The Day After…

Wednesday January 7th 2015 just after midday. The day after Drie Koningen – Epiphany – and we’d just ceremoniously switched off the Christmas tree lights for another year on our little Christmas tree, that had survived the hot summer on the balcony and hopefully the central heating indoors of the last two weeks.  I was carefully packing away the decorations and placing the fragile Christmas balls one by one back into their box for another year, when my husband Hans, with a shocked and worried face, hurried back into the living room frowning whilst reading out a Twitter message on his phone: Terrorist attack in Paris. 10 journalists killed! Charlie Hebdo!

Later in the afternoon I looked on Facebook for posts from friends and colleagues. Quite quickly I saw that Juliette de Wit had posted a really sweet illustration that looked like a snowball with a hand and red pencil emerging out of the snow, drawing a big red smile. Then I realised that it wasn’t a snowball but a drawing that was almost completely erased but for the words Charlie Hebdo just visible at the top and signed by Tignous at the bottom! The illustration suddenly became very grim!…Juliettes reaction with her illustrator tools to the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo!
I Googled Tignous and read that he was one of the four cartoonists, Tignous, Cabu, Wolinski and Charb, that had been executed earlier by two terrorists during an editorial meeting in the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris! 10 Charlie Hebdo journalists murdered and two brave policemen, one executed outside the premises on the street!
In the evening the dreadful scenes were shown on tv…and they continued in the days to come:
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Thursday afternoon a policeman was gunned down on a street in Paris by an unknown terrorist.
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Lucy Star – Chapter six

Chapter six

Found
Pages 32 and 33

Page 32 Peter and dad are searching the forest for Sophia. They search under bushes and giant ferns, behind enormous trees and fallen tree stumps and continually call Sophia's name. It's not raining anymore but a thin, cold mist is hanging in the forest and they still haven't found Sophia! Page 33 All of a sudden in the distance they see a twinkling red light, that glows brighter and brighter. Peter and dad quickly walk towards it.
Page 32
Peter and dad are searching the forest for Sophia.
They search under bushes and giant ferns, behind enormous trees and fallen tree stumps and continually call Sophia’s name.
It’s not raining anymore but a thin, cold mist is hanging in the forest and they still haven’t found Sophia!
Page 33
All of a sudden in the distance they see a twinkling red light, that glows brighter and brighter.
Peter and dad quickly walk towards the glowing light.

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Sorry for the delay!

Sorry for the delay with publishing Chapter six.
The Lucky Lucifer stories were on hold as I was busy illustrating a book for my husband.
(for my dutch readers:Prostaatkanker Wacht Niet Op Pasen en ook hier.)
But also with the birth of our first grandchild!
Tiagophoto
But now we are all up and running again and thank goodness little Sophia was warm and dry and safe in her snug hollow tree! A bit like our grandson in my daughters tummy!
Although really Sophia was in the hollow tree for only a couple of hours until she was FOUND!

Lucy Star – Chapter five

Chapter five

The hollow tree

Page 28 and 29

Page 28 and 29 Sophia is cold and wet from the wind and rain. She shoves her hands deep into her jacket pocket and jumps as she suddenly feels something warm against her cold fingers... She pulls the matchbox out of her jacket pocket. The box is warm and glows against her cold hands! Carefully she pushes open the matchbox and through the small gap she spies inside three little insects crawling around in a fiery red glow. 'GLOWWORMS!' Sophia cries happily. 'I've captured glowworms!' and quickly she closes the matchbox before the glowworms can escape.
Page 28 and 29
Sophia is cold and wet from the wind and rain.
She shoves her hands deep into her jacket pocket and jumps as she suddenly feels something warm against her cold fingers…
She pulls the matchbox out of her jacket pocket.
The box is warm and glows against her cold hands!
Carefully she pushes open the matchbox and through the small gap she spies inside three little insects crawling around in a fiery red glow.
‘GLOWWORMS!’ Sophia cries happily. ‘I’ve captured glowworms!’ and quickly she closes the matchbox before the glowworms can escape.

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Lucy Star – Chapter four

Chapter four

Thunder and lightening

Page 24 and 25

Page  24 and 25 The children are meandering over the gravel path through the forest, looking for beetles, centipedes and everything creepy and crawly. After half an hour Peter's glass jar is full and he calls to Sophia to go back to the tent. Sophia doesn't answer. Peter looks under the bushes, behind the trees and keeps calling Sophia's name, but Sophia still doesn't answer. 'She must have gone back to the tent' Peter says hopefully and rubs at his grumbling tummy. He calls one more time, looks one more time into the forest, then turns and quickly runs along the gravel path, back to the camping.
Page 24 and 25
The children are meandering over the gravel path through the forest, looking for beetles, centipedes and everything creepy and crawly.
After half an hour Peter’s glass jar is full and he calls to Sophia to go back to the tent.
Sophia doesn’t answer.
Peter looks under the bushes, behind the trees and keeps calling Sophia’s name, but Sophia still doesn’t answer.
‘She must have gone back to the tent’ hopes Peter rubbing his grumbling empty tummy.
He calls one more time, looks one more time into the forest, then turns and quickly runs back along the gravel path, back to the campsite.

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Stop Press – Matches banned in China!…

Save Our Matches!
Save Our Matches!

BEIJING — A city in China’s violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang has banned matches and destroyed more than 20,000 boxes of them as part of efforts to fight terror attacks, a state-run newspaper said.

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Lucy Star – Chapter two

Chapter two

Lucinda and Lucretia

Page 10 and 11

Page 10 The family that live in the house are going camping this weekend in a big forest. Two tents are already standing on the campsite and the children, Sophia and Peter, are making their beds up, whilst Mum and Dad start cooking. Page 11 The old matchbox came along too, has been unpacked and is now waiting to light the camping stove.
Page 10
The family that live in the house are going camping this weekend in a big forest.
Two tents are already standing on the campsite and the children, Sophia and Peter, are making their beds up, whilst Mum and Dad start cooking.
Page 11
The old matchbox came along too, has been unpacked and is now waiting to light the camping stove.

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