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Friday, 14 September 2012

Lady Ophelia and a game of marbles

Week 37 of Darcy's Postcard Challenge, and Lady Ophelia Pendleton has rejoined her husband as he is touring GREECE.

" My dearest Lillian,
It was such a joy to spend some time with you again. Your new classroom looks wonderful, and your students are a credit to your hard work. Marcus is so lovely...and he does smile all the time! Young Geoffrey  was so entertaining, and very well versed for a Butcher's Boy.
We are in Athens, and Richard is grateful that he does not have to paint the tiny violets for this postcard. His smile was as wide as Marcus' when Miss Francesca and I arrived last evening.
Today we visited some of the ancient ruins. I find it difficult to understand why the Greek people have allowed these buildings to be destroyed so. There were bits of statues everywhere, such a shame. The people themselves seem rather friendly, surprising really, considering the amount of times they seem to have been invaded. Looking around, it is hard to believe that this is the birthplace of so many brilliant minds.
Your affectionate friend, Ophelia xxx"

" My darling Ophelia,
I feel much better having seen how well you look. You always were a strong healthy child, but one can never be too careful.
I do not believe that the Greek people trashed these magnificent monuments themselves. More that Lord Elgin, amongst others, took advantage of a war-torn state, and committed acts that can only be described as "vandalism". I am in agreement with Lord Byron when he penned these words...
"Dull is the eye that will not weep to see
Thy walls defaced, thy mouldering shrines removed
By British hands, which it has best behoved
To guard those relics ne'er to be restored.
Curst be the hour when from their isles they roved,
And once again thy hapless bosom gored,
And snatch'd thy shrinking gods to northern climes abhorred!"

Geoffrey is quite smitten with you, and has asked that I tell you he got 10 out of 10 in his spelling test again this week. And do tell Sir Richard that I completely understand about the postcards he sent.
Your ever devoted friend, Lillian xxx"

So now I'm back on track with the cards and story...just the pages of my book to catch up on :D
If you missed my catch-up post as to what Ophelia has been up to for the past 3 weeks, you can read it HERE
Enjoy :D XXX


  1. Great story and a lovely postcard. Lord Elgin is not praised in our house! So glad you caught up with the story.

    Janet xx

  2. Great story and postcard, and love the Byron quote! Valerie

  3. Great story and I love the postcard!
    Wondering where Ophelia will be off to next week!
    Hugs xx

  4. ummm I gonna have to agree and say great story too, cause it is


  5. Such a fun project all around, love it! hugs, Kimberly

  6. I didn't know the monuments were trashed in Greece? Excellent Gina!!!

  7. Enjoy your work so much, Gina. Great story - hope you are making it into a little book for yourself. xoDonna

  8. Delicious violets for another letter from Mrs. Ophelia in his pilgrimage through the world.

  9. great to see you back again. great story and art work..

  10. Loving the story and of course, your ever-present beautiful flowers.


  11. there must be a 'lost his marbles' joke in there somewhere? just realised I forgot to confirm the dec meet up date on FB,

    I am hereby declaring my intention to be there that day...

    hope you & yours are well

    see you quite soon,


  12. Your story telling is wonderful, and adore the flowers. xoDonna

  13. Glad to be following these guys again, a great story. Violets are so lovely.
    Jen x

  14. Enjoyed reading your posts, I'm a sucker for
    letters and post cards.

  15. lovely card, gorgeous colour. I am pleased they are back together, will he be a 'new' man and be there for the birth?

  16. Great card and lovely story, Gina.