Thursday, February 25, 2010

In the Garden

Lady Vee: Emma, dear, have you seen where Lady Cottington has gone too?

Emma: Oh yes, I saw her in the garden among the Larkspur. She was quite engaged with inspecting something there.

Lady Vee: Is she? Has she her butterfly net with her today?

Emma: Indeed. And her special book as well.

Lady Vee: Well, I may have to join her. She always finds the most interesting and intrigueing specimens in the garden.

A few of Lady Cottington's finds:


* image source Larkspur

* image source pressed fairies here and here and here

pressed fairies are also in book:
Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book
written by Terry Jones
illustrated by Brian Froud

Description from the amazon:
This is a reproduction of the diary of Lady Angelica Cottingham, which features pressed garden fairies. Or rather the psychic images of the fairies, who quickly turned it into a game, where they leapt between the closing pages in an effort to outdo each other to produce the most outrageous poses. The book claims to be the facsimile edition of the notebook of Lady Cottington who, it is said, took the infamous photograph of a group of fairies that was authenticated by Conan Doyle, but later discredited. She was determined to prove the existence of fairies and began to capture them between the pages of her notebook, in which she had previously pressed wild flowers. This is a record of the fairies she caught, and of the disruptive influence they had on her otherwise sheltered life.

* part of Mr Knightley's Picnic

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Images from: Lovelytocu