Friday, 26 November 2010

Nostalgia

I hope everyone is keeping warm, I think winter is officially here.  We have yet to have snow much to the disgust of my two boys but to the relief of me!

I'm sorry I haven't been able to visit you all recently, every minute of my day has been filled up with ongoing work, but when I do get a couple of minutes to breath I find myself drawn to the nostalgia of childhood items where there were no stresses or worries and where time always seemed to stand still.

Puffin books (as I commonly call them) is one of my childhood memories.  I know you can still buy Puffin books now, but I remember periodically getting the Puffin book list at school.  The excitement of taking it home and pouring over all the books I wanted.  Like with my two boys now, I don't resent spending money on books and my parents were more than happy for me to order a couple of books at the time.


When they then arrived (which seemed a life time) I used to smell them - there's something lovely about getting a new book and it being so crisp and untouched.  Unfortunately most of my Puffin books went - but I still have a few and jump on them if I see them in charity shops.



If the book is interesting, it's a bonus - I'm attracted to the fact that it's a Puffin book and the memories they evoke.


Fuzzy Felt is another childhood memory.  I used to spend hours and hours creating all sorts of scenes with it.  Who would have thought that a few bits of felt stuck onto a board would bring pleasure 60 odd years since it was first bought out.








In times of stress and pressure, what do reflect on?

17 comments:

fee~bee said...

I remember story time in junior school and being read many puffin book stories I always loved that time peaceful and relaxing after a hard day of maths and English and I never owned a fuzzy felt but they had them at school too which got brought out at wet playtime .
xx fee

Vintage Tea Time said...

My girls used to love Fuzzy Felt! I remember it well; we had boxes of it. I often - in times of stress - think back generally to (what seem like) simpler times. I'm not sure whether things were less stressful then, or if its just the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia. 'Carefree camping days' I think, for instance - but it was probably a nightmare really!! Have a good weekend :)

VintageVicki said...

We had loads of fuzzy felts when I was little - I think my parents have still got several sets left that visiting grandchildren play with.

I remember the puffin books - we had a good collection that got passed down all 7 of us children & then probably onto family/friends.

BTW I did knit some 'paper'chains - pics on my last blog post :)

Sheila said...

Beautiful post, i love these things. I wish i read more when i was little though. My Mother always had books, but i didnt like reading stories, i flipped through the family ref books!! So now i go about reading childrens books all of the time!
x

Amanda said...

I'd totally forgotten about the book catalouge, I used to love choosing a book. Now I enjoy checking the library database and reserving books on there. A lovely post.

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Oh Sarah, I love Puffin books and have a small collection myself. I was never very keen on fuzzy felt though.

Ditzy and Dotty said...

Mrs Pepperpot - wow haven't seen a book with her in for years - I used to love books with her in them.
Thanks for your kind comments on my blog.
Sally
xxx

KC'sCourt! said...

I had the something to do book. I love books, my problem is I have too many!!
Julie xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

delia hornbook said...

A lovely post, i remember Fuzzy felt my ex bought me one for my xmas stocking last year and i spent a good hour xmas morning last year making a picture. I used to love the Milly, Molly Mandy books i can't remember who wrote them now and also the adventures of Pip by Enid Blyton and i have managed to find 2 copies in a chairty shop so i now love those again and actually read them at night in bed ;-) Amazing how certain things can take you right backwards. Have a lovely weekend, Dee x

Sue said...

Oh yes me too! I've written a few posts on my favourite nostalgic reads including Milly molly Mandy and Something to Do and other Puffin books. I used to love Fuzzy Felts too. I particuarly remember one with fairies.

Country Girl said...

I recognise some of those Puffins. We had a Book Shop at our school where you could buy stamps each week to save up for a book and I'm sure that they were Puffin books.

harmony and rosie said...

Oh I do love old books and bought the Something to Do not so very long ago, what a great one that is! I've kept some of my old childhood annuals.

sylviesgarden said...

I love fuzzy felts. So simple but so entertaining.
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
x

Happy Homebird said...

I just got a Puffin book from a charity shop, The Witch's Daughter by Nina Bawden. I've always loved books and hope to pass this love onto my son.

Lucille said...

I'm glad you've got a copy of Something to Do. It's indispensable isn't it? Thank you for your visit.

Florence and Mary said...

Mrs Pepperpot and Fuzzy Felts.... oooh the memories!

Victoria xx

Candy Pop said...

Aw! Memories!