A modest hurrah and shout out....

Amidst all the sturm and drang of moving house, a bright thing happened out of the blue...

Skipper and I had such a short time to triage so many layers of memorabilia, sentimental trash to most, that we carted house to house – some 'antiques',  hundreds and hundreds of favorite books, literally going back to the Bobsey Twins on Blueberry Island, ditto, VHSs and DVDs, some recorded from…


Added by SHARON ANNE SHIPLEY on August 23, 2017 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Mount Vesuvius!

For years I tried to ignore it... the towering mess, the computer wedged beside the scrumpled mouse pad, half buried under unpaid bills, important notes!!! concerning plots now forgotten, recipes for endive soufflee, the printer shoved teetering half off the side of the rickety card table, with the one, threatening to collapse leg, since like forever, that I used as a desk - itself an over-spill from…


Added by SHARON ANNE SHIPLEY on July 11, 2017 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Poldark!!!! Wall To Wall Poldark!

My dear husband bought the entire series...for Mother's Day!

Handsomely covered, and displayed. I am so…


Added by SHARON ANNE SHIPLEY on May 31, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Mud before Mayhem

This morning, the 19th of May (already?) I turned myself into a female Golum, by doing what I love, second best--- playing in mud, aka dragging out the crusty tile cutter, battered and rust stained, the diamond wheel turned to zircon wheel, smoking and fuming after myriad uses. The reason for my muddy estate, frizzy mud-drizzled hair, smeared glasses and a wet mucky swath striping down the middle, forehead to toes, thanks to the wheel's back wash, was due to my addiction to…


Added by SHARON ANNE SHIPLEY on May 19, 2017 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Don't you love bird song in the am…

Don't you love bird song in the am…?

I have one that sounds liquid, like a waterfall, though I too couldn't tell a woodpecker from a sparrow. Where I live it is is by the ocean with lots of rough dog runs and 'people-forged nature trails' and a cliff in back that always makes me wonder when it will come tumbling down… it has to do with the underlying layers. So far, even after the drenching, we've enjoyed here in parched CA, thank God it has stayed buttressed.

Back to wild…


Added by SHARON ANNE SHIPLEY on May 6, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Kings and Queens of Great Britain

An illustrated chart of the family tree of the British Royal family, from the earliest times to Prince Harry and the Duchess of York. Beginning with the five major lines Scots, Normans, Anglo-Saxons, Danes and Welsh - the chart details the separate development of each royal house. It is relevant to the study of British history from primary school to university and is a useful genealogical dictionary for the layman.…


Added by SHARON ANNE SHIPLEY on April 14, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The day before the big day!


Added by SHARON ANNE SHIPLEY on April 4, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments


'Dear Diary' ;

Totally out of my element, in the isolated mountain town of Big…


Added by SHARON ANNE SHIPLEY on March 31, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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