I never cease to be amazed by the generosity of spirit that hovers out there and wings its way towards dovegreyreader scribbles and I am eternally grateful for it. It is something that can never be taken for granted but it adds an immeasurable amount of feel-good factor to the scribbling.
I was immensely relieved to know that Pamela Gordon, neice of Janet Frame and executor of her literary estate looked favourably on my tentative steps towards complete Janet adulation. It's a bit like arriving at a party when everyone else has been rocking for hours and you don't quite know what's gone before, very easy to stroll and in and get it all completely wrong. Except can there be rights and wrongs in the way a book affects you, I think not, but I think very easy to rush to judgement and get it wrong about aspects of Janet's life and history, which is why I'm reading it all voraciously and aiming for accuracy and sensitivity when I invest it all with my own thoughts.
So having heaved a sigh and shared some lovely e mails with Pamela, imagine my delight when two parcels arrived from New Zealand. Bookhound received these from Jim who may be getting a little weary of my doorstep delight as he struggles in the gate, especially after the Canada moment.
I jump up and down on the verandah trilling,
'Brilliant Jim, ooooohhh fantastic' and enthuse from the doorstep.
Bookhound says apologetically,
'Sorry Jim' and dashes out to help.
Finding Janet's books here in the UK is proving quite a challenge and I am shopping all over the internet to find decent copies at affordable prices and they are starting to arrive, but I was thrilled to receive two books (actually three) from Pamela none of which I have.
One hefty volume containing Intensive Care and Daughter Buffalo and another You Are Now Entering the Human Heart, a collection of Janet's writing chosen by herself. I've also gathered in Faces in the Water and Scented Gardens for the Blind.
Note to Stella : Yellow Flowers in the Antipodean Room has arrived (saying it three times was enough)
Pamela also very kindly added in a little New Zealand calendar which is hanging right by my desk and this month people, let me tell you I am vicariously visiting the Prince of Wales Feathers Geyser, Whakarewarewa in Rotarua with another little aerial shot of Waiotapu. I'm assuming the water shoots up in a sort of three-fold Ich Dien feather formation but I could be wrong all the way back here in Devon, where a geyser is what we used to have over the bath to heat up the water.
I have also been blessed with some genuine New Zealand fabric bought for me in Kaikoura by the friend who retired recently and went off on a round the world trip, so I have some antipodean stitching to consider too. I shall be reading Janet closely for some quilt block hints, Janet's Star...Snowy Owl...Ocean Waves...Sister's Choice...expect a little Janet Frame wallhanging. I'm suddenly inspired to join up the reading and the sewing again and now that I'm on the Bernina Thermal surely this one's calling out to be made.