What's so magical about Grandad's Garden

Find out what Ewan finds in Grandad's Garden.



Lowdham Book Festival 2017


16 - 24 June 2017



This is Lowdham Book Festival's 18th year and the line-up for 2017 includes fiction, politics, gardening, literary history, music and food! With the usual eclectic mix of talks, music, films and discussions, there is something for everyone.


The 2017 programme is available on The Bookcase website   http://www.thebookcase.co.uk/lowdham-book-festival/


Tickets: The Bookcase, Lowdham 0115 9663219

Festival Box Office open Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm.


Become a friend of Lowdham Book Festival


Take advantage of discounted tickets for many of the events and receive the Festival programme before anyone else - plus a £5 voucher to spend at the summer festival!


All for £15 a year (£25 for couples)


Send a cheque (payable to Lowdham Festivals Ltd) along with your name, address, and email address if you have one, to: Lowdham Book Festival, The Bookcase, 50 Main Street, Lowdham, Notts, NG14 7BE

BOOK OF THE DAY                     23rd June 2017

Magic!: New Fairy Tales from Irish Writers by Siobhan Parkinson (Editor),    Olwyn Whelan (Illustrator)

Magic!: New Fairy Tales from Irish Writers by Siobhan Parkinson (Editor),    Olwyn Whelan (Illustrator)


Age Range: 6 - 10 years

Pages 64

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books


Edited by ex-Children’s Laureate Siobhan Parkinson, seven top Irish writers write brand new fairy tales for the 21st century, but with plenty of the magic, wisdom and laughter that we find in the traditional Irish tales. Including wolves and dragons, magic frogs, a kind monster, a mysterious mermaid, a mischievous wee man,  a heroic sky snake, as well as human boys and girls, this is a spellbinding collection of contemporary writing. Each story is beautifully and decoratively illustrated with Olwyn Whelan’s jewel-like, brightly coloured paintings.


 The stories are:


The Princess and the Other Frog by Siobhan Parkinson; Eleanor by John Boyne; Badness, Madness and Trickery by Malachy Doyle; Finbar the Furious by Paula Leyden; The Woman who Stroked Stones by Maeve Friel; The Princess who Wanted to be Queen by Deirdre Sullivan; Nora and the Sky Snake by Darragh Martin.








George discovers active legs and feet - AND - what do sheds have to do with it all.


Things to help you be the most SUPER GRANDPARENTS

Activities to get the most from your grandchildren. Thoughts and philosophies so that they get the best from life. (Please note: This part of the site is newly born. Please 'bear with' as it is nutures and grows.)

FATHER'S DAY Sunday 18th June 2017


Get your dad (or mum) to celebrate FATHER'S DAY by reading a book from this list


Suggested Bedtime Stories  19th to 25th June 2017

Which bedtime story will you read tonight?




FRIDAY 23rd JUNE 2017




Since its beginning in 1970, Glastonbury has steadily got bigger and bigger to become the most iconic festival on the planet. Starting with 1,500 at tickets for just £1, Glastonbury now draws over 170,000 to Worthy Farm, Pilton in Somerset each summer for a celebration of music, art, and culture.


Glastonbury Festival founder is Michael Eavis and he came up with the idea for the festival when he sneaked through a hedge with his future second wife, Jean, at the Shepton Mallet Blues Festival to see Led Zeppelin.


Despite his success, he still lives frugally – but his motto is ‘live fast and live long’.


He reveals he pays himself just £60,000 out of the festival's £32m turnover and gives the rest of his profits away to charity. He doesn't go on holidays abroad and hasn't bought a new car in 14 years. Eavis' take-home salary is less than he pays his top dairy herdsman. Excess cash is given away as he doesn't like to carry profit into the next year.


In terms of finances, Glastonbury Festival would have a GDP of nearly £6billion, which would rank it 150th on the global league tables, behind Guinea and above Somalia. Based upon 2015’s small profit of £86,000, the country of Glastonbury would have run a budget surplus of £6.3 million last year. Festival goers to Glastonbury spend an average of £293.24 during their visit, which works out as £21,406.52 on an annual basis. That’s not adjusting for spending patterns, inflation or how all these people would still manage to earn money. Although, on a statistical basis at least, around 0.06% could be employed, as the festival is calculated to have created at least 1,100 jobs in Somerset.


