Just as parents-to-be need to do a lot of preparing and 'nesting' in the months leading up to the birth, so (it seems) do grannies-to-be ... or is it only me? I find myself looking with new interest at babies in general and noticing shops that sell baby things and adverts for 'nearly-new' sales that I've never taken any interest in before. I know it's no good indulging my yearning for little baby clothes - my daughter tends to be rather particular about things and I doubt my taste would concur with hers. But I did have a good idea (I think) to start a collection of books, to keep at my house, that might provide some amusement for my precious grandchild in years to come: books I loved as a child, books my daughter loved and selected modern children's classics. However reliant we all are on computers and electronic gadgets, I still think there's a place for books in the life of a child. And even if (horror) my own grandchild(ren) turn out to be book-averse, as some are, it will serve to amuse me! (I don't know why I don't have any left over from the early days but I don't. Obviously too ruthless in my decluttering in times past.)
I even found a lovely place to start a wish-list: http://www.librarything.com - where you can search for titles, start your own lists and link in to reviews and sellers too. A lot of fun. Needless to say, all suggestions for additions to my list will be gratefully received and enjoyed.
This photo has very little to do with all that! But I decided to post it simply because I like it. It fits well with the Weekend Reflections theme and if you like reflections in all guises, then do have a look at the other entries this week - here. This attractive spot is a few miles along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in Riddlesden. It would be a gorgeous place to hunker down for the afternoon with a drink and a book - though perhaps not the best place to settle with a toddler in tow!