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Katerina’s Catch April 19, 2018

Filed under: Cats,Katerina,Mice — Janet @ 4:35 pm

IMG_1358  Poor wee mousie.  Right outside our bedroom window.  Buried now much to Katerina’s displeasure.


The Mysterious Daughters of Edward Darley Boit

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A Scholarly Skater

The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit by John Singer Sargent John Singer Sargent, The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Photo via the-athenaeum.org (Public Domain).

I’ve been reading John Singer Sargent scholar Erica Hirshler’s book Sargent’s Daughters: The Biography of aPainting. This book is about John Singer Sargent’s The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, an unconventional 1882 portrait of Edward and Isa Boit’s four daughters. The book talks about the expatriate Boit family, the lives of the four girls, Sargent (one of my favorite artists ever), and the history of the painting itself.

I really enjoyed this book, and it really made me think about why this painting is so compelling. Hirshler addresses this question a lot, so let’s talk about it now. For one thing, the composition is unusual. Two of the girls are set so deeply in the shadow that one is barely visible, and you can’t see her face. More important, I think…

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Kenya memoirs – Buying cattle April 17, 2018

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A Bushsnob out of Africa

Once it was decided that my experimental work in Kenya would take place in Muguga and Intona ranch in the Transmara, I needed to get cattle. I was lucky that there were suitable animals available at the Kenya Veterinary Research Institute (KEVRI) at Muguga that I could select for my work there but I still needed to get the necessary animals for Intona.

Experimental cattle Isolation unit copy The Muguga animals came from the KEVRI herd.

As I needed young cattle with no exposure to ticks and tick-borne diseases [1] I needed to go North where I could find them in an environment that would not allow the ticks to thrive. The purchased cattle would also have to be acceptable by Joe Murumbi [2] the owner of Intona ranch as, after the trials were completed, the cattle would remain there. That was not an easy choice! However Alan, helpful as usual, suggested that I bought…

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A WWII relic

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 3:34 pm

A Bushsnob out of Africa

On the way back from our macaw walk [1] Oscar mentioned that there was an old truck parked nearby. Curious we agreed to get there and -as usual- do a bit of “controlled trespassing” to investigate.

P1190027 copy1 First view.

The truck was still there and it still showed its original painting as well as its make: Ford Canada.

P1190027 copyP1190014 copyP1190010 copyP1190013 copyP1190015 copyAlthough the truck showed the signs of time, it still was quite well preserved. Surprised, I took a few pictures and went to the Internet in search of answers. This is what I found mainly via Wikipedia [2].

I believe that it is a Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) truck. This truck was produced in large numbers and several types in Canada during World War II. Standard designs following British Army specifications for use by the armies of the British Empire and allies were prepared before the beginning of the war coincident with the…

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A Wrinkle in Teaching Time: Part One April 16, 2018

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Some ideas here for teachers – or grandparents like ourselves.

This is How I would Teach it

Time. I really want to insert my favorite Dr Who quotes here but I won’t. Teaching kids the idea of chronology and time is tough. For a chunk of my education career I worked in a nineteenth century living history museum. Teachers would book our field trips to cover content such as Native American studies, Westward Encroachment, colonial period, or just because they wanted to show kids old timey things.

Old Timey: it’s a real thing. Teachers and students  have said it aloud a million times. It becomes default as teachers look into the eyes of students who may not be as old as the car they are driving ( and let’s face it we’re teachers, so Dodge Dart drivers REPRESENT!) and realize that their kids have no concept of time.

This is especially difficult because every state has some kind of standards dealing with time.

Here is some language…

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Where One Of My Ancestors Lived April 11, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Burial Grounds,Castles,Genealogy — Janet @ 7:26 pm

93ff57d9-ce2f-4b93-9dc8-e5fbe4fabf8c  Etherstone Castle County Northumberland   Home to Sir Thomas Grey Knight of Etherstone Forster      1452-1526     my 13th Great Grandfather


Another Ancestor To Note

5a9226dd-feab-4d6e-9392-ad682907facd  The Sherington Coat of Arms      Sir Henry Sherington 1430-1497       He was my 14th Great Grandfather