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Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Enchanted Lion (Part 2) - Jesus Blasco

These two illustrations were previously included in Wonderful Weddings and Handsome Heroes

Last week I posted the first half of the lovely story The Enchanted Lion, beautifully illustrated by Jesus Blasco.  I wouldn't have thought of including this story myself as it is quite a bit longer than those I usually choose to post.  I received such a good response to Part 1 though, that I am glad I received the request to share it, and hope everyone who enjoyed last week's offering will like seeing the rest.    

This story appeared in 'Once Upon a Time' children's magazine.
Today's post contains 2 of 4 issues:
Issue #117 published 8 May 1971 and
Issue #118 published 15 May 1971

Tomorrow would have been my Mom's birthday.  She passed away in 1999 when she was just 69 years old.  I was very touched by the comments that were left on a previous post when I mentioned my Mom and how she encouraged me to write.  Like me I know there are some of you who have also lost your own mothers as well, but feel they are still here with you in spirit.  My Mom's presence is with me all the time and I don't think a day goes past when I don't remember her in some way. I can still hear her voice talking to me now

To me my Mom was a beautiful fairy princess - I guess most little girls see their mother's that way!

My Mom - Molly

Every year I send my sister a calendar from Ireland for the new year (she still lives in South Africa).  They always contain a photo of Kylemore Abbey.  It is on the west coast of Ireland and is the one place I have not been able to get to yet that I would still love to visit.  Below is this year's photo of Kylemore Abbey that was also chosen for the calendar's cover.  I'm not sure if they still do it but at one time it was possible to have a tree (I think mainly oak) planted in someone's name as part of a reforestation scheme.  I always wanted to 'adopt a tree' in memory of my Mom.


Victoria Stitch said...

thanks for sharing that- i love the illustrations of the girl with the long long blonde hair- wish my hair was that long!

your mom does looks like a fairy in that picture what with her glowy hair! she was very pretty :)

Roger Lawrence said...

The artwork in The Enchanted Lion is truly beautiful. I wish I had a quarter of the talent.
And you mum is never really gone while you remember her.

Donna Yates said...

That story is so sweet. As for your mother, you are right. She looks like a beautiful fairy princess.

Darlene Foster said...

Thanks for posting the pictures of your lovely mother. She will always be with you. My grandmother passed away when she was only 68 and I still think of her everyday. I am fortunate to still have my mom. She will be 84 at Christmas.Sending hugs your way.

Joleene Naylor said...

Thanks for posting part 2! Your mother is beautiful :)

ArtSings1946 said...

Greetings dear friend. You mom is indeed beautiful ... but then, you knew that. And it seems she was beautiful inside also ... a beautiful soul ... I know what you mean .. I think of mine every day and it's been a while since she transformed into Spirit. We are so lucky to have had such wonderful mom's.

Love and Light,

Barbara said...

Your mum was very beautiful. I agree with Roger, she will never be gone while you remember her. I miss talking to my mum, but I’m sure she is still somewhere close.
I really enjoyed part II of the enchanted lion. The illustrations are wonderful.

CraveCute said...

The Enchanted Lion illustrations are wonderful. The photos of your Mother are gorgeous! She was a stunning woman! As you know her spirit still lives on. My mother has also passed on and we have a bond that will never be broken, not even by death. I always light a candle and say a remembrance prayer on special days for her. I hope you had a special time on her birthday too. ~Diane~

DMS said...

Thanks for sharing more of The Enchanted Island.

Thinking of you this week and hope you are doing well with the anniversary of your mom's birthday. She was beautiful! I love how much she encouraged you with your writing. She does live on!

I bet you can still by a tree (or a star). :)

Donna Heber said...


I enjoyed the second part of the Enchanted Lion. I'm sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a beautiful woman. Anniversary's are always so tough. My mom was 61 when she passed - way to young. I love your idea of adopting a tree in her memory. The photo of Kylemore Abbey is amazing! Perfect with two gorgeous swans.

Tazas y Cuentos said...

Wonderful illustrations!
Very emotive post Sharon. Your mother was really very beautiful. She would be proud of you and the way you speak about her.


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