Saturday 7 April 2012

Whisk Away on a Sunbeam and other bits and bobs

There are a few things I've been wanting to share with you;

First and foremost - Sharon from Sharon's Sunlit Memories has award my blog a Sunbeam award. This is a super award because the recipient isn't required to do anything. You don’t even have to say thank you if you don’t want to – but of course, I do. Thank you Sharon. The very first "Little Sunbeam" went to Diane at Always Crave CuteSharon & Diane's blogs are beautiful so a visit to both is a must!

I hope this next item will be of help to lots of you. I get numerous requests from people looking for titles of long lost books. I’m always happy to help and often recognise the book – but not always. That’s when this website comes in handy It’s an excellent resource where you post a vague description of the book and get lots of people trying to come up with the title. The people that use the forum have a wealth of knowledge, and usually someone knows something! Loganberry Books also has a stump the bookseller section that is always fun to peruse. ted books so you could easily find what you're looking for.

Now if you are having trouble sleeping this could be just the thing for you. I was contacted by Grandpa Beasley recently and having promised to mention him on my bog, I promptly forgot all about it. It was only while looking for something else that I came across the note.  Grandpa has recorded excerpts from vintage children’s stories to help Gramma Beesley (and us) drift off to sleep. Grampa really does have the most relaxing voice and his story telling is quite beautiful.

Finally I want to mention Pinterest. I’m sure lots of you have been pinning away for ages, but it’s all very new and exciting to me. Because it is new to me, I've been trying to find out more and thought it would be nice to share some helpful links. I really don’t know very much about it yet so please don’t ask me any ‘technical' questions.
What is Pinterest? 
Birds on the Blog
Everything You Need to Know About Pinterest - the ultimate Pinterest guide

I've noticed several blogs holding 'Pinterest hops', but I've yet to work out how to join in - so if you know - do tell. 

The pictures used in this post are from Whisk away on a Sunbeam by Olive Beaupre Miller. 
I'm going to pin some of them on Pinterest now!

And finally - this is our little sunbeam - Zoe Rose;

the picture on the left was taken at the Adelaide Zoo a week ago. The Easter Bunny picture was taken today. Facebook is wonderful for sharing family ‘photos when the family live on the other side of the world – as ours do.  Zoe Rose is our beautiful 14 month-old granddaughter. We also have two wonderful grown-up grandsons, so we feel very blessed.


  1. Thanks so much for the lovely mention Barbara. The pictures you have chosen are perfect - and I just adore the name of the book (and title of your post) - Whisk away on a Sunbeam!

    I'm going straight from here to try out a couple of the links you've included - I'm always looking for something that I have only the vaguest recollection of!

    I have some info for you on a somewhat related subject. Remember the comment I left on your Farm post of the book my son loved that was packed away at the time? I have it with me now - its called 'Old Farm New Farm' written by Felicia Law and illustrated by Phillipe Dupasquier. It was published in 1980 so a bit later than 'our' era but it is a lovely book and I still enjoy the illustrations.

  2. C. Lee McKenzie7 April 2012 at 18:06

    As always I love to stop in and gaze at the beautiful illustrations and read more about books for children. Thank you for the link to Sharon. I'll stop in and say hello.

  3. Congrats on the Sunbeam Award Barbara, you totally deserve it. I did my post on the Sunshine Award today and mentioned your blog. I'm thinking of participating in a Pinterest blog hop on Wednesday, it's called Oh how Pinteresting. You should do it too! It's run through a site called The Vintage Apple :)

  4. Your blog is always a joy to visit! Congrat's on the Sunbeam Award and thanks for the mention. I went right over to the audio to listen to Grampa Beesley! I marked it and I will be going back there to check it out. I have done some of the blog hops and they can be really fun. ~~ Diane

  5. barbaraannefisher7 April 2012 at 22:34

    Hello Sharon, receiving your award gave me so much pleasure. The mention was the least I could do! I hope the links prove useful. I tend to call in now and again just to read the answers, and one of these days I might pluck up the courage to answer one or two!
    I do remember you mentioning old farm new farm. I like Phillipe Dupasquier’s illustrations in the great green mouse disaster but haven’t seen a copy of Old farm new farm. I’ve just been looking it up online, and it’s obviously fairly scarce and out of print. I had to smile when looking at the listings on ABE, there are only nine copies the lowest priced at £1.05 and the highest £287.02 – some wishful thinking going on there! I also found a picture of the cover on Amazon; it looks really pretty. Just think in a few years time your son might be bloging about his childhood books like we do about ours, although I suppose, blogs might be 'old hat' by then. Barbara

  6. I didn't sleep very well last night, so I may have to check out Grandpa Beasley's stories tonight to help send me to sleep :)

  7. barbaraannefisher8 April 2012 at 13:10

    I'm sure you will enjoy Sharon's blog it's always full of lovely things. Thanks for calling in.

