Wednesday, 20 March 2013


“The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today”  
Lewis Carroll - Alice Through the Looking Glass

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One day my father came home with boxes and boxes of old books which were on the way to the dump when he mentioned he had two little girls. We were allowed to rummage through them and pick as many as we wanted. It was like my birthday and Christmas all rolled into one!

Amongst the books was a worn copy of "Alice in Wonderland" which became my constant companion. That and "Alice Through the Looking Glass" were two of my favourite books when I was growing up. I read them over and over. Years later I found my worn copy and gave it to my little niece and she loved it too.

Years have passed and Zoe now has a three year old herself. When Eva was born, Zoe proudly showed me the nursery she had decorated herself and there was my old book in pride of place. Eva loves books and although she can't read yet, I see her passing on the book to her baby girl long after I'm gone.

While I was searching for the Lewis Carroll reference I found another nonsense rhyme by Edward Lear which you may enjoy reading.

On the top of the Crumpetty Tree

On the top of the Crumpetty Tree
The Quangle Wangle sat,
But his face you could not see,
On account of his Beaver Hat.
For his hat was a hundred and two feet wide,
With ribbons and bibbons on every side
And bells, and buttons, and loops, and lace,
So that nobody ever could see the face
Of the Quangle Wangle Quee.

The Quangle Wangle said
To himself on the Crumpetty Tree,--
'Jam; and jelly; and bread;
'Are the best food for me!
'But the longer I live on this Crumpetty Tree
'The plainer that ever it seems to me
'That very few people come this way
'And that life on the whole is far from gay!'
Said the Quangle Wangle Quee.

But there came to the Crumpetty Tree,
Mr. and Mrs. Canary;
And they said, -- 'Did you ever see
'Any spot so charmingly airy?
'May we build a nest on your lovely Hat?
Mr. Quangle Wangle, grant us that!
'O please let us come and build a nest
'Of whatever material suits you best,
'Mr. Quangle Wangle Quee!'

And besides, to the Crumetty Tree
Came the Stork, the Duck, and the Owl;
The Snail, and the Bumble-Bee,
The Frog, and theFimble Fowl;
(The Fimble Fowl, with a Corkscrew leg;)
And all of them said, -- We humblyy beg,
'We may build our homes on your lovely Hat,--
'Mr. Quangle Wangle, grant us that!
'Mr. Quangle Wangle Quee!'

And the Golden Grouse came there,
And the Pobble who has no toes,--
And the small Olympian bear,--
And the Dong with a luminous nose.
And the Blue Babboon, who played the flute,--
And the Orient Calf from the Land of Tute,--
And the Attery Squash, and the Bisky Bat,--
All came and built on the lovely Hat
Of the Quangle Wangle Quee.

And the Quangle Wangle said
To himself on the Crumpetty Tree,--
'When all these creatures move
'What a wonderful noise there'll be!'
And at night by the light of the Mulberry moon
They danced to the flute of the Blue Babboon,
On the broad green leaves of the Crumpetty Tree,
And all were as happy as happy could be,
With the Quangle Wangle Quee.

Cat # 13072 Jam Today (Posted as # 67 on Leslie Saeta Thursday 21 March)