Gil is in Jerusalem visiting the Safrai Art Gallery, his parents gave him the idea and the money to go as a birthday present (although his birthday was a month away,) they were worried about him, they thought he looked pale and exhausted after all the work he had done to get his paintings in the galleries.
He was sitting painting yet another lovely view one afternoon and he noticed out of the corner of his eye a funny little bird, which later he found out was called a Hoopoe and decided to capture it on paper for his postcard for Lavinia.
On the back he wrote.
Thank you so much for sending me your photograph, you are even more beautiful than I had dared to imagine! I will treasure it forever! Now the only other wish I have is that we will meet someday soon! I feel I already know you and that we have met before somewhere?!
I am in Jerusalem visiting the Safrai Art Gallery (an early birthday present from my parents) the Hoopoe bird on the front just came and sat near me while I was painting so I thought I would paint him for you!
I will send you my postcards from where ever I am and dream that we will meet soon!
Lavinia smiled at the funny little bird on the front of Gils postcard.
She was glad he thought she was beautiful, no one had told her that in a long time and it felt good.
She would write back to him and ask for a photo of him, she really wanted to ‘see’ him too!
Lavinia had quite a collection of postcards from Gil and they were overflowing from the book she kept them in. She wanted something or somewhere safe to keep them. Safe from prying eyes, not that she thought anyone would go snooping around but they were hers and they were precious to her and she wanted to keep them secret.
It was while she was in the library the idea came to her, gathering the books she had chosen she hurried off to the little second hand book shop on the corner, inside she looked for the biggest, thickest book she could find. The young man at the desk gave her an odd look, Lavinia just smiled and gave him the money and hurried of home as fast as she could.
She arrived home exhausted but she was determined to carry out her plan, in the understairs cupboard she found Anthony’s toolbox, with a sharp knife and a ruler she cut into the pages of the book just a few pages at a time until she had cut out a niche big enough to hold all the postcards and more! She smiled and arranged the beloved postcards inside and put the book onto the bookshelf.That book became her most favourite and the most ‘read’ book she was ever to own!
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Thank you for all your kind comments last week!