friendship block

 

I’ve just finished sewing two more hand pieced mini blocks for “dear ethel“, this one is a favourite colour combination of golden yellow and grey.  It’s called Friendship Block.  It’s very apt for today’s weather, bouts of glorious sunshine then grey and cloudy skies making everything dark and gloomy…..this morning started off really lovely and sunny, but now it’s really Autumny skied outside, I’ve put all the lights on in my work room as it’s so grey and gloomy.

 

honeymoon

 

And this little block (once again using some of that beautiful V and A fabric from Rowan) is called Honeymoon.  I used the pale blue because I wanted to combine something from both the red and pink fabrics, and thought using that colour worked the best (I also tried it with yellow and that looked good too but ended up going for blue)

This was block number 120 so only one more to make now…….I feel a bit sad that I’ve almost finished sewing them, however it’ll be nice to begin sewing round sashing fabric and then piecing them all together, but I probably won’t start that until after I’ve finished things for Christmas Fairs and the like.

I’m currently trying to get to grips with finishing the Granny’s Paperweight blanket, evenings when the light isn’t good enough for fine sewing or matching threads is spent sewing in tails and tackling those half hexagons and zigzagged edges, it feels like I’ve had my eureka moment and the blanket is finally coming together a bit better.

In the meantime I’ve also been working on a couple of other crocheted items which I hope to share very soon, but an eye infection and a crooky neck (I seem to have sat in a draught in my work room when the window was open) meant the weekend sewing and crocheting was quite literally, painfully slow.  Knowing I looked like Quasimodo with a semi closed eye and hunched up shoulder was a good excuse to stay inside and rest up on the sofa with a pot of tea.

guelder rose 1

 

Recently when I’ve been rambling about over the marshes behind our home, I found this group of trees with the most brightest red berry imaginable.  I was keeping my fingers crossed that they’d be edible (their colour is just so intense I was thinking it would make for the most glorious jewel bright jelly)… after cutting a small sprig to check what it was in reference books at home, I discovered it was a Guelder Rose.

 

guelder rose 2

 

 

At first it seemed it was edible but after more on-line research it would appear it’s best to leave it on the tree….firstly, it has a bit of a dog poop aroma (I only cut a small sprig so didn’t notice anything unpleasant but I guess it’s something that you notice if you pick a lot) however eating the fruit can make you have an upset tummy (both ends being affected)…..felt a bit down hearted as the berries are a wonderful uplifting colour, but decided it was best not to risk being poorly.

 

guelder rose 3

 

Right now the leaves of the Guelder Rose are changing colour, so they are a wonderful combination of green, gold, fiery oranges and ambers, red and crimson.  Mix all that in with the intense scarlet berries and you really do have a magnificent and spectacular array of colour.

Last week was incredibly sunny and the sky was the most Summery bright blue possible, the Guelder Rose trees just looked breathtaking against the blue sky and the green of the Oak tree leaves which were growing along side them.

 

arms can't quite reach

 

And just around the corner from the Guelder Rose was this huge tangle of blackberries and brambles…be still my beating heart..unfortunately all the fat berries were just too high and completely out of arms reach (I’d need to be about 9 or 10 foot tall to have reached them, even trying to reach some with a walking stick was pretty futile…I just ended up scratched, covered in leaves, cobwebs and bits of bramble bush but no doubt I looked very entertaining to any passing dog walkers) however they looked stunning and I figure the squirrels and mice are having a good feast on them.

Along with the opportunity to eat some of my favourite foods and puddings (roast chestnuts, baked squash, blackberry crumbles), it’s the sudden change in colour of the hedgerows and trees which makes Autumn possibly my favourite season. (when I was younger it was because I’m an October birthday girl….but as I’ve gotten older I seem to appreciate the changing seasons more)…..I find myself favouring brighter yarns and embroidery flosses, picking out turmeric oranges and reds, golds and bright chestnuts, ambers and mustardy yellows combining them with bramble and damson deep purples.

 

delicate

 

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really not a very good knitter, I have to write down each row so I know exactly where I am in a pattern, and often have to unravel whatever I’m knitting (or knotting in my case) because I’ve made a really daft mistake.  However lately I’ve been slipping and passing over stitches, knitting two together and yarning over on purpose (and not by accident where I’ve gotten all distracted by watching Colin Firth and Jonny Lee Miller in Regency costumes).

