Today was the day for Sorbetto to act as my basic blank canvas. I wanted to cycle the stiffness out of my thighs, so needed something plain and simple to pair with jeans – but which could be brightened up with accessories. Plain black Sorbetto using fabric at £3 a metre from The Textile Centre? Sold!
The above photo was taken during my morning cycle to work, beside the River Lea. It may be sunny, but there’s still a Spring chill in the air – hence the scarf.
And who was my person to be photographed with today? Not a stranger this time, but someone I’ve known for over ten years. Children’s author, Val Wilding, was in town and it was only right that we go out for lunch with another lovely editor friend, Elizabeth.
What do you think of when you imagine a children’s author? Someone warm, kind, cuddly, with a wealth of talent who buys you chocolates? That would be my friend, Val. She’s an extremely special person. You can read her writing here or here or here.
Check out Val’s satchel! It’s like my pink one, except red.
Finally, I leave you with an extract from a new anthology of real questions people have asked booksellers. I’m worried, now, about what people use The Reader’s Digest New Complete Guide to Sewing for…
Customer: Do you have any medical textbooks?
Bookseller: Sorry, no. They go out of date so quickly we don’t stock them, but I can order one in for you.
Customer: I’m not worried about it being in date.
Bookseller: Does your university not request you have a specific edition?
Customer: Oh, I’m not a medical student. I just want to learn how to do stitches.
Customer: Do you have a book on sewing instead?