20 Apr 2014

CELEBRATING EOSTRE, THE BIRTH OF THE EASTER BUNNY (OR IS IT THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE INVENTION OF CHOCOLATE?)

 I remember reading somewhere that research showed that something like 53% of children aged ten and under believed that the whole purpose of Easter was to celebrate the birth of the Easter bunny. That more than a quarter thought it was the anniversary of the invention of chocolate so with that in mind I thought I'd share these gems with you.....

Named in honour of the Goddess Eostre (aka Ostara) after whom the springtime Paschal festival is named though a time of spirituality, of the turning of the earth, there is no reason why it can't also be fun which is where this fun ritual perfect for children comes in.

For The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Rabbit you will need ..... 

  • A bag of jelly beans
  • Marshmallow chicks, bunnies etc
  • A chocolate rabbit for each participant
  • A glass of milk for each participant
  • To click HERE for full details.


..... This morning in the Terry household

An elderly man is driving along a country lane when he hits something.
Getting out of the car, to his dismay he realises he's knocked over and killed the Easter bunny*.
Not knowing quite what to do he waits by the road side until another driver pulls over.
Full of remorse he explains what has happened to the motorist who goes back to his car to retrieve what looks like a spray can of deodorant which he liberally sprays over the deceased bunny who gets up and runs off.
"Oh my goodness," exclaims the elderly man. "Its a miracle, what was in that can?"
"Hmm," says the motorist looking at the spray can "It says here its hair restorer." 

* You'll be pleased to know no bunnies were actually harmed in the telling of this joke. TT

Sung at the end of each school day I loved sharing this with a class full of children and now enjoy it with our great-nephew aged three.


(Standing in the middle of a circle surrounded by children pretending to sleep) See the little bunnies sleeping till its nearly noon,
Come and let us wake them with a merry tune.
They're so still,
Are they ill?
(Putting finger to lips and whispering) Ssh, ssh, ssh.
(Loudly) Wake up soon.
(Children jump up and hop around) Hop little bunnies in the clover,
Hop little bunnies day is over.
Stop little bunnies,
Stop, stop, stop (Children stand still).


And last but by no means least .....


Some of you may have seen already seen these 'Vintage Easter bunny photos that will make your skin crawl' but for those of you who haven't ......

Click HERE.


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18 Apr 2014

GUESS WHICH BLOG IS FIVE TODAY .....


I'll never take for granted
how greatly I've been blessed
for when it comes to those who support me
you really are the best.

Thank you to Mr T for nagging encouraging me to begin blogging,
Thank you to all my fellow bloggers,
to those who follow Pen and Paper,
to those who leave comments,
to those who silently stop by.
I couldn't have done it without you.


A double celebration ......


Happy Birthday to our nephew, Christopher, who is 21 today.
Love Aunty Taitty and Uncle Neal. x


Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper. All original content on http://pettywitter.blogspot.co.uk/ is created by the website owner, including but not limited to text, design, code, images, photographs and videos are considered to be the Intellectual Property of the website owner, whether copyrighted or not, and are protected by DMCA Protection Services using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Title 17 Chapter 512 (c)(3). Reproduction or re-publication of this content is prohibited without permission. In addition I would also urge that if you are reading this on any other page you contact the original blog owner/reviewer.

16 Apr 2014

THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING.

THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING by CATHERYNNE M VALENTE.

SOURCE: Received for review from publishers Constable & Robinson whose catalogue can be found HERE.

September is a twelve-year-old girl from Omaha. With her dad fighting a faraway war,and her mum always out at work, she is lonely, stuck in a rut and starved of adventure. So when a Green Wind arrives at her window and invites her to Fairyland she accepts in a flash (mightn't you?).

But Fairyland is in crisis, crushed by the iron rule of the villainous Marquess - and September holds the key to restoring order.

With a book-loving dragon and a mysterious boy named Saturday by her side, she sets out on a thrilling quest to fix things. But time is short, and time is ticking, and every story must have an ending. Can September save Fairyland? Can she even save herself?
 ..... Outer back cover

FIRST SENTENCE {Chapter 1: Exeunt on a Leopard}: Once upon a time, a girl named September grew very tired indeed of her parents' house, where she washed the same pink-and-yellow teacups and matching gravy boats every day, slept on the same embroidered pillows, and played with the same small and amiable dog.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS {Page 167}: The Wyverary drifted helplessly to sleep, sitting up. He snored lightly; it sounded like pages turning.