This is all thanks to the beautiful Maria of  The Casting On Couch….I recently found some of her amazing knitting tutorials on you-tube, and basically just gave it a go…. seriously brilliant and easy to follow.  Anyway along with more knitting tutorials than you can shake a stick at, there is also one for this bouncy little crochet number.

I’ve changed it a smidge in that I make my bobble to include the yarn over the hook from the stitches which begin it (that doesn’t even sound English….anyway, I know what I do and it works a bit better for me) and I also give the bobbles a bit of a tug when they are completed as I find this bounces them up a bit better…….. but it’s a great tutorial and her knitting ones are just the bees knees as far as I’m  concerned (I still can’t believe I managed to lace knit!)

For this scarf  (which I’m hoping I’ll  have enough wool for to make a light and airy scarf to wear on days when I feel like channelling my inner Isadora Duncan) I used a 3.75 mm hook and the wool is some I bought a few years ago from Loop….it’s by Shilasdair and the colour is Atlantic Spray, it’s a blend of Cashmere, Baby Camel, Angora and Lambswool.  It’s dyed with Indigo and since it’s purchase has been lurking in a tote bag along with a Lush rose scented bath bomb…it smells gorgeous.  It’s a beautifully soft feeling wool (it really is as soft as a cloud), and the colour is the gentlest blue.

 

chunky

 

For a practise run I tried the stitch out using some yarn I’d bought years ago from a local charity shop (have no idea what it is, there were just a dozen small balls in a plastic bag for a pound), but I liked the colour.

I’m using a bigger hook, a 5mm (both hooks are Brittany which are my favourite, they feel wonderful and light to use, and make my hands feel very dainty)

I figure you can’t have enough scarves, and these are not only two very different shades of blue, but one is light and airy, the other is a bit of a bruiser in weight

 

knitting

 

And more basic knitting, I’m playing about with a couple of new dish cloth patterns…..can you believe I have been un-ravelling knitting for a dish cloth!  I wanted to try a different motif to the heart on the ones I made last year….it’s definitely back to the drawing board.

The huge ball of craft cotton was a charity buy, think it was a pound, maybe less….. I’ve already made three dish cloths from it….it’s amazing.

 

crewel wool

 

And lastly, this brilliant buy from my local shop of curiosities (a truck and tat shop as my dad would have said)…a gorgeous selection of crewel wool…… two pounds the lot.  Perfect for the embroideries I’ve been designing for Winter and Christmas fair produce.  (I love the Lady Penelope wool the most…..the colours are so nice, it’s also my favourite tapestry wool for embroidering too)

mystery block

 

The colour scheme for this block was in part inspired by it’s name, reminding me of old murder mystery books (they all seem to have faintly yellowing pages and brown tea stains on the cover) …..this patchwork block is called Mystery Block.  I like the combination of yellow and brown, the yellow floral fabric was purchased at the start of the Summer and is a new favourite, I think it’s so pretty and delicately sunshiney.  (some yellow fabrics are a bit too yellow to want to wear, however I think this print is lovely and mellow, reminding me of lemony ices and sandy toes after a day at the beach)

 

variable star

 

This block is called Variable Star, it’s very similar to this one which shares the same name.  It’s also called Ohio Star, Star of Hope and my favourite name for it….Aunt Eliza’s Star (that’s because I have a niece called Eliza)

I like all the reds together, and especially that red V and A fabric in the centre…..maybe it’s the scattering of blue flowers in the centre…..it’s such a beautiful print.

 

eddystone

 

And finally this grey and yellow block is called Eddystone….I like the mix of mustardy golds together with the grey, it’s a favourite combination that I just don’t tire of.

This is a great central block for using in a medallion patchwork….just keep working the rounds outwards. (Medallion quilts are great to make for doll’s beds)

 

The book I’m using for my block references is 5,500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone, it’s a huge tomb and weighs an absolute ton…..the block designs are split down into how the block can be divided which helps a lot when drafting them and deciding which works best in the size you are planning (“dear ethel” is being made up of 6 inch blocks, so I’ve been able to use blocks from the nine patch …3 x 3…..and the four patch ….2 x 2……both of those divide nicely into 6……..however some of the other blocks don’t divide as well when you are working small and it’s best to save those for larger planned pieces)    It also gives a list of the various names the blocks are known under, some blocks only seem to have one name, others are known under many various guises, and sometimes the same name is given to a variety of different blocks.

If I’ve called a block a different name to what you know it as, then please do let me know, it’s interesting to learn how names change from region to region.

