Book Fair

Fakenham Parish Church occasionally has a book and jigsaw fair and it’s often worth a rumage around. We went into town for the farmers market today and there was a book fair on so we went in and had and look around. I picked up this wonderful bargin….

Beowulf translated and introduced by Kevin Crossley-Holland, a poet local to us and one which we have quite a few of his books.
Aswell as the poem itself it has an introduction, historical background, time chart, social background, literary background and actually how to read the poem. It does seem very good and helps approaching such a poem seem less scary! There’s some good illustrations aswell.

This lovely hardback book for only 50p, I’m smiling!


Favourite Words

A page from my journal.

This is a poem that I have written which I illustrated in my journal (don’t read the 5 – that’s the page number!)

I am very restricted in what I can do as I broke my arm on Saturday, feeling very sorry for myself. I haven’t managed to get out much yet so the computer is good for keeping in touch. Tsing the mouse left handed is a bit of a challege though!


I have decided to share with my readers, maybe once a week, poems that I particularly like and enjoy reading over again. The first one is by Gerard Manley Hopkins written in 1883. In my book it is illustrated with this painting ‘Les Peupliers’ by Claude Monet which I think is a perfect match:


…Look overhead
How air is azured;
O how! nay do but stand
Where you can lift your hand
Skywards: rich, rich it laps
Round the four fingergaps.
Yet such sapphire-shot,
Charged, steeped sky will not
Stain light. Yea, mark you this:
It does no prejudice.
The glass-blue days are those
When every colour glows,
Each shape and shadow shows.
Blue be it: this blue heaven
The seven or seven times seven
Hued sunbeam will transmit
Perfect, not alter it.
Or if there does some soft,
On things aloof, aloft,
Bloom breathe, that one breath more
Earth is the fairer for…