Monday, 2 June 2008

The great penguin pencil drawer pencil draw

It just doesn't seem right to keep these Penguin Pencils all to myself.

I bought a few sets on Friday to top up my Emergency Gift Supply, but they are just too good to keep hidden away. They demand to adorn a bibliophile's desk as soon as possible. Strictly for show, of course - I don't know how anyone could actually bring themselves to take them out of the packet, let alone use them (gasp - the very idea!)

So I'm putting a set up for grabs in a pencil drawer pencil draw.


If you'd like a chance to win, then please leave a comment here, or send me an email (to juliet[at]doyleandco.net) and I'll pop your name in my pencil drawer (which will need a radical spring-clean before it's fit to be photographed - all those unsticky post-its and unravelled paperclips will have to go) and draw the lucky pencil winner on 12 June.

If you can think of some more intelligent puns on the words 'pencil' and 'draw' than my own very weak attempts, then I'd be grateful to hear them. Unfortunately, it's too late at night and I am too far through my [single, medicinal] glass of Merlot to do any better right now.


(Also, if you would like to leave messages of incredulity and wonder at my astonishing niceness and generosity, then you are most welcome to do that too!!)

So roll up, roll up - you have ten days left, starting . . . . . now.

23 comments:

Cat said...

Oh, yes please!

She of the tea cups***

KSV Woolfoot said...

Will you put my name in the hat? I would be excited to win. I could explain to visitors about how these came into the Last House. Beautiful pictures again. What kind of camera do you use? I have concluded that, in fact, someone has made off with my better camera (!!*##). Love the garden shots. Your mother has a beautiful garden.

Juliet said...

Kim - bad news about your camera - hope it turns up soon. Mine is a pathetic little Canon PowerShot 3.2 mega-pixel pocket camera with two main functions, 'point' and 'click'. There are several considerably more grown-up cameras at my disposal but I'd rather just carry something discreet in my pocket!

monix said...

I'm filled with awe and wonder at your incredible generosity and niceness, so please include me in the pencil drawer pencil draw.

Juliet said...

M - that bit was My Little Joke (but thank you for saying it, anyway!). Your name is in.

Lizzie said...

Juliet, how very kind of you to offer something I saw myself in the shop, and lusted after, but didn't buy!!
Please put my name in the pencil draw. If I don't win, I'll just have to buy myself some!!

60 Going On 16 said...

Irresistible - yes please, J!

Sam Norton said...

On the importance of pencils, and the significance of lead, something you might recognise:


"Here," resumed Harriet, turning to her box again, "here is something still more valuable, I mean that has been more valuable, because this is what did really once belong to him, which the court-plaister never did."

Emma was quite eager to see this superior treasure. It was the end of an old pencil,--the part without any lead.

"This was really his," said Harriet.--"Do not you remember one morning?--no, I dare say you do not. But one morning--I forget exactly the day--but perhaps it was the Tuesday or Wednesday before _that_ _evening_, he wanted to make a memorandum in his pocket-book; it was about spruce-beer. Mr. Knightley had been telling him something about brewing spruce-beer, and he wanted to put it down; but when he took out his pencil, there was so little lead that he soon cut it all away, and it would not do, so you lent him another, and this was left upon the table as good for nothing. But I kept my eye on it; and, as soon as I dared, caught it up, and never parted with it again from that moment."

"I do remember it," cried Emma; "I perfectly remember it.-- Talking about spruce-beer.--Oh! yes--Mr. Knightley and I both saying we liked it, and Mr. Elton's seeming resolved to learn to like it too. I perfectly remember it.--Stop; Mr. Knightley was standing just here, was not he? I have an idea he was standing just here."

"Ah! I do not know. I cannot recollect.--It is very odd, but I cannot recollect.--Mr. Elton was sitting here, I remember, much about where I am now."--

"Well, go on."

"Oh! that's all. I have nothing more to shew you, or to say-- except that I am now going to throw them both behind the fire, and I wish you to see me do it."

"My poor dear Harriet! and have you actually found happiness in treasuring up these things?"

"Yes, simpleton as I was!--but I am quite ashamed of it now, and wish I could forget as easily as I can burn them. It was very wrong of me, you know, to keep any remembrances, after he was married. I knew it was--but had not resolution enough to part with them."

"But, Harriet, is it necessary to burn the court-plaister?--I have not a word to say for the bit of old pencil, but the court-plaister might be useful."

"I shall be happier to burn it," replied Harriet. "It has a disagreeable look to me. I must get rid of every thing. - There it goes, and there is an end, thank Heaven! of Mr. Elton."

"And when," thought Emma, "will there be a beginning of Mr. Churchill?"

Cath said...

I think you're marvellous and generous and fantastic too so can you include me please? (Me? A creep? How can you say such a thing...)

Jane Badger said...

Have never seen them before - gorgeous, as are your pictures: and of course very generous too...

Juliet said...

Lizzie - you'll end up with a set one way or another, then!

D - your name's in the drawer already.

Sam - a most appropriate passage - thanks for the reminder. And does that constitute a 'yes please enter me in the draw'?

Cath - of course (and the sycophancy wasn't a requirement for entering the draw, just an optional extra!!)

Jane - you're in.

debutnovelist said...

Count me in. Ideal way to adorn my writing desk (agree, def not to be used!)
Alison

Sue said...

Oh yes please (as long as it is ok entering from NZ.) I have never seen them here - they're gorgeous.

galant said...

I am coming to the end of my one-and-only Penguin pencil, a pink and white Oscar Wilde (who else?) given to me by a friend several Christmases ago. I should love a whole box of these! Please count me in your draw, Drawer!
Margaret Powling

oxford-reader said...

Hello! Pencils of a literary perusasion are fab! Can you put my name in please?

sherry said...

I have been drawn to your blog by the similarity of our interests and tastes.
sherry

monix said...

J- that was My Little Joke, too. You didn't think I meant it? And no, you can't take my name out of the draw drawer!

dougalfish said...

wow they are divine. I love a set to adorn my drawers. Please put me in the draw(er)!

Juliet said...

Alison, Sue, Margaret, Becca, Sherry and Claire - you're all in. (If I've missed anyone out please shout!)

Juxtabook said...

Very swish! May I join in too please Juliet.

Barb McMahon said...

It is so, so cool that you are doing this.... :)

Please enter my name, too!

teabird said...

I'm probably not eligible for those delicious pencils since postage would be rather high, but I would love love love those pencils!

roxanestoner said...

So nice of you to offer those adorable pencils. Thank you very much. I enjoy your blog very much by the way.