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My Name Is Bel. This Is My Blog about Bookshop Owning, ExPat Life and Anything Else That Wonders Aimlessly Out of My Head And Onto The Written Page.

Today - Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Today - Tuesday 23rd October 2018

When I said in my previous post that Mondays were the quiet days, what I actually meant was, Monday is the less quiet day of my two quiet days each week. Tuesdays can be silent days. Well, when I say silent, I mean that they are extremely quiet once Circle Time is over.

Ahhhh Circle Time. I love Circle Time. This is held every Tuesday and Thursday at 9.15am. The children who come along are 5 years old and under (our youngest attendee since we opened was 7 days old!) and we typically have a quieter Tuesday, busier Thursday. They bring with them an assortment of Mommys, Daddys, Grandparents and Nannys. Sometimes they bring along older siblings. We read a bunch of Peekaboo books, which they are convinced are actually raw acts of magic, we (much to my repeated horror) read Pete The Cat and His White Shoes almost every time. We sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and“The Wheels On the Bus” (this is the overriding favorite and the children get SO excited about singing this, each of them apparently surprised when we sing it. Every. Single. Time.) We always end with “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (which my Dad would sing to me, so we are singing it whether they like it or not). Sometimes we do some gardening, about once every two or so month. The planters outside Bel and Bunna’s are mostly put together by the Circle Time groups. We grow tomatoes & strawberries and then eat them from the vines when they are red and sweet, we grow green peppers and baby peas, and pick them carefully when they are the perfect green color. Sometimes we plant bulbs in small containers to take home. Compost all over the shop floor, under everyone’s nails and sometimes even in people’s mouths & up noses - no problem at all - it’s all part of the fun!

Today was not your typical Tuesday. We had 17 (17!!) children at Circle Time. Plus their grown ups. It was wonderful, about an eight out of ten on the chaotic scale, which is kind of good when there are that many babies and toddlers in a confined space. We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar (50 years old this year, fact lovers), three peekaboo books and Pete The Cat and his blimming annoying but much loved White Shoes. Then I had a meeting with my chums from St Mary’s School in Walnut Creek about their book fair in January, which was most excellent. The day in itself was certainly the busiest Tuesday we have had this year, in part because the new Sarah J Maas book came out and many women of a certain age rushed in to pick up their copies (I’m hoping that their families aren’t expecting dinner or homework help tonight). I, myself, have been very restrained and haven’t started my copy yet - I’m sure though that there won’t be too much sleep in my near future.

Today’s Numbers:

Meltdowns: 2

Book Fairs Planned: 1

Friends who came for tea: 1 BFF

Sour Patch Kids, Meant For Halloween, Consumed: Too many

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