Melanie from Catbird Quilt Studio said she knows the two previous blocks I’d made as Variable Star and Sawtooth Star.  Do you know them by any other names?

mushroom 6

 

These last few days have been blessed with lots of September sunshine, early mornings are cool and quite frankly, chilly….when I’m out in the garden picking salad for packed lunch sandwiches, and raspberries for breakfasts, then I’m bundling up in cardigans and socks…..however, once the day starts to wake up it warms up very quickly and clothing comes off as I get too hot.

We’ve not had much rain so the abundance of mushrooms I saw just the other week have all but disappeared.  However, I still had pictures I wanted to share of some of the fungi growing near our home.

This rather stout chap looks like the perfect seat for a small pixie or sprite.  I love it’s very flat top and speckled brown and burnt umber colour

 

mushroom 7

 

This is one of the only mushrooms that I can happily identify…it’s called Shaggy Inkcap and is also known by the name Lawyers Wig.  In Richard Mabey’s book “Food for Free” he suggests using it to make a mushroom ketchup.

The whole verge was covered in these in various states of growth……I think they look amazing, it’s such an elegant shape, almost like a Paul Poiret shaped skirt.

 

mushroom 8

 

This is another Shaggy Inkcap, in a slightly more distressed state, the edges look like a fringed gown slowly unravelling.

 

mushroom 9

 

I thought these just looked wonderful, like fat bread rolls all baked together and just taken out of an oven. Their skin looks so velvety and soft, and they were such a beautiful and gentle shade.  Or nestling hens, all settled down for the night.

 

mushroom 10

 

More Shaggy Inkcaps……these have definitely gone over, the edges have all curled upwards and their flesh is slowly turning black and viscousy.

 

mushroom 11

 

Most of the mushrooms I’ve found seem to hiding amongst fallen Autumnal leaves.  I love how the oranges and golds compliment the softer hues of the mushrooms.

I always think there is something almost fairy tale like about mushrooms when I see them growing “in the wild”…often in books they can easily look otherworldly and somewhat sinister…..seeing them outside for myself that apprehensive shudder I get from looking at pictures in books isn’t there….instead, finding a group of mushrooms when I’m out for a walk always gives me a sense of excitement and discovery……it’s an odd feeling and one I know I’m not describing particularly well…..it’s almost the opposite of how I feel about spiders…I can look at those in books quite happily, but if there is one on the carpet then I’m up on the sofa and wailing for assistance.

evening star

 

The other week I wrote how just changing the placement of tone in a block can change it’s name.  The example I used was this patchwork block…however on reflection I felt there wasn’t really enough variation in the tone of the fabric I used so I unpicked it (not the first block I’ve unpicked for this quilt, but fingers crossed it’s the last one) and used the fabric to create two new blocks with greater contrast.

So this above block is the all new razzle dazzle version of Eight Point Star, it’s also known as Square and Points.  Basically it is a darker toned star on a lighter toned background.  Both fabrics are in my top ten of favourites, I’ve actually bought enough of the green floral fabric to make a frock, sadly the turquoise fabric is quite old (it’s from Sylvia’s stash) so what there is is what there is…..I think they look pretty fine together.

 

square and points

 

And when you reverse the tone (so a lighter star on a darker toned fabric) you have the block named Evening Star, which is also called Cluster of Stars….I love that name…….it’s the perfect name for a star patchwork.

It’s a beautifully simple block, and whether you chose this or the Eight Point Star variation, it always makes for a beautiful patchwork top.  It’s quite a traditional pattern but looks so fresh.

 

block selection

 

And this is a round up of some of the last few finished blocks that have been pieced for “dear ethel”.

I particularly like the bottom block using the daintily striped pink fabric, and also the central block.  Both use the gorgeous V an A fabric by Rowan…….quite simply I’ve lost my heart to it.

dear jane

 

Of all the authors that I adore…first amongst them is my most beloved Jane Austen.

For years growing up I tried and tried with her books (I didn’t actually study any of them while I was at school) but whenever I had tried reading them, I found I just couldn’t get in to them…and then, when I was in my very late twenties (so late I think I was more like 31) I tried Sense and Sensibility and fell head over heels in love with her writing and the wonderful Elinor Dashwood….. actually in all the Jane Austen books it’s the women I love more than the men, even the silly Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey wins me over more than the hero Henry Tilney.

