Showing posts from August, 2017

Summertime Travels II: Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Manchester, London, and the Midlands

ngland again! I have some more photos of our recent, short trip:  Sherlock Holmes, on the walk between train stations in London  Views of Holmfirth, in Yorkshire  The House of Eccentricity, a quirky little shop in Holmfirth  Felix, the train station cat at Huddersfield Station !  The Last of the Summer Wine cafe  Dessert at Manchester hotel  The Empire Exchange record and book shop, Manchester "Manchester has everything, apart from a beach" -- Ian Brown  Manchester train station  Me, and a daiquiri  Obligatory photo from the train  Buskers in Manchester, "One Love Manchester!"  Outside a Midlands pub...  Victoria and someone else -- I didn't cross the street to find out who it was! Wellington In other news, I have actually started one of the planned knitting projects! I've knit about one fifth of the baby blanket... Then I stopped, because I'm sti

Summertime Travels I: Oxford!

xford! We were taking trains back and forth to the Midlands on a recent visit to see family, and stopped off in Oxford. Like London, Edinburgh, and other places, there's always something new to see, even if you've visited Oxford before. Hope you enjoy a few photos! The Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs!  Look out!   Tyrannosaurus Rex head  Wee dinosaur for scale I couldn't even fit T Rex into the photo frame! Philosophers and scientists!  Darwin  Hippocrates  Harvey  Galileo  Newton I'm still influenced by my first-time read of Moby Dick a couple of months ago. Look at the size of this single vertebra of a Southern Right Whale!: Tolkien's pubs!  The Eagle and Child  Inspector Morse at the Lamb and Flag  History of the Lamb and Flag  Thomas Hardy reference to the Lamb and Flag The little one happened to be holding a lamb when we

Reviews! Terry Lynn Johnson, and Tolkien's Leaf by Niggle on Stage

nother book review today! I was very excited to receive a copy of the first book in Terry Lynn Johnson 's Survivor Diaries series. I don't read adventure books that often, but really enjoy them when I do (the next book in the series is called Avalanche! and I'm really looking forward to it because of fond memories I have of reading a Scholastic book club story with the same name ( Avalanche by Arthur Roth)). This one is called Overboard! and is a fast-moving, smoothly written tale of how two children survived a rogue wave that tore apart their boat and stranded them on an island in Puget Sound. Eleven-year-old Travis and his family are on a whale watch off the coast of Washington when their boat capsizes, throwing everyone into the ice-cold water. Will Travis and twelve-year-old passenger Marina have the grit and the know-how to survive? With seventeen years of hands-on experience and training in remote areas, real-life survival expert Terry Lynn