I try to make the Moments count; each and every one of them.
but, oftentimes, they are an unruly lot, skilled in mayhem and the art of teasing me most mercilessly.
If you will step in to my parlour … I promise not to be mean like the Spider to the Fly
…and I will instruct you in the shenanigans of my misbehaving Moments.
Let’s begin…pay close attention!
Ten, nine, what’s your line?
Do you get the picture? Perhaps the lesson to be learned here is that I should LET the Moments count. Much more fun, all round, than trying to MAKE them count : ).
If you would like to read the true story of this rhyme ,”One, two, buckle my shoe “, that my Moments and I have toyed with, take some time and enjoy a look through one of my very first books, a Collins Rainbow Colour Book, dated about 1950, illustrated by E.W.B, author unknown.
[E.W.B appears to have done quite a lot of work for Collins but I don’t know who E.W.B is. If anyone has any information on the illustrator E.W.B. I would love to hear it :).]
you are welcome! We love the same things!
Indeed, we do!
She is Enid Warne Browne. Tomorrow, march 17 I will post about her in my blog: soloillustratori.blogspot.it
Ciao Dindi Gelfi
Thank you. I look forward to reading your post.
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The rooster clock reminds me so much of my grandma. She LOVED anything with roosters on it 🙂
The clock was given to us this Christmas. We can’t have chickens for real, but we seem to have collected lots of chicken ornaments etc…and now a clock! Do you have any pieces from your grandmother’s collection?
My grandfather hasn’t parted with most of her collection, which is quite extensive. She was so cute about it all. I do have a small ceramic rooster that she gave me when I was little. It’s nothing expensive or fancy, but it means a lot to me.
Oh, that is a very precious little rooster then. I have a few little things like that, too, that I have had for ever and are cherished deeply.
What a fun post, and your first book has great illustrations.
It really does. I loved them as a child and I still do. But the mystery of the illustrator still remains 🙂
Ii thought it was “Three, four, close the door.”
That could well be one of the versions. It could be put to good use in this house where certain persons usually forget to close the door 🙂
Thanks so much for the card. I was happy to get my first mail from New Zealand. Thanks so much. You made me smile. And I needed it.
Oh so glad it arrived!
I’ve had a search for the elusive E.W.B and while prolific, the illustrator remains Anon.E.Miss.
The style of book rings bells for me from that era.
Nostalgia swept through me earlier in the week when I read that it was Paddington Bear’s author, Michael Bond’s 87th birthday. I had a spot of marmalade to honour the occasion:-)
Anon E. Miss will have to do!!!! She sounds delightful and with a good sense of humour. I am glad you enjoyed some marmalade for Michael Bond’s birthday. A friend of mine went to say hello to Paddington Bear the other day. http://iftodayistuesday.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/chilliness-churches-and-hookah-pipes/
Your friend found him in London, not Darkest Peru!
Indeed she did 🙂 but I am sure she would have enjoyed a journey to darkest Peru if it were on offer.
I imagine she would enjoy such a trip – she would need a battered suitcase and a marmalade sandwich in her hat though!!!
Mmmm; she could probably manage that…
How interesting and fun this post!
Thank you 🙂
I hadn’t thought of this rhyme in years; it was included in a large treasury of nursery rhymes and stories that my Mum read to my brother and I when we were children. Not sure what happened to that book – I know Mum tried to find additional copies of it when we were older but it was long out of print. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to remember the name of it; I will have to e-mail her and ask. Who knows? – maybe it’s available somewhere on e-Bay or something now.
Amazon or e-bay will be sure to have it. It absolutely astonishes me how many of my really old books are available on sites like those two. Let me know if you locate it. I would love to know more about it.
Jeez, I haven’t heard that rhyme in a very long time – I wonder if parents still teach it to their children? I don’t think I would have got further than five, six……after that I would have had to start making it up! I rather like your back to front version 😉
Yes, I wonder, too, if it is still popular. At least in my childhood we still had buckles on our shoes. Would velcro your shoe work? 😉
Not quite as melodic sounding… 😉
that’s really cute BUT the power-duo schnauzer+snoopy win it all.
btw did you know numbers make great abstract poems?
23, 99, 27
25, 31, 63
33, 55, 47,
15-15, 8-9, 103
sounds like an elegy, right? but you could make a limerick or anything else really 😉
Power-duo, lol. The schnauzer part of that duo is absolutely powered -out at the moment after his big afternoon run. He’s out for the count, totally. Mmmm…the 103 certainly has a very satisfying sound to it. I could get used to the idea of poetry by numbers 😉
powered-out or not, he’s got ze power of cuuuuuuuute!!!!11
I have more of those noted somewhere. don’t know where actually, but had played around a bit when I was bored. worked all classic rhyme schemes with numbers.
