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It was pretty incredible. Butterflies landing on you all the time. Helen had a real butterfly fan, who wanted to come home with her. Photographing butterflies is like herding cats.
16th Oct 2012, 13:47  

taniwha says:

The last one has such a lovely atmosphere to it

16th Oct 2012, 15:22

bethmadethis says:

Oh Helen suits the butterflies

16th Oct 2012, 15:38

Viv says:

Oh wow love these

17th Oct 2012, 00:38

Viv says:

Had to HL that last one for so many reasons :)

17th Oct 2012, 00:40

Viv says:

I'd love the files for the pics of me and Helen and the butterflies - beautiful holiday momento x

17th Oct 2012, 00:57

mara says:

Gorgeous series, indeed

17th Oct 2012, 08:23

bethmadethis says:

I could maybe even use the one with the necklace on my site :)

17th Oct 2012, 09:26

minushabens says:


17th Oct 2012, 09:51

These are fantastic.

18th Oct 2012, 22:35

Dania says:


23rd Oct 2012, 22:35

swamprose says:

beth, your necklace was absolutely sumptuous with all that light and Helen's lovely complexion.

24th Oct 2012, 15:39

hildegard says:

Arg. There's an oldish children's fantasy book involving a necklace & Helen has made it to the very life. I still can't remember the book though & it is driving me crazy.

The monochrome flutterby detail is my standout from these though. :)

24th Oct 2012, 20:40

bethmadethis says:

Hildegard - The raindrops are as close-as-darnit to the description of The Necklace Of Raindrops from Joan Aitken's book of short stories with the same title - scaled up to fit an adult :)

Here are some more pictures and details of the glass maker who made the really stunning, clear beads exactly to specification. I recommend her highly.

24th Oct 2012, 23:34

hildegard says:

That's it, that's the neckwear! ,I loved Joan Aiken's stuff as a sprog. Thank you for exorcising that one - my poor random access librarian's been in the mental stacks for ages.

Your version is the necklace I had in my head, unlike the one in the illustrations. :)

24th Oct 2012, 23:53

bethmadethis says:

That's very lovely to hear and know - thank you, it's pleasing that the necklace has been recognised - SR has caught it well!

And yes, it was important the necklace was right, we spent far too long looking for it to be disappointed (though of course they will never be *quite* right because they aren't actually raindrops, they are glass.)

Aitken's got a wonderful way of telling a tale with the right balance of magic and reality I think.

25th Oct 2012, 00:16

Viv says:

It was just another book/story that Helen/We loved :)

25th Oct 2012, 00:24

Wendle says:

Gorgeous. The first and last are awesome :)

1st Nov 2012, 18:16

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