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 photograph. You 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.
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!