Ingenious, you are. I must ask my daughter if she has done something similar; she has a great understanding of rhyme schemes.
it can be great fun. she can try and make one for your 2014 christmas cards. you know, rudolf the red-nose reindeer, santa baby… “santa baby” could go like so “1-1-7” 😀
I will set her to work 😉
Ten, nine !! What’s the next line ?
Hi Gallivanta 😀 I know this nursery rhyme…..not a lot else though 😉 Ralph xox 😀
So we both learned how to count via the same route 🙂 No wonder we’re so brilliant !
Well you are !! 🙂
I have to wonder about that. I tried to post an image on one of my comments (as you taught me), the other day, and I failed 3 times in a row. I think I need to swot up on your lessons again!
Copy and paste into your comment.
Choose your photo in your dashboard media library. Click edit. A new page opens. Right click on the file URL code. Select all. Copy and Paste into between the inverted commas.
You can write text and put more photos in the same comment using the above method. 😀
I am going to try again!! I will make this work.
I put this code into my reply and WP decided to delete it !! Try again !
WP has deleted the code again !!
I remember this poem…except our did not have the backward variation to it. Ex. two, one, let’s have fun; By the way…what is that lovely object/toy? I have never seen one before.
The backward variation is my own version prompted by those misbehaving moments 😉 The toy ?….a friend gave that to me but I am not sure where it comes from. It’s like a puppet; when you pull the string underneath, the hens’ beaks move up and down and peck at the board. It’s ever so cute.
I love it!
Thank you 🙂
Lovely lesson! I will try and remember about time counting itself. I am often obsessed with the concept of time. It’s so different in many cultures – how they count it or use it or think of it. In western countries we see it as a line from left to right, but others can see it as a line growing upwards. Others again see it as a circle.
Rhymes there are in Swedish as well, but yours is familiar too. Love the pictures from the old book.
It intrigues me that there are so many different ways to look at time. A few days ago, a friend of mine visited the Royal Observatory at Greenwich,
which gave me another look at ideas of time. When I was young, my family listened to the radio a great deal. The BBC news and a British voice saying “Greenwich mean time” are an indelible part of my childhood.
What an inventive and fun take on that old rhyme–it seems to me you’re feeling pretty frisky! But that distinction between letting moments count, as opposed to making them count, is serious business! I’m going to have to give that some careful consideration . . .
I was feeling a trifle ‘silly’ but, then, the original rhyme is a trifle nonsensical anyway! My mother was a pre-school/kindergarten teacher, so I was exposed to kindergarten stories and rhymes a lot more, and for a lot longer, than most children would have been. Also, as a youngster, I had the pleasure of being chief reader to my much younger sister, so, again, I was over-exposed to the nursery rhyme/children’s literature genre. Don’t think it did any harm.????…just gave me some fun to dwell on in later life 🙂 🙂
No harm, indeed! Just seems to have sparked happy memories and fun writing! My mom taught first grade so I had my share of time spent with rhymes and stories, too.
Ah, so you know how it is 🙂 🙂
I love those illustrations in your childhood book. I wonder will you solve the E.W.B. mystery – great is the power of the internet! 😉
I do hope I will solve the mystery, but, so far, the internet is failing me…which is unusual.
Yes, we also said this rhyme, it brings to mind the ABC Alphabet song 🙂
Oh that is another good one!
I like your version better! great fun.
Fun and games and a little bit of nonsense help lighten one’s day. 😉
I truly enjoyed stepping into your parlor…thanks for inviting us in♥
You were a delightful guest, Laurie, with exquisite and gracious manners 😉
Good steps, but I think it’s always time to play!:)
My little dog would agree with you…I do too.
This is very cute!!! :))
Thank you. Cute with a bit of nonsense on the side. Hope you enjoyed my chachkes; at least, that is what I think you would call my clocks and wooden toy…or are the clocks just kitsch?
I am not sure I get the pictures but I do get the pictures. They look like you are enjoying every moment as it goes by. Definitely, I will do those steps here 🙂
I am definitely trying to enjoy the moments. It’s lovely to have your company…we can step along together 🙂
We would always recite this poem when we were little…brought my childhood to this moment, to remember.
So glad you know it! Lovely. Do you have similar rhymes that you tell your children?
