Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mail Delight

Wonderful surprise in the mail from Debby of These Are Pieces, Too-- the 2011 Reading Woman Engagement Calendar!

Here is an excerpt from the introduction:

THE READING WOMAN is a celebration of all women who love to read. Whether it's at the close of day or just at the close of a door. Whether it's reading aloud to friends around the fire or suspended, mind and body, in a hammock.  Poems or potboilers, fact or fancy, it's the pleasure women find in reading that is presented here.
 It is full of lovely paintings of women reading and quotes about reading like this one (one of my all time favorites) by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu:

  "No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting."

Thank you, thank you, Debby, for thinking of me when you saw this and for sending me such a lovely gift that can be appreciated in so many ways!


  1. Oh, goody! It got there =-) I immediately thought of you when I saw it...I absolutely LOVE the paintings, and the quotes are so fitting. I am not sure what I will use mine for as I rarely have "engagements" but if I use it for nothing more than losing myself in the paintings that will be enough...I'm so glad you love it, too! Enjoy!

  2. Aren't the paintings wonderful? One of my favorites is by an artist with whom I was unfamiliar, Gwendolyn Grant. Grant was an Australian and the painting is Winter Sunshine (1939). I've been trying to find more images of her paintings online, but so far no luck.

    Most of my engagements are things like the bi-annual appointment to have my teeth cleaned! :)

  3. I'm thinking I may use it as a sort of diary...or maybe to write down a quote every day or so...or something... There is such a dreamy quality about the entire collection...makes me want to stay in a lovley silk robe all day and read, read, read...I'm going to go get mine out now and look up the Grant painting =-)

  4. It is such a pleasure to look through, isn't it? I'm keeping it out on my desk, so maybe I'll use it as you suggest, to record quotes or interesting ideas from blog browsing!


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