Wednesday, March 24

Finally found




I've been stuck at home the last few days with a horrible cold and cough and have got sooooo bored. This evening there's been nothing good on TV to distract me so I got to looking for old books that I had as a kid, then I started thinking about old toys...

My very first memory is of playing in my grandparents' house in Cape Town before we moved to England when I was two. So we're talking pretty early memories. What I remembered was playing with these lovely little wooden blocks they had (I think from my Dad's childhood), that were made of hardwood and stained in purple, and pink, and brown. I loved tocking them together and remember my granny and my older sister piling them up (I guess I was a bit too little to manage it myself though!). I have to say I got a little emotional when I stumbled across this vintage set of Cuisenaire Rods - I now know that's their proper name - that sold a few days ago on ebay.

There's a book about colour theory that I had when we moved to England that I'm working on finding too, and I think I can pretty much attribute my entire fascination with colour to these two sources! I can't describe how exciting this is!

5 comments:

r0ssie said...

Oh wow. I think I had this toy in plastic. It is beautiful in wood. I will have to keep my eyes open for this!

nath said...

gah! i foolishly passed up a beautiful box of Cuisenaire at a carboot a year or so ago. i thought at the time it was too expensive (a mere fiver). but i have been roundly kicking myself ever since. i guess i had better steer clear of ebay for a while, in case we bid on the same thing again! let me know when you've got some!

SewHum said...

How fantastic for you. We had them at school in Australia!

Nat said...

Oh my gosh, I remember these! We always used to use them in primary school to solve maths puzzles and things. Congrats on the excellent find!
Nat x

virginia said...

we had them for primary school maths too! they were called Colour Factor, i am always on the look out for them in the charity shops - no luck so far