I was so tired yesterday that I didn't go to my school room until very late in the afternoon, in fact just before lessons started.
It was then that I had the shock of my life!
'Someone' had read my blog last Friday, and (unbeknown to me), had gone to Totnes to buy me one of the old school desks that I had mentioned I'd seen there.
And on the desk was this:
Now what do you think of that?!!
I've wanted to add 'character' to my school room for such a long time.
Anything to do with the history of schools interests me. When I was at college, training to be a teacher, I did a dissertation on the, 'History of Schools in Newton Abbot'. I spent a long time reading old school log books, talking to older residents about their education, taking photos etc, investigating archives etc. It was one of the most enjoyable tasks I have ever undertaken and I uncovered some fascinating stuff too. More about that at a later date, maybe!
This lovely book reminds me very much of, 'Village School' by Miss Read. I bought it in the Dartmoor Bookshop, Ashburton, some time ago.
It's a lovely book. Written in 1959, Gwen Dunn takes us through the school year with Simon, his school friends and their teacher.
Shirley Hughes is the illustrator and her delightful drawings capture the atmosphere of the village school.
I'm now 'watching' a couple of other vintage school items on ebay. Maybe I'll win them to add to the flavour of my school room!
Meanwhile, my new old school desk is just...