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Long before there was Paddington Bear, Shaun the Sheep and Peppa Pig, there was Winnie the Pooh. For over 90 years, the bear with very little brain and his friends Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Tigger, Kanga, Roo and Christopher Robin have entertained and enchanted both…

via Exhibition Review: Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic (V&A) | Enough of this Tomfoolery!


With thanks to Olga for posting the link on Facebook and to James Osborne for writing it.

Special thanks to CBC Radio for an interview that resurrected this little-known story about the origins of Winnie-the-Pooh. Here’s a summary.    Winnie-the-Pooh was born in Canada! Well, sort of. I…

Source: Winnie-the-Pooh: The Forgotten Connection | jamesosbornenovels

Take care and keep laughing!


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WordPress today announced that WP bloggers could start embedding images from  the Getty archive. I had to take advantage immediately.

Why elephants? Inspired by an illustration in a recent post from Violet’s Vegan E-Comics, I knew it was time to do another design featuring elephants. I am devoted to these magnificent creatures and would, all things being equal, like a baby heffalump that, like Peter Pan, never grows up but provides endless pleasure in my garden.

My experiments over the last few days with a public domain elephant and various textures have not produced the effect I was searching for…yet. In fact, the experiment turned into something else entirely, which I will show tomorrow. In the meantime, this is the elephant artwork I created three years ago.

Chalk Elephants © First Night Design

Chalk Elephants © First Night Design

And here’s a delicious quote from The House at Pooh Corner: Chapter 5 . In which Piglet meets a heffalump.

‘One day, when Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet were all talking together, Christopher Robin finished the mouthful he was eating and said carelessly: “I saw a Heffalump to-day, Piglet.”

“What was it doing?” asked Piglet.

“Just lumping along,” said Christopher Robin. “I don’t think it saw me.”

“I saw one once,” said Piglet. “At least, I think I did,” he said. “Only perhaps it wasn’t.”

“So did I,” said Pooh, wondering what a Heffalump was like.

“You don’t often see them,” said Christopher Robin carelessly.

“Not now,” said Piglet.

“Not at this time of year,” said Pooh.’

Take care and keep laughing!


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