February 10, 2013

The Pickety Witch, The Pickety Witch, who's got a kiss for the Pickety Witch?

I've never been one to have big dreams or large ambitions, the only real thing that I have always dreamed of, and longed to fulfil before I leave this plane of existence, is to some day visit America, in particular, the town of Sleepy Hollow. I've always been fascinated by that historical little village steeped in myth and legend and have, on more than one occasion, imagined living there (although I know that will always be a pipe dream!)
In my mind there is a never ending October atmosphere, the woods and ground are littered with vibrant leaves of every rusty hue imaginable, swirling around on a warm Autumnal breeze. The Queen Anne style houses, complete with witch hat turrets, are clad in paint chipped wood with pumpkins on every porch, and around every corner there is a sense of something always hidden from our eyes, watching from the shadows of our over imaginative minds. A black horse and carriage usually plays a part too!

I mentioned in my last post that my other half got something extremely special for my birthday, other people might not find it so but to me it has all sorts of warm fuzzy feelings attached to it! I think by now most know of my affection for the film 'Sleepy Hollow' and the legend that it originated from. Though I have read almost anything I can lay my eyes on in regards to Sleepy Hollow and neighbouring Tarry Town, I have never read the original tale written by Washington Irving in its entirety, and though I could have on many occasions, a part of me simply didn't want to read it from the pages of a generic copy. So, whilst browsing eBay a few weeks before my birthday I came across a copy that made my heart sing and imagine my excitement when my sweetie offered to get it for me as a birthday gift! ♥


At 114 years old, this copy has all the character (and smell) that I long for in aged books. The seller said she had purchased it from an antiquarian book dealer in New England some years ago, so knowing this beautiful old copy came all the way from an area not far from Sleepy Hollow, New York, makes it that bit more special to me!

I'll leave you with a picture of the Pudderweenie and two of my favourite Danny Elfman compositions from the film, just because. ♥



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28 comments:

  1. That book is amazing! It looks so awesome! It shows that people still love and care about books.

    You have a very lovely cat. I love tuxedo cats. Danny Elfman has to be my favorite composer. He is a genius when it comes to setting the tone with the right music.

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    1. I definitely do have a passion for books! This one will be cherished for always! I'd have to agree with you on Danny Elfman being my favourite too! I have quite a few film soundtracks and scores by him, my iPod is full of them! :D ~ ♥ ~

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  2. Right there with you, Sandy! If I get to visit America one day, Sleepy Hollow is a MUST! I would especially want to go and experience the Halloween festivities in the area. I adore Tim Burton's, 'Sleepy Hollow'! Your 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' book is fabulous! What a treasure!

    And "Pudderweenie" is looking as adorable as always! :D

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    1. Oh I wouldn't want to visit Sleepy Hollow at any other time of year, it HAS to be during October! I always imagine that it looks like Hallowe'en there every single day of the year although I know that isn't true but I can dream! I want to go on the Haunted Hayride! It looks like good cheesy fun! ~ ♥ ~

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  3. I'm very jealous - 114 years old and in such fantastic shape! Totally worth the wait to read it. I can just imagine you opening it up and breathing in the smell of those old pages. Sigh. :o)

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    1. I know, right?! I'm extremely happy that the spine is in such good shape, usually with these old books the spine is the first to go, either coming apart or the pages separating from it altogether! Not this beauty! :D I've flipped through the pages breathing in its musty old scent a few times, there's nothing quite like it! ~ ♥ ~

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  4. That book looks so beautiful! I love ones like that! The borders around the edges are gorgeous! Now I want a whole set of books like that!

    I love the movie, it is one of my favourites! The costumes, the setting! The Danny Elfman music, of course!

    Your cat is gorgeous, and has a great name!

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    1. Everything about the film is perfect! It couldn't be improved on even if someone tried 20 years in the future with new updated technology! Tim Burton is a directing genius!

