Monday, March 26, 2018

Another Busy Weekend

Saturday evening Jerry and I went to see our granddaughter, Brooke, perform in her high school musical, Legally Blonde.  What a talented cast of high school students.  Brooke was in several scenes where she sang and danced.

The pictures are all at the end of the performance because no photography was allowed during the performance.

~ Taking their bow ~

~ Brooke and her dad ~

Yesterday was my presentation at the assisted living facility's monthly tea, and as stated previously this month's topic was the life of Beatrix Potter and how The Tale of Peter Rabbit came to be.   The ladies loved hearing about Beatrix.  

I purchased a copy of the photo of Beatrix Potter [below] when I visited the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2007.  A close friend of hers, Delmar Banner, painted it in 1938 and gave it to the National Portrait Gallery in 1948.  I took my copy to the presentation for the ladies to see.

An interesting bit of trivia I learned while researching Beatrix was that when Prince George was born [Prince William and Kate's first child], his nursery was decorated in a Beatrix Potter theme.  The Middleton family are distant relatives of Beatrix.

She [Beatrix] felt children's literature was taken more seriously in the United States than in the U.K.  Her life was so fascinating to research.

Since Easter is next Sunday and I always take the residents a treat, I decided on a Cadbury Egg and Jelly Beans.  Cadbury is a British Chocolate Company so I thought Beatrix would be pleased. ;-)  The company has been in operation since 1824, before Beatrix was even born!

And last, but certainly not least, my hubby's sister-in-law has been researching the genealogy of his family for a long time.  When my hubby had lunch with his brother last Friday, he gave him a BEAUTIFUL leather hardcover book that my sister-in-law bound by hand.  [I didn't know such a thing was even possible!]  Over 300 pages of documented ancestry and history, complete with family pictures we didn't even know existed. What a labor of love - not only the book itself, but the investment of time [years] spent in research preserved for future generations.  Thanks, Linda!  Your work is amazing.  My pictures don't begin to do your book justice.


  1. Beatrix Potter is an interesting person isn't she? I'd love to visit Hill Top Farm someday!

  2. I love Beatrix Potter. One special lady. What a precious gift!

  3. How wonderful to be there for Brooke's stage production. I wish I could have heard your Beatrix Potter presentation, I'm a huge fan. And what a very special gift your husband received in that book! A labor of love for sure.

  4. What a beautiful book your sister-in-law did. It is a treasure for your husband's family.

  5. Sounds like Brooke and cast mates did a wonderful job. Wow was a wonderful gift from Linda. I know Jerry and Brian are thrilled to have the book.

  6. As a devout genealogist, I am in awe at your sister-in-law's work and the beautiful book she created. My cousin and I are in the process of writing a history of our mutual family and we are going to have it bound as well. Exciting stuff!


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