It’s also likely to have a thriving property market, as there is plenty more than just your average two-man tent on site. Take the Hospitality Camping area, for example. Tickets start at £420, although prices go right up to £8,995. These premium camping spots afford you a tent with four double bedrooms, three bathrooms and even your own butler.


At least 200,000 people – including punters and staff – will attend the event.


Here are some more facts and figures about the five-day musical spectacular:


135,000 tickets were bought for this year’s event, which sold out in 50 minutes.


£238 paid per ticket.


900-acres used for the site with a perimeter of 8.5 miles.


One million square metres of public camping space.


514 food stalls on site.


900 shops, including 150 that take card payments.


5,000 toilets provided.


3,000,000 gallons of water used every year.


21 couples plan to have a ‘handfasting’ commitment ceremony.


Nine people taken to hospital during the festival’s opening on Wednesday 21.6.17 and paramedics attended a total of 59 incidents.


People sitting in the shade with @GlastoFest Pyramid Stage in the distance. Hottest ever day of Glastonbury Festival 21.6.17 – 31C more than 10C (18F) higher than average.


A seven-tonne 1957 Heidelberg printing press is used to print the Glastonbury Free Press newspaper.




‘Live fast and live long’ - Michael Eavis


Happiness is…


Happiness is… camping in a muddy field at the end of June to experience Glastonbury Festival


Happiness is...a weekend off at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury to lend their fields to festival goers





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17th JUNE 2017





Hi Ewan here.


My Grandad and Mamma have a magical garden. Well that’s what Grandad tells us. But I think it is, really. He says there are fairies at the bottom of it. I think he’s probably right. I’ve not seen any though. But fairies are like that, they are like Santa, they make sure you do not see them.


Grandad says he’s seen them, but when you’re as old as Grandad you’ve seen everything. But he could be joking. Brother Rory always asks him if he’s joking. A Grandad joke is never funny or makes you laugh. When Grandad’s not telling the truth  that’s a Grandad joke. Like he says “There’s some ants. You’ve got ants in your pants” but it’s always untrue, I never have. It’s not funny but we still call it a Grandad joke.


Then there are Dad jokes. He says something funny and Mum doesn’t laugh and says it is a Dad Joke.


Then there’s the real jokes, when Mr Tumble on Cbeebies gets a custard pie in his face and trips over his own shadow. That is so funny and makes me and everyone laugh.


So Grandad might be joking about fairies but might not. When we went in the garden this week Mamma said he had let the lawn and weeds grow too long. She said she’d lose us. I think that was a Mamma joke.Grandad said he needed to let them grow so the tigers, lions, elephants and bears could hide in them. I don’t think that was a Grandad joke. Although we didn’t see any, but looking for them is part of what makes Grandad’s garden magical.


You would have thought we would have done a “Bear Hunt” or a “Tiger Hunt” or even best of all an “Elephant Hunt”, but we didn’t we did a “Worm Hunt”.


I think I explained a “Worm Hunt” last time. It’s like a bear hunt but no field to go through or stream, or wood or snowstorm or beach, and not so scary or dangerous. And you don’t find a bear at the end, just two or three worms.


It was brilliant though we found hundreds and thousands of worms, Grandad said six, but maybe he was joking or couldn’t count. He’s very old so he’s not very good at counting. He can’t count as many as thousands.

Grandad dug, Brother Rory picked the worms up and he put them into a small toy watering can which I held – the very best teamwork.


Grandad’s garden really is so magical. It is full of nature, wild animals and insects. The soil is full of worms and they provide food for lots of birds and animals: birds, foxes, hedgehogs and moles.


Moles eat lots and lots of worms and live underground. Although we dug deep we didn’t find any. Moles make mole hills in Grandad’s lawn. They have poor eyesight Grandad says but you never see one wearing glasses. He says if we see one we have to say to it “Should have gone to Specsavers.” Do you think he was joking?

There were loads of sparrows, pigeons and two blackbirds and one robin.


