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September 28, 2021



I read all the Swallows and Amazons books last year, which involved quite a bit of tracking down vintage paperbacks as I didn't want to read them on a screen - a very rewarding exercise. Recommending them to some of my more literally minded friends was a mixed experience as I really didn't want to discuss why children weren't wearing life jackets, etc. Now I want a phone case like yours!



I am about to head up to the Lake District later today and hope to be swimming in Coniston on Sunday, although not out to the island this time.
Sadly we never did find Swallowdale, but I've stayed at Holly Howe in the bedroom that looks down to the Lake. Standing outside the Dogs Home and hearing a woodpecker was amazing.
I do have photos I could send you of the island, Dogs Home etc if you like? Admittedly most of them are from 20+ years ago when our kids were little. Email me if you'd like them. Obviously it won't be until I get back.


Ceci, I was going to link to the Redbubble page where I got the phone case, but the link in the invoice went to a blank page, so I thought it was gone. But just now I followed the link through Sophie Neville's website/blog, and they are still there --


There are three different "Swallows and Amazons" scenes!

Sophie Neville played Titty in the 1974 film -- now one of her sidelines is art, especially watercolors and photography. It seems that she had such a good time making the film that it and the "Swallows and Amazons" books are still very close to her heart!

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  • "'Then I am the first,' cried Pullings with infinite satisfaction. 'Let me wish you and Mrs. Aubrey all the joy in the world.' He grasped Jack's limp, wondering hand, wrung it numb, and showed the printed page, reading aloud, '"At Ashgrove Cottage, Chilton Admiral, in Hants, the lady of Captain Aubrey, of the Boadicea, of a son and heir,"' following the words with his finger.

    'Give it here,' said Jack. He grasped the magazine, sloped the page to the light and pored over it intently.

    '"At Ashgrove Cottage, Chilton Admiral, in Hants, the lady of Captain Aubrey, of the Boadicea, of a son."

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    -- from The Mauritius Command by Patrick O'Brian

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