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Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
postcards by TheMouseFiles featuring a pleated skirt
Today I have been writing, reading, and listening to lectures.
When I sat under the nectarine tree (change of scene) to take notes on my textbook, I got distracted by the sky. It was so blue.
I soon noticed that I could block out the hills with my hands and imagine I was at the beach, looking at the same blue sky.
But I'm not. And that's fine. :P
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Thanks to Google and the mysteries of the Internet, I am able to revisit my childhood.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Let's take a look at the first one, shall we?
Beatrix Potter at home in the Lake District is by Susan Denyer, who has the absolutely amazing title of 'National Trust's Historic Buildings Representative' in northern England. I would probably pay money to have that job, although that wouldn't work very well would it?
She's very well qualified to bring us this charming epistle, since her speciality seems to be in the field of 'vernacular architecture' (I'm going to pretend to know what that means), and the traditional buildings of the Lake District.
As soon as I saw this book on the shelf in the library, I immediately pounced on it before it could disappear. Where has it been all this time?
It was published in the year 2000 by Frances Lincoln Ltd in London, and has finally journeyed over the seas to the far away land of Australia, where certain girls can open it up an drool over pictures of cottages, rolling hills and little Peter rabbits.
I suppose the main purpose of the book is to look at the places Beatrix Potter lived in and loved throughout the Lake District, covering her family and holiday homes, farmhouses, and the famous Hill Top farm.
If buildings aren't really your thing, though, there are plenty of drawings, photos and paintings, which describe the interesting little details of an author/artist's life.
The beautifully appointed pages include paintings and drawings by Beatrix herself. Some are familiar (see below), while others are unpublished works. Did you know Beatrix would paint pictures of the rooms she stayed in when she was on holiday so she could remember the furnishings? How detailed is that?
Here's a little bit of a peek:
I don't really know much about Beatrix's other published work outside the little animal stories... A quick Wikipedia search shows that she stuck with the children's stories genre. (This is totally off topic, but did you know she wrote a story called The Fairy Caravan about the adventures of Tuppenny, a guinea pig who runs away from home to join the circus...hah!)
It seems to me that Beatrix was a budding author right from the start. While on holidays she kept her pen busy, not only sketching caterpillars and bunny rabbits, but also writing 'pen-portraits' of people she met:
No wonder she could produce such quaint artwork and tales, if she was existing in such an environment as Hill Top Farmhouse. Did you ever see such a precious abode? ('Abode' is the perfect word for such a snug cottage don't you think?)
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Okay, so it's not that bad or dramatic, but since I'm writing this post in under 10 minutes it will have to do.
Tonight I am writing a paper on philosophy, faith and politics, which is really criminal seeing as it's the heart of summer and everyone else is on holidays (I think). But let's not dwell on that thought. Tomorrow I'm off to the theatre! Yay!
I'm going to put on a dress, clutch my camera (instead of a little handbag), and even wear jewellery (shock, horror). Then I'll skip across the city arm in arm with one of my dearest friends. And we're going to eat little cupcakes. The thought of that will get me through the night.
Promise there will be photos and raptures over icing, boutiques, and music....soon.