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Horrible Histories

I don’t often find many children’s television shows that entertaining these days, I used to watch cartoons and tv a lot as a kid and loved Inspector Gadget, Astro Boy, Round the Twist, and Tea Bag.

The big kids in the house have moved on from abc2 to abc3 (yay) although I do have to occasionally listen to the irritating voices on abc2 as my youngest is now finding a little interest in the tv, although thankfully he mainly likes Playschool.

So last year as the kids watched more abc3, we discovered a fantastic show.  Horrible Histories.  It is hilarious.  I didn’t realise how funny till I heard this funny little ditty, and came in to watch…

My littlest boy LOVES this guy, does the little dance and sticks his thumbs up.

So we told Daddy about the show and he sat down to watch, him being a big Monty Python fan loved it also and we have been watching and recording episodes ever since.

The tv show is based on a series of books by Terry Deary, so having an avid bookworm, he got a blood curdling box of books.

Blood Curdling Box

Horrible Histories


My big boy is very much into history so the show and books are perfect for his active mind

Awesome Egyptians

It’s not very often a tv show rates with the parents as much as the kids, and I only wished I lived close enough to go see the live shows!

What television shows to you love or hate?

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Yesterday I looked through my son’s drawers and realised most of his jumpers are size 5 and he is now 8 (no wonder they were looking a bit small)  so I thought I might go look at a couple of op-shops.

I have a bit of a love, hate relationship with op shops.  My mum used to go op shopping quite often, and I hated going.  As soon as we pulled up near one I would inwardly groan.  I hated the smell, you know that smell of a thousand different bodies all in one room, although it wasn’t people but their clothes.

I do remember one instance of looking in an op shop and picking out a totally awesome tye died t-shirt, cos It was the 90’s ok!

Even not that long back maybe 7 years or so, I thought I would give the op-shop another chance and off I went, just for a look, and then a little old lady farted in the aisle. I was disgusted and left.

Turns out I think I was just looking in the wrong op-shops.  I find the Salvos ones are the best, they must have a few rules that the others don’t, they actually seem to have good stuff in them and where as some of the others I think the people that work there must just take all the good stuff.

So anyway over the past few years when I have had a need of dress up costumes, or footy socks, I have gone to the nearest op shop and actually found some decent things.

Yesterday I visited two, at the first I found a whole pile of clothes that my kids could use, little boy was going from 00 to 0 so I searched for some, and found a few, my daughter didn’t really need anything but I couldn’t help myself buying a cute jumper and dress for her, they were in excellent condition, and my big boy I found a couple of jumpers and shirts, all good brands, so I was impressed.  My op-shop experience was a sucesss!

Anyways, I set off to another just to fill in a bit more time, I wasn’t ready to go home yet.

As always this op-shop has a great big book section, which I love to trawl through.

This time I found:

3 Sesame Street books (actually there were more but I couldn’t carry them all so I picked these ones) all in excellent condition.


I like to see who they belonged to, find out their history and was very suprised to find this name inside…


You see I went to school with a girl called Briony Hutton and I wouldn’t be suprised if this was the same girl, after all Launceston is not a very big place.  I will have to find out!

This is one of our book shelves.  Someone gave me that cute little chair, and it fits just perfectly in this spot next to the shelf for a bit of reading.


Look at that lovely sun.


This shelf mostly has kids books on it, some of them were mine, and are falling apart a bit, but they have such history, and some of the illustrations in those older Fairytale/Bedtime Story books are just beautiful.

So do you op-shop?  Love them or hate them? Any great finds? I’d love to know 🙂


Minnie by astrogirl529
Minnie, a photo by astrogirl529 on Flickr.

So I have been told It’s never too early to start reading books to your baby, it is even suggested to start from birth.


I don’t know who actually has time to read books to a newborn baby without either one falling asleep but anyways!

The sticker is more fun

I read to my boy most nights after his before bed feed. Most of the time he tries to eat the book but, lately he has done less eating and more looking.


My eldest son’s favourite book when he was about two was, Time for Bed P.B. Bear.

What are your favourite books to read to your child, and what is their favourite?