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The Mystery of Books

My mother hated cleaning, so from a very early age our agreement was that if I took responsibility of housekeeper, she would read to me.  For about ten years, our arrangement exposed me to many classics. The size of our … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Colour: Vermilion

I credit Richard II for my most recent research project.  If he hadn’t been wearing a cloak painted with Vermilion kneeling before the Lapis Lazuli enrobed Madonna, in the famous Wilton diptych, I would never have started my exploration.  I … Continue reading

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Great Grandmother’s Blanket?

I found my great-grandmother’s baby photo in the bottom of a trunk.   Her name was Laura Bedell by marriage.  I really would never have known it was her save the hand written note attached to it.  I recognized my grandfather’s … Continue reading

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Granfather’s Journal (16 years old): Chapter 5

Soon afterwards I commenced to go to Queen Elisabeth Grammar School in High Barnet. It was not a real boarding school but the headmaster took in a few boys and I was duly installed as one of the few. The … Continue reading

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Chapter 4: Grandfather’s Journal

We stayed for some time at a boarding house in Hampstead and while there met Mr Creswick and his family. An officer in Dad’s (sic) regiment brought them in to tea and I received an invitation to spend the next … Continue reading

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