About me and Copperbeechschool

“There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.”

Emily Dickinson

About Copperbeechschool

In Copperbeechschool you will find poems, short stories, essays on literature, as well as passages of description and musing (generally on nature but sometimes on my favourite authors), dispersed with photos of flowers and birds taken by me. I also sometimes write reviews for books and films and blog posts about days out and holidays.

About Me

My name is Ide. I’m eleven years old, and I’m a big sister and a writer (presently working on my first novel, Speedwell). I also write poetry. My favourite things are sunsets, beautiful mornings, twisted tree-trunks, thunderstorms, sunlight, photography, sketching, poetry, and  the smell of old books. Also Greek mythology,  Victorian literature, Arthurian Legends, the renaissance, climbing trees, and snowdrifts. I also like strong heroines from literature, and female characters in general (they don’t have to be fictional), i.e Jane Eyre, Boudicca, Atalanta, Elizabeth the first, Margret (from North and South). I am romantic, and like wandering round quiet, isolated places far away from civilisation which look like they might have fairies in them. I am also partial to mountain ranges and the sea. I now live in Cheshire, but I used to live on Anglesey and miss mountains, waves and wide horizons. I also have a shop with my Mum on Etsy – Our Tangled Garden 


‘Great things are done when men and mountains meet;

This is not done by jostling in the street”

 I share some characteristics with Catherine Moorland of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, in so far as I am always fancying that there will be some great ancient treasure or skeleton or something behind a locked door or in an old chest – and am constantly disappointed by the boiler or magazine I generally find there!  I love nature, and think it is not enough generally appreciated, and happily for me, I have a garden with a lawn, lots and lots of flowers, (though as I am writing this in winter that are not out now) and a huge copper beech tree after which this webpage is named. My house is very messy, but it has a lot of books in it.  I have two little brothers, Tass and Cormac.



Me Daydreaming



Me Reading


Me with Tass


Me with Little Cormac




23 thoughts on “About

    • Thanks for your lovely moment Poppy! Which blog post have you read? Don’t look at Jane Austen or anything else in Books and Films category until I say because they are not finished yet. If you want you can read the Persuasion bit of the Jane Austen one, though it does give away the story so I would advise you not to read anything about books you have not read. The snorkeling one and the preserving leaves one I would like you to read; I am particularly proud of those two posts.

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  2. Ide! I just now came across this “about” page! You remind me so much of myself as a child, with your interest in the Bronte’s and Greek mythology, the tree climbing, the literary ambitions and most importantly being a big sis! You are so sweet, and so is your little brother 🙂 Keep the posts coming , I cannot wait to read more ! ^_^

  3. Thank you! I’ve got two tags to catch up on now, for I still haven’t done the first one. I may not be able to do either for a little while because I’m trying write an History in Art essay and I’ve got a deadline, but thanks! I’m really looking forward to doing them!

  4. I’ve not read the Percy Jackson books (I don’t read many new books in general) but two of my friends love them so I’m planning to. Do you like them?

  5. Having been given a nudge in the right direction by your grandmother, I am so happy to have found your blog! Although I am infinitely more ancient than you are, we clearly have some important things in common, e.g., ‘I am romantic, and like wandering round quite, isolated places far away from civilisation which look like they might have fairies in them’. Also I love the past, care deeply about Greek [and Roman] goddesses, Tennyson, don’t read many new books, have a messy house with plenty of old books, and am lucky enough to have a garden with a lawn, flowers (at the right time of year anyway) and also a big copper beech tree.

    Your blog is a joy. In the future I want to comment on a few specific posts (not least Monet at the RA recently – I saw this too but, genuinely, your review got me thinking more than any of the big newspaper reviews did) but for now, please just keep photographing, seeing, thinking and writing! Sometimes I worry (as ancient people do, alas) that the future is nothing but a world of barbarians who live for Minecraft, reality television and half-intentional stupidity. Your blog reminds me that civilisation still has life in it. And when you are a very ancient person too, you’ll understand what an enormous amount that means.

    All best wishes

    Barendina Smedley
    Blakeney, Norfolk

  6. Thank you so, so, so much for your lovely long comment! I am really so happy you like my blog! It sounds as if we have incredibly much in common! I too get that worry – and I have been trying to not be so bad in that way as the rest of the world, and hopefully make a few people realise that reading Tennyson or sitting in the sunshine is about ten million times better than sitting in the dark playing Minecraft. I would love to meet you some time.

  7. Thank you – I do like your blog so very much. If you are ever in Norfolk, do please let me know, as I think you would find our house funny / interesting / inexplicably familiar (mess, books etc.) And it would be a joy to meet you. Barring that, we have a London place too, so perhaps you and I might meet up at the RA someday? You are so right about light versus darkness.

    Do you ever read Auden? “Yes, the fight / Against the false and the unfair / Was always worth it. So was gardening. Civilize.”

    I do want to comment on your Monet piece soon – more to the point though, do please keep writing, because you have a very distinctive voice that is worth hearing.

  8. I would love to meet you in the RA! We did go on holiday to the Norfolk Broads awhile ago – and it was lovely so we are planning to go again next year.
    I haven’t read Auden – I will look at him.
    I really don’t know what to say – I am so pleased you like my writing so much!

    I looked at your and it looks lovely – I mean to read more of it as soon as I get a chance.

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