Despite the fact that it was his birthday, Jeff set of on the long journey to Twyford, Near Reading, leaving home at 5.30 am on Saturday morning, and arriving at 8.30 am ready to set up our book stand. His efforts were rewarded in it being a really interesting day (he tells me - I had to Poppy sit as we won't leave our gordon Setter on her own since we lost Golly - see next blog). This was the 17th EB Society day, and was well attended as usual.
Sophie Smallwood & Robert Tyndall gave the first talk - being the author (and also Enid Blyton's grandaughter) & illustrator of the recently published Noddy book - Noddy and the Farmyard Muddle. This was followed by a talk by Susan Sheridan, the voice of Noddy and many other characters in the Cosgrove Hall Noddy TV series, produced for the BBC in the early 1990s.
After a lunch break, the afternoon was spent with some of the boys and girls from the 1978/1979 Famous Five TV series. Needless to say they had changed a little from their Famous Five days.
Marcus Harris, Gary Russell, Julie Davis & Gail Renard watched a full tv episode with their audience, and gave an enthusiastic running commentary on their memories of filming in the New Forest/Dorset - an enjoyable time of their lives. I wish I had been there.
Then after a good day of sales, Jeff packed up and eventually got home about 8.30, giving him a couple of hours to celebrate his birthday with me before falling asleep. His exciting weekend was not yet over - tomorrow he has to get behind the steering wheel again. See the next blog.