Past Pleasures rediscovered
I came across my old copy of ‘A Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’ the other day. I was supposed to be sorting through some things, but as usual, when it comes to having a clear out, I always come across something that makes me stop to re read it, transporting my memories – and well, – that’s the end of that exertion for the day:)
I had forgotten just how charming this book is. Edith Blackwell Holden (the Edwardian lady) was born into a very different age from ours (1871 – 1920). She was an art teacher and her nature notes were published in 1906. She was also an artist in her own right, a follower of the Arts and Crafts movement. She married sculptor Ernest Smith in 1911 and taught in Solihull.
Her exquisite drawings feature nature, flor and animals and her notes are taken from direct observation. Holden also illustrated children’s books. I love looking at this bygone book, which tells of a more sedate time.