International Book Giving Day: Valentine’s Day.

My day began with hustle and rush to get to Solva Mill and then the school. Walking the dogs before I went it felt that the wind was trying to pull out my hair, and the cold and wind and rain clawed at my face.

All around the world today people were giving and getting books. I was given a beautiful book of Swedish folk tales with stunning illustrations ( thanks Karin), the most beautiful box of books about the biggest bear and the rabbit who could do everything, form the amazing Temporary Measures, which looks like a wonderful place to go and do a reading some time if they would have me ( thanks Audrey and Tom and cats and kittens and norty dogs say thanks to0) and The  Children of Green Knowe form the witch of the West in Cornwall ( thanks Catherine) and the madness of the White Leaved Oak from the wonderful Tamsin.



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I went to Solva School, with Anna from Solva Woollen Mill, because we wanted to do something special to mark the day. I read to the children and between us we gave a big pile of books to the wonderful school library.





On the way home the rooks were hunkered down in the hedge banks, hiding from the wind. Sheep tried to find shelter in the lee of the wind, but it blew form so many directions at once. Home, and the house had no electricity. As evening fell I found new things to put candles in, and tried to find enough light to read by. Not enough to draw by. But then the lights came back on.

It was peaceful in the candlelight. Soon I will retreat to it, then start work again tomorrow.

Now I am making plans for World Book Day. I will be at Winston’s in Sherborne in Dorset. And Anna and I are making plans too.

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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4 Responses to International Book Giving Day: Valentine’s Day.

  1. Karin says:

    My pleasure. Sometimes you find a book and you know who it is meant for. This was one of them. Lovely to give so much to the school too. I’m going to give my school one of your books too. Lucky things!

  2. Kim says:

    Beautiful beautiful books! Temporary Measure is the perfect place for a book reading …and a pot of tea with cake; you’ll love it and I’ll be first in line for a ticket. Hope the weather calms down soon… it’s been hard drawing bears this winter without snow. x

  3. Audrey Hetherington says:

    Tom is entranced by the photo of you reading to the children, think he wishes he was there, keeps asking me to find it. Would be lovely if you could come to Keswick

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