  8. barbaraannefisher8 April 2012 at 14:20

    Thanks Megan, I will be over to read your post, as soon as I’ve left this reply. I will also go and have a look at the Pinterest blog hop – I love that it’s called oh how Pinteresting!

  9. barbaraannefisher8 April 2012 at 14:30

    Hello Diane, that’s exactly how I feel about your blog! Thanks for visiting Grampa Beesley. I will have to join in with some of the hops. I'm sure it would be fun.

  10. barbaraannefisher8 April 2012 at 14:38

    Hi Nikki-ann, you should! He’s got one of those warm chocolaty kind of voices – it sort of pours over you. Night!

  11. Darlene Foster8 April 2012 at 19:56

    I love your little sunbeam Zoe. How adorable.You are truly blessed and deserve the sunbeam award from Sharon. Happy Easter from Canada.

  12. What cute photos! Love the bunny ears! Wait until I tell Jessica about the long lost book sites! She will be so excited. She has been looking for a book that she loved as a child for years. I love listening to stories on audio- so I cannot wait to have a chance to listen to Grandpa Beasley's stories. My husband has been having trouble sleeping latetly- maybe he will listen to them, too. I hope you had a Happy Easter!

  13. barbaraannefisher9 April 2012 at 15:38

    Hello Darlene, we love our little sunbeam too - she is adorable! Thank you for your kind words. I hope you've enjoyed a perfect Easter break. Happy Easter from the UK.

  14. barbaraannefisher9 April 2012 at 21:09

    Hello Stephanie, thanks for calling in. They are cute – but then I’m biased! We have another 'photo where Zoe Rose is wearing a bunny tail to go with the bunny ears, it's adorable! I hope Jess finds her long-lost book but if not tell her to let me know because I’ve just found another site that does the same kind of thing. I love listening to Grandpa Beasley, so I hope you do too, and I hope your husband manages to get a good sleep. Happy belated Easter.

  15. Oh, those are precious shots of Zoe Rose. She is so pretty and that panda didn't scare her, it seemed! Congrats on your sunbeam award. Your blog is a bright sun on a cool day. I joined Pinterest some time last year but never got around to finding out how to use it correctly. Thanks for leaving the book site link.

  16. barbaraannefisher10 April 2012 at 14:30

    Zoe is beautiful, and she is always happy and smiling. Thank you for your congratulations and lovely words. I enjoy pinning things on Pinterest, but I’m not really sure if I’m doing it correctly – or if there is even a correct way to do. Thanks for calling in.

  17. Ok, Zoe is absolutely adorable! I have a book that seems to have stumped everyone. My aunt gave it to me many years ago and is in German. Germania Jugenbibliothek Die Kinder im Korbe by Ottilie Wildermuth. published in Milwaukee, I believe it says. She told me it was a German grammar book written for German descendants in America. No date, but very old. Any idea how I can find out about this book?

  18. barbaraannefisher11 April 2012 at 01:17

    Hello Donna,
    I've found several references to Germania Jugendbibliothek Die Kinder im Korbe by Ottilie Wildermuth (Germania Youth Library The children in the basket or The children in the basket, a narrative: Babbett's Christmas)
    but as I don’t speak/read German it’s proving difficult to obtain (understand!) the information.

    There is a brief reference in WorldCat that confirms it was published in Milwaukee by G. Brumder (18--?)

    You could try the Deutshe National Bibliothek

    there are over 100 references to Ottilie Wildermuth but trying to translate them is proving difficult.

    Hope this is of some help, Barbara

  19. Barbara, you have found out so much more than I have been able to. Thank you so much for this information. I really appreciate it.

  20. barbaraannefisher11 April 2012 at 12:16

    Thank you Donna. I hoped to find more but not being able to read German proved a handicap.

  21. Michelle Yardley12 April 2012 at 03:01

    Congratulations on your award, you deserve it, your blog is adorable and full of great information.
    Thanks for the link to the book site, I'll check that out.
    Zoe Rose is such a little cutie pie and I love the ears and bunny face.

  22. barbaraannefisher12 April 2012 at 14:28

    Thanks Michelle very sweet of you to say such nice things! Hope you find the link useful

  23. Can you tell me if this book has any value?

    1. Hi there, it certainly has a value but the value depends on condition. The copy I had was in fair/poor condition, without a dust jacket, and it sold for £14. Had it been in better condition it would have been worth more. Best wishes, Barbara


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