Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday Wanderings - May 24th

Wandering #1 ...


London - Day 3

Our first stop of the day was Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham. It's the first manor built completely in the Gothic style of architecture and is the inspiration for the fairy guardian's house in our four-book Victorian time travel series.


Check out the intricate wrought iron stairs.





The owner owned tons of stained glass and used it all over the house. 


There were different styles of fireplaces all over the house, and check out that library.

It was really fun to imagine our characters in a house like this.
This is me and three of the other authors, Laura Bastian
and the mother/daughter duo who write as Jo Noelle

Our next stop was the Tower of London.
For some reason, I thought it was really just a tower. 
Their armory is huge!
Wandering #2 ...

Yard & Fencing

We've been working on the outside of the house. Before I left for the UK, they got the front sprinkler system in and the sod laid.


Friends and neighbors are helping with the fencing.



What have you been up to? Got any summer plans?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday Wanderings - May 17th

Wandering #1 ...


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Wandering #2 ...

London - Day 2

Windsor Castle was our first stop.

I love what they've done with the moat. This is part of the moat garden.

They had a fire in 1992 that did a lot of damage to the north towers.
It's easy to forget that they needed these mammoth walls for protection.

Our next stop was the lovely village of Bath. Anyone who's read Austen or Regency romances will know the Pump Room was a social gathering place. It's a restaurant today.

It rather boggles the mind that this part of the city wasn't that much different in Jane Austen's day.

 We visited the Roman Baths. Also something that played quite a role in Austen's day and in Regency romances. The Romans really built them over hot springs.
It's pretty cool the place is still standing.

Just don't really get in there. Or drink the waters like they did in Austen's day. *gag*

Our last stop was Stonehenge. They're huge.
It's humbling to be an American with a relatively short history
and to visit places where things are so old.


Wandering #3 ...

We finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I wanted to. One of my biggest complaints about the second Pirates movie was that they tried too hard to up the action from the epicly awesome fight scenes of the first movie. They ended up looking forced.

That's what I felt about some of the humor in G2. Some of it they hit dead on (for me--I recognize that people have different tastes in humor, and I heard plenty of people in the theater laughing when I wasn't). But, to me, some of it seemed forced.

Plus ... (spoiler alert--you need to highlight it to see my following comment):

Seriously?! Peter's father was a man-ho and caused his mother's death? UGH

I think the story's strength was its heart. I loved so many parts of that which I won't spoil here.


Anyway, have you seen it?
What did you think?
Did you stay for all the extra scenes?
I LOVED Peter and the teen Groot and what it foreshadows. 


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