Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Willows Love

 My heart is extremely cheered by The Wind in the Willows Grand Tour.  They began at my house in the fall of 2011 and these little fellows have been traveling the world for over a year now.  Now they are in Australia, having had a rousing time with Quilter Liz and moved north to spend time with Sarah and her children.  You can click on Sarah's name to see what they are up to.  
 Mags and I love The Wind in the Willows and all of our hostesses do, too!  Mole was lost (and found!) on a dark street in Belfast so now he is a bit smeared, but all the boys are thriving because of the care of all the involved bloggers.
 When they were launched from Denver to Canada to spend time with Deborah, we had no idea that their tour would be so grand!  

 From Sarah they go to Angel Catherine in New Zealand where they will enjoy spring time!  Then it's back to me.  I can't wait to see the annotations and decorations in my old pink copy of my favorite tale!



I am so moved by women and their childlike sense of fun and hospitality.  Mags and I will put our heads together and create a way for you to have a smattering of the photo fun in one spot. We are already planning our next The Wind in the Willows event and here's a little hint:  it involves Badger!
Thank you to all the friends who played along and PLAYED BIG!  I am in awe of this sweet affair!
If you have a copy of The Wind in the Willows, you may want to dip into it today.  Read about Ratty and Mole on the river or their adventure in the Wild Wood.  It is SUCH a story!

44 comments:

Fat Dormouse said...

I hope that maybe I'll be able to join in next time! But the Willows Three have helped me find new friends and meet lovely new people without even coming to my corner of France - through them, I have read blogs I might not have read, and learned thingfs I might not have learned. I hope we'll be able to see at least a little peak of the altered book. xx

Nancy McCarroll said...

What wonderful adventures they all had, and you are one smart and creative cookie to have dreamed this up. Too fun to follow along in all their adventures through photographs.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

What a wonderful adventure! and what a great idea! Fun was in the air!
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Farm Girl said...

How wonderful for you when they finally get home. That is such a wonderful idea.
I was reading about some people today who call their home Toad Hall. I thought of you. Wouldn't you love to live in a place called Toad Hall? I hope you are having a great week.

TexWisGirl said...

that is really sweet!

Betty said...

It was so much fun to take part and to be able to show a little bit of my world through their eyes - so much fun to be childlike and silly and so new and different to make up a story and illustrate it - all things that wouldn't have happened if the Willows hadn't happened along. I love Badger so whatever else you have planned - I'm in! Can't wait until they make it home to you with the book. Betty x

A garden just outside Venice said...

It looks like you all have had great fun!
xxx

magsmcc said...

I'm going to read the bit in the dawn-filled firest where Mole and Rat stand in awe of the Faun. When I had the book I was spell-bound at that section, whcih i hadn't all remembered. Mole wasn't even lost in Belfast- it was a dark, rain-soaked little place in the northern Northern town of Ballycastle, late on a deserted Saturday afternoon.... Mea culpa!

wayside wanderer said...

Such a fun romp for the Willow gang and for you!

Elizabethd said...

What fun they have had! I was sad to have to drop out just as we moved countries, but maybe next time...?

Cheyenne said...

ah---you are so right about women! Throw in an adventure and we all love to read/hear about it! Such a neat idea!

Cheyenne-Little Prairie Baby

Pom Pom said...

Yes, you shall see the book for sure, Mouse! I'm glad you've enjoyed it!

Pom Pom said...

It IS fun, isn't it? I have enjoyed watching the hostess's great creativity. Nancy, you can join in next time!

Pom Pom said...

Thank you, Elizabeth! Thank you for stopping in, too!

Pom Pom said...

Ha ha! Well, Toad Hall sounds like a BIG place that might involve a lot of cleaning, right? I think I'll stick to Mole's End!
I am looking forward to them coming home, too!

Pom Pom said...

Thanks, TexWis! Mags and I love the Willows so much! As it turns out, a lot of people do!

Pom Pom said...

You really showed all your creativity, Betty! I bet Amber Cat remembers the Willows!

