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Learning Welsh

Waiting for Wales, 2018, it seems so far away!  Meanwhile, daily lessons and learning more history, and reading David Rowe’s books.,+mold+wales&source=bl&ots=cn2u6Zv3Wv&sig=lTS_6qEMjkjZ_gCGtag17wAXr_k&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjF6uK1zeXLAhXKOiYKHWU3CIw4ChDoAQgiMAE#v=onepage&q=david%20rowe%2C%20mold%20wales&f=false

And learning Welsh with Will


The House at Riverton

The House at Riverton (author Kate Morgan)

I chose it, from the hospital cart in the lobby, for it’s title.  I was captivated by the book all the way through.  Kate Morgan plays her hand well.  While I was able to figure out one mystery, the climax of the story came almost at the end.  Very well written.

The story line regards a lady’s maid, a poor child, whose mother once was a maid at Riverton.  It unfolds almost immediately with our heroine’s fascination with the children who visit the manor.

The aspect I truly enjoyed is how the author can capture the heart of the old person.  The lesson for me is that I need to pay attention, everyone is special.

“I like Sylvia.  She’s one of the few people able to look beyond the lines on my face to see the 20 year old.”

“…time erases real lives, leaving only vague imprints.  Blood and spirit fade away so that only names and dates remain. “

This is a true to life (fiction) novel about the ending of Victorian ways and Edwardian times.  Anyone interested in reading about how life once was will enjoy this New York Times Bestseller.  Well done, Kate Morgan!

Flintshire County, Wales

For you history lovers out there.  This is David Rowe’s third book about this northeastern countryside of Wales.  I have had the opportunity to visit Wales under David’s guidance.  Wonderful!

Never forbid the opportunity to travel.  Travel affords GROWTH.



Henry VIII’s World vs. “Online Dating”

My current reading has taken me into the world of the Tudor monarchy and “dating” in 14th century England.

It all started quite innocently with a trip (two, in fact) to Wales and learning and seeing castles and reading of the past with Elizabeth I and then backwards, Henry’s’, Richards’, Edwards’, etc. that got me involved with British and Welsh history.

Reading of Henry VIII, Hans Holbein the Younger was the artist sent out to sketch the maidens to whom Henry was interested, or at least to discover the possibilities of such matches. There was Christina, Duchess of Milan, and Anne of Cleve’s, to name two. “Henry was delighted with the range of candidates” This was after Catherine of Aragon, the famous beheading of Anne Boleyn, and the death of his beloved Jane Seymour.

Henry had Hans traveling extensively ISO the next queen. Based on his sketches, family background, and ability to produce a prince, and then governmental negotiations, a wife would be chosen.

This reminded me of online dating: pictures are posted, we try to sell ourselves to each other, and hope to get a response. If it doesn’t work, we don’t understand why.

I guess things haven’t changed too much over the centuries, kings still try to change the rules, and we all still keep trying to find that love of our life.