Sunday, 16 January 2011

The Mole Had Been Working Very Hard

The 21st of January is the big link day, when you can link here and Mags will host the happy Wind in the Willows "lots of posts" event.
I, a humble and silly mole, am honored to begin our river party.

Hello! This is Pom Pom Mole welcoming you to some Wind in the Willows fun!

Mags is brilliant and found mention of Kenneth Grahame's masterpiece on several different blogs. We're a homey bunch, us blog people. Did you know that Kenneth Grahame was a bank secretary and was actually shot at by an intruder who came into his bank? YIKES! It is thought that this scary "what's the world coming to?" event sent him deeper into the "woods" as he created a blissful tale of animals who spoke and behaved like people, far from the cold, cruel world.

All these intriguing pictures were found on Google Images.

But this. This is my first glimpse of The Wind in the Willows. My dear sister received it as a gift over forty years ago and she shared with me. I knew she would still have it and today, so far away in Washington State, she found it for me, photographed it and sent the pictures. I love her.

Hello, good book. It's SO nice to see you again after such a long time!

Have you seen this production of The Wind in the Willows?

Here's my river. I miss it. I rode over the bridge in my mother's station wagon many, many, times. Everyone needs a river.

I'm so thankful that Kenneth Grahame wrote this soothing, encouraging tale of friendship, adventure, and ultimate snugness.
"The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring cleaning his little home. "
Thank you, Mags!
Stay tuned for a wonderful post tomorrow. Angela from Tracing Rainbows will NOT disappoint!


Brad M said...

Wonderful post, and a wonderful book! It occurs to me that the Rat smoked a pipe, but I may be getting my lines crossed. No other pipe smokers, sadly. Thank you for the wonderful post. Yes, everyone needs a river. Mine is the poudre, and I love it dearly. Even frozen over by winter's cruel hand.
xoxo brad

songsoflight said...

Oh how wonderful! I absolutely adore that first picture of a house in a snowy bank under a tree. I think that would do me quite nicely!

magsmcc said...

Pom Pom, this is wonderful! Thank you very much! Just to clarify to other Moles- post on your blog on 21st January and let me know of you through a comment here. Then we'll add a link to you in the blogroll of merry company!

Simone said...

A wonderful intoductory post to the event. I am looking forward to seeing more!

Floss said...

Lovely! I really like some of the pictures you found, Pom Pom, and your original book is just wonderful. Our river is in our past now, as yours is . It was the River Irthing, in northern Cumbria. I think that lots of Ratty's relatives lived there!

Elizabethd said...

Lots of interesting information, well done Pom Pom!

Gumbo Lily said...

Wonderful pictures and especially those of the old book! I wish I had a river, but I do have some ponds.


maria said...

Everyone needs a river like you said...mine is right next to my cottage. I drive over the bridge every time I leave to go to the other town.

I am so excited to read this book. It is new to me completely. I am reading it like a child would...engrossed in the characters.


Maggie said...

How lovely that you have your original copy of Wind in the Willows.
I first read it at school in 1950's England, I was enthralled from the very first page.

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

i am so enchanted to meet you Pom Pom mole.
we are very fond of Pom Poms here, my daughter has a hamster called Pom Pom Buttercup and i have an addiction for wooly ones (pom-poms not hamsters).
this is such a splendid introduction and has so perfectly set the mood.
i haven't been able to put the link on my blog having not yet worked out to do a picture link, i tried a few times but failed :o( plus i have a footer bar rather than a side-bar anyway and people might miss it so instead i will be saying something about this event in my next blog post.
i have sadly not been able to find my copy of the book (another that has been lent and not returned) and so will have to work entirely from memory. i am feeling quite nervous and moleish about it and hope i won't let you down, as i'm not sure i will manage anything nearly as fun and interesting as this.
but i will do the very best i can, i promise.

Jessica said...

I love this. My kids love this & we are reading with you ;) I bet mole's home is so cozy, especially after the good scrubbing it got this morning ;) I love that busy little mole!


Saleslady371 said...

Very well done, Pom!

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

i am terribly sorry but Mr.Toad has taken charge of my blog this evening, i really don't know how it happened - i was only gone for two minutes and he he posted!

what are we going to do with him?

debbie bailey said...

Believe it or not, I've never read The Wind in the Willows. I do have a copy, though. I'm going to start it tonight. Thanks for the inspiration, Pom Pom Mole.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dear, this is so great! I come by way of my sweet friend Millie Meadowsweet and I LOVE WIND IN THE WILLOWS!!!! Anita

willow scar clan said...

The first illustration, the snowy door, is in the edition illustrated by the excellent Inga Moore.

My river is the Klamath, in Northern California.

Thanks so much for this post :)