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Map Of Somerset September 13, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Cathedrals,Dorchester,England,Festivals,Geography,Maps — Janet @ 9:34 pm

somerset     My latest genealogy research has me wondering about Somerset – a part of England that is not very familiar to me.   Ancestors in the 16th and 15th centuries lived in Barton St David.  Looking at the map I see Glastonbury and Wells.  Ah, I’ve been there once years ago en route to Dorchester in Dorset.  We weren’t quite certain of the route and a very impatient speeding and rude driver nearly slammed into us at one of the roundabouts.  I would have liked to stop in Glastonbury but that experience put me off and we just kept going.  Pity, what I did see of it looked lovely.

That memory aside I looked up Barton St David in Wikipedia and found the following entry

“Barton St David was the birthplace of Henry Adams (1583–1646), who, after their marriage in nearby Charlton Mackrell, emigrated with his wife Edith and nine children to the new colonies in Massachusetts. He was the great-great-grandfather of John Adams, the first Vice President and second President of the United States. He was the great-great-great-grandfather of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States. There is a plaque in the parish church which commemorates this link between the village and the United States.”

Reading the above, now I have even more reason to explore Glastonbury and nearby Barton St. David.  My link to the famous Adams family is remote at best but it would still be a good excuse to visit that part of England.




Olathang Hotel – Paro Bhutan October 11, 2015

Filed under: Bhutan,Festivals,Thankas,Travel — Janet @ 5:02 pm

It’s not often that one meets someone who has stayed at this hotel in Bhutan and who has witnessed the rolling up of the magnificent thanka at the Paro Tsong.

Hotel Olathang – Paro
Hotel Olathang ParoEstablished in 1974 for guests invited to the coronation of His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuk, Hotel Olathang is Bhutan’s largest hotel sprawling over 28 acres of wooded land situated atop a hill overlooking the visually stunning and historically fascinating Paro valley.

Hotel Olathang was formerly under Bhutan Tourism Corporation (BTC) till 1991, after which it was incorporated into a Public Limited Company under the banner Bhutan Tourism Corporation Ltd (BTCL). Since then, it has been extensively upgraded and renovated over the years.

The hotel is beautifully located amidst blue pine forests and lush greenery exuding an ambience of peace and tranquility, enthralling visitors with its close intimacy with nature. The architectural design and structure of its facilities presents a purely Bhutanese touch and feel to it, at the same time maintaining modern amenities, ensuring guests a warm and comfortable stay.With its well-trained and highly professional team, guests are rendered services with the unmistakable and unique charm of Bhutanese hospitality.


Embellishments For Scarves August 25, 2015

Filed under: Festivals,Handcrafts,Spinning,Viking Days,Vikings,Weaving — Janet @ 7:26 pm

Over the weekend I attended Viking Days at the Nordic Heritage Museum.  A very lively festival with numerous Viking themed activities, craft stands, a tattoo artist, wandering personages of Medieval Origins, and of course Viking food and drink.

embellishments 172  at the forge      embellishments 152  tattoo artist and eldest granddaughter

embellishments 192 I brought one of my knitted scarves along and got a  few ideas for small embellishments.  If my readers have any suggestions, their ideas would be most welcome.