Saturday, October 17, 2009


I took my children to Barnes & Noble today to pick up The Complete Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf and the recent issue of The Knitter.   My awesome older sister sent me a gift card and I just had to use it. Have I told mentioned before I have a book obsession? I can never go into a book store and just grab something and leave. We spent a good hour and a half browsing and enjoying ourselves.

I found a book by Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton called, Julie Andrews' collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies. I love Julie Andrews and have read several books she and her daughter have written; so I had to browse this book.

In the book there is a poem called My Auntie by Colin West who is such a fun poet. The poem begins "My auntie who lives in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwlllantysiliogogogoch has asked me to stay." This is actually a real city in Wales. I wouldn't know where to begin to pronounce the name but I am glad that there is a pronunciation for it at the bottom of the page.

It is roughly pronounced: "Clan-vire-pookh-guin-gekh-go-ger-okh-queen-drob-okh-clantus-silio-gogo-gokh." In Welsh is means "the church of St. Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the fierce whirlpool and the church of Tysilio by the red cave."

What a name!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Pumpkins, big piles of rocks, hay rides, a tractor to play on, and friends; what could be more fun for a kid.
        Finding more friends in Pumpkinville who had the same idea for fun on a on a hot Saturday in October.

We did forget to get our pumpkins though. 
So we will be going back to Pumpkinville soon.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Meet our new neighbor

We found this guy in our garden a couple months ago
and he has been sticking around. So we figured that
we now have a new neighbor.  We are having fun seeking
him out and getting to know him.
He lives behind the shed and compost.
He eats the wild strawberries growing under the hot tub.
He loves blueberries!
He is known as Crackers.
Or is it she?