måndag 21 maj 2012

Half-Past Bedtime

by H. H. Bashford is such a lovely story book that I’m sorry I don’t have any children in my immediate vicinity.
So far I’ve only read two of the stories, but it took only a few sentences before I fell in love with the book.
In the first story Marian is having tea with the bumpies.


"What are bumpies?" she said.

"My hat!" he gasped. "Haven't you ever heard of bumpies?"

Marian shook her head.

"Oh dear, oh dear!" he sighed. "Have you ever heard of angels?"

"Well, of course," said Marian. "Everybody's heard of angels."

"Well then, bumpies," said Mr Jugg, "are baby angels. They're called bumpies till they've learned to fly."
_ _ _

She introduced Marian to all the bumpies.

They gave her three cheers, and then went on with their tea, and soon Marian was having tea herself—such a tea as she had never had before, not even at her Uncle Joe's. There was bread and butter with bumpy jam on it and bumpy Devonshire cream on the top of the jam, and there was bumpy cake with bumpy cherries in it, and there were bumpy meringues, and there was bumpy honey.

"Why, it's just like a birthday tea!" said Marian.

"That's because it is one," said Mr Jugg. "Every tea's a birthday tea down here. There are so many bumpies, you see, that it's always somebody's birthday."


10 kommentarer:

  1. Got to find this one ..Gutenberg?
    Many Thanks Val and the girls :0)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Val,
      Yes, it is Gutenberg. The link in the post will take you there.
      Margaretha

      Radera
  2. A lovely photo.....I wonder if you were ever able to read the D.E. Stevenson book and what you thought....

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Kristi,
      I've meant to write you every day since I finished Miss Buncle before Easter - but life has been upp-hill for quite a while, so writing and reading is set on the backburner. I'm half way through Listening Valley, and will mail you when I've finished it.
      Margaretha

      Radera
  3. Thanks Margaretha...I was obviously half asleep :0)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Hope you found it!
      Margaretha

      Radera
  4. Oh, Margaretha, I hope things get better, not so up-hill! I should send you one of my mugs that say, "Keep Calm and Read D.E. Stevenson"!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you Kristi,
      It would be even worse if it was down-hill! And livning on the plains would be rather boring, I think.
      I’ll close my eyes and pretend I’ll drink tea out of one of your mugs, and hope to finish Listening Valley soon!
      Margaretha

      Radera
  5. Thank you for this. I just bought it for my Nook for 99¢. It sounds like such a dear book.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Nan,
      I hope you'll enjoy the book!
      Margaretha

      Radera