I want to tell you about this delightful series I am currently reading. Actually, it was recommended to me from Shelly at Gingermelon (Dolls). I just L.O.V.E. English mysteries and books and TV series!!! I am always looking for new English series and Shelly has kindly told me of several authors she thought I might enjoy. This particular author I am reading now is Susan Wittig Albert. The series is called "The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter". These books are NOT written by Potter, but are historical fact/fiction stories extremely well-written by Susan. and feature Beatrix Potter and her beloved animals taking place in the early 1900's.
|Here are the titles of the books in the series.|
The series starts with the Tale of Hill Top Farm, which is the actual farm that Miss Potter did indeed buy with proceeds of her adorable children's books. I have read 3 of these books and have just picked up the 4th from my library, The Tale of Hawthorn House. I ALWAYS read in bed before I fall asleep, so I will start this book tonight!! If you would like read some charming stories set in the English Lake Country, I heartily recommend these! A great before-bed book or for when you are wrapped up in a cozy afghan or quilt comfy on your sofa for a little quiet time.
If anyone decides to read a book or books from this series, please let me know how you liked it. Or if anyone has read a great mystery by an English author and would like to pass it on, please let me know that, too!
Recently watched on DVD:
I just watched the above movie, and it was funny with a little romance thrown in. You need to get past the 80's fashions and hair first! I enjoyed it.
|An older movie, forgot the year.|
This is an interesting story, has Colin Firth in it, and has a tearful/joyful ending. Helen Hunt just happened to have directed this movie, as well as acted in it.
If you haven't seen the above movie - rent it! (or borrow from the library like I do!) It is a beautiful story about loyalty. It was filmed here in Rhode Island - the train station scenes are in Woonsocket and the house and street scenes were filmed in Bristol. This comes from a true story that took place in the 1920's in Japan. There is a bronze statue of Hachi the dog at the train station in Japan, where this story actually happened. I found out that Japan has a celebratory ceremony for Hachiko on April 8th. I never tire of watching this movie, it's so well done. I'll warn you, I ALWAYS cry at the end! There is a Japanese 1987 version of this movie that I watched today on YouTube. A 15 minute quick version, no speaking (on YouTube) just piano music. But same beautiful story. I cried at the end of the 15 min. video!!
Most of the time while I'm watching DVDs or my TV programs, I'm crafting. I end up dragging all the supplies and tools for whatever I'm working on from room to room. I can't seem to just sit and watch TV anymore, I have to keep my fingers busy. Unless I'm soooo tired, then I stretch out on my sofa. I have, at times, even dragged different projects around with me! If it was easy to make portable, I did it!!
Off to make some chow, I'm hungry. We are in a cold snap - and it's really cold! The wind chill doesn't help either. Brrrrrrr ...
Have you watched any interesting old or new movies lately???