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It’s only a post-Wedding mantelpiece but I like it…

The day after our wedding we woke up in our boutique hotel room, had nice showers in L’Occitane smellies and then, feeling rather tired, headed for home, after picking up cards and gifts left at our venue.

We made a pot of tea and sat down to open all these lovely messages and then tried to make room for as many things as possible on our mantelpiece. We had said that we didn’t need gifts but many of our friends and family gave us money or things they knew we’d love anyway and we felt totally overwhelmed by their generosity.


Our lovely P&P has pride of place and a selection of cards shows just a little of the love we received. That’s my bouquet on the right – lovely gypsophilia and freesia and little pearls!


We were grateful to receive these little instruction manuals too. They’re very informative.


With the support of Ladybird books I’m sure this will be a long and fruitful Union! Must say we loved leafing through these and giggling – what a fab sense of humour the people at Ladybird have!

It is with a short shopping list I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only a Ladybird Book but I like it…

I’m pretty sure there cannot be many people reading this that haven’t read a Ladybird book. We had many books from their series’ on our bookcases at home. They’ve been in production since 1914 and in the early 1970s they produced their Key Word Reading Scheme which was used by many Primary Schools. I myself learned to read using the Peter and Jane books.

Ladybird KWRS

I have to say, some of the early Reading Scheme books were a little basic and repetitive but the captivating illustrations made up for that. Ladybird have a long standing relationship with some amazing artists. Harry Wingfield is the artist that brought Peter, Jane and their family to fruition. His illustrations do conjure up a perfect world where there were trips out with sandwiches packed, fun to be had under a blue sky and a soft clean bed to be carried home to at the end of the day.

Ladybird PJLadybird PJ sweets

There were many different topics including nature, hobbies and interests, history and travel.

Ladybird-BooksWe had these titles and the cover and each illustration is so evocative. Many of them are now dog-eared and so well thumbed. They were read over and over to me, and then with the gift of reading, I read them myself and – who knows – maybe one day, I’ll read them to my babies.

Ladybird jack-and-the-beanstalk Ladybird artists Ladybird things to make

And, as a mega bonus, I found these in a charity shop near my Mum’s house! Ladybird books in Welsh, ladies and gents!

Ladybird Welsh

It is with an introduction to Gareth and Sian (not Peter and Jane) that I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!