Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"We are the Sherlock Holmes English Speaking Vernacular"*

Some of my "more favorite" photos from my recent vacation...
Whitehall to Westminster from Trafalgar Square
Buckingham Palace and Statue of Queen Victoria
The Shard
Cutty Sark, Greenwich    Prime Meridian Marker
Canary Wharf
Kensington Palace, statue of young Queen Victoria
St. Paul's Cathedral

Clouds in London rock!!

*lyrics from "The Village Green Preservation Society" by The Kinks

Monday, May 6, 2013


So much has been going on with me lately that I have really been neglecting my blog, but things should be shaping up so that I can redirect my full attention to this again soon.

"What have I been doing?" you may ask; well, I am glad you did. First, I have been taking a 19th century English literature class at Wesleyan University and have crammed in A LOT of 19th century fiction into a very short period of time and have had to write my first academic papers in 17 years a REALLY long time. And that is NOT an easy thing when you haven't had to write an analytical argument of a text since you got out of college 17 years!! a REALLY long time ago.

And then, of course, because I am taking this 19th century literature class about London, I felt it was necessary to go there and do research in person... as you do...

We read Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent, so I thought it would be a good idea to go to Greenwich and check it out the Royal Observatory, completely for class...

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich

And we also read Phineas Finn, which is about an Irish MP, so I thought I would check out the Palace of Westminster...again, final paper research...

There is really nothing quite like a first person accounting of things...

Or bluebells, which always make me think of both Howards End and I Capture the Castle.


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