What a beautiful sight!

These are two pieces of original Ladybird artwork which I acquired recently.

I’ve picked up lots of different pieces over the years, but none has ever quite hit the Ladybird spot the way these two do. One is a Peter and Jane classic from the 1960s book 2a, We Have Fun and the other is the cover illustration for the 1970s version of ‘Boys and Girls’.

Somehow – the colours and the detail and the memories – they cheer me up every time I turn round from my computer and look at them. Pure escapism. In a week of worldwide disaster and tragedy, of talk of recession and of ‘toxic childhood’ it’s very comforting to escape briefly into the illusion that is Ladybird Land.