Hello dear friends!
Living in the Land of the Garden Fairy as I do, I am rather firmly of the mind that the Little Ones should not suffer, be thoroughly & robustly loved & that Little can indeed triumph over Big, so, when I came across The Big Book of Little with a Margaret Tarrant picture on the front cover I was quite sure that I would like this book...and I do, very much!
"The garden of beloved children's stories is full of small characters: the Little Mermaid, Tom Thumb, Little Red Riding Hood, the Little Engine That Could. That's not only because children themselves are small. Audiences old and young, for generation upon generation, have cheered the triumph of the little over the big. Here, then, is a collection of tales that delights in everything small...these classic stories will enchant & entertain, & remind us that sometimes it is the little that make all the difference"
So much lightness & joy!
I found some lovely things: this hand painted Art Silk tablecloth has clearly never been used & is so pretty.
I love it's chippy paint effect..
It was most handy indeed that I spied an old forlorn wheelbarrow at the school. At first I was sure that someone else had already parked it over in the corner, but as I admired it this way & that no one came rushing to claim it so...I just wheeled it away!
I do love my faithful friend Herbert Stevens pink, grown from a cutting from my first garden mentor.
Lucy loves them too.Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’, commonly known as honeywort (I did know about the honeywort bit). It is a relative of borage & it very much likes to grow in my garden. It is gently self seeding & is nicely contrasting to other foliage, with it's grey & indigo hues.
I have come to the conclusion that if you cannot grow them in the garden that they like to be squished up together & planted in very deep pots.
Someone has to be the runner around the circle while others fix the brick edgings.
I'm always alert to sweet innocence, rainbows, loveliness
(Look at the baby pixies being pushed up on to the mushroom & the little mite to the left sniffing the babies dummy!)
and I am continually drawn to opportunities to show & celebrate kindness.
I first "read" this story in one of my Chicken Soup books. It is one of the very, very best!
I bought these lovely roses on Etsy from Tattered Vintage recently, only they came with "friends", all on the one page. I persevered on Pixlr & finally learnt to "cut" out pictures (this time round anyway) What a triumph!
Much love to you all & thank you so much for popping in.
May you find much loveliness & kindness in your coming week.