"April 1 - Very still, grey day. I went to a little spinney to see a large bush of the Great Round-leaved Willow, which is a perfect picture just now, covered all over with great golden catkins, that light up the copse like hundreds of little fairy lamps. The bees were humming all round it, busy gathering the pollen." Thus began Edith Holden's first entry for April. She made 20 entries this month. Several were very long. There was much happening in nature in April! On the 10th she traveled to Dousland on Dartmoor during the Easter holiday. She wrote, "Primroses thick all along the line." She'd begun these painting holidays to Dousland in 1902 and continued until 1910. This trip was the subject for the April episode of the TV series on DVD I am watching--I'm watching an episode a month. She'd made friends with the Trathens, a family that lived near the boarding house she lodged at. She befriended their teenage daughter, Belle, as well as the other children in the family, teaching the youngest son French while she was there. They'd often take nature walks together. Sometimes she'd go down in summer, and probably went at least once in winter, as evidenced by an oil painting she exhibited in Birmingham entitled Wintry Gleam, Dartmoor.
Jackie Kellum has posted April's entries on her Blog. Here is Bunny Mummy's April post for Edith's Nature Notes along with photos of the English countryside that Edith depicts in her diary.
This month I found a decorating book through my library's interlibrary system based on Edith's diary. . . .
I especially liked this garden room. . . .
In the 80's there were all sorts of products made using Edith's drawings. Here is bed linen based on her poppies. . . .
I also found another calendar appointment book. . . .
I've practiced my drawing more this month! I'm using the appointment book I showed you in February to draw from in my own diary most mornings. Here is a sampling. . . .
This month the assignment was to draw lambs from the Learn to Draw Nature booklet I'm using (see January post). Since it was just to be a drawing and not to be watercolored, I did not attempt a watercolor rendition. . . .
Then I chose a flower from the Nature Diary. This time I only drew it once, using pencil on watercolor paper. Then I inked it with a fine pen. . . .
I did not use the watercolor pencils this time. Instead I only used the paints. . . .
I have just come across this wonderful Blog, Ragged Robin's Nature Notes. "Ragged Robin" lives in Warwickshire, UK and visited Edith Holden's homes and the areas she frequented. Her posts about these visits begin here: Following in the Footsteps of an Edwardian Lady: Part 1
I will close with one of the poems Edith transcribed into her diary. . . .
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