckers in the woods.
I love the poetic neatness of finding the book whilst on a holiday which will hopefully remain in Ruby's memory as one of her most enjoyable childhood times.
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