Wednesday, 4 July 2012

A 'new' March Hare and some dates for your diary

While looking around for a new image to use on my compliments slips and address labels I stumbled on the work of Maria Moss. A couple of emails later and the March House Hare (above) was born. I'm going to keep the original hare as the logo on my website and blog but the new March Hare is already winging his way across the world on all recent parcels. I think he’s lovely and can’t wait to have the original framed and hung on the office wall. You can see more of Maria’s lovely work on eBay

There are just a few days left to pop along to the MacConnal-Mason Gallery in London to see an exhibition of paintings by Helen Bradley author of 'And Miss Carter wore pink' and 'In the beginning said Great Aunt Jane'. Bearing strong similarities to L. S. Lowry, the work of artist Helen Bradley depicts heart-warming scenes of factory workers and their families gathered together in villages on the outskirts of Manchester. Coming to painting in her sixties, she wanted to show her grandchildren what life was like when she was a child. The exhibition runs until the 10th July. 

The official Roald Dahl Day takes place every year on 13 September, on the birthday of the World's No. 1 Storyteller. Visit this website for gloriumptious opportunities galore, including the chance to win dream come true prizes.

Paddington Bear the movie. It was 1958 when Paddington first stole our hearts with his battered old suitcase and marmalade sandwiches. Now, a new generation is about to fall in love with the bear from "deepest darkest Peru". A film version has been announced, with actors such as Stephen Fry and Anthony Hopkins in the frame to voice Paddington. Producer David Heyman said: "He's universally-loved, treasured for his sense of fair play, and his perfect manners - and, of course, for his unintentional talent for comic chaos." It sounds like 'Paddington the movie' will be a lot of fun. Read more

I would love to know what you think of the 'new' March Hare, please leave a comment if you have the time.


  1. Barbara, I just love your new hare, it is just wonderful - the colors, the expression on its face. Not that I don't like the old hare, he is jolly good too.
    Wish I could see the art exhibit, it looks lovely. And a Paddington Bear movies with Stephen Fry and Anthony Hopkins (a favorite) should really be fun.
    Thanks for the reminder, I will have to think of something good for Roald Dahl Day again this year.

  2. Hi Barbara - your new March Hare is beautiful! He has such a quizzical, endearing expression and the colours are lovely. Lots of your trademark blue but I like the touches of pink and yellow that are there as well. I'd love to be able to see the original!

  3. I absolutely love it! Beautiful : ) ~ Jess

  4. I love his slightly bemused expression.

  5. Love the March Hare! The color and shading is beautiful. Great choice!

  6. barbaraannefisher5 July 2012 at 18:52

    Thank you Alex, I am so p with him, and he looks really good on my comp slips and address labels.
    You had exactly the same thought as me regarding Roald Dahl Day. The trouble is my mind goes a complete blank, as soon as I think I ‘should’ do a post! I will have to get the thinking cap on.

  7. barbaraannefisher5 July 2012 at 18:57

    Hi Sharon, I’m so glad you like him. I fell in love as soon as I saw him, and you’re right the colours are perfect. If you are ever in Somerset, you will have to call in. Just let me know you’re coming this way, and I will send directions.

  8. barbaraannefisher5 July 2012 at 18:59

    Thanks Jess, he is proving quite a hit. At least, I assume he’s a he – he could of course be a she! :)

  9. barbaraannefisher5 July 2012 at 19:03

    Hello Roger, thanks for calling in. I think his expression is just perfect - and I'm sure it's how I look most of the time!

  10. barbaraannefisher5 July 2012 at 19:11

    Thank you Diane, you always have such pretty things on your blog – if you think he’s beautiful he must be!

  11. Jennifer Waggoner Hartling5 July 2012 at 20:10

    What a gorgeous blog, I'm so glad I stopped by! I love your new March Hare, he is a looker for sure :)

    PS. I'm going to follow you!

  12. barbaraannefisher5 July 2012 at 22:25

    Hi Jennifer, Thank you! I look forward to your follow and will be over to follow you back.

  13. Megan @ Storybook Love Affair7 July 2012 at 09:04

    The new March Hare is wonderful! I may have to buy a book from you just so I can receive the wrapping with the hare. I have so much catching up to do with your blog, can't wait! I've missed the blogging world :)

  14. Barbara I love your Hare, he reminds me of marshmallow, soft and fluffy. I could just cuddle him.

  15. barbaraannefisher7 July 2012 at 14:07

    Hi Megan, I laughed when I read your comment! Please don’t feel you have to buy a book – I will add a picture of the March Hare to the side bar of this blog so you will be able to see him each time you visit!
    Does this mean you are blogging again? I do hope so – I will pop over later to check.

  16. The new hare is beautiful! I love the colors and expression! Fantastic! I can't wait to learn more about Roald Dahl Day because he was one of my favorite authors when I was growing up. How wonderful that there will be a new Paddington movie. Yeah!

  17. barbaraannefisher8 July 2012 at 15:56

    I kept thinking he looked like cotton wool, but of course, its marshmallow. He would make a very cuddly soft toy.

  18. barbaraannefisher8 July 2012 at 16:00

    Hi Stephanie, I’m so glad you like him – he does have a great expression. I’m looking forward to the Paddington Bear movie it sounds as though it should be good.

  19. I love the March House Hare. Just perfect. I'm a huge fan of Paddington Bear, after all, that's where I first heard of orange marmelade.

  20. barbaraannefisher9 July 2012 at 09:08

    Thanks Donna, Maria did a great job. I also love Paddington and the flavour of orange marmalade – but it has to be the kind without bits. I don’t know if Paddington minded the bits, but I do!

  21. The Desert Rocks9 July 2012 at 22:09

    Love the bunny logo!

  22. barbaraannefisher10 July 2012 at 10:19

    He is proving to be a popular little fellow. Thanks for calling in Eve.

  23. Darlene Foster22 July 2012 at 07:06

    I LOVE the new March Hare. I also love Paddington and can't wait for the movie.

  24. barbaraannefisher22 July 2012 at 18:47

    Thanks Darlene. I really hope they make a good job of Paddington. He's one of my favourite bears!


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