Harwick Hall: An Elizabethan Masterpiece

Harwick Hall: An Elizabethan Masterpiece

Hardwick Hall, which is located in Derbyshire, is the former home of Elizabeth Shrewsbury, also known as Bess of Hardwick. It was built between 1590 and 1597 and designed by architect Robert Smythson. Of humble origins, Bess of Hardwick married four times, gaining power and wealth with each marriage, and eventually became one of the… Continue Reading

2 Romantic Movies with a Medieval Twist

2 Romantic Movies with a Medieval Twist

Today I am sharing two of my favorite happily-ever-after romance movies, both set in an indeterminate past with a Medieval flavor. One is clearly fantasy laced, while the other is a well-known fairytale given a rational explanation. Each have humor, fantastic supporting characters, a fair amount of suspense, and the oh-so-necessary celebratory kiss. Both are “must-see”… Continue Reading

Floriography ~ F and G flowers

Floriography ~ F and G flowers

Continuing on with a study in Floriography  —  the cryptological communication through flower use or arrangement. For the first post covering A and B flowers, as well as a short history on the “language of flowers”, click HERE. For C and D flowers, click THIS LINK. I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,… Continue Reading

Vocabulary Rocks! H is for…

Vocabulary Rocks! H is for…

Bringing y’all some more strange words with their etymology or origin stories. I love language! Today is the time for H. For previous entries on this topic, a blog category search for “vocabulary” will bring up the archived posts. Enjoy! Hackney and Hack Hackney comes from the Old French haquenée, meaning a gentle, riding horse, an ambling horse.… Continue Reading

Miser’s Purse

Miser’s Purse

Miser’s purses are known by many names: Misers, miser bags, ring or string purses, stocking purses, and finger purses to name a few. They originated in the late eighteenth century and were popular into the early 1900’s. These purses were used by both men and women and usually were long, almost stocking looking. Some scholars believe… Continue Reading