Wednesday, 2 July 2014

ZZZZZzzzzz




Time to visit friends ~


Enjoy a gossip ~


Make merry ~


Dance ~


Play ~


 Dream ~


 Plant Roses ~


A little light shopping ~


Talk to the animals ~


and the elves! ~


Find a cosy nook ~


with a favourite ~

Book 

So ~ 


Expect me when you see me;


I'll write soon.

 My batteries are in need of a quick recharge, but I will be back before you know it.  Thanks for all the lovely comments left on my blog.  I appreciate every single visit and will miss you all while I’m away. 

*** All cards from my own collection

**** Vintage Books available from March House Books




Just before I go, I've been asked to tell you about an adorable book available from Kickstarter (an online platform for independent artists to raise funds for their projects). I don’t often blog about new books, but the artwork in this one is gorgeous. 


Synopsis: 
Jack the Kitten is full of imagination. One of his favourite things is to imagine he's a pirate. So although Jack is sleepy, he’s convinced pirates don’t go to bed. It's left to his big brother, Machu, to show him all the things that pirates do at bedtime. 


The illustration of Machu and Jack brushing their teeth is priceless.

But now the moon was high in the sky and his Momma said it was time for bed.

“Bed?” Jack exclaimed. “Pirates don’t go to bed!”

Maybe pirates don’t need to go to bed but booksellers do, night all  ZZZZZzzzzz.


51 comments:

  1. Wherever you go (somewhere hot I hope) have a good relaxing time.

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    1. Thanks Roger, most of the time will be spent at home with just the odd day or two out on trips. I really feel like I could sleep for a week! Good news about ‘Spawn’ I can’t wait to read it!

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  2. Pirates and grown-ups with a child-like heart don't go to bed either! Oh Barbara, enjoy yourself and relax, and we will miss you so. Every single image is so sweet and I could cuddle up with any book with such illustrations. ENJOY! MUCH LOVE! Anita

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    1. Dear Anita, a comment from you is like a big warm hug! Thank you so much for all your support, I will miss you too. xx

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  3. Have a lovely break Barbara....Best leave you a couple of my sayings...
    "Happiness keeps you sweet,
    trials keep you strong,
    sorrows keep you human,
    failures keep you humble,
    success keeps you glowing..
    But! Only friends...Keep you going".

    HeHe!
    "A woman is like a tea bag...You can't tell
    how strong she is until you put her in hot
    water". (Eleaner Roosevelt).

    Have Fun....Be Good....Think Pink...! :>).

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    1. You do make me laugh Willie! Love the sayings and I promise to always and forever think Pink! ; )

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  4. Oh, such beautiful illustrations!
    Enjoy your little break Barbara xx

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    1. Thanks Yvonne, I will! I feel the need for a little (actually a lot) of R&R. I hope to have lots of time to visit your blog while I’m 'resting' xxx

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  5. Hi Barbara,

    Ah, as I stare at those vintage photos, I get vintage memories of my English childhood. Although, I do notice the young dude smoking a pipe.

    Have a nice recharge, Barbara. I could use a recharge myself. Then I shall dance and sing with the magical wee folks in my enchanted garden. Of course I will.

    Have some relaxing times, my good friend.

    Gary :)

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    1. Hi Gary, the pipe-smoking chap is very unpc, but he made me laugh so had to stay! Can you imagine anyone producing a postcard now-a-days with a young lad smoking a pipe? I think not.
      I’m sure the wee folks would be delighted if you were to join in the dancing and general merriment in the enchanted garden. Go do it, and enjoy!
      See you in a week or two. Barbara.

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  6. Sweet Barbara !!! I just read your kind comment and wanted to come back to wish you a most relaxing snooze as you give yourself a break. I will miss you so much, but this is the time to take a break...IT'S SUMMER TIME!!!!!!!! Much love! Anita

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    1. The sun has tempted me away from my work so fingers crossed it keeps on shining. I will see you in a while Anita, thank you for your always lovely comments. Barbara xx

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  7. Barbara have a lovely me time.
    Summer in England is beautiful when the sun is out and weather is warm. Enjoy whatever you do. Happy summer holiday

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    1. Thank you Shashi. We are really looking forward to not doing very much at all. Maybe some days out, a little good food and a general winding down will suit us just fine. I don’t even mind too much if it rains although sunshine would be nicer. If it should rain, I will attack my stack of ‘must-read' books. Terry has been saving films, and TV progs that he wants to watch so he will also be well catered for. See you in a while, Barbara.

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  8. I'm so glad I caught your post! I will be doing much the same as you, plus catching up on my shop listings. One of my house guests is catching a snooze in my new lounge chair so catching up on some blogs. Have a lovely time away... see you when you return! ~ Diane

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    1. Thanks Diane, you too. I often take a browse around your shop. You have some lovely things. See you soon. Barbara

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  9. Lovely and looking forward to seeing you Monday. Sue xxx

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    1. Thanks Sue! Yes, looking forward to lunch and a catch up. See you soon. xx

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  10. Have a really lovely break Barbara! Beautiful pictures. Always good to have time out and then feel refreshed when you're back.

