'Their fingers are their eyes'

Blind adults are listening to a short lecture at Sunderland
Museum before examining a human skeleton

Here is an example of a blind person 'seeing' through
touch of a skeleton at Sunderland Museum

From 1913, John Alfred Charlton Deas, a former curator at
Sunderland Museum, organised several handling sessions
for the blind, first offering an invitation to the children from
the Sunderland Council Blind School, to handle a few of the
collections at Sunderland Museum, which was ‘eagerly accepted’

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, UK
The museum's flickr is here

A group of blind children feeling the stuffed walrus at
Sunderland Museum, so they can 'see' what it looks like.

Here is a young girl who is blind - examining mounted
birds at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

How we show our museums to the blind. Boys
examining a Buddha at Sunderland Museum

Here are three blind children examining a mounted
polar bear at Sunderland Museum

William Henry Jackson (1843-1942)

Irkutsk (?) - three small children standing [1896]

Library of Congress

Irkutsk (?)- 2 men (Mongols?) carrying load on pole
between their shoulders; large church in background

Irkutsk (?) boy on small sledge pulled by 3 bear cubs [1896]

Diebold Schilling the Younger (1460-ca.1515 )

File:Schilling, Spiezer Chronik, Bern im Laupenkrieg.jpg

Berne during the Laupen War: The Bernese Bears muster
around the standard, led by drummer and piper

The White or Polar Bear

Frederick Stuart Church (1842-1924):
'A Trio' (Cherub, Polar Bear and Bird), 1898

White bear, 1849

Polar Bear and Cubs, 1909
by Louis A. Sargent
Purchase here

Not all white bears are polar bears...or..

Sleeping Sam is a hand knit, sweet bear...
Rocking Bear, Etsy

Silas and Baal...two close friends...
Seahofstad, Etsy

Neither albino nor polar bear, but a spirit bear...
Fog and Swell, Etsy

Lord Eugene Junior... cool teddy bear!
Elze, Etsy

George Lawrence Bulleid (1858-1933)

A Girl with Laurel Headband

The Vicar's Daughter

A Head Study of a Girl

A Girl wearing a Garland of Wild Roses

A Portrait of a Young Girl

A Girl in Classical Dress Bearing

The Vestal Virgin

How to write a love-letter...

In the Every Woman's Encyclopaedia, 1910-1912, UK
you might read a lot of usefull things like this:

'Love-letters when the personality of the writer is interesting
enough to save them from monotony, must always possess
a very strong attraction for the rest of mankind. All men fall
in love, and like, therefore, to find their own, it may be
inarticulate, emotions expressed with as they would have them,
or mirrored perhaps greater intensity in the soul of another.

Love-letters to be of any value, however, must possess
one all-embracing quality - they must be sincere. In ordinary
letter-writing, sincerity is only one of the qualities demanded,
but in love-letters it is everything. The love-letter must
reflect the whole nature or nothing; it must reveal a soul
in all its simplicity'.

Read the rest here

Rowan berries..

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903): 'Bouquet'

'Rowan Berries on Blue'
by Petr Konchalovsky, 1947

Karel Vítězslav Mašek:
'Head of a Country Woman', 1910

Suede phone pouch with cat and acorn print


Art by Anne Hutchings (1943-)

The Cat’s Dream

You can purchase Anne Hutchings'
linocut prints here:

Raven on Celtic Standing Stone

Mr. Common Raven

...a wise bird...

Raven by Donar Reiskoffer

Two young ravens, Iceland
by Sigurður Atlason


Cable cup cozy...keep it warm!

Lucymir, Etsy

Matching pair of Celtic Knot rings

Níðhöggr - Nidhug

Níðhöggr gnaws the roots of Yggdrasill in this
ill. from a 17th-century Icelandic manuscript

In Norse mythology, Níðhöggr is a dragon, who gnaws
at a root of the World Tree, Yggdrasill. It is sometimes
believed that the roots are trapping the beast from the
world. This root is placed over Niflheimr and Níðhöggr
gnaws it from beneath

'The Ash Yggdrasil'
by Friedrich Wilhelm Heine (1845-1921)

Níðhöggr a root of Yggdrasil
'The Elder or Poetic Edda; commonly known as Sæmund's Edda'.
Ed. and translated with introduction and notes
Illustrated by W.G. Collingwood (1854-1932)

Write a letter today!

Pierre-Auguste Renoir:
'Girl with a Letter', 1894

According to Wikipedia Postage stamps have been issued
in New Zealand since around the 18th to 20th of July 1855
with the "Chalon head" stamps figuring Queen Victoria.
The design was based on a full face portrait of the Queen
in her state robes at the time of her coronation in 1837,
by Alfred Edward Chalon (1780-1860)

Julian Scott (1846–1901): 'The Letter'

'The Love Letter', 1903
by Ferdinand-Georges Lemmers

Alfred Stieglitz: 'The Letter Box', 1894

Vintage French stamp
La Semeuse ligneé, 10 c, red (1903-24)

Gladys Rockmore Davis (1901-1967): 'The Letter'

Alfred Edward Chalon (1780-1860):
'Girl Reading a Letter'