Our family is the lucky owner of two of my grandfather's journals. He wrote these diaries aged 70. He's telling about his childhood in a small village in Flanders. He describes himself as a little rascal who, from time to time, got into mischief with his friends. He writes about his elementary school years and his time in high school. Then about his decision to become a teacher, but how these studies were interrupted by the whole family going to America to find prosperity. How they came back, probably because they missed their homeland. How the First World War began just after they came back and he had to become a soldier, more specifically a stretcher-bearer, in and near the trenches of Flander's fields. How he continued his studies in the trenches in very poor conditions by candlelight and among the rats. After the war, he met his future wife. He became head teacher, married and got 4 children. My mother was the third in a row. These two journals are a real treasure and they inspire me to maybe make a illustrated book with some of the texts. I started in my sketchbook with some ideas and I'll see what will come out!
This is my third drawing of stamps. This time I only used black. Click here to see one in colors. And my sketchbook is nicely filling up, it's time to start a new one! Always a happy moment, like starting a new life!
This is my special travel journal. It is a compact sketchbook, only 3.5' by 7' (9 cm x 18 cm), and therefore a very convenient carry size. As I told in my previous post, I've been in Torino for 9 wonderful days. So many impressions, but only very little space to put them down!
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