Hi all. I hope everyone is well and keeping safe. How is Lockdown Part Deux treating everyone? As of today I have been put back on furlough. Last week I was back in the beautiful theatre rehearsing the Mozart Requiem. We were supposed to perform to an audience but Covid put paid to that so as a result it was recorded and is being broadcast on BBC 2 on Saturday 14th at 7pm. It was an utterly incredible experience to sing such wonderful music with my chorus and orchestral colleagues again. I feel very lucky to have been able to make music again but I now feel a bit deflated. Anyway onwards and upwards.
- Jungle Sounds by Usborne Books.
I bang on about @usborne books A LOT. But that is honestly just because they are brill. Maisie, 14 months old loves this book. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏We have quite a few sound books that are just too tricky for little hands . The sound buttons are really easy for teeny ones to press and also to locate it on the page. It’s a lovely, sturdy book with loads of cut outs to provide added texture. Brilliant. Usborne is top 🍌. 🦁 🐘 🦜🦁🐘🦜🦁🐘🦜🦁🐘🦜🦁
- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.
If I had to say name our favourite children’s book, this would win hands down. We are now on our third copy as each daughter loved their copy until it was in tatters. I have to say that the pop up edition is the one you want. Just a perfect book to play peepo with and also to spend endless time making stupid animal noises. 🦒 🦓 🦁 Thanks Rod Campbell. You are a legend. 👏👏👏👏
- Telling the Time by Usborne Books.
Time. ⏰. Time is something I think I have a lot of but in fact I am wrong. ALL THE TIME. I invariably arrive late for everything, coated in a fine sheen of sweat. This is due to doing too many things at once. I don’t just get dressed for work….I get dressed for work while cleaning the kitchen, organising the washing, cooking dinner etc. I just find it impossible to do one thing at once. My brain is on overdrive. 🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠. It seems ironic that I should be posting a book about telling the time. During lockdown, telling the time and fractions were things Edie had a mental block about and I get it. Why do some clocks have hands and some just numbers?? Why, when the big hand points to 1 it actually means 5? Why do some clocks go to 23???? So many valid questions and I think it takes a while for kids to get it. ⏰⏰ I remember when my sister was little she had a tape that we would play in the car ALL THE TIME about a king who tried to learn to tell the time. Anyway it had a catchy song that I have managed to block out, but I know it worked. 🤴 ⏰ 🎵. Anyway another @usborne_books that has saved the day. Completely brilliant with loads of flaps to lift and it answers all the confusing questions. 👍👍
Thanks so much for reading. Stay safe and have a good month.