Friday, November 19, 2010

From whence we came

I cannot get enough of this royal engagement! Is there a book to buy? A Dateline episode to watch? I want it all!! One of my favorite articles (other than those discussing The Ring) is this one, detailing Kate Middleton's ancestry. I especially like the contrast between her great great grandfather, a coal miner and William's (K George V). Who could imagine that fortunes change so rapidly. It reminds me of Sarum, a book I enjoy specifically because you get to see all the connections your ancestors have to you. It was not so very long ago that George and Alda (short for Alexandrina - they didn't want to call her Alex because it sounded like a boy) left England and Scotland respectively - granted I have not (yet) risen to royalty. But I think they would be pleased as punch nonetheless :)

I love you Granny and Papa George - and I wish more than ever you were here for just 5 minutes to laugh about the royals with me.

April 9, 1944
Shortly before their 16th wedding anniversary and a bit less than 3 years before my mom was born.

Your Alison

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

For Granny

Look at the energy those flashbulbs put out at them!
My Scottish born and bred Granny would be very excited today if she were here - when I was a little girl she used to teach me to 'wave like Lady Di' out the window as if my adoring public were waiting. In her memory, I plan on finding some piece of commemorative china to purchase just as she did with Charles and Di all those years ago. I'm waving Granny!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday, November 06, 2010

A lesson in love from Harold and Dorie

Harold and Dorie are Britain's longest married couple. I'm not even done with the article and I've learned some lessons:

‘We didn’t think about it, really,’ says Dorie. ‘Folks don’t put up with things these days. The least little problem and they’re up and off, aren’t they? I never wanted to leave, I must say, but I think ­people give up too easily these days.’

I bite my lip, recalling a recent threat to exit my marriage after a ferocious altercation over a pot of yogurt. I ask Dorie if people these days simply expect too much.

‘I think so,’ she says. ‘We never really had much, but we were happy enough.’

Being not entirely unfamiliar with ferocious yogurt altercations in the past, I shall be attempting to mend my ways henceforth.

Monday, November 01, 2010

All Hallow's Eve x2

Round 1:

Round 2:

I seriously don't think I can survive a double Halloween again.
I am just too old. (Thank God!)