Happy Birthday Alan Alexander Milne!

“Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.”

Today is A. A. Milne’s birthday, he was born on this day in 1882!

Although Milne wrote and adapted plays, wrote poems and adult fiction, he is best known for creating Edward bear, otherwise known as Winnie-the-Pooh and his many friends.

I can not thank Milne enough for creating Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends, as they have been with me since I was tiny. This book is only two months younger than myself, I know this because the kind lady who gave it me wrote a wonderful little inscription inside and dated it two months after my birth.

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I have early memories of my sister reading this book to me and when I was old enough I read it myself, over and over again and still read it as an adult. Then I fell in love with Eeyore and the obsession began. I’m not sure when I fell in love with Eeyore but it has been going on for a very long time. I just adore him, he is very cute and I just want to cuddle him and make everything better. I started collecting Eeyore’s from an early age and now even as an adult the collection continues. They even have their own chair in the house!

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I find even as an adult I can relate to the characters in Winnie-the-Pooh. Piglet is very scared of the world and certain things and sometimes I find things scary and do not want to leave the house but, just like Piglet, I have to be brave. Eeyore is down in the dumps and sometimes just wants to be left alone, yes, I have those days as well Eeyore. Tigger is very hyper and when I have had enough sugar, I can be just the same. The list continues.

The best example I can show you today is Pooh trying to touch his toes in the morning during his exercises. Pooh and myself both have the same problem, too much honey!

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This page also shows the bookmark I got at primary school and have preserved in this book ever since. I love a good bookmark! Also notice the bookmark is a dragon!

Anyway, Happy Birthday A. A. Milne and thank you for the world of Winnie-the-Pooh!

Lady Book Dragon.

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Christmas Reading continued

Greetings readers!

How is everyone’s run up to Christmas going so far?

Well I did promise that I would probably add to the Christmas reading list and I have. I have added three new books.

1. Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

This book was half price at Waterstones and as usual I could not resist.

2. Winnie the Pooh Gloom and Doom for Pessimists by A.A Milne

3. The Snowman: a new story inspired by the original tale by Raymond Briggs by Michael Morpurgo

These last two I bought today whilst out shopping in the supermarket. To be honest we went in to look at the Christmas decorations and I spotted The Snowman and picked it up. The Winnie the Pooh book was quite simply because it had Eeyore on the front and he is and will always be, my favourite Winnie the Pooh character. One day I will show you all just how many Eeyore’s I own.

Anyway that is my updated list! Please let me know your thoughts if you have read any of them.

Oh and we decorated our new Christmas tree today as well.

Happy reading.

Lady Book Dragon.

Weekend Adventures

This weekend I went to London for a couple of days, I needed to get my flute serviced and that has to be done in Croydon so I used this as an excuse to spend some time in London.

My husband and I did not really have a plan of what we wanted to do in London but we came up with the idea of visiting the National Gallery and having a good wander around London. I was also determined to go to London’s biggest bookshop which is the Waterstones by Piccadilly.

The word overwhelmed comes to mind. As a book dragon and self confessed book hoarder being confronted with that many books in one building was rather daunting. I had set myself a budget and was determined to get a diary for next year. Well I got the diary, but the budget got broken, I was doing ok till I got to the till and the man behind the counter suggested a certain book to me and I could not say no, so the budget was broken. I promise I will try harder next time.

I bought five books and one diary.

My book haul is as follows:-

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

The Librarian by Salley Vickers

The Death of the Fronsac by Neal Ascherson

And my wonderful Sloth diary! I can not wait to get started putting things in my new diary. I love diaries and notebooks, does anybody else share my love?

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Hopefully my new books will keep me busy for a while.

Oh also my husband bought me a limited edition Eeyore! I was one very happy Dragon, books and Eeyore in one day!

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Lady Book Dragon