I have a soft spot for the Enid Blyton book The Magic Faraway Tree as it is the first book I can remember my mother reading to me and many of the fantasy games I played in childhood were based on it. The house we grew up in was surrounded by trees and we named the largest one after it. This mom makes one out of cardboard for her kids to play with -- she is very faithful to the details.
You must watch the British family sitcom Outnumbered. Apparently it is largely unscripted, and it is hilarious. The kids, especially. Via My Porch. You can watch oodles of clips on youtube, if that link doesn't work for you. I would love to be a fly on the wall while they film this -- wonder what the process is and just how much the kids come up with on their own.
In the United States, you can get excellent postage rates on unusually shaped items that weigh less than 13 ounces. The people in this flickr group share the fun things they've sent through the mail. I need to check if similar rates apply here in Canada as it'd be neat to send some of these things to the kids' cousins on the other side of the country.
An interesting post on apothecary show globes.
Joanna Goddard is starting an articles club, instead of a book club. She's starting with this article, in which the author advocates calmly ignoring one's partner when he or she claims to want a divorce.