Category Archives: Arts

Into the Beautiful

by Emily Dickinson As imperceptibly as grief The summer lapsed away,- Too imperceptible, at last, To seem like perfidy.   A quietness distilled, As twilight long begun, Or Nature, spending with herself Sequestered afternoon.   The dusk drew earlier in, … Continue reading

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May Day in England 1851

This depiction is Queen Victoria holding little Prince Arthur who has Lily of the Valley (or Muguet des Bois) in his right hand to present to the Duke of Wellington (whose name was Arthur, as well!). The Duke is also … Continue reading

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The Road into Bethlehem

  Luke 2:4-16 & 21     And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of … Continue reading

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A Miraculous Legacy

A Book Review on The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg As far back as my teen years I remember being in awe of fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg and her likeness to my mother. She was … Continue reading

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The Story of Saint David

I have been celebrating this day with a wonderful group of people who comprise the Colorado Welsh Society. Most of the Welsh Festivals involve songs, traditional hymns and folk songs, dancing and always wonderful traditional food. If you have never … Continue reading

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Home is your haven, a loving retreat, be it ever so humble, there’s no place so sweet. One of the saddest bits of news I discovered in my local newspaper this summer was the death of Thomas Kinkade. For those … Continue reading

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Warwickshire Wonderlands, South, Part Two

In the west midlands area, the southern portion of Warwickshire is the true northern gateway to the Cotswolds which stretch further south in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire and follows the Cotswold Hills- a route peppered with magnificent formal gardens all the … Continue reading

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Erté : Godfather of Art Deco

Although many will argue that Roman deTirtoff, known to the French by his initials RT, was so much more than an artist, his place in the annals of Art Deco is legendary- right down to his actual signature. He was … Continue reading

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Kimberley and Lady J – New on my Web Site !

     I am very excited to introduce some new castle artisans on my official web site this year. If you have been a regular visitor you may have seen their new links on my home page among my castle connection links. Both Kimberley and Lady J … Continue reading

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Castle of the Cats ~ A Book Review

     It’s quite possible that this book is the most original story in children’s literature- long past and present. With stunningly beautiful illustrations and the whimsicality in the text, it’s the most pleasure I’ve ever had in an overall reading experience. … Continue reading

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