Friday, 16 April 2010

Sandwiches, Cake and Milk...



"Once upon a time...


there were three children named Jo, Fanny and Bessie. They lived with their mother and father in a little cottage in the countryside. Behind their cottage was a ditch, and beyond this was a mysterious forest known as the Enchanted Wood. One day the children decided to go exploring in the Enchanted Wood. “If you are good children and finish all your chores this morning I shall give you the afternoon to have a picnic in the woods,” said Mummy. So Jo worked hard in the garden that morning while the girls helped Mummy with the housework.(haaaaha!) When they finished, Mummy gave Bessie a little basket which contained sandwiches, cake and milk for lunch and said they could go. The children set off for the Enchanted Wood in a great state of excitement. They jumped over the little ditch and into the woods and stood still for a moment, taking in everything. Although it was a lovely summer day, the trees stood so close together that only a glimmer of sunlight filtered through the dark green canopy, making the woods seem dim and more mysterious than ever. ‘Wisha wisha wisha,’ whispered the trees and the children felt sure there was magic in the air. With Bessie carrying the basket, they skipped merrily down a little path and followed it into the heart of the woods." Footnotes:

Wonderful cake baked to perfection by this lady
Quote: The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
Milk supplied by www.milkandmore.co.uk
Basket and children the author's own

28 comments:

VintageVicki said...

Love it :)

Menopausal musing said...

"And smiles radiated round blogland"............

....cupcakesandbiscuits said...

The week I've had with my Biscuits, I would have taken them to the enchanted wood and left them there, had tea and cake, maybe a really long soak in the bath, a bottle or two of wine (it's been THAT kind of a week) and then maybe sent their Dad to bring them home. Maybe!!!
I hate to be the kind of a Mum who cannot wait for school on Monday but I want my house (and my sanity) back in the daytime....
x

....cupcakesandbiscuits said...

I got carried away with my rant there....loved your post today by the way. Made me wish for grass under my bare feet.
x

Mrs B said...

oh Ali!!! I too know that feeling!

(please remember mine has been back a week...different hollies!)

We all need breaks! I coming over to see you!

x

TheMadHouse said...

Sounds perfect, infact I can not wait for the bluebells to blossom and then off to blue bell dell it will be for us. PS I havent had a visit fromt he post man yet

charl said...

the enchanted wood was one of my faves as a child.. i wanted to live in a little tree top house with moonface!!!

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

yeh, if kids were only like that? my youngest goes out to the enchanted wood behind us, skips lunch and 'dirt tracks' as in takes his expensive, recently repaired, new bike and skids in deep clay mud coming home with shoes like clay footballs and the bike chain has come off weighed down by all the mud - no picnic here lady!

PaperFish! said...

Does that make you MoonFace?

Mrs B said...

hmmmmmmmm not really a post about how 'perfect' my children are....

but just because I loved faraway tree and noticed the magic that children attach to something as simple as eating cake it the garden.....

x

winnibriggs said...

But in your heart of hearts you know they are, (perfect), when they are asleep and dreaming! Love the post puts some of the charm back in our frazzled lives.

clarabelle said...

Lovely post...
I unfortunately don't have any milk :( I registered on Weds after reading your post and my first order was supposed to arrive this morning but no "clink clink" :(
Mistake apparently - so now I need to go BUY milk and wait for Monday..
C
xx

Mrs B said...

oh noooooo clarabelle!

The disappointment...like Farmer Christmas not turning up!

I hope they sort it out for you!

x

LissyLou said...

here here menopausal musings!!

Mrs B..that was enchanting x

Taz said...

You really are enjoying that milk aren't you? :)
There is an award for you over at my blog hon x

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

Ooh no, Mrs B please don't take my comment the wrong way I hope - but I bet your lovely children would never come back from an enchanted wood bathed in mud? they comb their hair (in your photo's, anyway) and drink up their milk which mine will never do. and I bet yours ate everything up, mine would just eat the crisps.

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Mrs B said...

Oh mrs y d! Not at all! Just making the point that all kids are the same! Mine ate the cake, ground the egg n
butties into the lawn, made obstacle courses with the basket blanket and scooters! Miss b is a dirt magnet only clean at 7.30 am and 6.00pm....and I suppose while sleeping (that's not her choice tho?!) master b would live off digestive biscuits(note top photo) and crisps!

If they were lucky enough to have an enchanted wood they would be up to their ears in mud too! That'd be childhood!

X

Menopausal musing said...

And just in case the sight of ordinary milk bottles should ever become dull, just take a look at these babies (hoping I get the address right).

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/7589413/Interior-design-notebook-dates-for-your-diary.html

Helen Charlton said...

Gorgeous Blog . . lurrrrvely! I will be back, Love Helen x

Mrs B said...

cathy!! how lovely! I want the grassy one.....have I been good enough?! They are only £99....?!

x

Victoria said...

Mrs B this is a lovely post - I was imagining you had gone on an adventure (picnic) to the park. My #2 is currently obsessed with picnicking in the garden - he wants lunch out there every day!

Now I have never read an Enid Blyton book in my whole life (not sure why or how as I have always read a lot) - am I missing something?

Regarding my comment on your previous post - of course it is your prerogative and I promise not to divulge whereabouts again! I have actually changed my blog name and URL as I was becoming uneasy with the fact it revealed my whereabouts. x

p.s. how do you manage to eat so much cake and not be the size of the proverbial house?

Mrs B said...

ah haaaaha Victoria!

Thank you for your understanding!

re: cake! I have to run a lot! I do eat a lot! no magic answer I am afraid!

;-))

x

ps think you are right about blog url change! got to be sensible!

x

cumquats said...

A truly lovely post. Having young children is the perfect time to make a little magic.

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A Thrifty Mrs said...

Ah how I love Enid.
I love how you see the magic in the small things; milk bottles, cake, etc. That is a fab quality to have.

I had a lovely time with you, the mini B people, the balls and the trains.

Beautiful post.

Mrs B said...

thrifty...what a lovely comment to meet first thing!

I feel smiley now!

x

A Thrifty Mrs said...

Always happy to make someone smile of a Monday morning.

Tis a calling.

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