Friday 5 August 2011

Two Handkerchiefs

Dear Listener,

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Fleeing across the meadow ...
I also thoroughly recommend the practice of writing letters that need never be sent. I sometimes write letters to myself in the future, and have also been known to address missives to my younger self, or to people who I miss because they are no longer in my life, or to general vague things that seem to embody what I am happy about or upset about at the time ... I find it therapeutic.

Dear Diary ...

Dear Me ...

Dear whoever you are that's holding me back ...

Dearest ...

That is how this story begins.

This one is a "fairy tale" ... well ... it does have fairies in it but it may not be "happily ever after" in the quite the same way as most fairy tales end. You will also hear about two letters, and two wars, and two sworn enemies, but most of all you'll hear about two handkerchiefs.

In the background on this episode you can hear the haunting sound of Jami Sieber's cello - available (as always) from

Look out for an announcement about Stories from the Borders of sleep becoming weekly in the not-too-distant future.

Until next time ...  sweet dreams!



  1. Dear Seymour,

    This is the best yet! Listened to it while making bread this morning and really really enjoyed it. It made me think, once again, about letters to old friends (as you know I sometimes write them!) as well how much I enjoy fairy tales.

    I have been telling a number of my friends and colleagues about you and, particularly, these tales. All the feedback has been very positive - especially from a GP colleague who is also a writer.

    Please keep these podcasts up. I can't wait for them to be weekly!



  2. Hey, Thank you,Simon. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. It's cheered me up as I was not quite feeling 100% about this one. Great stuff. Well, I hope you are all well and thank you for being a regular listener! We'll have to exchange notes on bread-making, been doing a bit of that myself lately. I used to keep a sourdough on the go until some orange mould decided to take up residence in the culture - I'd like to get back into it.

  3. Seymour, I look forward to bread-banter and the next story from the borders of sleep. Cheerio Simon

  4. Hi Seymour,
    I just overheard this one on my coffee break (a certain illustrator who works quite close to me was listening and sketching). It's REALLY good! Made me sad and happy at the same time. Nearly cried though - don't tell anyone cos I never cry!
    Keep going - you are a greater writer and a great story-teller!

  5. Aw! Glad you liked it ... and, well, I'll try harder to make a tear-jerker specially for you :-) It's good to cry!

    I'm excited to see what "the illustrator" comes up with for this one, too ...

    Sweet dreams, man.


  6. Seymour, this is my favourite so it!! More of the same please :)


  7. Hey, Thanks for commenting and thanks for listening, Zoe! I'm flattered. I will endeavour to bring you more stories in this vein and realise that I have not done any with dragons in them yet ... watch this space :-)

    Take care and keep listening ...

  8. Dear Seymour,
    Like others before me said, this is my favorite so far! So perfect and beautiful. Loved it.


  9. Hi Seymour
    Truly enjoy listening to your stories. This one is quite lovely. I hope you write another one about our two friends.
    Thank you.

    1. Great to hear from you Sheri, and thank you for listening!

      I wonder, indeed, if there is more tom hear from 'our two friends'.

      Wishing you sweet dreams!