This is Tedwina with new eyes and a growl!
Mr C. has gone to Wales to ride with friends...... he always manages to get up early for that one. I don't blame him. A focus is a good thing.
I love 'reclaiming' things from the past. I have just acquired a rag doll. Before you say anything I am not in the habit of 'acquiring' teddies or dolls but they said something to me!
Very much a country doll, I would like to know more about her but don't know where to start.
I have just finished rereading Emily Bronte by Katherine Frank. It is a very sobering account of life for a family, seemingly pursued by death and tragedy, yet having the ability to leave behind seminal literature & accounts of their lives. Having visited Howorth, first as a child & being transfixed by the tiny books, desolate setting & hard lives the Brontes led & later on several occasions, I find the experience both sad & uplifting. To me, it is amazing that from such humble beginnings a whole other world of Gondal and subsequent stories should emerge. What would become of them if they lived in today's world?
As Katherine Franks (1990) says "But three of Patrick Bronte's children left hostages of fortune in the form of books that would endure beyond generations of descendants; especially his strangest, bravest and most gifted daughter, Emily - that 'chainless soul' who survives, 'through life and dreath', showing us that even the most meagre and solitary of lives may yield awe and beauty and sustenance for those who come long after".
On another note. I have been looking at an old copy of The Adventures of Pinocchio
The illustrations are a far cry from Disney's Pinocchio.... I know which I prefer.
Have a lovely week.