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    1. Thanks Lindsay I’m really looking forward to some down time. I won’t take up smoking like the lad in the first picture, but I will be putting my feet up! Have a good weekend. Barbara.

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  11. I LOVE every single one of those images. Have a fantastic break.

    Jean x

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    1. So do I Jean, they are just so pretty. Enjoy the weekend. Barbara xx

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  12. Enjoy your break, Barbara! I hope you recharge your batteries fully and we'll catch up soon. (I'm due for a mini-vacation-cum-work in about two weeks. Can't wait for it to arrive ...)

    Also, I love that picture of the kitties brushing their teeth together!

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    1. Hello Claudine,
      You will just about be going on your mini-vacation when I return to working – I will give you a wave when I return before you go!
      I’ve fallen in love with those two kitties – so sweet. I wish I could draw like that.
      Have a fantastic mini break. xx

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  13. Lovely post..Enjoy your break Barbara :) Have a wonderful time :)

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    1. Thanks Nagini, I intend to ;0) See you soon, Barbara x

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  14. Enjoy your break. I need one too! Lots of family stuff happening.

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    1. Hi Darlene, we were intending to take a break in May, then it moved to June, and if we don’t do it now it will be August! The trouble is as soon as you start talking about a break you realise just how much you need it.
      Enjoy the family stuff but try to make time for yourself as well. See you soon, Barbara.

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  15. Beautiful pictures and a lovely post.... Enjoy your break and have a good relaxing and rejuvenating time :)

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    1. Thank you Kokila, I appreciate your kind words. I will be over for a visit with you once I’m back at work. See you soon, Barbara.

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  16. Your stack of books is very tempting - I also have Little Grey Rabbit at the Seaside (with Fuzzypeg!) - lovely memories of sand-between-the toes. Have a glorious summer break!

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    1. Hi Sue, that’s a wonderful little book, full of good advice like you’ll get rid of your sneezes when you feel the sea breezes. I can feel the sand between my toes just thinking about it. Thanks for your good wishes, Barbara.

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  17. "Expect me when you see me" their expressions are great. well done. be well Agman

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    1. Thank you Agman it's always nice to have a visit from you. I hope life is being kind to you.

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  18. Very cute post, awesome illustrations Barbara :)

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    1. Thanks Aunt Mary. I agree with you re the illustrations, they are all very pretty.

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  19. Ruth from R and R Books5 July 2014 at 16:32

    What a gorgeous post, Barbara! Hope you have a relaxing break and fully recharge those batteries. Love and hugs - Ruth x

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    1. Hello Ruth, thank you for those kind words. I hope you are busy selling lots of lovely books.
      My batteries have been in need of a recharge for a while now so I’m looking forward to a good long rest and some reading time.

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  20. Loved this post. Very colorful and entertaining!

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  21. What a beautiful post! I hope you enjoy your much needed time away. You have lots of fun things to do! The pictures with each break "reason" are just perfect. Recharge and enjoy! We will miss you- but breaks are SO important. :)

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  22. Have a great recharge. I need one myself, actually!

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  23. Oh! So cute images that you chose to tell us about your plans. That first boy smoking is so cute... (haha, times when we could laugh with something like this) and the girl with the mice... I hope you can accomplish everything you want to do and you have a good time.
    But come back soon! We'll miss your posts!
    Besos!

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  24. Have a great break and the pictures here are tooo cute. Thanks for the smiles.

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  25. Dear Kelly, Stephanie (the DMS), Stephanie (Faris), Silvina and Eve, thank you all for your lovely comments. We are enjoying our time away but will be back to visit your blogs very soon. Love Barbara x

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  26. Dear and beautiful Barbara, how kind of you to take a break from your break to come and leave me a comment! You are the first "passenger" on this journey, and it is truly a joy to see you this morning (my time!) - enjoy your "travels" as you click and dream. Anita

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    1. Dear Anita, a break wouldn't be a break without at least one visit to Castle Crowns and Cottages :) I've visited a couple of the other blogs this morning and fallen in love with them both! I will be back to visit all the other's during the next few days. Lots of love, Barbara x

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  27. Dear Barbara,

    How lovely to discover your blog via Anita's link party.
    I am sorry that my post was a little late - had to go out of town - but it is up now.
    The sweet pictures are so very beautiful and love the old vintage pictures.
    Wishing you a great blog break
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Hello Carolyn, I love your blog and was really happy to find it. I called back to read your link party post and enjoyed it enormously.
      Thanks for your kind words, Barbara x

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  28. How cute pictures, beautiful post as always , loved it :)

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    1. Thanks Aunt Mary, so glad you liked it. Barbara

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Barbara xx

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