      Pudderweenie isn't her actual name, that's just a nickname I have for her! Her real name is Bella! She has about 50 nicknames but Pudderweenie is the one I've been using a lot recently! XD ~ ♥ ~

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  5. I absolutely adore old books and I'm feeling pretty jealous right now haha :) The details on the pages are breathtaking.

    Your cat is gorgeous by the way! <3 <3

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  6. Ooh I am so jealous! I would LOVE to go to Sleepy Hollow too! What a wonderful present, it looks like an incredibly gorgeous book! I adore the old book smell, but I'm almost scared to read them in case I damage them.

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    1. I know! I feel I have to be very gentle with my really old books, some of them are in better condition than others but I still handle them carefully! This one seems to be very sturdy though, it is obviously a very well made book! ~ ♥ ~

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  7. What a lovely book.

    I read Sleepy Hollow off my kindle, not very romantic. Have you seen the Disney animation on youtube? I always use it with the kids at work, it's a good version of the story with plenty of Disney humour.

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    1. I know, the story line is completely different to the film version, there isn't any romance, just longing. I definitely do prefer Burtons story of events but I love the original because it is exactly that, the original! If it wasn't for Irving then the film we all know and love wouldn't even exist plus his writing and the way he sets the scene has a kind of romance all to itself! ~ ♥ ~

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  8. What a cool book! I love those illustrations around the text. How lucky to find a copy that old. I know that you collect beautiful books, and I'm sure this will make a great addition to your collection! Reading from an antique or vintage book does add a lot to the experience.

    It would be cool to visit Sleepy Hollow some day. Some of my online friends who live around there have sent me videos of the town festivals. Have you seen any of "The Great Jack-o-Lantern Blaze"? That's something worth looking up!

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    1. I agree, old books add something to the reading experience, a sense of age and being closer to the time that it was originally written and knowing that someone else, maybe many different hands have enjoyed flipping through the pages many times in the past.

      Oh no I haven't seem it, although I am very intrigued just by the title! I will look it up! Thanks Justine! ~ ♥ ~

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  9. Wow, what a beautiful book. I love aged books too - the smell and tatty nature of them brings me much joy. You have such a great passion for Sleepy Hollow, and I really hope you get to visit one day. Such a stunning photograph of Bella too xxx

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    1. Awww thank you Alice! :D I really hope so too! I don't care if it doesn't happen until I'm 50, I'm going to go there some day! :P ~ ♥ ~

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  10. What a lovely gift! So pristine for its age too! Sadly you might be a little disappointed by Sleepy Hollow, as its quite suburban. But at Halloween there are festivities galore! XXX

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    1. Even suburban America holds a certain interest for me! It's all so different to places here in the UK. The architecture, the landscapes, the history, the sheer size! I'm interested in most aspects of America, it's hard to explain, I think I'm slightly obsessed really, I feel as if I should be living there! I don't plan on visiting any time other than Hallowe'en though so I'm sure I won't be disappointed! ~ ♥ ~

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  11. What a lucky find, that book is gorgeous.

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  12. Wow it's in amazing condition, I have books from the 20s which are all age speckled - what a fantastic gift.
    xx

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  13. Miss Bella Morte, your blog is so amazing! I wish someday we could talk about books, I'm a fan of Edgar Allan Poe and all his stories abouth Death and some kind of Second Generation of Romantism (Byron, Polydori, Teóphille). Well Washington Irving I never read before.. so Congrats for your blog, and visit my poems blog underlandoddity.blogspot.com ~~~ : D

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  14. if you should find yourself this way, i hope you make it over to philly !
    sleepy hollow has a beautiful cemetery. (of course)

    also, have you heard of the new sleepy hollow tv show coming out soon ?

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    1. Oh I would love to visit Philadelphia! I long to peruse the flea markets and vintage boutiques, there are such an abundance of them in the US, I would go wild!

      Oh yes! A fellow IG told me about the new Sleepy Hollow series and I gotta say I'm not quite sure about it! I am a bit biased when it comes to Sleepy Hollow, I know nothing will ever be as wonderful as Tim Burton's vision but I am going to watch it nonetheless! ♥

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