I am deeply touched by the empathy each of you expressed in your comments on my last post. Every comment was received with tears of gratitude and you have all supported my children in their grieving process.
Thank you to Kate from harmony and rosie for suggesting the Judith Kerr books, Charlottesplot for giving me the reference to Marry Fedden's books, and Jo for telling me about the Rainbow Bridge Poem. There were tales of mourned pets and helium balloons from Annie, gentle, hopeful hints of a future pet from lovely Isabelle (who is expecting her first child and is knitting up a storm) while Pat encouraged us all to laugh at Sakura's funny antics through our tears. I loved Jeanne's reference to Voltaire, which I read several times, and I am grateful to Sara (anonymous) for her heartfelt messages and her suggestion to plant a rosebush.
I read your messages of hope and sympathy to my children and we agreed we would plant a cherry tree for Sakura when we were settled in a house and garden of our own.
Tristan, who is seven years old, painted these flowers on A3 paper to thank you all.
We all heartily agree that the show must go on.
With a roll of drums and a few clashing cymbals here is Dahlia my autumnal rabbit.
This little androgynous creature is straight from Helen Philipps' last book. You can see one of her rabbits on her blog here.
He/She was delightfully easy to make and calls out for a generous collection of outfits to be rustled up. The little cardigan was a free pattern suggested by Barbara.
I urge you all to make one. My fingers are itching to sew up a shelf full of different coloured rabbits. There are so many beautiful coloured linens to be found. Dahlia has woven her magic over me (I think she is a 'she', don't you?) and has made me quite chirpy this week. 'Merveilles' (as seen on the book cover) or enchantment help us dance through our everyday lives. Dahlia would be in her element prancing about on stage, I think.
And here she is posing as a bookish 'Princess and the Pea'.
Have a wonderful week full of 'merveilles' or enchantment.