Yesterday the girls and I sat on the trampoline while Nola was having a rest and began
"The Fairy Caravan" a full length children's book by Miss Potter.
We had such good fun with it. The first chapter is particularly humorous.
I am so lucky to have inherited a whole collection of Beatrix Potter's books from my Grandmother.
She was a real book worm and I have enjoyed reading my way through the amazing library of old books she collected over the years.
Miss Potter's collection is a particular favourite.
So old and so well loved!
Here are some favourite passages from the first chapter of "The Fairy Caravan"...
"The common guinea pigs admire and envy the hair of the Abyssinian Cavies; they would give anything to be able to make their own short hair grow long. So there was excitement and twittering amongst the short haired guinea pigs when Messrs. Ratton and Scratch, Hair Specialists, sent out hundreds of advertisements by post, describing their new elixir.
The Abyssinian Cavies who required no hair stimulant were affronted by the advertisments.
They found the twitterings tiresome."
..." The Abyssinian Cavies sniffed, and passed by upon their toes. They remarked that Mr. Ratton was slightly bald..."
"The short haired guinea pigs determined to purchase one bottle of the smallest size, to be tried upon Tuppenny.
Tuppenny was a short haired guinea pig of dilapidated appearance. He suffered from toothache and chilblains; and he had never had much hair, not even of the shortest. It was thin and patchy. Whether this was the result of chilblains or of ill treatment is uncertain. He was an object, whatever the cause. Obviously he was a suitable subject for experiment."
.... During the night Messrs. Ratton and Scratch packed up their booth and departed from the town of Marmalade..."