Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dragon adventure no 1.

I suppose if you are going to go for a trip you might as well drive from one side of Britain, right across to the other, in a van wrapped in dragons. So, armed with a Nepalese Healing bowl, some dragons, a book or two and some pencils that is just what we did.
Before I left I gentley broke it to my parents that I had sold sensible car and bought rediculous van and then wrapped it with dragons. Lucky really, as I think they would have noticed.

At Annie Dalton's house the van snuggled up against the cottage walls for the night and the wind dragon kept an eye on all that we did. Riley seemed untroubled by a visitation by dragons and it was good to see that Annie too talks to the cats.
As we set off the next morning Millie tapped me on the shoulder to wish me luck.


Again the dragons watched through the windows, this time of Attleborough Library, as children talked about the books they had shortlisted for the Norfolk Childrens Book Award. Then Kasuno Kohara showed how she printed a block for the Jack Frost book. Beautiful colours and mesmeric to watch. I talked nonsense about dragons and read the children Little Dragon Small, a new story, just hatched.
And Tell Me a Dragon won, and the children gave me a beautiful small dragon of my very own to keep, and I was pleased and so were all the dragons in the book, and Little Dragon Small was pleased to.


After a magical mystery tour of Norfolk with Robin navigating we finaly arrived at Marilyn's bookshop and have since been hatching plots.
We stayed at The Saracen's Head and all I can say is that I am so looking forward to going back again in the autumn. I do love it there. So relaxed and comfortable.


Very glad to say that later the next day, while driving to Wimslow to see Charlie with picture books to read and the van to show him, the dragons managed to dodge the shower of s**t that the muck spreader flung at us in passing! 

Meanwhile great to see that when I park my van in the street children siddle up to it to converse with dragons.


On our travels we saw red kites, buzards, ravens and rooks, four herons flying, a duck up a tree, swans, morehens, a great flag with a deep red dragon, drifts of snowdrops, hedges of old man's beard and probably more of Norfolk than we needed to. But it was very beautiful.


  1. Sounds like a fantastic adventure! Much more fun I expect to travel by Dragon rather than mere diesel!

  2. The dragon-van is looking very magical--the children you visit must so enjoy that you arrive in such a distinctive chariot.

  3. Love the van! I love it over there as well. Spent five days in in January! My fiance is in the Liverpool area. Done a bit of poking around England as well. I hope to spend a lot more time there in the future.
    I just started a blog a couple of weeks ago and definitely need to spend more time with it. Rome wasn't built in a day.
    Take Care,

  4. Just Wonderful Jackie......
    Really love the van....hope there are lots more adventures to come.....
    You are a very talented and magical woman...
    Bright Blessings from a sunny West Sussex

  5. What a magical adventure you had!!

    That Hotel looks gorgeous with all the ivy growing upon it, and it looks like the sun shone for you too!

    Children really recognise 'Magic'!!


  6. In the picture of the dragon that the children gave you, the way the dragon is positioned on the book cover makes it look like the "red dress lady" is patting it on the head. I can't tell you what a huge grin I get on my face when I think of you trundling about in the wonderful Dragonmobile doing your bit to Keep Britain Beautiful ---and magical! Glad that Little Dragon Small had a good "first outing" -- looking forward to hearing more.

  7. Delightful post, Dear Jackie. Thank you.

  8. Love the Hot Rod Dragon! It is mobile imagination! Little Dragon Small is precious -- a true treasure. :)