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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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 23 – Loch Awe – Ford – Oban – Loch Feochan – Loch Awe

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loch awe  Loch Awe

Off in the bus again foran editing ride.  They stopped at Ford for lunch.  Weather very pleasant.  She felt lazy.  They had a rather different lunch with fluffy rice pudding with jellying Gorgonzola cheese.

Change of tempo stopping in Oban.  It was more alive after the serenity of the lochs in the Highlands.  People strolling about, sailors.  She had good fruit cake at a nice hotel for tea.

Visited Castle Dunuffinage  ??

Viewed sheep moving along a narrow path high above the black River Awe.

St. Conan’s  Church   LOCHAWE CHURCH

Church of the Campbells – she notes that Mrs. McIntyre who showed them around was darling.  (I can just hear my mother saying this)

She and Lib and Mrs. Duncan walked home – 1/4 mile.  (Home being the Loch Awe Hotel) She saw a double rainbow on the walk home.

Dinner consisted of Scotch broth, fish, haggis, duckling, ice cream.

She went for a walk later and saw motorcycles, bicycles, walkers.  The clouds were like pink lihjys in the sky at 10 o’clock.

 

 

Day 19 – Onward from Chester to Ormskirk, Southport, Lancaster, Grange-Over-Sands

Their journey took them through relatively industrial country and the Mersey River and Ship Canal.  They stopped for gingerbread at Ormskirk.  On to Southport, a pretty aside resort with fine hotels and interesting shops, a nice bathing pool and a good amusement park.  Had a good lunch at the Prince of Wales Hotel  She had a good thrill on the chutes but the roller coaster was tame.  From there they went on to Lancaster for tea.  Onward to the Grand Hotel.  She and Lib and Mr. Lewis had very amusing and enlightening game of 18 holes of golf.  They saw a sheep which disconcerted them for several shots.

At the end of their round of golf they had whisky which tasted good after their nearly freezing by 9 o’clock on the course.  And a good cold supper at 10.  Ate gingerbread with real ginger in it.

Day 18 – June 25 Tuesday – Leamington, Shrewsbury, Chester

It was cloudy and rainy for them today.  They started at 9:30 and rode through beautiful farm country.  They saw old English, pigs, cows, horses, colts.  They had lunch at The Raven in Shrewsbury.

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The Raven Hotel (Google Images)    (The Raven Hotel was demolished in the early 1960’s)       )

While walking around Shrewsbury she got caught in the rain, which ruined her hat.  She enjoyed talking with a Mrs. Duncan and Mr. Thomas – very amusing – about food.

They went on to Chester to the Queens Hotel.  She walked around Chester and also visited the Cathedral, walked along theRows, and also walked the Walls.

In the evening she played bridge and Russian Bank.

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Queen Hotel. Chester    )Google Image)

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2019 #AtoZChallenge – My Literary BFF Maise Dobbs

Having just finished my 2nd Maisie Dobbs mystery I’m sharing this post. I love the style of the covers.

IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE

MY LITERARY BFF

MAISIE DOBBS

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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The Longhope Lifeboat Disaster 1969

Northern Lace

Fifty years
ago today the Longhope lifeboat answered a shout to go to help the Irene, a
cargo ship which had lost power and was drifting on to rocks on the east coast
of South Ronaldsay. The weather was
horrendous, with hurricane force winds, and the Pentland Firth, one of the most
dangerous pieces of water in the world, was boiling with mountainous seas. Eight men were aboard.

The next
morning the lifeboat was found upside down in the Firth. All eight men were in the cabin. The coxswain still had his hands on the
wheel.

Longhope is
about a mile across the water from Flotta where I lived until recently. The graveyard is beyond the village. A lonely and lovely spot. As you enter, the memorial to those eight men
is visible between the pillars, stark and haunting. A simple representation of courage. The graves of the men who…

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