If I had to really chose, then my favourite book by her would be Persuasion, the main character of Jane Elliot is just so beautifully written, if I could have any friend from literature then it would be her (hmmm along with Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter and perhaps Jilly Coppercorn from the Charles de Lint books)…poor Jane Elliot, her family are truly truly awful…really horrible. There is a television version with Anthony Stuart Head (Giles from Buffy) and he’s pretty good as her pompous snobby father, but he is even worse in the book, and her sisters make me laugh out loud every time I read about them.

One of the things I love about Jane Austen is she wrote about some of the most bitchily horrible women possible, I think you’d have to go a long way to read about someone worse than Fanny Dashwood and her mother Mrs Ferrars (Sense and Sensibility), Caroline Bingley and Lady Catherine de Bourgh (Pride and Prejudice) and Aunt Norris (Mansfield Park)………even Elizabeth Bennet’s mother in Pride and Prejudice is pretty terrible and comes out with the most dreadful things…she’s not bitch, just head shakingly terrible.

Jane Austen is an incredibly humorous writer, there are huge passages in many of her books that make me laugh out loud with huge guffaws……and then there are passages which are so full of sadness and despair that I end up with tears running down my face and feeling my heart will break for the distress these characters are feeling.

 

jane austen

 

A very close second to Persuasion would be Sense and Sensibility, each time I read it I end up sobbing  my heart out for the frustrations of poor Elinor Dashwood, and like Jane Elliot, she has a difficult family to deal with (to be fair her family is actually a lot nicer but causes her upsets for different reasons)…..the things Mrs Ferrars (her brother’s mother-in-law) says to her are just incredibly rude and horrible and each time I read them I’d love to reach into the book and slap her face because she is so so horrid. But it is Lucy Steele who I probably get more cross with when I’m reading it, when she has her “little confidences” with Elinor, I hate her, she’s just awful…….

Apart from some wonderfully written dreadful females, Jane Austen writes wonderful dialogue and very female situations, each book has made me both laugh out loud and wipe my eyes, but also make my heart ache for the characters.  If you’ve not read any Jane Austen then Sense and Sensibility is a great first book to try.

BBC produces, in my opinion, the very best adaptations of her books, their Sense and Sensibilty with Hattie Morahan as Elinor Dashwood was so good, the scene at the end where she is wearing a pinny and baking makes my eyes tear up just thinking about it….. the costumes and scenery and wonderful acting make it a total treat for the eyes. (there is also a small posh and podgy child, dressed in velvet stuffing his face with chips which is so funny)

BBC also filmed an adaptation of Emma with Jonny Lee Miller as George Knightley and  Romola Garai  as Emma (she was perfect, exactly as I had imagined her when I’d read it) and Tamsin Greig was Miss Bates who is one of my most favourite characters of all time (maybe because she reminds me a lot of myself….I am a great chatterer of nonsense and such like)……

I never get bored of reading Jane Austen, I was a long time coming to her but now I can’t imagine a life without her books.

 

 

 

 

sleepy

 

The weather has been so mild the last week or so, and we’ve been blessed with lots of September sunshine, so I decided to wash the patchwork quilt we normally have on our bed and let it dry outside…(it also needs some light repairs as “someone” …mentioning no names….has been plucking it when he does paddy paws.  It’s not too bad, maybe a couple of hours work at best, it’s just fiddly and means sewing in lots and lots of tiny threads.

I’ve put the grannies paperweight crochet blanket on the bed (even though the days have been sunny, the Autumn chills are definitely being felt in the evenings) and although I know he’s going to end up plucking this (and covering it with a fine layer of grey fluff) I don’t have the heart to shove him off the bed.

 

bernard on a blanket

 

He is definitely appreciative of any crocheted endeavours, and is a big fan of natural fibres (somewhere I have a leather bookmark which he decided was going to be his, he’d happily chew it when I was reading…it’s now disappeared and I suspect it’s been taken out to the garden with some other “borrows”…these include a pincushion..luckily bereft of pins, various small balls of wool and a tiny pair of embroidery scissors)

It’s almost like he reports for duty “does that blanket need inspecting madam, please, allow me, this is very serious business, I may be some time…..”  as he gets himself all comfy, there is lots of shuffles and snuffling, paddy pawing and poking before he curls himself up, and nests down.

 

stretchy

 

As you can see, himself is quite content to spend all his Sunday sleeping…..every-so often he stretches out his feet, wiggles them and his front paws, wrinkles up his noise…then resumes a more curled up position.  Sometimes (if we are unlucky) there is a little trumpety noise followed by a smell….oh how we are spoilt!

