Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Good Things

Spring is here! Or at least, very, very close. A beautiful day today - bright blue skies, beaming sunshine and a warm rub on the back whenever you go outside. My dear mum picked the bouquet above from her garden and gave it to me to celebrate spring. In one of my grandma's vases, I think it sums the current cheerful mood up very nicely!


Fabulous op-shopping today and quite unexpectedly so. I needed to go to the bank and the chemist and so I popped into two regular and but always terribly fruitful thrifting haunts, only to emerge with a quite considerable bag full of goodies. Not least of which was three of the quite collectible and deliciously vintage Shirley Flight and Sally Baxter books. I am looking forward to reading these, though Sally's expression on the cover of The Holiday Family worries me slightly. She looks a little too pleased about that caravan careening down the cliff.


My cardigan has changed from being in a muted grey after the cheap wool debacle to a rich variety of hues (it's advertised as being faux fairisle). It's slow going because I have had a flare-up of tendonitis in my wrist but I am enjoying just knit, knit, knitting in garter stitch.


Diana Kennedy said...

To me, it looks like the artist wanted to make her look frightened and horrified, but didn't want to make look her mouth "too ugly" and so it came out almost as a smiling mouth. I had the same problem as a young artist. I always hated to make cherished characters look freaky, so I spared (too much) on negative facial expressions, because it could disfigure them.
These vintage stories with early "emancipated women" are lovely, aren't they?
I have some stories out of a German paper from WW1 called "The diary of the female detective"
Must have been thrilling for the girls out of that time :-)
Glad spring has come to you!

Feronia said...

Ok - that makes sense! She looked a little bit gleeful, which worried me! Apparently these books were part of a push to make young women aware of other things that they could do, outside of simply waiting to get married. A female detective in WW1 - she would have been a rarity!