In typical fashion, the weather has let us down this half term, and if the weather reports are true, it will remain wet and dull for the rest of February.....
Despite this, we've remained upbeat - Jack thoroughly enjoyed his birthday with lots of exciting presents including Guitar Hero. I always find it difficult buying presents for birthdays in Jan and Feb as I've lost the momentum from Christmas. As he plays the guitar anyway, I thought Guitar Hero might be fun - and it is! The 'tunes' are rock but you can really get into character with them - even I had a go! The day was rounded off by a hearty, healthy (not) meal from McDonalds, then pancakes!!
Whilst we've enjoying time indoors, I've taken the opportunity to flick through some of my annuals and comics. Unfortuantely most of my original annuals 'disappeared' so I'm having to start the collection again. Aside from Enid Blyton, I was a great fan of Mandy, Bunty and Twinkle. I always remember being bought Twinkle and a packet of sweets as a treat. Heaven! I always wanted to look like Twinkle as I thought she was so pretty!!
As I got older I moved onto Mandy and Bunty. Not only did I collect the annuals but I always had the comics along with the picture story 'books' they did. I can't remember how often these came out but they were only 10p - you can't even buy a pack of sweets for that now!
Both Bunty and Mandy seemed to have a great sense of fun and adventure, bordering on being tomboys - I aspired to being like that, but was quite content just reading about the adventures.
Interestingly enough, the game of table tennis in 1977 was one of the world's most widely played games, how times have changed!
The rhyme out of the Mandy annual I have for February is:
F is for February, now it is here, E for an Extra day every fourth year, B for the Baby lambs frisking at play, R for Remember St Valentine's Day, U for Umbrella Up! - here comes the rain! A for Appearance of snowdrops again, R for the Rushing of babbling streams singing, Y for the Yellow catkins a-swinging. Three cheers for February, month number tow, Heralding springtime for me and for you!
I hope you enjoyed that bit of nostalgia. Toodle pip!