 

still sleepy

 

I suspect he feels this is in fact his blanket, right from the start when it was just piles of tapestry wool, heaped up on the front room carpet he has taken an interest…from nesting in the wool (a favourite past-time) to laying on the edge of the crochet while I am trying to join another hexagon in place….from running off with various wools and pouncing on stacks of crocheted hexagons….he’s a most entertaining assistant.

Actually he sets off the colours in the blanket so well, a few were inspired in part by his rather grubby colouring (he had a bit of a bath yesterday so this is him clean and all spruced up…if he was a little boy I think he’d be just like William from the stories by Richmal Crompton…all dirty, with scraped knees and bits of the garden in his hair, pockets full of marbles, sweet wrappers, bits of string, constantly up to mischief…..

 

sound asleep

 

Perhaps in his own special way he’s worked on this blankie as hard as me, so I guess he deserves a nap….

I’ve been sewing in more tails (still over a thousand to go… it really is never ending), and I’m not really getting very far with crocheting the half hexagons to fit the top and bottom.  Maybe I’m not making them right, I’m finding them really difficult to make and then they don’t really want to fit in properly.  A part of me thinks to leave it as it is, but the fussy part of me (which won’t be happy until the blankie is all finished and looking just so) says to keep on, and persevere.

When I’m feeling all frustrated with it, I just want to curl up on it and be like Bernard.

four crowns

 

Another two little hand pieced blocks for dear ethel, not many to go now….this block is called Four Crowns, I just can’t get enough of that red floral V and A fabric, I just love it…..

I’m slowly drafting a dress pattern with this fabric in mind (I keep seeing rows of tiny fabric covered buttons) and I’ve got some hazy ideas for a blouse which seems to be flitting around the edges of my imagination……sometimes I find it hard to sketch out a design, it needs to sit (gather dust), slowly just be and grow before I’m able to put it down on paper…all the attempts at this blouse have been terrible so am letting it take it’s own time (am watching lots of House of Elliot for suitable creative inspirations……if you’re not familiar with it, The House of Elliot was a BBC TV costume drama which was set just after the First World War, it was about two sisters who set up their own couture house…it’s absolutely brilliant, the costumes are gorgeous, and there is more lovely sewing inspiration in it than you can shake a stick at, it’s also got the most danceable theme tune which I have to do a little dance to when I hear it….around the same time as it was on telly, French and Saunders did a wonderful pastiche of it which still makes me laugh out loud…it’s very naughty but very very funny)

Perhaps The House of Elliot was a subliminal inspiration….the peacock feather fabric is very 1920s looking.

 

homegrown

 

And this rather patriotic coloured block is called Homegrown…. it makes me think of 1940’s forties home front pamphlets, keep the home fires burning and general patriotic rousing….. the blue floral print is a Lecien fabric, it’s a rather heavy woven cotton which frays like the devil, however it’s so soft, and is lovely to sew.

I think there are a few red,white and blue coloured blocks set aside for dear ethel, not that I’m particularly patriotic, it’s just a colour combination that seems to crop up by itself.

charles de lint

The last few weeks I’ve been re-reading some of my favourite books by the author Charles de Lint.  He’s a fantasy writer but it’s not dwarves, barbarians, metal bikini clad hotties, elves or hobbity quests….he’s most popularly known now for his “urban fantasy” books set in the made up city of Newford……

Some years ago a customer came into the shop where I was working at the time and was all pleased because he had just found a Charles de Lint book in a charity shop.  I said I’d never heard of him and he was “ohhh try this, I think you’d like it”…I kept the book for a while and then realised I’d had it for nearly a year and hadn’t even read the first page, so that evening when I went to bed I opened the book and some hours later looked up to find it was about 2 in the morning and I had been absolutely spellbound…that book was Memory and Dream and remains my favourite book by him (maybe because it was my first, but also because it is just a wonderful read )….it’s about a young artist called Isabelle who learns how to make her paintings come alive…..at various points in the book her paintings are described so incredibly that I find I can close my eyes and see them.  I’ve now re read this book so many times that my copy barely holds itself together but if I was going to be on a desert island I’d definitely want to take this book.

