On Wednesday, Lower School Book Club celebrated the wonderful writing of Enid Blyton. Mrs Schutte and Miss Hopkinson, accompanied by 25 happy pupils, ventured up to Top Pitch and took cover in the Eco Hut. They played a variety of home-spun games and found peace in the shade of the trees.
Enid Blyton’s character, George, said ‘I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors.” On that basis, we took our picnics outside and enjoyed jam sandwiches, iced buns and, of course, ‘lashings of ginger beer’.
Whilst the children were quietly eating, Mrs Schutte read aloud the first chapter of The Faraway Tree. The children were enthralled and instantly captured by Enid Blyton’s writing, which is as relevant today as when she sold her first bestsellers in the 1930’s.
Another quote of Enid Blyton’s which seems very pertinent, as we approach the end of term, is: ‘I do love the beginning of the summer hols,’ said Julian. They always seem to stretch out ahead for ages and ages.’ ‘They go so nice and slowly at first,’ said Anne, his little sister. ‘Then they start to gallop.”