What a cute post. I love how you always develop your theme. One never knows where you are headed and we are always pleasantly surprised as we scroll down. I know for sure nobody ever gives you a quick LIKE. lol
Never a wasted moment reading your blog. 🙂
One never knows where the post is heading….myself included! I take it moment by moment. If I were very brave, I could have I sung this song for the post, as well!!!! What would Meme make of that, I wonder?
Probably invite you to be a guest blogger.
Yes, I remember that rhyme – no doubt read to us by your dear mama. I am full of admiration that you had the foresight and carefulness to keep your childhood books in such good condition. I have very few from my own childhood. Most of the children’s books in our house are from my children’s youth – kept carefully in case grandchildren should ever appear.
I expect she read from that very book! I am not sure I had ‘foresight’ re preserving my books. It was mostly Mum who kept them so carefully and ,somehow, I have ended up with them ,and managed to hold on to them despite our travelling life. They are gems to have, I must admit. Some are more battered than others which I suppose reflects how much each one was loved and read 🙂
Good lesson, let the moments count, I shall try….looks lovely and summery there, I’m quite jealous…oops there goes me missing the point of the lesson already 😉
Today, the weather was lovely. It’s not often good enough to have the verandah door open, as in the photo. Missing the point? Goodness, were you one of those students who loved to look out the window and daydream ? 😉
i read this last night, but the connection was too slow to load/send a comment or like! the like is still absent, but consider this liked!
i laughed at the comment above – i certainly was one of those students forever caught in on out-the-window daydream til the teacher asked me to answer the question! (Question?)
just read a great article about ecuador that was published in NZ Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=11184352
Thanks for the link to the article. Ecuador is the place to be! Now, where would we be without our daydreamers? No magic carpet rides, flower drops, wonderful art…….Would you believe that at my high school the lower portions of the windows were opaque so that we couldn’t look out and daydream? HA! They couldn’t stop us looking through the window in our heads though 😉
Do you know, I left school with absolutely no qualifications whatsoever because that is exactly what I did for my whole school career, daydream and wish I was elsewhere. It wasn’t good and I had to start all over again. How very perceptive of you 😉
Perceptive or lucky guess! ….But our world needs day dreamers, and I hope schools/education cater for them better these days than they used to.
I only learnt this here in London as we don’t have this rhyme in Germany, well we have others but I don’t remember them. The English ones I do remember more as I used them with my children. Make every moment count, it is important to live noe nad cherish each moment we have. It will not come again. It sounds so final, but it makes us live more consciously and happily.
Your comment makes me wonder if I only remember this rhyme because I kept the book from my childhood and then read, and said, the rhyme over and over again to my children. Reading the book today did help me focus on the moment/ live in the moment, which is what the very young, and animals, know how to do so well. Cherish each moment of your day, Ute. I know you will. 🙂
There is indeed two lessons to be learned here (all I am capable of learning I guess).
Number 1: I still want to come to your home. It (read you) are so inviting.
Number 2: You are way-way clever.
Which leads me to number 3: (I didn’t know I learned this).
I want to come to your house more.
You rock ma deah~
Three, four, just knock on my door, or walk right in….17, 18, I’m a waiting 🙂
Gallivanta, I learned this as a little girl in the early forties…..
It is a well-loved counting rhyme for many, I think. I was reminded of it when I watched this youtube clip on caring for the elderly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUs-8-w86LM where rhythmic counting is used to help people remember how to walk.
Time seems to be counting itself just fine, but sometimes it feels that it’s counting a bit fast 🙂 I love the old counting-out rhyme. And your modern rendition of it was very enjoyable!
Thank you 🙂 Time does seem to count just fine by itself but when I get mixed up in it, it’s a different story. It seems to me that the more clocks I have about the place, the worse my time management is 😀 Do you have a similar counting rhyme from your childhood that you would like to teach your granddaughter?
I do have a few, but the problem is that I counted in Finnish and Swedish…my granddaughter counts in English so I better learn some beautiful ones, like this!
Or use your boundless creativity to make up a new one combining all three languages 🙂
That’s a great challenge 🙂
And I am sure you could illustrate it beautifully too 🙂
I love how you bring the past into the present. Just returned from a few days in Calgary Alberta where the weather was minus 25. Now, I have a cup of tea beside me and I’m looking forward to catching up with your posts!
Excellent. And no doubt we will hear about Calgary?
It was cold!!! And beautiful…with sunshine. It is so different than Vancouver. Every city has a rhythm, which makes traveling unique…
And I know you appreciate every song a city offers 🙂