Look what little prize my husband brought home for me yesterday!
He works for Barnes & Noble and brings me sweet little things occasionally. In this case – I had provided him with the ISBN number – of the complete four seasons books by Cicely Mary Barker. Love the seasons and these sweet poetry books filled with the vintage verse and illustrations of flower and fairie detailing the wildflowers of each season in rhyme, color, and line. They were a must have for my flower book collection. Her work was the inspiration for the contemporary take on the subject by “Fairyopolis”.
And, of course, what better publisher for such a reproduction of this vintage series than the Frederick Warne Company – who were – and are – the publishers of our good Beatrix Potter’s works. Another vintage woman author whose works in prose and illustration and love of nature are a delight to me.
I took my book into my mid-August wildflower garden in search of PINKS to share with you all this Pink Saturday! After a May, June, and July of largely yellow, white, red, and blue blooms, it would appear that August is fairly bursting with new PINKS, thus:
Not that I know the names of these flowers, either – as confessed in my last wildflower garden post earlier this summer. However, I am hoping – as before – that I will be flooded with comments identifying them so I can add to my file and education on the subject.
This is a big week for me! I am performing my final appearance as Miss Kathy with Tale Spin Stories – the storytime show I’ve done at the Cumberland Mall near where I live for seven years! I’ll be going out with my annual Victorian Tea Party and passing the baton/teacup to a new story lady beginning in September.
In September I will be busy on two campuses of charter schools in my county teaching the drama programs. That’s quite a job – putting over 200 elementary kids onstage in two different productions a year on two campuses – and all original scripting and production materials. I’ll be . . . busy.
It will be bittersweet leaving my little preschool Talespinners and families – so many of them I’ve grown up with, introducing them to the love of books, literacy, and learning! You can see the coverage my departure has gotten with lots of photos – made the front page this week – at this news-story I like to call: Miss Kathy Closes the Book on Tale Spin Stories. When you see the headline the paper gave me – you’ll understand my re-write. They made it sound like some woman bumped me off! Anyway, they toasted me today on the Opinion Page – and I am flattered and humbled by the kind send-off.
I will be celebrating a number of thing in the following week and a half: My Tale Spin Stories retirement, my start of a new school year, my birthday on September 1st, my six month Blogoversary, and my probable breaking the 100 Follower mark! As of this morning I’m at 95 followers – amazing me since I’ve been sharing for such a short period of time!
I can’t tell you how much my interaction with everyone in Blogworld has blessed me – beyond measure!! This is such a wonderful community! I am inspired and growing spiritually, creatively, and in all things good and beauty – giving me more to give to others.
To that end – next week I will have my first GIVE-AWAY!!! It will be PINK, and related to all my big doings this week! I will post more about it on my Tea Party Tuesday blog – when I’ll be kicking off the Enter-to-Win instructions! Look for that post later in the day on Tuesday, with photos and details of my grand finale Victorian Tea Party at the mall storytime – place-setting for about 60 pre-schoolers – could be more!
As it is – I must finish this post and dash to a Miss Kathy garden tea birthday party for a dozen six-year-olds. I’ll be pouring out, reading a story, and leading the game entertainments after tea. Hats, gloves, and lace dress absolutely!
Sharing these Wildflower Pinks with Beverly on Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound!