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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 - Wednesday 24th October 2018

Today - Wednesday 24th October 2018

Inclusive Circle Time. INCLUSIVE CIRCLE TIME. What a blimming awesome morning we had. Amy is a revelation. I mean, I knew she was a gem - she's a great chum who has a similar taste in books to me and she a very loyal customer, and I just love her boys… but whoa - put her in from of a bunch of kids and she is another creature altogether. Patient and calm, she guided the under 5s, and their grown ups, through a couple of stories and a bunch of songs, and kept them engaged and happy. We had planned to do have Amy do this once a month, but <breaking news> we are going to hold an Inclusive Circle Time every Wednesday at 10.15am. Absolutely brilliant. I’m so excited to offering this program to the good people of Lamorinda and Walnut Creek, I’m so thrilled that we can offer Bel and Bunna’s as a safe place for young children of all abilities.

I’m often asked “what are you reading?”. I usually have four books on the go - two audio books, one in the car, one in the shop, then two real books at home, which I read depending on my mood. Currently I’m consuming “Kingdom of Ash” by Sarah J Maas (New Adult, see yesterday’s post, but I love her work very much), “Bridge of Clay” by Markus Zusak (YA apparently but we will see, by “The Book Thief” guy - it’s equally good I think, but way way way way way way way more gritty…), “The House With Chicken Legs” by Sophie Anderson (mid grade and great fun - humor and adventure) and “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness, (Grown Up) which I thought I’d read, but it turns out I hadn’t. And with which (or witch) I am obsessed. I cannot stop listening to it. I need to get back to SJMaas but I can’t quite do it. I need to feed my kids, but they can wait. I really ought to fold the laundry, but I’m sure I’ll have time tomorrow. Halloween costume prep for Joe - he doesn’t really need one….. GAH - it’s been a long time since a non work related book has kept me hooked. I’m not sure why - is it because I do love a good witch/vampire/demon book? or is it because its utter escapism? Is it the writing? The characters? The world building? I honestly don’t know but if this post doesn’t make sense it’s because the book is playing on my phone next to me right now.

My Halloween costume arrived today. For the third year in a row I will be a witch. Its an awesome witch’s dress and I’m looking forward to getting ready on Friday lunch time! After the horror of the attempted Fancy Nancy costume at Bel and Bunna’s first Halloween (long story short - I put together a Fancy Nancy costume, tried it on, and realized I looked like a chubby aging lady of the night), being a witch is a good way to go. I cannot wait to see what creatures and characters come into the shop on Friday afternoon - we have all sorts of treats waiting.

Today’s Numbers:

Meltdowns: 2. By the same child. Impressive

Friends who came for tea: 0. Hmph.

Holiday Programs Planned: 3

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