Salty Sam’s Fun Blog for Children
Post Number 46
Happy New Year to you!!!
l am feeling very tired because l saw the New Year in last night. Luckily though l am not too tired to write my blog post for today.
l was in the Rusty Anchor with Captain Jack last night and we were drinking a lot of cherryade. l think Captain Jack is still asleep even now!
So here is my lastest blog post on what is turning out to be quite a quiet Fun Friday after a very noisy night.
Do you know what limericks are?
My nephews Bill and Bob were learning about them at school just before school broke up for the holidays and were telling me about the funniest ones they had read over Christmas when we were all gathered at Auntie Alice’s cottage around the hearth in her living room. Then we decided to write some of our own.
A limerick is a poem always made up of 5 lines. The first, second and fifth line all rhyme and the third and fourth rhyme.
You will see what l mean when you read these poems:-
There was an old man from Devises
Who liked going out in disguises
His behaviour was so bad
lt drove the townspeople mad
And he ended up in the assizes
(assizes is an old word for court)
There was a young lady from Kent
Who never said what she meant
Some people were amused
But they were mostly confused
Until out of town she was sent
There was a young man from East Hatch
So handsome, he was considered quite a catch
But he shocked everyone he knew
When he painted his face blue
Until he explained he was going to the match
There was a young boy from King’s Lynn
Who always made such a terrible din
To quieten down the commotion
His mother threatened; with emotion
To put all his toys in the bin!
There was a young man from Dundee
Who got stung on the head by a bee
lt was trapped under his hat
And it didn’t like that
So the man set the little bee free
There was a doctor from Blackstone
Who fell down a well on his way home
The moral to this tale
ls to tend to those that ail
From now on doctor – leave the well alone!
l made these poems up to make Bill and Bob laugh, but Edward Lear was the most famous poet that wrote these kinds of poems.
He called them nonsense poems. His first book was published in 1845.
This is a long time ago but these poems have remained popular ever since.
There is a County of Limerick in lreland but no one really knows where the name of these poems comes from for sure.
Are you clever enough to make up a limerick? lt helps to be in a silly mood when you write them.
No rude ones thank you!
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Love and kisses
Bill and Bob’s Joke of the Week
Bob: Two neighbours are talking and one says to the other one, “My son writes for money”.
The second one asks, “Oh is he a novelist then?” And the first one replies, “No, he’s travelling around the world and he keeps writing home for money!”
Bill: Do you think we could sell our limericks for money Bob?
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Assizes was a word for court of law
An old water well
THE SALTY SAM NEWS DESK
Like most children Bill and Bob love Christmas. Like most children they feel very sad and deflated when it is over.
So their parents hit upon an idea to make it last longer.
They don’t give Bill and Bob all of their presents on Christmas Day; they give them another gift on Boxing Day.
This gift is not toys.
It is quite a large box.
And in the box is a pile of books.
The books are usually annuals, story books and non-fiction books.
After all the noise and excitement of the day before, their parents are pleased for them to settle down and read quietly for a while – so that they can have an afternoon snooze!
Isn’t it boring when grown-ups go to sleep in the day-time!
Bill and Bob love to read when they go to bed
Anyway, now Bill and Bob are such avid readers, their mother decided this week it was time for them to join the Rocky Bay Library.
The Rocky Bay Library is very small, but packed to the rafters with books.
Some of the books are quite old, but classic story books don’t date.
Like most small libraries; if you can’t see a book that you would especially like to borrow, they might be able to order it in for you.
Joining a library is very easy to do. You just go to the nice lady or man at the counter and give them your name and address.
The librarians at the Rocky Bay library, Phil de Shelves and Len Dingabook are always very helpful anyway.
If you are very young, you need to take your mum, dad or guardian with you. They should take proof of identity with them.
The library will give you a card that you can start using straight away!
The librarians will tell you how many books you can take away at one time and when the books have to be brought back by. Other people will want to borrow them after you, so you will have to treat them well.
You can look at as many books as you like inside the library.
You can use their computers.
You can borrow other things besides books, like CDs, DVDs and audio books.
(Auntie Alice likes to listen to audio books while she does the ironing.)
And this wonderful world of books is all free!!!
Bill and Bob read their library books every night when they go to bed.
They read them in the garden, on the beach, when they visit Auntie Alice and she is busy cooking the lunch – they can take them anywhere!
They each borrow different books on their ticket and swap during the week. This way they can read twice as many books as they are individually allowed to take out.
Sometimes it’s very useful to have a twin!
The Queen once said that children should read paper books and l agree with her. (10.10.13)
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What do these phrases mean?
- to have the last laugh
- a laughing-stock
- to laugh something off
- to laugh on the other side of your face
- to laugh up your sleeve
- no laughing matter
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HOW TO MAKE MY TAM O’SHANTER
When my cousin Hamish came to live in Rocky Bay
He came over to visit me one day
He brought me a hat
l said, “Fancy that!
l need a hat for golf when l play!”
Cut a circle of tartan 36cm/14 inches in diameter
Cut a strip of tartan 50cm/16 inches by 14cm/5½ inches
- Fold the strip in half lengthways.
- Sew the short sides together.
- Sew a running stitch around the circle and gather the circle evenly into one side of the band and pin into place (2 lines of stitching always helps make a better gather if you can manage it).
- Sew into place.
- Bring the other edge of the band up to cover the raw edges of the gathered edge.
- Tuck over and sew into place.
Make a pompom in red dk yarn on 2 discs of card 6cm/2 ½ inches in diameter with a 2½cm/¾ inch hole in the middle.
Attach it to the centre of the top of the hat.
Salty Sam – made in Cool Britannia
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It is a copyright infringement and, therefore, illegal under international law to sell items made with these patterns.
Use of the toys and projects on all of these blogs is at your own risk.
©Christina Sinclair Designs 2008
Quick Quiz Answers
- to have the last laugh –
- a laughing-stock –
- to laugh something off –
- to laugh on the other side of your face –
- to laugh up your sleeve –
- no laughing matter –
- to be proved right when nobody else would believe you
- someone who is laughed at
- to treat your injuries or problems as unimportant
- to be disappointed after having success
- to be secretly pleased
- a very serious matter