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daily parcels * tied up in string *

daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

Plan ahead and dream of all the beautiful things that life has to offer

July 22, 2005

brown*paper*parcels ~ my vintage bookshelf

on April 14th * this is what I wrote about LITTLE WOMEN

*the first copy of this book that I can remember owning had a pink cover and a picture of the 4 girls in the sitting room. It was illustrated with coloured sketches and I received it for Christmas in 1964. I loved that book so much. I am lucky that my mum was a hoarder as that copy is still on my bookshelf now. A treasure !!! to look at it and touch it brings a warmth to my soul. I always wanted to be Amy , I am not sure why* maybe it was because she had gorgeous blonde hair where mine was thin and brown and she always wanted to look pretty * like most little girls. And I wanted to draw like her * I loved Meg, she was so gentle, I felt so safe with her * and I cried when Jo cut her hair off. I was in awe of Jo !! Loved when she went into the tree to read and write* Beth~ I was a little scared of Beth and I think it was because I didnt know as a child how to cope with her illness
I always wanted to go with Mrs March to deliver the meals to the sick and needy and I was absolutely afraid of Aunt March
I loved to read this book ~ I felt that I was peeking into their actual home and living the lives they did * the carriage rides in the snow...sounded like so much fun...... and even now when I feel like I need some nurturing ..that is one of the books that I grab. I don't think it was intentional but I ended up calling my first daughter *Louisa May*

and there were two comments:

I absolutely love your description of Little Women.I first read it back in the early 60's myself.I always wanted to be Jo, except when I was feeling sorry for myself,then I would imagine being the patient,loving, and suffering Beth.How I cried when she passed away.Did you ever read Eight Cousins?This is another of my favorite.What wonderful things girls today are missing by not reading these childhood classicsHelen(grammea)

Hey Robyn,It was great to read your post about little women and the vintage housekeepers. I blogged about them on the Little Women the Musical Show Blog http://littlewomen.typepad.com - The musical will be going on tour in the fall so hopefully ou can come and see it. :)


Blogger Maggie Ann said...

First time to your blog and oh its so nice. I enjoyed Little Women also. I can remember sitting on the porch swing for hours, swinging while I read that wonderful book. The great thing about classics like that, to me is , you don't want them ever to end and when they do, you feel like you really know the people. Its like oatmeal...well kind of...it sticks with you and nurtures you. Hope you'll come by and visit my blog and leave a comment for me, when you've time.

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Anonymous Shirley said...

How strange, I was out shopping yesterday, and bought a couple of books and Little Women, was one of them.I think I am going to enjoy reading it :)

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Blogger Gina E. said...

Hi Robyn,
Thanks for dropping by Patra's Place and leaving a nice comment. Of course I had to come and visit you, and having done so, you are now on my Favorites list, ready to be transferred to my list of Favored Blogs! I can relate to you in so many ways, and yes Little Women was (and is) one of my favorite books too, read over and over again. Good Wives and Jo's Boys are also beloved books of mine.

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