There are a whole series of his books set in Newford and the same group of characters crop up in them, I think everyone’s favourite being Jilly Coppercorn, there are three books written about her (The Onion Girl, Widdershins and Promises to Keep) but I would recommend trying those later, partly because I think it’s better to have read more about the character of Jilly beforehand, and also she is older in two of them so it fits the time line of the books better.  Memory and Dream is a really good place to start, other ones to try are “Someplace to be Flying”, “Trader” and “Forests of the Heart”…..

Other characters who turn up in various stories include Geordie Riddle (he’s a musician) his brother Christy (a writer), Sophie and Wendy (friends of Jilly…. in fact there are very few people in Newford that Jilly doesn’t seem to know) Joseph Crazy Dog (he’s part canid and corbae and is just one of a group of characters who fit in with Native American mythological characters) and Cerin and Meran Kelledy (musicians) who first start out in one of his more traditional fantasy stories.

There are a few short story collections about Newford as well as various novels, my favourite of these being “Tapping the Dream Tree”.

jonathan carroll

As well as Charles de Lint, I also like Jonathan Carroll, again, he’s more of a contemporary fantasy writer…….he is a wonderfully descriptive writer and I don’t think I’ve ever nodded off whilest reading any of his books…… I guess my favourites by him are what are called “The Answered Prayers Sextet” and include Sleeping in Flame, Bones of the Moon, Bones of the Moon and what is possibly my favourite book by him …Outside the Dog Museum.

Like the Charles de Lint book, these stores have a few characters in them who cross over from other books, sometimes only briefly, other times staying in the story longer…possibly the best character is the wonderful shaman called Venasque who makes the best sandwiches ever and who lives with a pig and a dog and can teach you to fly (but only if you need to know how…and really, most people don’t need to)……

Where as the Charles de Lint books have more of a happier ending (not “happy ever afters” like in fairy tales but where you can imagine how peoples stories and lives can continue…..) the Jonathan Carroll stories tend to be more…disruptive. They don’t have comfortable endings or even are themselves always comfortable reading…. some of the images from White Apples stayed with me for ages (think I slept with the bed side light on that night….not because the book was scary but more because the imagery was just so uncomfortable and weird…. it’s an amazing story, maybe I shouldn’t have been reading it just before bed….

His collection of short stories called “The Panic Hand” is one of the best short story collections I’ve read….unsettling would be a good way to describe his stories, weird and odd and beautiful things happen in them (my favourite short story by him is called “Mr Fiddlehead” which is about a woman falling in love with her best friends invisible friend from childhood, who, when the friend has marriage problems appears as a gorgeous grown man who eats plum stones, makes gold jewellery and can only keep around if the friend remains unhappy, so between them they wonder what would make her the most unhappy, something horrible happening to her husband or perhaps to one of her children ……it’s so chillingly awful and made my eyes grow huge reading it.

wuthering heights

Another favourite book I like to read each year is Wuthering Heights* (I’ve still to see a film or adaptation that does this story justice)…..it’s a perfect book for reading when Summer has changed into Autumn, and the nights grow shorter, when the weather becomes wild, wet and windy….. sometimes I bundle up and sit and read a few chapters outside on a park bench…once my nose and fingertips are numb I go to my favourite coffee shop and have a big latte or a hot chocolate to recover from my “extreme reading” experience….

When you try to explain the story it sounds like the characters are all a bit crazy….certainly Kathy is what my nanny would have called “highly strung” and as for Heathcliff, my head shakes as I hear him described as a great romantic from literature, he beats up his wife, hangs a dog in a fit of temper, is abusive and violent to pretty much all those around him, he kidnaps a child and forces her into marriage with his sickly son, who he then basically leaves to die…….he’s just terrible…..but on the page…..on the page he’s mesmerising, he sweeps you up along with his Kathy, wild passions and embraces……(perhaps this is why books are so wonderful, our mind allows us to filter out that we don’t like so much in a character, it’s not so easy when it is staring at us on screen……) for me it is Hareton Earnshaw who captured my heart the very first time I read the book, one of my favourite passages is when Catherine Linton (Kathy’s daughter by her husband Edgar) puts some primroses into Hareton’s porridge, and he eats them so as not to let Heathcliff know and make him lose his temper.

*as much as I love love love this book….when I hear those words it’s not Emily Bronte’s book I first think of but the Kate Bush song which has to be my all time favourite song in the world…..if I was on a desert island then that would be the record I’d save from the tides…..as soon as it starts I’m covered in goosebumps and end up singing along to it, and doing a little Kate Bush-esque dance if there is no one watching!

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