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The Cranes were Calling

The Cranes were Calling

I live under the migratory path of cranes. The bird, the largest bird in Europe with a wingspan of 2 metres is also the largest migrating bird. In the breeding season and summer months they live in Russia, Poland and Germany as well as other...

July Fireworks

July Fireworks

July began with a bit of a bang for me. On the 3rd of July I was lucky enough to be given a review for Isabella of Angouleme, The Tangled Queen, Part 2 on Helen Hollick’s site, Discovering Diamonds. https://discoveringdiamonds.blogspot.com/ Her...

Book Covers and Why They Matter

Book Covers and Why They Matter

You can’t judge a book by its cover You can’t judge a book by its cover is something we have all heard said. A phrase that has the meaning that very often an outward appearance does not give the true picture of a person, telling you not to be...

Writers and Cats

Writers and Cats

Colette the French writer, the author of Gigi, very much liked cats. As she said, ‘There are no ordinary cats.’ And indeed there are not, and we may find as Colette did, that ‘My cat does not talk as respectfully to me as I do to her.’  One...

October for Isabella

October for Isabella

October was a very significant month for Isabella, she was crowned Queen of England on 8 October 1200, aged about twelve. Her first child, a son who became Henry III was born on October 1st 1207, and on 19th October 1216 her husband King John...

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

There was a debate or a discussion a couple of summers ago where people became irritated with the idea of a beach book. Rather like an airport book these were considered light weight, throw away, books that somehow didn’t count. Certainly in my...