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A Furry Friend At The Suet Cake February 28, 2018

Filed under: Squirrels — Janet @ 6:40 pm



Genealogy Again February 27, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Castles,Genealogy — Janet @ 11:08 pm

cbcf17f0-58ea-453a-b863-4002acdf7b90  Bourne Castle Lincolnshire – scene for my Heckington ancestors back in the 15th and 16th centuries


Edward Hopper Paintings And Puzzles February 26, 2018

Filed under: Art,Art works,Artists,Edward Hopper,Jigsaw Puzzles — Janet @ 5:50 pm



Drawing A Bicycle February 25, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 10:08 pm

via People Draw Bikes From Memory, Artist Renders Them


The Illnesses and Death of Queen Mary I February 24, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 2:25 pm

The Freelance History Writer

Queen Mary I in 1554, a copy of a portrait by Sir Antonis Mor

“My health is more unstable than that of any creature and I have all the greater need to rejoice in the testimony of a pure conscience.” Letter from Mary to the council of her brother King Edward VI, January 1552

It is always an interesting exercise to analyze the evidence presented for a person in history to come up with theories about their health. Of course retrospective diagnoses are impossible but we can garner clues to give us the ability to speculate as to what was happening. Queen Mary I’s brother Edward and half-brother Henry Fitzroy may have died of suppurating tumors of the lung or that old standby, tuberculosis. Her sister Elizabeth we know had decaying teeth causing toothache and a bout of smallpox that nearly killed her. Elizabeth also used makeup with a high…

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Another Edward Hopper Painting February 23, 2018

Filed under: Art,Art works,Artists,Jigsaw Puzzles — Janet @ 10:47 pm

IMG_5257       IMG_5258

Chop Suey – 1000 pieces


Swarms Of Little Brown Birds February 22, 2018

Filed under: Birds — Janet @ 11:58 pm

IMG_5256  On the suet cake – use a magnifying glass if necessary


Book Illustrations

Filed under: Art works,Book covers — Janet @ 7:52 pm

28336655_10214540023589612_6338929805233291968_o  I couldn’t resist sharing this splendid book cover for a book published in the late 19th century by L. Prang & Co.



Echoes Of The Past

Filed under: Ballard Seattle,Belmont,Childhood,Climate,Memories — Janet @ 4:33 pm

I can hear it now – “No School All Schools All Day” in the following towns in the Boston area………..   That was the announcement on the radio at 7:30 a.m. if there had been a heavy snow fall or an ongoing blizzard.   That was in the 1940’s.  And it seems to be the same 80 years on.  Here in Seattle I heard it this morning.  We had about 2 inches of snow last night.  It’s beautiful!  No longer does it mean no school for me – it’s for my grandchildren.

IMG_5233   beautiful but this small amount of snow creates havoc on Seattle’s hilly streets



Birds In My Garden February 21, 2018

Filed under: Bird Identification,Birds,Seasons,Spring — Janet @ 9:59 pm

pine-siskin-thistle-feeder-christine-haines-2  Pine siskin  (from Birds & Blooms magazine)

I think this bird has appeared on my deck – along with numerous other little brown birds of various combinations of brown, white, and black -and yellow and red.