Saturday, 3 November 2012

This week two books arrived - they are quite old and only cost 1 pence and 18 pence each! they are by Beshlie - I love her illustrations - she was a traveller who captured the countryside with little stories about the plants she saw, giving them life in her illustrations of animals that reflected the plants nicknames.  Here are a few of my favourites...





I bought the books for inspiration and had a dabble.



This is a mouse but I think he looks a bit too much like a hedgehog!

This week my friend came round with flowers and chocolate eclairs and drove me to the garden centre - it was lovely to get out in the fresh air for an hour and see all the flowers.  We bought some chilli peppers and herbs that were reduced - they look so cheery in my kitchen.





Regarding the cracked shoulder/arm - it won't be better for a few more weeks yet but I am keeping my hand moving as much as possible and doing exercises for the arm,  I can do a little bit of painting and blogging then it becomes painful..  I am really missing work and dog walking.  So that's the update but I am not going to mention it again now as it's best to be positive and get on with it. Thankyou though for the kind comments and emails and gifts I have received, I am very lucky.

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  1. Betty, I remember those books from childhood. Wasnt she one of the Heron family of travellers, a very old name. Her illustrations are beautiful.
    Take care of yourself, dont rush into things.

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    1. I don't know anything about the Heron family Elizabeth - that's interesting - I would love to meet her though.

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  2. Hi Betty, I have one of those books! It has always been a firm favourite, though I didn't know she'd written another, I will have to keep an eye out for one, what a lovely post, Marina x

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    1. She has written four that I know of. Some of the original hard backs are now collectors an worth a few quid too.

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  3. Hi Betty wishing you well and sending healing paw. We loved those illustrations. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Thankyou Molly, I never refuse a friendly paw when it's offered.

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  4. Beshlie is an author and illustrator whom I am unaware of. Thank you for directing your readers to this sweet book. Your picture captures the woodland creature...hedgehog..as he goes about his day. Wonderful!

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    1. thankyou Nancy - he was a mouse but I don't know how to make his fur look soft - will have to practise! At least I know I can do hedgehogs now even if I didn't plan to!

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  5. Wow! I can see why you are inspired and your inspiration led to beauty! Mice OR hedgehog, I like them very much. I am praying for a fast mend so you can get back to your doings, Betty!

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    1. These books are very you PomPom. Thanks for the healing prayers.

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  6. It appears I have no real choice -- I can't bear to leave here where the birds are chirping so sweetly... So yes, let's have that cup of tea. I'm having jasmine green tea this morning; how about you? (we'll ignore the probability that you are having evening tea about now.)
    Yours is the first audio blog accompaniment that makes me want to stay and not leave quickly. :-)
    And I think it looks like a mouse.

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    1. I drink tea all day long! mine would be earl grey in the morning and a builders mug of strong breakfast tea any other time of day! I love those huge Cath Kidston mugs - just the right size for a decent cuppa! Glad you like the birds - there is an icon somewhere near the bottom of the sidebar with the soundtrack and I think you can take a link there to make one for yourself. Glad you stayed awhile..

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  7. Hope your recovery speeds up, you poor thing.

    Love those books, just beautiful illustrations.

    Not surprised you were inspired.

    Sft x

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    1. Thankyou SFT. It's good to have something to inspire during the winter months.

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  8. I love your mouse! Hope you get better soon xxx

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    1. Thankyou Lyn. I have a thing about mice at the moment, maybe because Ambercat often brings little voles in, they are so pretty - I do try and set them free if I can.

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  9. Hi Betty - LOVE those books, what a bargain!!. Love your mouse picture, can see how they inspired you.
    Thanks for the "mending" update. thinking of you & sending positive affirmations your way dear blogging buddy, Warmest wishes, Julie :-)

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    1. Thankyou Julie - those books are becoming addictive - I think I am going to become a collector!

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  10. Love your meeces!The Impressionists painted things as they thought they saw them so you can do the same thing with those adorable creatures. Betty the Impressionist - a great title!Have a good Sunday.x
    ps that Wild Owl Hooting is flippin' scary!

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  11. Mouse or hedgehog he is a cutey! Those books look lovely.

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  12. Hello Betty
    I found you through Claire at thriftwood, thank you for sharing your wonderful books
    Thea x

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  13. Hello there,
    Your little mouse looks content and happy and I think he is wonderful...(wish I could draw)
    The books look soo interesting and such a steal at that price! thank you for sharing and take care of you!
    love Maria x

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  14. Dear Betty - don't you just love old books that are illustrated?? These look wonderful. You are doing a great job keeping a positive outlook. Hope you are mending well. Take care my friend and try to enjoy your rest...love the mouse - they are the cutest things.

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  15. I had not heard of Beshlie. I went to a website and found quite a lovely site that gave an address to write to her since she doesn't use the web. These are absolutely lovely illustrations. Thank you for sharing. Yes, I agree, the old books not only bring back memories, but are still wonderful today. Blessings, Janet

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