Genealogy Again February 27, 2018
Bourne Castle Lincolnshire – scene for my Heckington ancestors back in the 15th and 16th centuries
Drawing A Bicycle February 25, 2018
The Illnesses and Death of Queen Mary I February 24, 2018
“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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Swarms Of Little Brown Birds February 22, 2018
On the suet cake – use a magnifying glass if necessary
I couldn’t resist sharing this splendid book cover for a book published in the late 19th century by L. Prang & Co.
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.
beautiful but this small amount of snow creates havoc on Seattle’s hilly streets