In 1977 - so long ago - a charming book was published. It had actually been written (and beautifully illustrated) back in 1906 by Edith Holden and had only just been discovered. It was a lady naturalists diary, all written by hand, which included all her favourite mottoes and poems and lots of delightful observations on the wildlife and fauna around her home in Warwickshire and on her travels throughout England and Scotland.
|Edith Holden 1871-1920|
The drawings and paintings are just so very pretty and printed on faded parchment paper, and when I found a copy of it in a local charity shop window I just had to have it.
Now what to do with it? I think I am going to chop it up (very carefully) with my guillotine and make it into some pretty craft cards. With careful stitching onto stock cards I am hoping that it will be a very personal tribute to the lovely work of Edith Holden (1871-1920). Edith died at the age of forty-nine by drowning in the Thames at Kew while gathering buds from a chestnut tree to draw! This really is a lovely book - do you like it too?