The pigeons are still not over happy because Grandad and Mamma had their trees taken away. Now my dad has put plastic spikes on our swing to stop them sitting on top of it and pooing on it. They are not happy. Well would you be if your bum was spiked every time you sat on the swing.


Grandad made us stop and listen to the birds singing, especially the blackbird. But I think he was joking. The birds don’t sing they whistle.


There are lots of insects busying themselves in the garden too, like the bee. Bee’s scare me. Grandad says the bee is so important we can’t exist without them. I think he’s joking. Bees are always messing around in flowers and then rudely buzz in your face. They wear yellow and brown woolly jumpers and really bite you hard with their bums. On top of that they make honey. Honey is sticky gooey stuff and horrible, too sweet to eat.


But spiders are brilliant and hairy. They are big fans of Spiderman, his comic and films, so big that they name themselves Spider after him and try to climb walls and have webs like him.


Grandad says at dusk bats fly near his window. Bats are big fans of Batman and named themselves after him and try to look like him when they fly, but they are a bit different because nothing can look like Batman except Batman. I don’t think they have a batmobile either. It is only because he is so good and kind that he lets bats call themselves bats.


Grandad and Mamma’s garden is so magical that if one of them lifts me up to look over the hedge, there are loads more animals and birds in the field. Horses, hens, geese and ducks. I like the horses best but where’s the pond for the ducks. They waddle around like a duck out of water.


Rabbits join them too. They sometimes come into Grandad’s garden. He says they think it’s Mr McGreggor’s Garden from the Peter Rabbit stories. He says he’s seen Peter Rabbit, but this time I know he’s joking. Peter Rabbit wears a blue jacket and not one of these rabbits have any clothes at all. And Peter Rabbit lives in a book not in a field at the bottom of Mamma and Grandad’s garden.


Brother Rory found a snail in Grandad’s Garden. Snails…move…along…so…slowly…as…slowly…as…this. Definitely too slow for me. I love speedy things, like a tortoise. They go loads faster than a snail. Or a horse. Or even faster still a big red car.


The afternoon was a sunny, June afternoon and just before Mamma fetched us in for a bath we found millions of ants. Birds love ants for tea, and dinner and lunch and breakfast and supper and any time really.

“You’ve got ants in your pants.” Said Grandad, and I hadn’t, he was joking.


Then for tea we had spaghetti.


“Yuck,” said Grandad, “You’re eating live worms in tomato ketchup.”


I knew he was joking. Well I thought he was but they did look like real worms and they did wriggle off my fork before I put them in my mouth. I was sure those I had eaten were wriggling about in my tum. So I  left them, just to be on the safe side you understand.


I do have lots of other great fun times, when Grandad’s not around. For example on Sunday 11th June it was Open Farm Sunday and Granny and Auntie Debbie took me and Brother Rory to a farm. I love farms. We saw a farmer peel a sheep. The sheep looked stupid after its peel had come off. The farmer just rolled it up. The peel that is not the sheep. I hope the farmer put it back on the sheep or he will be cold in the night in the fields. Dad said it was only like us having a haircut. I don’t think so.


We then went on to Cousin George and Cousin Freya’s house. I think it was to celebrate their Dad having a new shed, but my Daddy’s shed is bigger.


Bye Bye, Ewan.








2 YEAR OLD EWAN       1. 2 Year old EWAN'S Blog



1 YEAR OLD GEORGE   2. 1 Year Old GEORGE'S Blog



©2017 www.jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk – Phil Robinson





17th JUNE 2017




Welcome to my world, won’t you come on in.


Each day of each week I make a major life challenging/changing discovery. This week it has been the coordination of feet, legs, hands and arms in conjunction with plastic balls.


Last week when I was talking to Ewan I was a little disappointed that after I had taken the trouble to please everyone and learn to walk, Mum banned us from the Lake District, so I ended up wondering what was the point of learning to walk?


But as I have learnt in life move on. Stay positive. As Grandad says to Mamma when they are out walking and she begins to chunter: “It’s only a hill get over it.”


I knew something positive would come from it and it did. I have discovered, wait for this, I bet it will shock you as much as me, football is not just a programme on TV like Teletubbies, Bing or Twirlywoos. It is a real game and you can play it and enjoy it. Apparently there are football skills but because Dad only watches Liverpool and England matches I had not realised.


I have one mummy, one daddy, one sister (that’s one too many), one nanny, one mamma but two grandads. The reason I have too grandads is because grandads are brilliant, you can’t get enough of them and you can’t have too many.


One of my grandads supports a brilliant football team who win loads of stuff and have lots of skills and he is good at football and golf, which I will come on to in a moment.


My other grandad hates any ball games (any games even) and is rubbish at football, and has never even played golf. Can you imagine that, not ever playing golf?


This week I have discovered my goal (I used that word on purpose! That’s maturity for you) in life is to become a No.1 football player.

I realised that now I can walk, I can run. Apparently you have to walk before you can run. But now I can run when I kick my ball I am more accurate where I kick, I kick harder and kick further. Also I have a good book about football. It is one of the very best books. It is not a cheap adult one that is based on boring blandness and meaningless written words, it is lively, made of board with buttons to press for unbelievable sounds.


One of the sounds is the cheer of the crowd when a goal is scored. I get Sister Freya to press that button when I kick the ball and the feeling inside me is euphoric. I find it to be the best, most exciting feeling in the whole world on a par with the feeling I felt after the stressful journey to get into this world.


The feeling I get just proves that I am born to be a star football player.


That and the way I dramatically fall to the floor screaming if anyone takes the ball away from me. Everyone says I am a natural.


Another reason I am destined to be a star football player. And the third reason is I have no respect for money, I just treat it as a throwaway commodity. There is plenty more where that comes from. So football’s my destiny.

On top of that golf comes naturally to me too. I have never been to a golf course in all my one year of life, yet I knew I had to use a golf club to hit a golf ball and I know what a golf ball is to hit. And I hit the ball in a perfect straight line


Grandad Robinson has no idea. He used a golf club to hit a football. I despair. He’s no grandad of mine.


But Grandad Robinson does give me credit and says I am a “chip” off the old block. He says that’s a pun. I’ve heard of birdies and eagles and a hole in one but I don’t know what a pun is.


But again I am a natural and you have to be able to walk good to play golf. Another good reason for walking.

I think I am convinced. Walking is worth it.


I just need to change subjects for a short time now.




A man is not a bloke until he has his own shed. That, like football and golf is part of our DNA and dates back to when men had their own caves.


Grandad Reed has one. Dad has only just got one. He’s a bit late getting one, it took me to come along and force him into it. But Grandad Robinson hasn’t got one.


Do you see the pattern forming here:Grandad Reed has a shed, supports a solid football team, plays good golf and football. Dad just got a shed, supports a mediocre football team, plays average golf and football. Uncle Ian has a shed, plays good golf and football. Grandad Robinson has no shed, supports no football team, plays no golf and football. I’m afraid it does not take an expert to work out the correlation.


My toys now fill Dad’s Shed. That is mine and Dad’s Shed. Father and Son Union HQ.


But you should have seen the pavlova building it. (Sorry I mean palaver). Three of them were needed to build it and an audience of three, Mum, Nanny and Auntie Jayne to give strength and moral support. I say this with tongue firmly in cheek.


The shed came in seven pieces, plus window and door. 10 minutes a piece, that’s 70 minutes but let’s say two hours to give room for error. Child’s play. A13 month old (that’s me) could do it easily.


They started at10 o’clock - 12 o’clock, not finished, 2 o’clock not finished. 4 o’clock you’ve guessed it. Finally 5 o’clock – 7 hours later they are about there. But, wait for this, in the wrong place. In the middle of the lawn and it should be by the side of the house.


Anyway, alls well that ends well or something like that, and now me and Dad have our own shed where we can go and talk man talk, man to man.


And finally a question: On Wednesday last it was Sister Freya’s Sports Day at her Nursery School. I was not invited, and not allowed to go to it. Nor it appears was Dad or even Mum. But Mamma and Grandad Robinson attended as honorary guests.


