The pile of books has decreased. It gets much higher than this. The pens and yellow marker are there for taking notes, underlining, asterisking. That's the one thing wrong with library books. Ya just can't do that! The scented candles are a Chrissy present that is getting put to use and the picture at the back is of Miss Eagle's dear departed Dearly Beloved and Miss E herself in better years two and a half decades ago. The lamp is a combination of a stand which was part of a job lot at an auction and the shade from a second hand shop, The Lion Bazaar, in Townsville's West End.
Miss E would never be caught turning down corners of books, so she has bookmarks. The book marks come in great variety from sterling silver to the Leunig ones advertising Readings (Miss E loves that Carlton shop!). But this bookmark is special. It is a work of art and it is from Miss E's Tennant Creek days. In those days, Judith Church was TC's artist in permanent residence. Judith would do these wonderfully colourful bookmarks (signed in gold) in the shape of gumleaves with a piece chomped out of it by a koala or a possum. You will note, dear Reader the prominence of the Sturt's Desert Pea and, of course, no bookmark is really complete without a tassel.
And just in case you are wondering what the books are - they are precious little books. Miss Eagle loves this size book - just feels so right in the hand. The dark red one on the bottom is the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible. The blue one is The Little Flowers of St Francis: stories about Il Povero, that beautiful man who was so kind, loving, and generous to people and to animals.