I seem to have found a renewed vigour with my work towards the end of this week. Lots and lots of ideas spinning round in my head and relaxing of the rules I keep consciously and unconsciously putting in place for myself, rules that limit choices in an attempt to concentrate my mind. Instead, much like my garden waking up from the winter and deciding to make everything grow madly, my imagination has gone mad. How this will translate into work and how long it will last is another matter but it’s exciting. A consequence is that I am now living in a tip with stuff everywhere though a bit of a tidy up this morning should get things under control again. Eventually living in a tip just gets irritating and depressing not to mention painful when you trip over things.
I watched the Swallows and Amazons film again this week. I really love it. I do remember the original one, from the 1970s I think, with Virginia McKenna as the mother. I loved that too. I don’t remember ever seeing the TV series but it sounds as though it wasn’t very good. And of course there is the book, or books. I have only read the original one. I never even knew there were more. They mustn’t have been in the school library. I loved that little library so much. I don’t come from a family of big readers and though we had books as children I relied on the library for my constant need for more stories. My mum does read a lot now that my dad is no longer with us, it fills in the long evenings, and my sister chews through lots of books too. When I was a young teenager and we shared a bedroom I used to read out loud to her, I loved that, I hope she didn’t hate it.
Today I plan at some point to look through my Mabel Lucie Attwell books for a curly haired girl, like my new doll Lotta. I don’t recall seeing many of her illustrations with curly haired children. Her pictures sometimes give me inspiration for clothes and colours and just a general feeling for my work, a fellow artist who gave voice to the joys of childhood.
Hope you have a lovely weekend
ps. I have added a recipe for boiled fruitcake that Katie asked for this week. This is taken from my 1969 copy of Cookery the Australian Way that was originally used by my older cousin in her Home Ec classes and then was handed down to me. The oven temperature is in Fahrenheit. It makes a nice moist cake and is super easy, no creaming the butter and sugar is always a bonus.