Meet Ms WhistleWise, who flew in recently from Dortmund, Germany. Created by my cousin, her mum and her twin boys with leaves, twigs, berries and cornflowers, all found in owl territory, against a beautiful summer watercolour wash background, Ms WhistleWise, is evocative of my blog’s newsletter, The Whistle, of course! Nothing worth noting escapes Ms…

Charles Dickens died on this day, June 9, in 1870. We all know him as a writer. Today, I would like to share his thoughts on reading and books. Below is a quote from a speech that Charles Dickens gave at a soiree at the Manchester Athenaeum in 1843, where others who spoke on the…