While doing some Wentsearch today for a particular project,and in light of his coming birthday,I was reminded of a moment in time.
That was the time in 2009 when I visited Shakespeare - prior to visiting Chipping Norton.
I have sent Went many things linked to the Bard over the years and he admits that he has only a passing interest in the works whilst appreciating their significance in English and overall literary history.
The "Shakespeare" has always been about the place Stratford Upon Avon - a nice place to visit with Olde Worlde Shops and obviously the home of Will,the Theatre and links to all the famous who have trodden such boards. Yes I have seen the fabulous Ralph Fiennes in Richard III and Joseph is a favorite .."in love.".
But when I was in Stratford, there I saw for the first time, a most obvious gift for Went.
En route to the Bards actual home you of course can go through the suitably nearby attached and decorated gift shop - full of everything William including his plays,quotes and love inspired works for Anne Hathaway
You buy any gift with a chip and pin rather than Silver Shilling. The appeal of the old and the new made me think that Went would like it.
Oh and the jigsaw.
I found a Wentworth Wooden Jigsaw that day. Who else was I going to buy it for?
Remembering that Went was sent jigsaws by his father in his Dinotopia down time* days,I thought that he would like a jigsaw ...with his name on ( *interview with Tyron Leitso a few years ago).
Classed as having..." a precision laser cut ,a unique whimsy shape,being a British made classic and is a rewarding challenge".. sounded perfect. I bought the "W" size - obviously.
A poster also of the .."All the Worlds A Stage" was put in the gift basket.
Bought then - sent later - along with the second hand book bought from the Chipping Norton bookstore on 11.11. 09.
So The Wentworth Jigsaw is the link to William as it made me smile and I hoped he smiled too.
And of course it was sent with... "love to pieces.."
Below - Roses and the Kitchen Cupboard - both dear to "our" heart.