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A weblog, mostly about knitting but other topics appear

Latest Reading December 12, 2017

Filed under: Authors,Birthdays,Books,Cats,Janet's Books,Lakota Indians,Reading — Janet @ 4:19 pm

IMG_4893  a book by Alexandra Fuller – Quiet Until the Thaw.  This is about the Lakota Indians of the Dakotas.  Whether writing about Africa or the western part of the United States, she is one of my favorite authors.

 

Images of Reading December 9, 2017

Filed under: Knitting,Reading — Janet @ 7:46 pm

20992854_10214264136457771_7477828268968732139_n  do you think my granddaughter has the right idea?   a book, the cat companion, a favorite drink

edward hopper room in new york 1932  or this man reading the newspaper in the painting by Edward Hopper

DSC00186  reading and knitting – the right combination for me – Dublin 1998?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  In this case the reader took the picture – a sunny day in Dundrum – a good time for reading in the garden

knitting-al-fresco  Reading al fresco in the conservatory under construction, Dundrum 2009

knitting-and-reading.thumbnail   reading at home

 

 

 

Current Reading November 23, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,England,Genealogy,Plantagenets,Reading — Janet @ 10:25 pm

9781101606285_p0_v2_s600x595IMG_4763  rotate this photo please  – sorry

My current reading is pretty heavy going …….but readable enough to keep me going.  Now to identify which of my ancestors lived during the turbulent reigns of the Plantagenets in the 13th and 14th centuries.

 

Thinking About My Reading September 17, 2017

Filed under: Books,Reading — Janet @ 2:53 am

I recently read a book by Susan Hill called Howards End is on the Landing.  A thoughtful book about the books in her personal library and her reading preferences.

IMG_4370  A most interesting book – I could not agree with a number of her choices but more importantly it set me thinking about what I choose to read and the books I keep on my shelves.  I read a lot.  I have almost always read a lot.  But I have not had the luxury of keeping all the books I have wanted to have a permanent place in my home.  We have just moved house and country too often for that.  But, I’ll now think about what is on my shelves now – and reminisce about certain books in the past and in other places.

……to be continued

 

Interested In Maine History? July 4, 2017

IMG_3646  Here’s the book for all history enthusiasts.  In a book store in Mystic Connecticut, I found this book about the history of Maine – titled The Lobster Coast, Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier, by Colin Woodard.  As one would expect, there’s quite a bit of detail about fish and the fishing industry, particularly  lobsters.  But there is also a lot to make one think about the rights of Native Americans and the rights and relationships between the original settlers and the subsequent waves of  “newcomers”, right up to the present day transformations of land use and the questions of distribution of wealth.

In my genealogy research I have been able to trace most of my ancestors back many generations.  At present I am trying to concentrate/focus on the immigration experiences of these branches in my family tree.  These would be the 6th-9th great grandparents.  About 90% of these forebears came to New England.  I have one case of an abrupt end of the trail with my 3rd great grandparents Joseph Reed and Sarah Maddox.  They were each born in Maine in the late 1700’s.  Joseph died in Maine in 1850.  Their daughter Abigail was my great great grandmother.  She was born in Gloucester in 1804.  But I do not have any information re Joseph and Sarah’s forebears, my 4th great grandparents etc.  Did they come to Maine as immigrants?  What happened to them in this remote and harsh part of the American frontier.  Did they perish in an encounter with one of the many tribes of Native Americans who raided the settlers villages and isolated dwellings.   I wonder.

 

The Plantagenets And My Genealogy May 11, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Authors,Books,Genealogy,Reading — Janet @ 5:01 pm

IMG_3135  I am enjoying reading this book about English history.  On first encountering it one would think that it would be a pretty tough read, but no, somehow the author has made it flow.  Maybe it’s because I am eager to find some of my ancestors.  The author, Dan Jones, covers the years 1120-1399.  I’ve been able to trace a few of my ancestors back that far.

 

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.

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