Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Picture This

My best friend came for lunch today with her three children, the oldest of whom is five. They live quite a distance away, and have to spend almost as long in the car as they can here, so it takes some thought for them to come, which means they don't come often. This is a shame because we have such a ball when we're all together, but the kids will grow and things will get easier, in the meantime when they do come they always leave plenty to remember them by:

Oscar, the five year old, spotted my old (sadly now legless) tailor's dummy and decided to dress it up. It is now called Sheldon.

They also brought home-made gifts.

Edith who is two and a half made this for me yesterday.

Oscar made this and was really rather excited about giving it to me.

They all made these together; isn't that a lovely image?

After lunch we went to the park and Blythe who is just one lost a shoe. We retraced our steps and kept our eyes peeled, but we didn't find it. They were brand new and cost forty quid. None of which bothered her; when we got back to the house she was sleeping soundly in her buggy.

As Oscar had been desperate to draw on my blackboard wall from the minute he'd seen it, I showed him where I kept the chalk while the baby slept and mummy gathered up their belongings before they had to leave, and was rewarded with these masterpieces.

I Need Cake, by Edith.

Higher, by Oscar.

I do hope they can come back soon.


steven said...

hi eryl, i love that you shared the creations of your little visitors. in the school i work in i'm notorious for visiting the younger classes (i teach eleven and twelve year olds) to see their art.
i look at "i need cake" and just laugh. it's true! i was out for lunch with my oldest boy and that's what i said. "i need cake". it's like tons of little fingers reaching up pleading with the great cake maker . pleeeeease pleeeease make a cake!!! have a sweet evening. steven

PI said...

Love and lollypop sticks. I love it.
I sympathise with Blythe. I lost a beautiful white shoe one summer evening on the isle of Arran. the police put out an APB but to no avail.
What a lovely day you had.

Titus said...

I need one of those dipped shortbread. Now!
Oscar obviously has a career in high fashion ahead of him, as he puts things together better than I do. And Blythe! Blythe Spirit, Margaret Lockwood, what a fabulous, evocative name. Edith I'm not so sure about, but there is Sitwell, and she had great rings. Ooh, and Cavell, and she was a heroine, wasn't she? Do all famous Edith's end in "ell"?
Brilliant stuff.

Kanani said...

Ah, it sounds like a much anticipated visit on both sides! This was delightful, Eryl!!

angryparsnip said...

ohhhhhhhhh you have a blackboard wall, so very cool !
and the "I need cake" picture was the best !

Golden West said...

Sounds like a delightful afternoon! And your pictures from yesterday at the seashore are wonderful!

Jimmy Bastard said...

I've discovered a forgotten world of lost shoes, crayoned walls, and for some reason a renewed interest with tapioca pudding, ever since the arrival of my grand weans.

I love every minute of it.

Tousled Raven said...

Just wonderful to have small people around isn't it? I think they're brill and have such a fresh way of seeing our crazy world. I wish it could always stay that fresh for us all!
I posted this comment over with Titus and thought you might like it too given what you're up to:
When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I'm only really alive when I'm writing.
-- Tennessee Williams

Kim Ayres said...

The thing that caught my eye was that when Oscar drew the roof of his house, rather than draw over the top of your writing, he has carefully stopped his line on one side of the "C" and started again on the other.

What a thoughtful lad!

Dave King said...

Wow! I went overboard for "I need cake." "Voice" is pretty darn good, too - but "I need cake..." WoW!

Eryl Shields said...

Steven ~ pleading with the great cake maker: love it!

Pat ~ the police put out an APB for your shoe, wow? Now every time I go to Arran I'll look out for your lovely white shoe. I wonder what it's been up to since it left you.

Titus ~ whenever I think of Edith I think of Edith Piaf 'La vie en rose' et al, or Edie Sedgewick, so the name evokes a certain tragic glamour for me. Perhaps Oscar is taking after his namesake Ossie Clark, but hopefully not the too young death bit.

They do look, in the photo, like dipped shortbread but are actually peppermint creams.

Kanani ~ it was, and it seemed to be over in the blink of an eye.

Parsnip ~ I do, I'd seen them in homes of the stylish in magazines for several years before I decided I had to have one, I've not looked back. If I ever move it's the first thing I'll do in a new house. I write all my inspirations on it.

Golden West ~ it was marvellous. And thanks about the seashore photos too.

Jimmy ~ you have grand kids, blimey!? I can't imagine anything, even grandchildren, getting me interested in tapioca pudding!

Tousled ~ brilliant quote, thanks, I'll write it on my wall.

Kim ~ now that is why/how you are a visual artist!

Eryl Shields said...

Dave ~ missed you there. Everyone seems to like this one, I think Edith might be taking after her mother who is an artist. I hope her talent isn't precocious!

Scarlet-Blue said...

I could never resist chalk. The pavements where I lived were covered in 'lively' drawings and misspellings.

Titus said...

I need one of those dipped peppermint creams! Now!
How could I have forgot Piaf? Such an unlikely Edith.

Eryl Shields said...

Scarlet ~ me neither, I remember once picking up a huge lump of 'chalk' only to have my mother scream at me to put it down 'now!': it was a dried, white poo. I was always a little less eager after that.

Titus ~ if you're passing by in the next hour or two pop in and I'll give you a couple!

How can anyone forget Piaf?

Titus said...

Alas no, and fair point.

Mary Witzl said...

Those kids sound cute, but your friend is brave and so are you: the idea of traveling ANY distance with three kids, all under the age of five, makes me shiver.

I'll keep an eye out for that shoe, though! £40 for a pair of baby shoes is no joke when one goes missing.

Anonymous said...

I think I am in need of some cake myself.

Thanks for the visit.

Eryl Shields said...

Titus ~ maybe next time.

Mary ~ all I had to do is feed them cheese and ham, oh, and brownies, and then take them to the park.

The shoe, should you be out and see one is a kind of flour dusted aubergine suede. £40 is horrendous isn't it, and it's her first pair?!

Mr Lincoln ~ most welcome, I would bring you cake if I could.