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An Out Of Season Spring Clean [Nov. 15th, 2008|11:05 am]
Tony Grist
We began an out of season spring clean last night. Ailz loves nothing better. The rubbish accumulates and accumulates to the point where she suddenly turns into Mrs Tittlemouse

 

Me, I'm more like Mr Jackson- he of the large, wet footprints. "Tiddly-widdly-widdly, Mrs Tittlemouse. Pouf, pouf, pouf"



Actually, this is wishful thinking. If only I could be as mellow as Mr Jackson! Spring cleaning makes me profoundly nervous. I look at the size of the task in hand and think, "Oh no, oh no- I'll never be able to deal with this."

I love Beatrix Potter. The Jane Austen of the nursery, don'tcha think?

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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2008-11-15 12:53 pm (UTC)
We have a marvelous Beatrix Potter collection -- watercolors and such -- at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Books Department. In fact, it was this collection that drew Maurice Sendak to Philadelphia to do research. Now, he has placed his entire output (except the opera sets) on long-term loan at the Rosenbach Museum & Library. It was A.S.W. Rosenbach who was responsible for so much Potter material being in Philadelphia.

I just sent a complete boxed set of the Peter Rabbit books to a colleague who is due to be delivered of a son in the next few weeks, and we are sending one to our new grandson. It's our default grand present.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-15 03:37 pm (UTC)
Every home should possess a set of Beatrix Potter.

I think she's amazing- the economy with which she conjures up such unforgettable characters.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2008-11-15 03:27 pm (UTC)
What a delightful post.

Beatrix Potter is more than a children's writer/illustrator, that's for sure!
Have you seen the film "Miss Potter"? It's lovely.

Good luck with the cleaning, Mr. Jackson.
:)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-15 03:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

Oh yes, she was a remarkable person, all ways round.

I haven't seen the movie. I'm getting a little tired of Rene Zellwegger playing quintessentially English heroines. Am I being unjust?
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2008-11-15 04:34 pm (UTC)
I think you may be in this case. Rene actually does a very good job in this film. She seems to understand Miss Potter's character very well and the film itself is charming but not syrupy sweet.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-15 05:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, even as I wrote the comment I felt I was being mean. If Catherine Zeta Jones can play Americans, why shouldn't Rene Z. play Brits? Fair exchange is no robbery.
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[User Picture]From: momof2girls
2008-11-15 04:23 pm (UTC)
Definitely! Beatrix Potter's stories and illustrations are wonderful!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-15 05:05 pm (UTC)
She was doing something entirely new. And she did it better than anyone since.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2008-11-15 05:10 pm (UTC)
This is such a delightful tale, and it gives credit for a working brain to the child who is reading it,unlike some of the newer books offered for very small children.
Ailz is one after my own heart. I do no deep cleaning except for spring and fall, when I turn out the entire apartment, throw out a lot of accumulated junk (or send it to be recycled, etc.), and scrub every nook and cranny in the place. The rest of the time? Daily: I pick up, do dishes, give bathroom a once over, and take out the trash. Weekly: I vacuum, dust, do the laundry, and wash the floors. Also I do keep the kitty litter box spotless because His Highness insists I police his commode the moment after he uses it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-15 05:28 pm (UTC)
Mrs Tittlemouse and Mr Jackson are such unforgettable characters. It amazes me how she can achieve what she does achieve in such a small space.

I've been moving furniture and doing all sorts this afternoon. And now I ache.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2008-11-15 05:53 pm (UTC)
I love, love, love Beatrix Potter!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-15 08:12 pm (UTC)
She was a wonderful writer and artist.
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From: sculptruth
2008-11-15 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, such good memories you've brought up!

And yes, we've cleaned and cleaned ourselves last weekend, and completely changed all the furniture around and now I believe I'm finally ready for those fast approaching 12 hour + long nights.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-15 08:13 pm (UTC)
We've made a start- as a result of which the house looks even more untidy than it did before we started- but we'll get there eventually.
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