My Postcard this week is scraping in by the skin of it’s teeth ! Mr Mojo has been on a serious holiday. Depicting an old Chinese folk tale Twinkle is trying to give Ellie encouragement for her journey and courage to explore the world and look for the answers to her questions. She says -
The Carnival looked brilliant, wish I had been there. While travelling the world you will ask many questions and hopefully find some answers. I will help when I can and have sent you a story to inspire and encourage you, be brave, explore and have fun ! Love Twinkle xx
Here is her Postcard, I sketched the well and then coloured with inktense pencils, I really haven't done much drawing/freehand stuff since school so I bought a book and am really enjoying learning again -And here on it’s page in the book with the characters from the tale.
And the tale -
Once upon a time, there lived a frog in a shallow well. One day, a turtle who used to live in the East Sea travelled there and happened to see him.
The frog proudly said to his unexpected visitor, "I am so happy! I jump about beside the mouth of the well, I rest in the holes on the broken wall of the well. I walk in the mud, it covers up my feet. I look around at the wriggly worms, crabs and tadpoles, and none of them can compare with me. My happiness is full. My dear sir, why don't you come down and look around my wonderful home?"
So the turtle tried to force himself into the well. But before he could get its left foot in, its right knee got stuck. Realising how small the well is, the turtle began to describe the East Sea to the frog .
"The size of the East Sea is beyond your wildest imagination. Even a distance of a thousand miles cannot give you an idea of the sea's width; even a height of a thousand feet cannot give you an idea of its depth. In the time of King Da Yu, there were floods nine years out of ten, but the waters in the sea did not increase. ln the time of King Tang there were droughts seven years out of eight, but the waters in the sea did not decrease. Living in the East Sea is the greatest happiness."
Hearing the turtle's words, the frog was shocked into realisation of his own insignificance and realised that he ought to have a broad and far-reaching vision of life, rather than seeing only his little heaven on earth.Wise words – now I’m off to travel and broaden my blog land vision - to join in the journey use the link on my sidebar to hop over to Darcy's blog where it all began ! Thanks for stopping by…Esther xx