I must apologise for our absence over the last week, and for generally being rubbish these last few weeks at updating the blog. As some of you know, I am studying for an MA in Children’s Literature and we had two essay deadlines to contend with. I can honestly say that it was the hardest thing I have done since Finals but now I have a long summer to enjoy before Year 2 commences. Therefore, I can work on this blog more!
In the meatime, Holly has been reviewing books and the reviews are piling up for me to upload. Before we put those up, we wanted to share with you a walk we went on, on the Bank Holiday weekend. Unusually for the UK, we had brilliant, sunny and warm weather so we took ourselves to a nature reserve at Aston Rowant, which is in the Chilterns, around 15 minutes to the east of Oxford. You can read more about it here. I highly recommend it. There are walks along hills, trees that are great for climbing, a high, flat area for kite-flying and woodlands to walk through.
I’ve added some photos below to hopefully show the variety of the area. However, this wouldn’t be a Childtastic post without something wordy in it! Therefore, Holly and I decided we would write a poem each to reflect the time we had in Aston Rowant and as a special one-year anniversary post, since we’ve not had time to do a proper one!
On Aston Rowant, by Holly Fratter
I watch a flock of sheep go by,
I see flowers swaying in the wind.
I hear the trees rustle from behind.
I love the peaceful happiness on the hill
Where you can wander at your will.
I walk up to the highest mount
On Aston Rowant.
A lovely, lyrical poem by Holly. Unfortunately mine does not sound quite so majestic or lovely, as I was immersed in nonsense rhyme at the time for my MA. So what you see below is a result of that!
Sheep, by Sam Pope
Sheep like to sit on trees
Except when they scrape their knees
Bark is great for itching fleas.
Under trees it feels so cool
Fantastic if you wear real wool
Shade is better as a rule.
Oh dear! Anyway, enjoy the pictures and we will post again soon!