Postcard Collection: Ladies or Valentines Edition

Some more of my collection:

First is a vintage Valentine’s card franked February 14th, 1901 and is my only American postcard.  The lucky lady is Miss Rubie Bray of Bethlehem, PA.

The second pretty Sarah card has not been franked, but was sent to Miss Sarah Hawkin by her friend Bertha.  I think the images of Sarah may be that of Sarah Bernhardt, the actress.

The final card I believe is a WWI card, and has not been used.  It does however advertise the purchase of Government Securities.

Portrait of Edward I With a Touch of Regency

Longtime readers may remember I bought an original watercolour of Eleanor some years ago.  I’ve just come across a comission the same artist has completed of her husband Edward I!

I do like it – just wish it wasn’t modelled on the Braveheart image of him.  Obviously it was a comission though.   I hope that Mark manages to do his own version!

Whilst I’m on the subject of art, and was on Mark Satchwill’s site it reminded me he also recently completed a gorgeous picture of Elizabeth and Darcy from the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice.

This leads me to the final piece of news today…a great Austen site, which recently wrote about the recycling of Regency costumes.  Check it out for yourselves…

The Seven Ages of Britain

Hands up who’s seen this new programme presented by David Dimbleby?  I watched it on BBC1 last Sunday, second episode tonight.  You can also catch it on the iPlayer…

I really enjoyed it – not so much the speeding through history, and starting with the Romans – which always annoys me intensely.  No, it was Dimbleby’s obvious enthusiasm, and the fact we get to see treasures of Britain which we normally don’t for various reasons.

Tonight, I’m hopeful that there will be a section about Eleanor, as in the preview they have shown my favourite cross at Geddington.  Exciting!

If you’ve seen it, let me know what you think of the programme so far.

What a Difference a Few Years Make

Just a quick one.  I’ve been going through some old sites and services that I joined when I first started blogging.

I might delete a few more of them yet, but whilst weeding one I noticed just how many blogs that I added between mostly 2007/2008 had disappeared.  I’m not just talking about changing sites, names, announcing a break etc etc, just disappeared without a word.

I have to say, if I ever decide to close up shop here, I will tell you.  It seemed kind of sad to me that many people I followed and spoke with had gone from the blogosphere altogether.  Especially those that I ‘met’ via Wordless Wednesday.  What a pity that meme got spoilt by being overdone daily.

Anyhow, moving on from the maudlin – is there anybody out there that follows this blog that hasn’t said hello yet?  Just a quick one will do!  It would be nice to see who is following.  Same goes for my faithful readers, be nice to see you too.  On that note, and new blog recommendations?  What do you think I should be reading in 2010?