Edith Holden was the 1980's Edwardian sweetheart. Most people know of her for the 'Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady' fame (and let's face it who hasn't spotted a copy in their local charity shop at some point), but for most people they know no more of her than those beautiful illustrations.
It wasn't until I found this copy of 'Animals Around Us' that I decided to learn about her life properly, and so started my love affair with this special lady.
As you can see from this book she was an avid nature and animal lover and she used her incredible talent to support early animal welfare charities.
Her sister married a vegetarian (very rare for the time) and Edith's family were spiritualists who held local seances. Her Mother could automatic write and was said to carry on communicating through Edith's sister long after she had died.
For so many reasons she is my kind of lady and now I feel so lucky to own such a treasure in this original 1921 copy of Edith's work.
I have only scanned in a selection of her illustrations and in the book they are all accompanied by beautiful and informative poems about each animal. I know how my kids are going to be doing their learning (no matter how much they would rather have a kindle)!
I have a copy of 'The Edwardian Lady' in my shop if anyone wants to learn more about Edith and her interesting life.
Please feel free to share any of the animal images and if you do please share considerately and link back to me. Thank you.
I have also listed lot's more goodies this week. Click on the picture below to visit my shop and if anyone wants any of the items before Halloween then please private message me and I will do my very best to make it so.
Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my previous post! It looks like I had better start putting together a hair tutorial then. ;)