Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Reading - Walking (sort of) & Some New Stitches

I finished "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry", for maybe the third (?) time. Every time I read it (or any book read more than once), I can easily return to the images I've created in my mind...the locations, characters all look the same to me. But, also each time I read, I get something new, something different. I love that about a good book.

Now I'm off to England again, to the story behind my beloved Winnie-the-Pooh childhood experience. This book belonged to my mom and as often the case, it is pristine, except for the yellowing in the front cover. This because my mom had the habit of cutting out the L.A. Times book review and tucking it inside. So, I started with that. I wasn't sure I would like this book...I thought I may want to leave my childhood experience to itself. But, I decided to give it a try and I am enjoying it. Last night's read included a tour of the property, including the 500 Acre Wood and the Pooh Sticks bridge.

Both books have a map. Yay! Both books have a lot of walking. So, of course last night my dreams were filled with walking...miles and miles of walking! I was lost (which may or may not be true) and then I sort of found my way. But, the walking...I woke up tired! I can't speak as much for the Christopher Milne book, as I've just started it, but I do highly recommend the Harold Fry book. Plus, this time around while reading the interview conversation with Rachel Joyce in the back of the book, a few of the ideas about the art of writing really stood out. That was fun.


 
I read over my mom's bookplate a few times.
It rang true for who she was.
She lived a good life.
 
Well, I've finally got a start on my block for the Covid Memorial Quilt. Boy, it has been a super slow start, but I've got ideas and taken stitches. Don't those pin heads pop?! I started with Jude's 'glue stitch'. I always start this way. It has become a very calming, centering way to begin. I may have put way more glue stitches than needed, but I like a piece to be ready for secure handling. Besides, it's pretty soothing. More on this piece to come.

 May you stitch, read and wander...
May you also rest well.
xo
Photographs by NAE ©2021  

10 comments:

Liz A said...

how your stitches are walking along the other side ...

Nancy said...

Liz~ Yes, the stitches are walk-about, aren't they?! They also remind me of a map or a city :)

Liz A said...

I love map cloths that I see online ... thinking "I really should do that someday" ... my inspiration file is waaaaaay too large!

Nancy said...

Liz~ I get it! Maps...so cool...wonder why there is my personal appeal...such a universal appeal?!

Hazel said...

I love the initial "glueing" too- a kind of centering before starting. K's mom loved Winnie the Pooh and had always wished to visit the real wood. Hope your dreams are giving you a rest by now!

Nancy said...

Hazel~ Yes, that's just how I feel! The book was fascinating. My mama called me Nancy Pooh from Timbuktu.
As for dreams, never ending!! J. and I watched this little gem. Listening to the children was priceless.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmM5NmAjxBA

Deb G said...

Count me in the Winnie the Pooh fan club. I have several of the books and once upon a time had a stuffed animal of most. :) A map can be very helpful and I often think of stitches that way.

Nancy said...

Deb~ Who wouldn't be a fan?!! I still have my 2 original books and my Winnie-the-Pooh that my dad gave me when I was seven. The backs of a cloth are maps to what has taken place.

shiborigirl said...

thanks for the book rec. the thousand acre wood is a magical place to walk in your dreams or in your mind. i'm catching up walking backwards here- cleaning out my unopened messages before they hit the trash bin. most are not worth reading like yours are...

Nancy said...

Glennis~ You are so welcome! Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoy reading here. xo