Here’s my conundrum (that’s a word instead of question – using the word ‘question’ so much gets so monotonous). If it was Sister Freya’s Sports Day why send Grandad Robinson who ranks as the least sports oriented person on the planet let alone the universe, when there is me and Dad who are brimful of sport and sports experience? Wouldn’t it have been more appropriate and sensible and better support for Sister Freya for us to go?


As I get older I find life filled with more and more complexed oddities and conundrums where there is never nor ever will be a sensible answers. But they add to the mysteries of life which does make life brilliant, amazing and exciting.


I’m not sleepy, I’m bored with typing so I’ll leave you that last conundrum to ponder upon.

As Ewan says: Bye, Bye – George.


©2017 www.jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk – Phil Robinson


19th June 2017





1 - 5+ YEAR OLDS


19th June - 25th June 2017


















Monday                                19-Jun-17             

Snowy by Berlie Doherty   32 Pages Troika Books   3-5 Years


Tuesday                                20-Jun-17             

The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horacek   32 Pages Walker Books 3-5 Years


Wednesday                           21-Jun-17             

Q Pootle 5 - Nick Butterworth 32 Pages  Harper Collins Children's Books 2-5 Years


Thursday                            22-Jun-17             

On the Moon  by Anna Milbourne   (Author), Benji Davies (Illustrator) 24 Pages Usborne Publishing 3-5 Years


Friday                                 23-Jun-17             

Mr Gumpy's Motor Car by John Burningham 32 Pages 2-3 Years


Saturday                               24-Jun-17             

The Great Balloon Hullaballoo by Peter Bently   (Author),    Mei Matsuoka (Illustrator) 32 Pages Publisher: Andersen Press  3-5 years


Sunday                               25-Jun-17          

Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake   (Author)  32 Pages Red Fox Publishers 5-7 Years


                               ABOUT BEDTIME READING:JUNE 2017

15th June 2017


Why do we spend less on Father's Day than Mother's Day?


If you are buying your dad a present for Father's Day on Sunday, I bet you don't spend as much as you did on your mum for Mother's Day.


With Father's Day due to be celebrated on 18 June in the UK, US and more than 70 other countries from Argentina to Zambia, retailers around the world are set to enjoy a significant boost.


But while the amount of money we all spend on Father's Day continues to go up every year, it still trails far behind Mother's Day.


In the US, the average amount spent on gifts per dad this weekend is expected to be $135 (£106), says the National Retail Federation (NRF), with total spending expected to reach $15.5bn.


By contrast, Americans spent an average of $186 on Mother's Day presents this year, for a total $23.6bn, says the NRF. This is a third more and the figures for the UK paint the same picture.


So why do we spend more on our mums?


Alcoholic drinks may be a rare example of when Father's Day presents are more generous than Mother's Day


Dr Lars Perner, a consumer psychologist at the University of Southern California, says that most of us simply think our mothers deserve better or bigger presents.


"To some extent, wrong or right, mothers are often considered to be the biggest contributor to the home life.


"People tend to understand the sacrifices they make, that's what you see. Moms have a special place in people's hearts - there's a special idea of what they offer the family."


Dr Perner adds that perhaps dads are also "less interested in tangible tokens of appreciation".


"I think fathers think they don't really need expensive, showy trinkets, or anything like mom's bouquet of flowers." he says. "They're not typically gift oriented. They generally don't expect anyone to feel an obligation to buy material items for them."


But before millions of dads complain that they really would like some generous gifts this weekend, Prof Kyle Murray, of the Alberta School of Business in Canada, says figures show that every year more money is being spent on Father's Day.


"Retailers have long made a big push on Mother's Day because demand for gift-giving was strong, and Father's Day more of an afterthought," he says.


With traditional gender roles continue to break down, and fathers are doing more housework and hands-on parenting "it is not surprising to see more emphasis on Father's Day," says Prof Murray.


Kit Yarrow, a consumer psychologist at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, adds that as today's fathers have a "more emotional" relationship with their children than past generations, it makes it "a whole lot easier to buy presents for him, because his kids know him on a deeper level".



The modern Father's Day is an American invention, with the first widespread celebration taking place on 1910, two year's after the first Mother's Day celebration.


While Mother's Day was officially recognised by the US government in 1913, Father's Day had to wait until 1972


Unlike Mother's Day, Father's Day is celebrated on the same day in the US and the UK - the third Sunday in June


Portugal, Spain and Italy are rare exceptions, celebrating Father's Day on 19 March, which is also St Joseph's Day - the date chosen to celebrate Joseph, the husband of Jesus' mother


Father's Day started to be marked in the UK after World War Two


But what presents should you buy your dad for Sunday?


Male grooming products remain a hardy perennial, with firms in that sector looking forward to a significant rise in sales.


In London, Truefitt & Hill, the world's oldest barber shop, says that sales of its shaving, hair care and aftershaves go up significantly this week.


Joanna Broughton, managing director of the business, which also has outlets around the world, and an online operation, says: "We do find that our Father's Day offers are exceptionally popular, and we do find ourselves exceptionally busy on this very special occasion."


Meanwhile, US shaving giant Gillette is for the second year in a row running a promotional campaign. The "Go Ask Dad" initiative encourages sons to ask their fathers for advice rather than look things up on the internet.


"We've always been a champion of Father's Day, and passing on shaving traditions," says Barbara Diecker, North American communication manager for Gillette.


For dads who might be hoping for something more fun than a new razor this weekend, a number of surveys on both sides of the Atlantic are a useful guide to what you may receive.


In the US, the most popular Father's Day presents, in descending order are - dinner or brunch, clothes, gift cards, power tools, personal care products, sports goods, and car related items.


Meanwhile, the best-selling gifts in the UK are chocolate, alcohol, books, gadgets and aftershave. And the total UK spend in 2015 was £684m, up from £658m in 2014.


If you are going to buy your dad a present you'll probably buy a card, too. But yet again, you are unlikely to spend as much on the card as you did for your mother.


Last year the average amount spent on a Father's Day card in the UK was £1.85, says the Greeting Card Association of the UK, comparer to £2.09 for a Mother's Day card.


Miles Robinson, co-founder of UK card-shop chain House of Cards, agrees that "dads don't get quite the same recognition" as mums.


Children can of course choose to make their own Father's Day cards instead of buying one


UK wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd says that its figures suggest that customers are spending more on wine and spirits for Father's Day than for Mother's Day.


While it hasn't revealed its underlying sales figures, it says that last year the value of products bought for Father's Day soared by 240%, compared with an increase of just 13% for Mother's Day.


Best-sellers for Father's Day include its own-label gin, whiskies and "Good Ordinary Claret", its popular red wine from Bordeaux in France.


From BBC website  By Dave Gordon


18th June 2017




Just change it to "TOLD MAMMA"


Sunday 18th June 2017




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As 18th June is Father’s Day the Stunning Tracklist  features tracks about FATHERS

1950s                                     Papa Loves Mambo -Perry Como (1954)

1960s                                     Don't Cry Daddy - Elvis Presley (1969)

1970s                                     Papa Was A rolling Stone - Temptations (1972)

1980s                                     Papa Don't Preach - Madonna (1985)

1990s                                     My Father's Eyes - Eric Clapton (1998)

21st                                        That's What Daddy's Do by Billy Ray Cyrus (2012)

Soul Track                            Papas Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown

Power Ballad                        My Father's House - Bruce Springsteen (1982)

Instrumental                         Oh Mein Papa _ Eddie Calvert (1953)

C&W                                      Your Daddy's Boots by Dustin Lynch  (2014)

Novelty Track                      Don't Jump off the Roof Dad - Tommy Cooper (1961)

Bonus Track                         Daddy Cool - Boney M  (1976)

Album of the Week             How It Works: The Dad: The Album- Various Artistes 3 CD Box set 60 Tracks

                                                The picture is the CD cover and not the book

As the Albunm of the Week is 3 CDs with 60 tracks I have listed 14 Bonus tracks instead

1              Daddy Sang Bass by Johnny Cash (1968)

2              Daddy by Emeli Sandé (2011)

3              Daddy by Beyonce (2003)

4              Daddy by Tom Odell (2016)

5              The Greatest Man I Ever Knew by Reba McEntire's (C&W 1992)

6              Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home) – Usher featuring Plies (2000)

7              Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast by Daniel Boone (1971)

