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King’s Cross to Hampstead Heath: Unlocking London’s Beauty January 30, 2017

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London Wlogger

Hello again! This week I’m going along probably one of my favourite walks, as I start at King’s Cross Station, join the Regent’s Canal to go via Camden Lock, before finishing on top of Hampstead Heath. It’s a long walk that will truly reveal London’s beauty!

map3 King’s Cross to Hampstead Heath

My journey today starts at King’s Cross Railway Station, a southern terminus connecting the East Coast Main Line with high-speed links to Yorkshire, the North East, Scotland… and of course Hogwarts! The current station was built in 1851 under the direction of George Turnull and designed by architect Lewis Cubitt. The station’s roof was the largest at the time and based on the riding school of the Czars of Moscow.

img_0144 Amazing architecture at King’s Cross

The King’s Cross we see today went under a huge transformation which began in 2007 and was completed in 2013. This included new entrances, more space, better facilities, and…

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Margaret of Anjou, Queen of England

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The Freelance History Writer


“….imbued with high courage above the nature of her sex….a woman of sufficient forecast, very desirous of renown, full of policy, counsel, comely behavior, and all manly qualities”. Polydore Virgil

The marriage between Margaret of Anjou and King Henry VI of England came with high expectations. It was meant to bring peace between England and France who had been at war for over a hundred years and she was expected to give birth to an heir to continue the Lancaster dynasty of English kings. The marriage in fact brought no peace with France, didn’t help avoid losses of French territory and actually led to intermittent civil war in England.

Margaret was born on March 23 or 24, 1430 either at Port-a-Mousson in France or Nancy in Lorraine. She was the daughter of Rene, Duke of Anjou and Isabelle, daughter and heir of Charles II, Duke of Lorraine. Rene was directly…

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Colonial-era houses of Merrimac, Massachusetts

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Black Cats

Filed under: Cats — Janet @ 7:29 pm

img_2287  a recent book purchase – All Black Cats Are Not Alike

This  little book of sketches and little vignettes of their differing personalities is good fun for any and all cat owners, whatever the personality and color  of the cat.


Church of Saint Nicholas Great Yarmouth Norfolk England January 29, 2017


Back to my genealogy research.  This church was the place of worship for my 8X Great Grandmother Susanna Felton.  Susanna left Norfolk to come to Salem Massachusetts in the 1630’s.  She was part of The Great Migration.



Waiting For The Big Match

Waiting for the big match tonight between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the final of the Australian Open Tennis Championship.  This will be played at a reasonable time in Melbourne but rather late for us on the West Coast of North America.  I stayed up for the William sisters final at midnight last night.  I was disappointed that Venus lost but Serena certainly deserved her win.  Exciting times


the next morning – WHAT A MATCH! – it went down to the wire in 5 sets.  My hero emerged victorious.  Spoiler alert – Roger was the worthy winner.  Rafael Nadal didn’t deserve to lose, but he did.  Tightly fought all the way.

I could hardly put down my knitting as the match seesawed back and forth.  I thought that the woman sitting behind Roger’s wife was knitting also but when I got a better look I decided what I thought might be knitting was a set of worry beads.  My current knitting shown on the right below is quite uninteresting compared with the tennis.img_2285



p.s. Katerina couldn’t bear the excitement and meowed to go out halfway through the 5th set.

r_federer_australian_open_2014  Roger Federer at the 2014 Australian Open

photo credit: Wikipedia


More History Reading Choices January 26, 2017

Filed under: History,Politics,Reading,U. S. History — Janet @ 7:32 pm


Very appropriate reading at this point in time in our country.




American Experience January 25, 2017

American Experience is a regular program on PBS – last night the life and work of Rachel Carson was featured.  Her seminal work Silent Spring was published in 1962.

rachelcarson1  Rachel Carson, 1907-1964

What an inspiring and brave woman.



Photos from Yesterday’s March January 22, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 10:30 pm

Excellent photos of the march in Seattle.

Seattle Now & Then

(click to enlarge)

dsc_8365 A sea of signs…

At the front, indigenous kids lead the way

I’m posting a few photos I took from yesterday’s Womxn’s March in Seattle. Many contain views of Fourth Avenue. Some will be used in future Now & Then columns. Enjoy!

(click to enlarge thumbnails as well!)

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Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond and Patriarch of the Tudor Dynasty January 21, 2017

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The Freelance History Writer


Edmund Tudor is a relatively unknown figure in the annals of history but as the father of King Henry VII of England he is the patriarch of the Tudor dynasty of kings and queens. He was also the brother of a king. He had a good reputation in Wales before dying a surprising death aged only twenty-six, another casualty of the Wars of the Roses.

Edmund was born c. 1430. He is sometimes referred to as Edmund of Hadham as he was born at the palace of Much Hadham, the home of his parents Owen Tudor and Catherine of Valois. Catherine was the French princess who married King Henry V of England and gave birth to King Henry VI so this made Edmund and his brother Jasper half-brothers of a king. After King Henry V died, Catherine supposedly married Owen Tudor who worked in her household. There is no actual…

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