It’s a bit of a whirlwind around here just now. Rather hectic in the way that eats your time, morning, noon and night, nonetheless. I’m sure you’ve had those!

In the meantime, I’d like to share with you something that I found on my bookshelves a couple of days ago. It’s an autograph book that belonged to my grandmother, Myrtle in her teens. There are drawings, signatures and wonderful ditties within its pages, all dated between 1927 and 1931. This is one of my favourites, though.

It reads: ‘The eye that never shed a tear.’ Best wishes, E. J. L. Newnham, December 12, 1929.’

Above it, still sitting pushed through the page, although now rusted and broken in two is the needle. My Mum tells me that Miss Newnham was in Myrtle’s class at school, and grew up to be a schoolteacher herself (teaching my Mum amongst others). She married in her late 50s and was still a very creative dressmaker and embroiderer into her 80s.

The Eye That Never Shed a Tear
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