8              Who’s Your Daddy – Toby Keith (2002)

9              Father and Daughter - Paul Simon (2006)

10           Dance On Daddy´s Feet by Dennis Locorriere (2010)

11           Father & Son - Cat Stevens

12           To Daddy - Emmylou Harris

13           Daddy's Song - Monkees (1968)

14           Oh Daddy - Fleetwood Mac (1977)




11th June 2017












1              Barack Obama wore the same dinner jacket and shoes for eight years. (The Independent)


2              Walmart has asked employees to deliver online orders to customers on their way home from work. (The Guaedian)


3              146 people have died in the Isle of Man TT motorcycle race.(New York Times)


4              Ed Sheeran can fit 55 Maltesers in his mouth. (The Sun)


5              Experts believe Artificial Intelligence will be able to beat us at everything by 2060 (New Scientist)


6              In 30 minutes, the human body gives off enough heat to bring a gallon of water to a boil.  (thefactsite.com)


7              Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.   (thefactsite.com)


8              Along with the five traditional senses of sound, sight, touch, smell and taste, humans have 15 “other senses.” These include balance, temperature, pain and time as well as internal senses for suffocation, thirst, and fullness.  (thefactsite.com)


9              Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined. (thefactsite.com)


10           More people in the world currently suffer from obesity than from hunger. (thefactsite.com)


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A story for Children.

Once upon a time the moon didn’t shine at night. The stars did not twinkle in the sky. The sun did not come out in the day. The clouds were all black and flat. The earth creaked and squeaked as it spun, slowly, almost stopping. Worst of all the birds refused to sing.

“Don’t worry” said Grandad, “Leave it to me. I’ll fix it. Everything will be alright.”

He took his extra long, extended ladder and a few supplies, tools and a duster. He leaned his ladder against a huge oak tree and started to climb the very, very, very long ladder, high into the sky.

He climbed past the tree tops. He climbed past the flying birds. He climbed past the aeroplanes flying to their holidays. He climbed through the clouds past the moon. He climbed past the rockets and satellites. Past the Sun. He kept his head down so he did not bang it on the planets.  He climbed beyond the stars to the black velvet sky backcloth.

There were a few little holes in the worn out sky. He took out his needle and thread and patched the black sky.

Next he inspected the stars. He flicked each one with his multicoloured feather duster to remove the dust and he replaced the battery in every star. Soon they were all twinkling again in the black sky.

Climbing down his ladder he reached the sun. There he cleaned all the ash from the sun and used some firelighters to start a new fire and stoked it up. Soon the sun was burning bright again.

Very quickly, because the sun was getting very hot he climbed down to the moon. He swept all the dirt and cobwebs from the moon and replaced the broken light bulb in the lamp. The moon shone so brightly in the sky again.

Grandad stopped and had a well deserved cup of tea in the light of the silvery moon, before he proceeded. At the earth’s axis he gave two squirts of oil from his oil can at the North Pole and then at the South Pole. That was all that was needed to stop the squeaking and make the earth spin freely.

Next, he pumped up the clouds with a cloud pump and fluffed them up like a cushion. The clouds, became all bouncy, fluffy and white again.

On his downward journey he spotted an old rainbow that was faded and grey because it had lost all its colours. Carefully taking his paints out along with his paint brushes he gave the rainbow back its colours: red, orange, yellow, green, indigo and violet.

He climbed past the tree tops which took him finally back to earth.

The sun was shinning warm and bright again. The huge white cotton wool clouds scudded across the sky. A colourful rainbow appeared as clean rain water fell from a cloud. Then the sun kindly went down in the west to allow the moon and stars to have a turn. The moonbeams were strong, the stars twinkled their most twinkliest, ever.

Oh no! Said Grandad, there’s something missing. I know birds singing and flying. So, he told the birds lots of jokes to cheer them up. Then he gave all the birds happy songs to sing.

Job done! He declared.

Did Grandad really do all of this and just in one day? Of course he did. He painted a picture and wrote about it in his book. You can make anything happen and make any dream come true if you write and/or paint it in your book.

© WWW.jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk Phil Robinson


26th February 2017


Snoopy's writing career very definitely mirrors my own

Been there done that many, many times

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