Ok, Who Else Is Addicted to Strictly Come Dancing Then?

Hello, I’m an addict.

SCD is also being shown in the US as ‘Dancing With the Stars’ obviously with different celebrities.

I’ve always liked watching people dance, I find it quite fascinating. My favourite couple here are Matthew and Alesha. I think Alesha’s amazing dancing as an amateur.

Here’s a clip of their latest dance – the Jive- from Saturday.

Finding Lady Blanche

As those of you who read my archive posts will know, I’ve been steadily researching for some weeks now. Amongst other things, I’ve been looking for information about Lady Blanche Drummond, the first wife of Frederick Mackenzie Fraser (the youngest son of Charles and Jane.)

Blanche died tragically young in 1874, not quite 3 years into her marriage. From the pictures and photographs I’ve seen of her, she was a very beautiful young woman – she seems to have been a very nice person too. I would like to know when she became ill, though this information I am yet to find.

What I did find out today though, is that Lady Blanche definitely died of Consumption. Previously, I’d only heard it was a fever, and assumed that this may have been due to childbirth, even though there has never been any evidence that Blanche was pregnant, and there were never any children recorded for them (not even stillborn/miscarriages).

Today I read letters and telegrams that told of her ill health. One telegram to reassure Fred that she was now well, one from Fred to confirm that she was dead – only 4 months separate these. I also read a letter from Fred’s niece Ellie Tomlinson, which gave the details of her illness.

I could imagine that cold early February morning, when at 6am she finally gave up her fight for life.

I have another piece of the puzzle, but Lady Blanche, I fear, still eludes me…


I had two butterflies in particular in my garden the other day, which waited patiently as I photographed them.  That’s a first for me, they usually make a ‘run’, or ‘fly’ for it!  I particularly liked the markings on this one.

Wordless Wednesday: Autumn Daze

I’ve come over all Autumn this week, and particularly liked the branches of this tree found in the gardens of Haddo House.  Those of you interested in flowers will see some from Haddo below.

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