MY THOUGHTS: Having seen it featured and positively raved about on so many blogs this has been on my Wish List for a long time but I kept putting off for fear it may not live up to all the hype. Something as it turns out it both did and didn't do.

For the sites requiring a star rating, as an exceptionally whimsical and magical read with some truly memorable characters aimed at ten to fourteen year olds I'd have to rate The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland a solid four, perhaps even five, out of five. But older than the intended audience and given there is so much more to a book than merely an original plot and fanciful characters I'm having difficulty in rating it.

Overall I felt this was a unique read, a one of a kind, and yet at the same time there were elements of it that were so reminiscent of other works - of authors such as Terry Pratchett and Lewis Carrol, of books such as Alice In Wonderland and The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe - that I found myself feeling a bit let down.

Full to bursting point of wonderfully imaginative characters and creatures too numerous to mention though I will make exception for my favourite A-Through-L the wyverary (a wyverary being the result of a wyvern and a library who happen to love each other very much). My problem being there were simply too many and whilst some were woefully underused (the three witches, Hello, Goodbye and Manythanks come to mind) others, seemingly only there to tantalise, disappointingly never got anything more than the briefest of mentions.

Though undeniably creative and full of delightful imagery, imagery so vivid as to make it perfect for a movie adaptation (arguably something the author had in mind whilst writing the book) whilst I'm sure the story would have appealed to my childhood self it just didn't live up to my adult expectations hence the final mark of a lesser if still respectable rating of three out of five.


Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper. All original content on http://pettywitter.blogspot.co.uk/ is created by the website owner, including but not limited to text, design, code, images, photographs and videos are considered to be the Intellectual Property of the website owner, whether copyrighted or not, and are protected by DMCA Protection Services using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Title 17 Chapter 512 (c)(3). Reproduction or re-publication of this content is prohibited without permission. In addition I would also urge that if you are reading this on any other page you contact the original blog owner/reviewer.
Disclaimer:  Read and reviewed on behalf of publishers, Constable & Robinson, I was merely asked for my honest opinion, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.

15 Apr 2014

FOLLIES PAST: A PREQUEL TO PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

FOLLIES PAST: A PREQUEL TO PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by MELANIE KERR.

SOURCE: Received for review from Petticoat Press.

"I must now mention a circumstance which I would wish to forget myself, and which no obligation less than the present should induce me to unfold to any human being..." 

 So begins Mr. Darcy to lay before Elizabeth his faithful narrative of Mr. Wickham's villainy toward his sister, Georgiana. The facts he sets out are brief but potent. They contain a story unto themselves, and that story is the subject of this book. 

Taking its facts from Austen’s own words, Follies Past opens almost a year before the opening of Pride and Prejudice itself, at Pemberley, at Christmas. Fourteen-year-old Georgiana has just been taken from school and is preparing to transfer to London in the spring. It follows Georgiana to London, to Ramsgate and into the arms of the charming and infamous Mr. Wickham.

To read this book is to step back into the charming world of Jane Austen’s England, to pass a few more hours with some of her beloved characters, sympathetically portrayed as they might have been before ever they came to Netherfield, and to discover a host of new characters each with engaging histories of their own. Authentic in its use of language and meticulously researched, it is a truly diverting entertainment.
..... Outer back cover

FIRST SENTENCE {Chapter 1}: Caroline Bingley had long known the name of Darcy, and she had always hoped to increase her family's intimacy with it.

MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 56}: In fact, Caroline spent almost no time thinking of Mr Darcy at all. It might have entered her head, had she let it, that it was odd for a woman set on marrying a man never to think of him, but being almost entirely of mercenary ambition, Caroline believed Mr Darcy to be constantly on her mind because his income certainly was.

MY THOUGHTS: I was approached by the publishers of Follies Past who, despite my concerns that I wasn't a big fan of the so-called classics or of authors such as Jane Austen, were confident enough in the appeal of this debut novel by Melanie Kerr to send me copy to review regardless.

A prequel to Pride And Prejudice written in the style of its author, Jane Austen. As I last read anything by Ms Austen as a girl I cannot in all conscience say just how successful this was but I will say that the writing felt authentic, the spirit of the original, from what I can remember, upheld.

