Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Grandma's album 7

This rather crude painting of a bulldog is more than likely a ‘quote’ from a postcard, but it might not be. Down the side is written: ‘Instead of a gem, or even a flower, cast the gift of a lovely thought into the heart of a friend’ (a quote from George MacDonald). Then under the dog it says: ‘What’s the use? – We’re pets today and sausage tomorrow’. It was drawn by Olive F.G. Lindsay on the 23rd of October, 1912. I'm guessing Olive was probably a bit of a comedian.

On the next door page is another 'lovely thought':

It is the little rift within the lute,
That by and by will make the music mute,
And ever widening slowly silence all.
Yours very sincerely, Flora G.E. Barnes, 12.iv.10

(It’s from Tennyson’s ‘Idylls of the King; Merlin and Vivien’, if you care about such things.)

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