Auction for The Lost Words, Gloucestershire

Tidying up my studio, I found this.

It is completely unique, so hard to put a value on.

To help, it has this.

The jigsaw is wooden, small pieces, with some special shapes, whimsies. And, because I am tidying up I am offering it up for auction to raise money for Yellow-Lighted Bookshop’s initiative to put a copy of The Lost Words in every school in Gloucestershire.

I’m going to run the auction until Tuesday, around mid day. All bids need to be made in £ sterling. When the auction closes I will let the winner know and the money can be donated straight into the crowd funder. Happy to post anywhere in the world. Bidding starts at £50, and to bid, simply leave a comment. ( All comments have to be actioned by me and I will try to keep on top of things, but there may be some cross overs, so please be patient with me.)

Please share.

And if you want a

you can send £32 to the appeal and email me with your address to post to.

( The jigsaw is made by Wentworths, who are in Gloucestershire, about 15 mins away from Tetbury. You can buy others from Solva Woollen Mill. Desperately need some new designs.)

This Auction is Now Closed.

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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25 Responses to Auction for The Lost Words, Gloucestershire

  1. Anne Dunn says:

    I bid £50

  2. Bernie Bell says:

    Firstly – you’re a good woman, Jackie. That a very special thing, made for you, in recognition of what you do, and you’re going to let it go, to help the fundraiser for The Lost Words in every school in Gloucestershire. You are a good-hearted woman.
    Secondly – I’m afraid jigsaws don’t appeal to me – so, no, this isn’t a bid. I used to live in Gloucestershire, and there are lots of rich people there, so – the appeal should do OK.
    Thirdly – in your Twitter thingy, Lois Letchford, tweets about Neil Gaiman referring to day dreaming – I’m not on Twitter, so – here’s something I wrote to a friend about daydreaming-

    “And….Daydreaming….what has happened to daydreaming? Folk spend so much time, staring at their ….gadgets! What has happened to daydreaming? I day-dream, a lot. It’s a time, or place, where thoughts can flow into the mind – ideas, decisions. I’m sure, that for some, that’s when their poetry arrives, or prose. Daydreaming, I feel, is an important part of human life. But, where is there a place, or space, for day-dreaming, when folk aren’t prepared to have a moments peace or stillness?
    Some, still do.
    I believe that day -dreaming……….settles the mind, allows thoughts, ideas, stories, poetry, images, to flow into the mind; to mix, rise, sink in, clarify, join together to make connections – all-in-all, a good, helpful thing, for the mind, to do. Also, sometimes, something which a person has been mulling over, and mulling over, and mulling over, with no solution, can just fall into place, clearly, while that person is day-dreaming.
    It’s a way for the mind to roam and find clarity.”

    Fourthly – I know it a hard thing to ask you to do – but – could you maybe take a bit of a break from doing things for others, and have some time for Jackie? Maybe even time to day dream. It’s not being selfish – it’s self-preservation.
    And, lastly – take no notice of Amazon – they are wrong ‘uns, and their views, of you, simply do not matter, to anyone with any sense at all.

    • Jackie says:

      Thanks Bernie. Trying to do some painting today.
      I want to take BIG notice of Amazon. Not of the reviews, though I have now and again taken notice of bad reviews. The two I have highlighted just make me laugh.
      Looking forward to getting some peaceful time to paint. I’ve loads of work to do.

    • Anne Dunn says:

      Lovely piece of writing, Bernie. And I agree about how kind Jackie is, to let that special jigsaw go. Not sure I could,

      • Jackie says:

        Thing is, it’s a lovely thing, but I don’t really want to do a jigsaw with my own pictures on. Imagine if as a writer I only read my own books, or if I sang, listened only to my own music. It’s really lovely. It’s been done just the once by my cousin and it took her days to do it! It’s so difficult. And wentworths have put it together so beautifully. But if it can raise some money to get this book to more children through schools then brilliant! My access to books as a child was through libraries, through schools.

  3. Compostwoman says:

    I bid £60 and am thinking of doing this in Herefordshire, or even England? As a FSL I feel it is something very important.

  4. Andy says:

    Gorgeous, fits both my favourite criteria with the added benefit of money going to charity.
    I would like to bid £150.

  5. Andy says:

    P.S, if you find a Help Musicians jigsaw, Id bid for that too

  6. Sam Hicks says:

    What a beautiful thing to do and to put together.
    I bid £55

  7. Sheryl Cooper says:

    Hi Jackie, it is a lovely jigsaw. If it’s not too late, I would like to bid £160 for it.

  8. Andy says:

    £180 please

  9. Sheryl Cooper says:

    £185 please Jackie

  10. Andy says:

    £200 and a snake skin

  11. Sheryl Cooper says:


  12. Andy says:

    And you still get Okeetee’s old coat

  13. Sheryl Cooper says:


  14. Andy says:

    £230, good job Im on holiday watching the Olympics eh ?

  15. Sheryl Cooper says:

    I’m out. Andy, if Jackie finds another jigsaw will you let me win the next one????

  16. Andy says:

    Thankyou ladies, Its a worthy cause. Yes, Sheryl. We could swap them lol,

  17. Bernie Bell says:

    Re. your “sty” tweet – I wrote to a friend, who had referred to her “very untidy magpie’s nest” ( she has an ‘alternative’ name of Magpie) –
    “My bear-lair is dusty, and smells of food. I was going to say, at least there are no crunched-up bones lying around, but….there are lots of bones, lying around! I likes bones.“

    Today – I had a visit from a lovely young lass from Slovenia – I handed her ‘The Lost Words’, and she fell silent while myself and other friend jibber-jabbered away. She’s going to go home and look at your blog. Like ripples in a pond, The Words spread outwards.

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