Whilst not exactly a fast paced thriller, indeed compared to the genres I tend to favour it was undeniably slow, but in its favour were the well depicted characters. Characters such as the wonderful Caroline Bingley who considering I'd always thought women of this genre to be simpering came as a delightful revelation.

So, will I be reading Pride and Prejudice or indeed any of the other so-called classics as a result of reading this? As hugely impressed as I am with Follies Past and its author I can't make any promises but one thing I can say for certain is that I will be sure to keep a look out for any of the future books written by such an obviously talented writer as Ms Kerr.




Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper. All original content on http://pettywitter.blogspot.co.uk/ is created by the website owner, including but not limited to text, design, code, images, photographs and videos are considered to be the Intellectual Property of the website owner, whether copyrighted or not, and are protected by DMCA Protection Services using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Title 17 Chapter 512 (c)(3). Reproduction or re-publication of this content is prohibited without permission. In addition I would also urge that if you are reading this on any other page you contact the original blog owner/reviewer.
Disclaimer:  Read and reviewed on behalf of publishers, Petticoat Press, I was merely asked for my honest opinion, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.

14 Apr 2014

FROM WALKING CORPSE SYNDROME TO A DANISH PASTRY VIA THE WIG AND PEN.

'Walking Corpse Syndrome', 'Chronic Lateness Syndrome', 'Uncombable Hair Syndrome' and 'Hola-Hoop Intestine' - Just a few of many odd but genuine ailments. FULL ARTICLE    

And talking of zombies .....

 The people of Cardiff have been running for their lives as Zombies invaded the streets of the Welsh capital which saw hundreds of participants taking part in the 2.8 Hours Later game that sees players immerse themselves in a film-like story where actors playing the living dead are out to get them. FULL ARTICLE

A Surrey motorist stopped for driving without insurance pleaded with police officers saying the car must have been insured because he had his MEERKAT TOY at home. (The response?) A tweet assuring the public that stuffed toy animals are NOT evidence of car insurance. FULL ARTICLE 

From the Police service to the Fire Brigade .....

London Fire Brigade has been forced to issue advice on how to make cheese on toast (something even I can do relatively safely TT) after a hungry South London resident accidentally stated a fire by putting a toaster on its side to make the snack. IMAGE & FULL ARTICLE

And back again with yet more 'tweeted' advice from the Police .....

'When driving please don't attempt any sexual interaction. It might be fun but you'll both be red-faced when we stop you for poor driving' - The post tweeted by Police after an incident involving a half-naked Surrey motorist. FULL ARTICLE


The article that left me asking 'WHY?' and will doubtlessly have men groaning .....

A boffin who had previously studied bee keeping at a university near Cardiff let a bee sting him on the penis and scrotum ..... to see which hurt more. FULL ARTICLE

When maintenance works closed some of the streets around the Wig and Pen pub in Truro, Cornwall, the landlord wanted to let customers know it was business as usual so got a sign saying 'The WIG and PEN is open for business' except there wasn't quite enough space between the words 'pen' and 'is'. IMAGE AND FULL ARTICLE

Bought by a Cardiff man in a 'moment of madness' five years ago, his wife has ordered the removal of 65ft fibreglass dragon from their garden. FULL ARTICLE

Headline of the week .....

Britons need to eat fewer baked beans because of impact of 'smelly emissions' on global warning, peer warns. FULL ARTICLE

And whilst on the subject of flatulence, here's Mr T's pick of the week .....

Lenny the cat who was returned to an animal shelter two days after his adoption because he was 'too gassy' has found a new home following a FaceBook campaign. FULL ARTICLE

Following last years success OF Cadbury's  Mini-Egg sausages an experimental butcher from Merseyside has created another wacky-themed snack, a Cadbury's Creme Egg wrapped in sausage meat. IMAGE & FULL ARTICLE

A golf fan has bet nearly £1,000 on Rory McIlroy to win The Masters after bizarrely finding the northern Ireland star's face in a Danish Pastry. FULL ARTICLE


Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper. All original content on http://pettywitter.blogspot.co.uk/ is created by the website owner, including but not limited to text, design, code, images, photographs and videos are considered to be the Intellectual Property of the website owner, whether copyrighted or not, and are protected by DMCA Protection Services using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Title 17 Chapter 512 (c)(3). Reproduction or re-publication of this content is prohibited without permission. In addition I would also urge that if you are reading this on any other page you contact the original blog owner/reviewer.