Anna Atkins, Amigurumi Discworld and A Story

16 Mar

1    So many beautiful things have come my way today! Firstly there was the Google doodle which led me to discover all about Anna Atkins, an English botanist and photographer, whose 216th birthday is today! She is best known for her haunting photographs of  British algae and the photos are very beautiful.She is often considered the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images. Some sources, Wikipedia claim that she was the first woman to create a photographYou can find out more here too.

2    I’m sure that you are all aware of the passing of Terry Pratchett, the creator of so many wonderful fantasy novels. This amazing creation, by June Gilbank, came my way today. Isn’t it just wonderful? I have permission to post it here. Do click on the red link and read her tribute to Sir Terry.

June's Crochet Discworld

June’s Crochet Discworld

I am very taken with the new word I have learned today – Amigurumi (編みぐるみ, lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. I am working on a knitted one at the moment which I will show you soon.

3   One of the projects I used to set my Year 7 pupils was to create a story book. I found one of these little treasures today and am still in touch with the writer who wrote this in in 1990 something. Lovely memories of happy days as a teacher!

We Have Shrunk

We Have Shrunk



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14 responses to “Anna Atkins, Amigurumi Discworld and A Story

  1. calvin

    March 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Life is better when only good things fall in your lap. Thanks for name drop of Anna Atkins am off to explore.

    Amigurumi. Easy for you to say and crochet I bet. For me, I couldn’t do either one.

    Considering your past life, I always always switch to my best-est behaviour before entering here -stop laughing.

    They’re art, a treasure trove of memories, thoughts and aspiration; yours and theirs.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 20, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      I so love your contributions to my blog and have gotten behind in replying to you – sorry. I haven’t visited for a while either – double sorry. Will put that right soonish, promise! 🙂

  2. whichwaynow101

    March 17, 2015 at 11:52 am

    My maiden name is Askins. I would like to have been related to Anna!

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 17, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Maybe you are! Have you traced your family tree? 🙂

      • whichwaynow101

        March 17, 2015 at 9:44 pm

        It’s in a folder somewhere in the depths of storage in darkest Suffolk. Who knows?

  3. ladysighs

    March 17, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Thanks for the links to Anna Atkins.
    It would be wonderful to be in touch with students of years ago. I started teaching when I was 21 and had students that were 10 years younger. Today we could be colleagues and friends. Wonder where they are……………….

  4. notewords

    March 16, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I’ve been wondering who Anna Atkins is all day! Beautiful images.
    I love the crocheted Discworld!

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 16, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Now you know and so do I!
      Beautiful isn’t it? So creative! The pattern is on June’s blog if you fancy a go! 🙂

      • notewords

        March 17, 2015 at 9:19 pm

        I will have a look. Thanks!

      • notewords

        March 17, 2015 at 9:30 pm

        Can’t seem to get onto June’s blog. I just get a blank page. I’ll keep trying.

        • mybeautfulthings

          March 17, 2015 at 9:58 pm

          Tomorrow, I’ll redo the link as it doesn’t workforce me either. Thank you for letting me know. 🙂

          • notewords

            March 17, 2015 at 10:21 pm

            Okay, but it may not be the link, I tried via Google as well.

          • mybeautfulthings

            March 18, 2015 at 8:22 am

            I just got a message via Facebook that the site will be down for a few more hours. Perhaps try later today 🙂

          • notewords

            March 19, 2015 at 7:57 pm

            Thanks! Will do. 😉


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