Pom Pom said...

Hi Michela! Yes, we've had a wonderful time playing around with the little pillow boys and the book!

Pom Pom said...

Oh, that's even BETTER, Mags!

Pom Pom said...

Hi Leslie! Oh, yes! It's been surprisingly AMAZING! I wish I could have gone with them! Imagine that!

Pom Pom said...

Definitely, Elizabethd!
You'll have to join in on the fun we have with Badger!

Pom Pom said...

I know! I can't believe all the enthusiasm around this Grand Tour, Cheyenne! It's been so heart warming!

Carolyn Phillips said...

How lovely to catch up with the Willows. I so enjoyed having them here and their world tour has been a fantastic event to be part of. Thank you so much for organising it.

Gumbo Lily said...

What a journey!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Karen and Mags, y'all are SO clever to have thought this up...what fun it's been watching their adventures...thanks for taking us along!

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

This is just toooooooooooo fun...and of course we have read the these tales and loved them...one special treat is the author has the same name as one of our sons

You are tooooooooooo creative, what a wonderful child like heart

Pom Pom said...

Thank you for playing along, Carolyn! It has been so very rich! I can't get my mind around all the wonderful details.

Pom Pom said...

I know! They are very resilient little fellows, Jody!

Pom Pom said...

We have more Willows tricks up our sleeves! Stay tuned!

Pom Pom said...

Thank you, Janette! I'm glad you love the story, too!

Sara said...

That is most certainly the grandest of grand tours! What fun for everyone involved. I can't wait to see what you will share with us upon their return.

Pom Pom said...

Hi Sara! Oh, I will! I'll show you the book and the passport - all of it! It's been VERY fun!

Brad M said...

You are so sweet mama! I love to watch the adventures. I would have thought Ann of GG would be the next logical step in your traveling literary characters!
xoxo
brad

Left-Handed Housewife said...

I haven't read through all the comments, so it's possible that someone has mentioned this, but are you aware there's been a WITW sequel published? The NYTimes gave it a good review!

So fun Skyping yesterday--let's do it again soon!

xofrances

Gabli said...

This seems like great fun and I love your line about women and childlike adventure… absolutely my cup of tea! New grow up I say, never!
Gabli

libbyquilter said...

it is really fun to think about them traveling around to so many places and adventures.
love that you will have new notes from all involved in your book~!

:-)
libbyQ

Lisa Richards said...

Thank you for creating a place where we all feel comfortable sharing our child-like side! Seeing your photos of the book in this post just warmed the cockles of my heart! (Whatever THOSE are!)I'm so excited about another adventure! Badger is my favorite character in the book. Maybe over Christmas break I'll have time to read the book again. :)

Brad M said...

So lovely! Will there be a "Pause in Advent", I wonder? I love you so much my sweet mama!

Pom Pom said...

Hello precious Brad! Yes, Anne of GG is a favorite, but she wouldn't want to fly all over the world. She's happy at home, right? And Pooh. He wouldn't want to, either. Harriet the Spy? YES! I bet I could rally quite a few Harriet fans.

Pom Pom said...

Hi frances! I can't decide about that WITW sequel. Will Mole have a domestic bliss filled moment? Will Ratty sing the praises of his river? Will Badger offer hospitality? I am afraid to find out!
Oh,Skyping was SUCH a good idea! I was gone Friday, but I can't wait to relive it with the cute TEN today! We'll go long with Chicken Boy today and tomorrow. I would LOVE to talk when we finish. YOU are a wonderful friend!

Pom Pom said...

Ha ha, Gabli! I say the same!

Pom Pom said...

Hi sweet Libby Q! Yes! I will show you the book, all bedecked with literary fun! I am so excited to see it again!

Pom Pom said...

Oh, Lisa! I miss you! I am thinking of you so often, studying away! I have a pile of goodies to mail you and I hope I'll get to the post office over the Thanksgiving holiday!

Pom Pom said...

Floss will host Pause in Advent and I hope you will join in, Brad. I'd LOVE to read your pauses!

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