Friday, 4 November 2011

A little rustic book.





These are the first three pages - not complete yet, I may make small additions - of a little fabric book inspired by a poem written by one of my cousins who died recently. The pages are roughly 5 inches square and it will be a concertina book, not opening left to right but waterfall fashion so that the whole poem can be read at once.


I bought these tiny garden tools years ago - 10 or 12 maybe - and knew I'd find a use for them one day! I think the dibber might make a nice closure for the book and the trowel and fork will be added to one of the pages.

My Garden:

I have a garden of my own

and in it are some seeds I've sown

like cornflowers, pansies, pinks and stocks,

forget-me-nots and hollyhocks.


For weeks and weeks I've paid attention

to my garden, not to mention

all the watering required.

And so I'm feeling rather tired.


I think how lovely it will be

when all my flowers are there to see.

With colours yellow, pink and blue,

the air will all be scented too.


Ah, now at last my plants have grown

but nowhere are the ones I've sown.

Instead the garden's full of thistles,

daisies, clover, stinging nettles.


But what is this before my eyes?

The sky is full of butterflies.

They flutter down, they love my weeds

and so do all the birds and bees.


With butterflies red, white and blue,

with buzzing bees and songbirds too,

I sit and gaze all summer long.

Can next year all my seeds go wrong?


Jean Streader.


I know I ought to try and centre the poem but am to scared to try. I might lose the whole thing and have to start again, besides which it's lunchtime and I'm hungry!





12 comments:

Heather said...

Where did that spacing come from? I didn't type it like that.

The Bug said...

Oh Heather I LOVE LOVE the little book AND the poem! What a great idea!

Toffeeapple said...

How lovely, the poem and the book. I like the idea of it cascading.

As for the spacing, perhaps Blogger recognised it as a poem?

Maggi said...

What a brilliant way to immortalise such a lovely, and very personal, poem. I love your books and this is no exception.

Carol Q said...

wonderful Heather. you all seem to be very good with words in your family!

Heavens2Betsy said...

Beautiful, exquisite pages and I love your tiny gardening tools! penny

The Weaver of Grass said...

Heather - yet another beautiful book - I am envious of your skill.

Lovely poem - I never dare to try and centre mine - I honestly don't think it matters all that much. Far more important to stave off your hunger pangs!

Julie said...

The poem is beautiful and the book is a lovely tribute to your cousin.

Robin Mac said...

A beautiful tribute to your cousin. You are so clever with your books. Cheers

MargaretR said...

Maggi put that very neatly!

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Linda said...

This is going to be so precious Heather....what a wonderful idea. And those little tools are incredibly cute!