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I started receiving text messages, but in a trickle. How many times have you ben told or nudged or nagged about tidying up after yourself? 

I started receiving text messages, but in a trickle. How many times have you ben told or nudged or nagged about tidying up after yourself? 

This is the latest sketch for this rhyme. While it works reasonably well, I think it’s still a little to old for pre-schoolers. I’ve been simplifying it with every try, believing there is more simplification to be achieved… In my mind it should be less about the Grand Old Duke and more about the way the words look when they are sung.
Sounds easy when I say it that way.

The Grand Old Duke of York 
In 1460, Richard, The Duke of York and his army marched to his castle at Sandal to defend it against the Lancastrian army. Sandal Castle was built on top of a man-made hill 33 feet (10m) above the ground. In a moment of madness he decided to attack the Lancastrians (“ he marched them down again”). His army was overwhelmed and Richard the Duke of York was killed. A similar Nursery rhyme is The King of France went up the hill.

This is the latest sketch for this rhyme. While it works reasonably well, I think it’s still a little to old for pre-schoolers. I’ve been simplifying it with every try, believing there is more simplification to be achieved… In my mind it should be less about the Grand Old Duke and more about the way the words look when they are sung.

Sounds easy when I say it that way.

The Grand Old Duke of York 

In 1460, Richard, The Duke of York and his army marched to his castle at Sandal to defend it against the Lancastrian army. Sandal Castle was built on top of a man-made hill 33 feet (10m) above the ground. In a moment of madness he decided to attack the Lancastrians (“ he marched them down again”). His army was overwhelmed and Richard the Duke of York was killed. A similar Nursery rhyme is The King of France went up the hill.

Txt me- a collection of hand lettered text messages between friends and family.
There was a time before texting, you know. While the world has become enchanted by the mobile phone and its unchallenged convenience and up-to-the-minute-ness, we’ve lost the charm of the hand made message. Following on from the land lettered nursery rhymes project which is now underway, here is something a little more grown up. Here is a request too; send me your bet, funniest, saddest, memorable text message and I’ll try to give it the respect it deserves.
I’ll hand letter it and you can have it back as a download or a postcard or some other printed form for a small fee. I’m working out the prices but really what you pay for a priceless memory? 

Txt me- a collection of hand lettered text messages between friends and family.

There was a time before texting, you know. While the world has become enchanted by the mobile phone and its unchallenged convenience and up-to-the-minute-ness, we’ve lost the charm of the hand made message. Following on from the land lettered nursery rhymes project which is now underway, here is something a little more grown up. Here is a request too; send me your bet, funniest, saddest, memorable text message and I’ll try to give it the respect it deserves.

I’ll hand letter it and you can have it back as a download or a postcard or some other printed form for a small fee. I’m working out the prices but really what you pay for a priceless memory? 

A new sketch of Ring a Ring O’ Roses. After looking at the last visual I felt it needed to be re-worked. I wasn’t interested in the spelling, which is evident!
I’m hoping the final work woks as this is ne of those rhymes that young children really love.

A new sketch of Ring a Ring O’ Roses. After looking at the last visual I felt it needed to be re-worked. I wasn’t interested in the spelling, which is evident!

I’m hoping the final work woks as this is ne of those rhymes that young children really love.


This image most change. I think there is still some thought about the decoration of the type and the flowers that has to happen, but wanted to post it anyway as I’m fairly pleased with the progress.
Ring a Ring o’ Roses
The historical context for this rhyme dates back to around the time of the Great Plague of London (1665). The symptoms of the plague included a rosy red rash in the shape of a ring on the skin and violent sneezing. People carried sweet smelling herbs, or posies, as they believed the disease was transmitted by bad smells.
The death rate of the Great Plague was over 60% and it was eventually brought to a fiery end by the Great Fire of London in 1666 which killed the rats that carried the disease

This image most change. I think there is still some thought about the decoration of the type and the flowers that has to happen, but wanted to post it anyway as I’m fairly pleased with the progress.

Ring a Ring o’ Roses

The historical context for this rhyme dates back to around the time of the Great Plague of London (1665). The symptoms of the plague included a rosy red rash in the shape of a ring on the skin and violent sneezing. People carried sweet smelling herbs, or posies, as they believed the disease was transmitted by bad smells.

The death rate of the Great Plague was over 60% and it was eventually brought to a fiery end by the Great Fire of London in 1666 which killed the rats that carried the disease


The earliest publication for the “Baa, baa black sheep” rhyme or poem was 1744. The Music that we know today was first published in the early nineteenth century. The song  makes a link between wool and sheep. Babies imitate the sounds or noises that animals make -  onomatopoeia - as part of  learning through playing.
The rhyme has had its controversial moments too but it  there is no way to prove or disprove any controversy. 

The earliest publication for the “Baa, baa black sheep” rhyme or poem was 1744. The Music that we know today was first published in the early nineteenth century. The song  makes a link between wool and sheep. Babies imitate the sounds or noises that animals make -  onomatopoeia - as part of  learning through playing.

The rhyme has had its controversial moments too but it  there is no way to prove or disprove any controversy. 

Hey diddle diddle
The original title was ‘High Diddle Diddle’. It changed with the evolution of the English language. 
The first known date of publication for the words of the rhyme is 1765. The term ’ Hey Diddle Diddle’ can be found in the works of Shakespeare and was a colloquialism used in much the same vein as  ”hey nonny no” .

Hey diddle diddle

The original title was ‘High Diddle Diddle’. It changed with the evolution of the English language. 

The first known date of publication for the words of the rhyme is 1765. The term ’ Hey Diddle Diddle’ can be found in the works of Shakespeare and was a colloquialism used in much the same vein as  ”hey nonny no” .

Ding dong bell
Shakespeare used the phrase “Ding Dong Bell” in several plays. The original lyrics ended with the cat being left to drown but  the words were changed so the cat was saved by ‘Little Tommy Stout’ to encourage children to understand that it is cruel to harm any animal ‘who ne’er did any harm’. Morality at an early age. 
Ding Dong Bell” also introduces a child to using onomatopoeia (words that sound like their meaning).

Ding dong bell

Shakespeare used the phrase “Ding Dong Bell” in several plays. The original lyrics ended with the cat being left to drown but  the words were changed so the cat was saved by ‘Little Tommy Stout’ to encourage children to understand that it is cruel to harm any animal ‘who ne’er did any harm’. Morality at an early age. 

Ding Dong Bell” also introduces a child to using onomatopoeia (words that sound like their meaning).