Wednesday, January 15, 2020

It's (almost) midnight and the kitties are sleeping

Do you remember Letterman singing this song?



Well, we got our kitties today, and it was 11:30 when I took these pictures. That's Gemma on the couch, and Maisy on the floor. They have been wild as sin! Play, play, play and then fall down asleep. I had forgotten the utter joy of kittens. More, and better, pictures to come.



Sunday, January 12, 2020

Quotes du jour / Rudyard Kipling and T.S. Eliot

These two quotes are from this year's Susan Branch calendar - A Year in the English Countryside. The Kipling is on the cover, and the Eliot on the January page.


Friday, January 10, 2020

British Isles Friday - The Queen and the future Kings

I am finally putting up a post for British Isles Friday, a weekly event which may be found here. It is rather the perfect thing for me who reads mostly British books, and watches pretty much only British television, and follows many of the Royals on Instagram! In fact my first entry for this weekly event is a photograph I saw on Instagram. You may read more about it in The Guardian here.


I found it such a touching photo. That dear little boy. He has such presence already. It seems like a minute ago his father was his age. The generations match my own family. Tom's mother is almost the Queen's age. Charles and I were both born in 1948. William was born a month before Margaret, and George was born five months before Hazel.

If you are interested, you may read about the succession to the British throne here.



Thursday, January 9, 2020

Beginning my posts about the 1920s with some photos of real 20s people

These were in my mother's photo album. Happily she dated them, so I know they are from the 1920s. She grew up on a farm, and went to school in the next town. This was a small place in northern New Hampshire, far away from the cities, but these girls look quite as fashionable as others I've seen in pictures from those years.

Marcel. Is that what it was called when their hair had those folds in it? Yes, I just looked it up!


This is the only one from the 20s that had my mother in it - a brother beside her.


And another brother (there were ten kids)


One of her sisters


 Girl friends







And the teachers! They don't look much older than teenagers themselves.


And life on the farm (my mother boarded with someone in town during her high school years)

Her father


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Today's video - Love Me/ Elvis

I know I've mentioned my mother here on the blog, and put up pictures, but I'm quite sure I've not told you this story. When I was 25, Tom and I sat in the waiting room while my mother was having her gall bladder out. The doctor came in and told us that they found pancreatic cancer, and she had 2-6 months to live. This was March 18, 1973, and she died exactly a month later. I really can't remember that month at all, only that it was awful. But there was one bright light, one hour or so when I was able to completely immerse myself in something else, and that was the televised version of Aloha From Hawaii. I took the phone off the hook, and Tom and I just watched. We are both huge Elvis fans, and watching him now I still feel there will never be anyone to top him.

On what would have been his 85th birthday, here is one of my favorites from the show.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Will our 20s be roaring?

This is 13-year-old me on March 17, 1961 dressed for a roaring 20s dance. I remember there was a woman in town who had an attic full of old clothes, and I went to her house and chose the outfit.

In that year, 1920 was only 41 years ago. 41 years ago now was 1979. To most of my readers, I would guess, that doesn't seem that long back.

I found myself thinking about this, and thinking about the fact that the twenties were still a part of living history when I was a girl.

I decided that I wanted to learn more about that decade. I've gathered the books I own that were written then, or are about people who lived during that time. I want to buy a nonfiction book about the 1920s. And I've bought Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers. I'm not planning to read exclusively about this time period, but I want to read a fair amount to bring myself back to those years.

Here are the books I have on my shelves. I have read some of them. The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises are two of my all-time favorite books, as well as A Moveable Feast.




Hadley has come out in a new edition and with a new name - Paris Without End. It was published around the same time as the fictional, The Paris Wife. I've had my Hadley for years and I so look forward to reading it. The cover has Hemingway's famous, heartbreaking words.


Hadley is buried in New Hampshire, only about 60 miles from me, and I hope to visit her grave, and post pictures when I write about the book!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Quote du jour/Fanny Fern

The cream of enjoyment in this life is always impromptu. The chance walk; the unexpected visit; the unpremeditated journey; the unsought conversation or acquaintance.

Fanny Fern - more about her here
1811-1872

I have this quote in my email quotes folder. I read it first in a Yahoo group I used to be part of.