Before moving house a couple of years ago my Ladybird book collection was in pretty good shape. I had an accurate written record of what I owned, the condition it was in and useful things like prices, tally numbers etc. I also knew where they all were. Beautifully arranged on shelves outside my bedroom so that I could stop and admire then whenever I walked past.
Fast forward two years, and following two house moves and a period in storage I’m only just starting to get my Ladybird collection back in order. I’ve not stopped collecting in that time, but I haven’t really been collecting in an organised manner. In an attempt to get so much of my life back on track this is another area that needs to change.
Once again I’m trying to use my blog as a way of forcing myself to do something.
For years I ran a little feature called Ladybird Tuesday over on Being Mrs C. I used to really enjoy sitting down once a week and pulling out a Ladybird book and writing all about it. I tried to move the feature over to here, but got rid of the regular posting. That was a bit of a failure. It seems I’m a creature of habit who needs to be forced to do things on a regular basis.
Therefore I’m pleased to announce that from next Tuesday, Ladybird Tuesday will return. I’ll be honest and say that I have absolutely no recollection as to why it was Tuesdays that I chose to share my Ladybird collection with readers, but it seems silly to get rid of the name when people are familiar with it. And it saves me the stress of trying to make a decision as to which day of the week I should post on!
Ladybird Tuesday will be a collection of new posts and also some re-edited ones from my old blog that I will move over. I’m also in the middle of creating a new spreadsheet containing all the books that are in my collection. I can’t commit to having it complete by the time Ladybird Tuesday re-launches, but I am hoping to make a start to the list I keep on this site.
For now though let me whet your appetite with a glimpse at a few things that have come into my collection recently.
Firstly – an utterly gorgeous selection of Uncle Mac books. I always wanted to find an Uncle Mac title in one of my charity shop trips, but I’ve never been that lucky. Instead, I am lucky enough to have a wonderful husband who listened to me telling someone about my love of the Uncle Mac titles and managed to find these for my birthday.
Second up is something a little bit bigger than a regular Ladybird book. The story of Jayne Fisher’s Garden Gang series is something of a legend to Ladybird collectors. I knew there was a larger Garden Gang book once published, but I’d never seen a copy in the flesh. Until one day I was busy looking at something else in a charity shop and spotted it looking down at me from a top shelf. Far more than I would usefully pay for a Ladybird book, but far less than they seem to be going for on eBay. This is a book that I simply had to make mine.
I look forward to sharing these treasures and so much more from my Ladybird collection with you. I just hope we can make it a regular date.