The dragon was scanned and printed and cut to shape for me by the wonderful men of Sigma in Haverfordwest. Not and easy task. We had two things to go on, size wise, the back of a VW camper van was the first and the shop window the second, as I would be driving her to her winter resting place. So, John scanned the art at a really high resolution so there would be no pixelation as she was enlarged and they chose a thicker board and put eye-hole rivets through in three places to see how she would hang and then wrapped her in bubbles. She was so carefully measured to be as big as possible that she only fit in one way around.
We drove to Tetbury first and she stayed in the van while I worked with Hereward from the Yellow Lighted Bookshop, then up to Derbyshire, looking for hares and finally in to Simply Books where we arrived good and early and she was straight out of the van and into the window. Sigma had scanned some star paintings for me too and these, printed in iridescent inks were stuck to the window. Some had wishes written on them. (If you want to know what the wishes are you will have to go to the shop to see.) She looked good in the daytime, wonderful at night, just the right size and colour. So thanks to Frances Lincoln for sponsoring her, Sigma for making her so well and with such care and Simply Books for hanging her.
Working at a school around the corner on the Saturday so many of the children had seen her, had been waiting for her to arrive and were excited. Now I hope that they go and visit her, and take her stars to hang up and decorate the shop for Christmas.
On the way home we rested again in Derbyshire at a beautiful farm in a sweep of hills, a stunning place. Stoop Farm. Perfect.