A Very Happy Easter

Northern Lace

This year I decided to follow the German-speaking tradition and have an Easter tree.  I have been in Switzerland around Easter several times, and love the little scenes they set up in shop windows, cable car stations and everywhere else.

The decorations for my tree, the wreath and lights have come from many countries, from Latvia to China and back to the UK!  So enjoy some photos of them on this happy day.

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Day 35 – Final Day in Bournemouth Friday July 13th 1934

They went for a long bicycle ride in the morning.  They rode along the East Cliff – about the same as the West.  They went through towns and rode for miles through woods filled with rhododendron.  They went through Christchurch and then to Ringwood – no trees just moors.  Heather everywhere.  Lunch in Ringwood.  When they got back they went down to the beach where she “made an easy pick-up – Stewart Plantagenet Bishop, a commercial traveler.  He and his pal were fast workers.  They had a silly time fooling around.  My mother writes that it was very good that they were going to France that evening for the boys/men were too fast for Lib and herself.

After dinner they took the train to Southampton and left on the boat to France at 11;15 p.m.

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Day 34 – Excursion from Bournemouth to Winchester

They were a party of seven –  three English, two American, two Indian  The country looked quite different – beautiful parts of Bournemouth with many trees and much shrubbery, farther out sandy moors with great treeless spaces then thick inviting woods, New Forest.  Stopped at Minstead.

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Got to Winchester about 1:30..  Had lunch at Dumper’s.

Winchester Cathedral awesome – described in detail.

 

 

 

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Rode home by way of Southampton..  Saw colts and horses in the New Forest.  Stopped at the Green Swan for tea.  Walked Boscombe Pier.

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Day 33 – Bournemouth

B Beach    A day spent at the beach, swimming and diving and getting a float and paddling.  They met 2 boys from the South End of London.  A break for lunch then back to the beach where they stayed until 6.  After dinner they met the boys on the pier.  Went to the Pavilion and saw White Horse Inn – a pretty and colorful musical show.  Smoked inside.  Both of them got badly sunburned.

 

Day 32 – Bournemouth

They had bicycles delivered to them at their hotel and then rode to West Bournemouth.  After lunch at their hotel they bicycled to Sandbanks  Tea at the hotel and then to the beach for a good swim and a walk.  In the evening they sat on the pier for a while  and walked around the town.  Sounds festive – music, people going to the movies, games of shuffleboard, a band concert, a Pavilion orchestra.

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2019 #AtoZChallenge – My Literary BFF #HarryPotter

IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE

MY LITERARY BFF

HARRY POTTER

Throughout the month of April, you can catch up on my posts for this year’s challenge as well as all my alphabet offerings from previous years on my Blogging from A to Z page HERE.

When I read a great novel or a series of novels, sometimes I wish I could step into the book and join the world experienced by the characters. I just know that if I were there, I’d feel at home and contribute positively to the plot. I think it is those characters that keep me returning to works by the same author and even read those same novels over and over again.  For this year’s challenge, I plan to visit those characters we all know and love.  Those characters that we want to step off the page because we know that if they did, we’d be best friends forever. …

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Day 31 -London to Bournemouth

A man from American Express came for them and took them to Waterloo Station.  They were seated in the dining car for the ride to Bournemouth where they took a taxi to their hotel.  They went swimming right away and stayed on the crowded beach from four to six.  They went down in the lift from which one has a very scary view.  The beach is quite long and the cliffs are quite high, steep, and white.

For dinner they had pigeon for meat.

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Day 30 – London

It being Sunday they slept late and after breakfast they walked to Westminster and caught the music and the recessional at the  end of the service.  They walked around for a while.  She keeps mentioning seeing “funny” or “queer” people. ( I interpret this to mean just different or unusual from people watching in Boston or New York)

They had lunch in Scott’s – {a famous restaurant on Coventry Street in the West End.)  My mother had a sherry. lobster salad, and strawberries

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After lunch They went to the British Museum and then via what seemed a long and complicated route to Hampton Court.  Returned the same way and finally took a bus to the foot of Haymarket where they met the Lewises and the DeLongs.  They all walked back to Westminster.  Walked through Trafalgar to Lyons Corner House.  Along the way she had a serious talk with Mr. Lewis about religion,  Met Mr. Thomas.  They all had something to eat and then waked up to the Belgravia.  It seemed sad to say goodby to them again.

Day 29 – July 7, 1934 Stamford to Cambridge and London

At the start of the day they were eager to see if their trick Mr. Thomas had worked. It made for much laughter at breakfast.

They were impressed by Peterborough Cathedral.  The architecture is graceful though it doesn’t soar as muck as Gothic.  Passed through Huntingdon and saw the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell.  In Cambridge they visited    King’s Cpllege Chapel.  They visited Clare College and Keyes College nd Trinity College.  Lunch at the Bull Hoyel.  After lunch Mr. Thomas took her and Lib to Corpus Christie College.

They reached London late in the afternoon.  Went to their hotel and later walked down to Lyons.   Waited a long time for Lois and Mr. Thomas.  Had a wonderful steak and a chocolate sundae.   Went to the Regent Palace and met Dr. VanderByl and the Lewises.  They all walked down to Charing Cross.  After Lois sent a cablegram they walked back to the Regent Palace Hotel and had drinks in the lounge.  Mr. Thomas put her and Lib on the bus and then took Lois home.

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Kings College Cambridge

 

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Day 28 – Harrogate to Stamford

The usual routine except there seems to be an added item – singing patriotic songs and Mr. Lewis played his flute.  Saw castles, gardens.  Fine trees in Sherwood Forest.  Saracen Head. Newark, George Hotel in Grantham.  Stamford a fascinating place with old houses, churches,and streets.  Monster garden at George Hotel..

She got the farewell party started after much effort.  Played Egg in the bottle, the lighthouse keeper’s daughter, I have an idea, Statues, and Murder.  A few of them tried to stay up late but the porter sent them to bed.  He had to lock the door.  Tied Mr. Thomas’ door.- playing a trick.