I have been re reading my childhood during these winter holidays and of course looking at the words and images thru different 'eyes'. An inscription in the sequel Down the Bright Stream reads:
The wonder of the world, the beauty and the power, the shapes of things, their colours, lights, and shades; these I saw. Look Ye also while life lasts. The Little Grey Men was written in 1942 and is full of minute and detailed images of the English countryside. I am inspired to go into my backyard and look closely at life that may inspire some textile creation- maybe a sketch, some Eco-dying, printing with foliage, a photo to be taken and transferred to fabric or simply the colours from the blue sky down to the deep dark soil.