POSTMAN PAT’S SAD DAY

POSTMAN PAT’S SAD DAY

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG   29th September 2018

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

This week, sadly, the death of John Cunliffe, the author and creator of Postman Pat has been announced. Post Man Pat is one of my most favourite children’s characters  and always has been since he was introduced to us. And as I love the Lake District I love the setting for Postman Pat.

John Cunliffe also created Rosie and Jim who I love too. But he also wrote a series of books before all these, yes, even before Postman Pat. These were the Farmer Barnes stories. You can see them listed at the end of this post. They are delightful stories.

We came across them in the early 1980s when introducing our pre-school daughters to the local library. Farmer Barnes and the Snow Picnic and Farmer Barnes at the County Show were very firm favourites that our girls borrowed again and again. The books had that important thing every picture book should have and that is to be entertaining for the grownups too.

All these books have long been out of print but if you enjoy searching the pre-owned bookstores and websites you often come across the little gems and it is so rewarding.

Now a quick reflection on John Cunliffe.

Cun­liffe was born in Colne, Lan­cashire. He lived in Kendal, West­mor­land, and it was the small towns and villages of that area which would pro­vide the in­spi­ra­tion for his most fa­mous char­ac­ter, Post­man Pat. Green­dale, where the char­ac­ter and se­ries is set, is based on the val­ley of Longsled­dale, near Kendal.

Cun­liffe worked for many years as a li­brar­ian, and also as a teacher. He was com­mis­sioned by the BBC to write Post­man Pat, which was pro­duced by Ivor Wood and first aired in 1981. He cre­ated Pat and Green­dale as an idyl­lic vil­lage where every­one was nice to each other, in con­trast to the bul­ly­ing he had suf­fered when growing up.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Post­man Pat, Cun­liffe sub­se­quently be­came some­thing of a local celebrity, hav­ing a room ded­i­cated to him at Kendal’s Mu­seum of Lake­land Life.

In the 1990s, Cun­liffe’s other well-known cre­ation, Rosie and Jim, was also writ­ten for tele­vi­sion. He scripted and pre­sented the first 50 episodes, then turned some of them into books. Cun­liffe in­tended to cre­ate a se­ries closer to what he wanted over­all, after being dis­ap­pointed by some of the mer­chan­dis­ing and tie-in books for Post­man Pat, over which he did not have control.

In 2010 he re­leased “Ghosts”, a chil­dren’s story for the iPad. He was also pa­tron of the Ilk­ley Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val.

Cun­liffe died on 20 Sep­tem­ber 2018. His death was first an­nounced in the local news­pa­per, The Ilk­ley Gazette say­ing that he “left his Ilk­ley home in a del­uge of rain […] never to return”. His death was con­firmed by his fam­ily on 27 September.

The Farmer Barnes Books:

Farmer Barnes’ Guy Fawkes Day

Farmer Barnes at the county show (1969)

Farmer Barnes and the Snow Picnic(1974)

Farmer Barnes and the Harvest Doll (1977)

Farmer Barnes and the Goats (1979)

Farmer Barnes Goes Fishing (1972)

Farmer Barnes Buys A Pig (1964)

Farmer Barnes And Bluebell (1978)

Farmer Barnes Fells a Tree (1977)

 

ROALD DAHL INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.”

― Roald Dahl

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.— Conan O’Brien

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…imagining Rosie and Jim having a holiday at Farmer Barnes Farm and Postman Pat calling for tea

 GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

A senior citizen called her husband during his drive home, “Herman, I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on Interstate 90, Please be careful!”

Herman said, “It’s not just one car. There’s hundreds of them!”

LOVE IS…

Love is…what makes the journey special

 TRACK OF THE DAY

Rise – Gabrielle

Highest Chart Position: No.1 5th February 2000

 

 

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