Coracle sent in this lovely report after discovering Narnia and
Stansborough at her local agricultural show. She's included wonderful
descriptions of Stansborough's new Narnian product line -
Fibres Spotted at Christchurch
A&P Show, New Zealand
I can no longer avoid spotting Narnia, no matter
where I go. I was with a group of people visiting our city’s
large agricultural show yesterday, when I noticed the familiar Narnia
poster outside a display tent. “Oh! Narnia!” I
exclaimed, “I have to look in here.”
Going through the tent entrance was not like
opening the Wardrobe door, and nor did I have the chance to shut myself
in (it was far too hot for enclosed spaces anyway).
But once inside, I
quickly found the wonderful Stansborough displays of Narnian and Middle
I introduced myself to Cheryl and Barry Eldridge,
who were very pleased to meet a Narniawebber in person, and allowed me
to take photos; Cheryl invited me to try on a cloak, so I chose
Lucy’s red one. Does it suit me?
The wools are so soft in all these scarves,
sashes, tunics and cloaks. The reds and golds really appeal to
me personally; how I wish I had been able to buy a whole set of them!
Cheryl told me that the dwarf tunics are made in child sizes, as people
buy them for their children, not themselves. I was also allowed to try
on one of the Lucy berets, crocheted to the pattern I have already
tried from The Wardrobe Door. (Theirs were very
neatly done!) These look like being a popular item for girls in the
coming northern winter.
The designs on the scarves and tunics are woven
in; they’re simple-looking, suggesting Narnians are plain,
down-to-earth people (hmm, a bit like hobbits?)
The pointy part on Orieus’s tunic goes
down under the front legs and attaches to the rest of his costume. The
satyrs wear a sash, not a scarf. Maybe that helps to distinguish
them from fauns?
The lovely little Narnian winter scene behind me
was custom made by the Eldridges, including the lamp. With a little
imagination we were in wintry Narnia - although it was certainly summer
“back there” outside the tent, with the temperature
at 29 degrees C.
In another corner of the tent it was Middle Earth,
with a rack of beautiful soft, natural wool scarves and flat caps (and
a cardboard Frodo modelling them). Barry was modelling one of their
world-famous grey Elven cloaks, and very kindly posed beside a LOTR
Coracle, 11 November 2005.
and Stansborough's line of Narnia products