100 Objects – Victorian Tea Set

The British Museum’s A History of the World in 100 Objects has been on loan to the National Museum here in Canberra for a while, and we finally got to it on the weekend.

I was pretty unimpressed with the idea “the world” apparently doesn’t include huge sections of it (they couldn’t manage anything from the huge Slavic societies of the east of Europe, nor huge sections of other continents, but a handful of countries are seriously overrepresented?).

However, being as crazy about the Victorian era as I am, here is a stoneware and silver English tea set from the early 1840s that is part of the exhibition. Oddly – and for the BRITISH Museum – it is about the only thing representing the British Empire, and the only thing from 19th century Britain.

However – look at it! I love it.

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Coming Up: Mogul by Joanna Shupe

No proper cover yet, but we now have a blurb for the third book in Joanna Shupe’s Knickerbocker Club series.

Mogul (The Knickerbocker Club #3) by Joanna Shupe

Mogul has its release date set as the first of January, 2017.

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The privileged members of the Knickerbocker Club can never climb too high up the social ladder. But for one charming New York bachelor, does the ascent take precedence over love in the Gilded Age?

As owner of a well-respected national newspaper, Calvin Cabot has the means to indulge his capricious taste for excess—and the power to bring the upper crust of society to its knees. So when a desperate heiress from his past begs for his help, Calvin agrees . . . as long as she promises to stay out of his way. Except, like the newsman, this willful beauty always gets what she wants.

Lillian Davies lives a life brimming with boundless parties, impressive yachts, and exotic getaways. But when her brother disappears, Lily knows that blood runs thicker than champagne and she’ll spare nothing to bring him back alive. Unfortunately, the only man who can help her is the one she never wanted to see again. Can Lily keep Calvin at arm’s length long enough to save her brother and protect her name . . . even when the tenacious powerbroker turns out to be absolutely irresistible?

The Week: 8th – 14th August

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Winter Sunset

And another one:

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This week we discovered why all of the flowers out the back keep getting demolished! We’ve had petals everywhere for a few weeks!

And all our other birds have started turning up – it’s nearly spring, and they come to the door for snacks. On Wednesday we had magpie visitors for the first time this season.

It is very sunny here every day, and I’m starting to feel the allergies coming, but I can’t wait! 🙂

Because I’m often up really late at night, and because we are nearly a full day ahead of the Americas, I have been watching some of the Olympics live in the middle of the night. I can’t believe how many drug cheats there still are. While the US is at (verbal) war with Russia in the pool, we are being attacked by China (and hacked, and abused in their media) because one of our swimmers called a drug cheat… a drug cheat. Who says sport isn’t political!

“Medals over Morals” was what an official said about the Russian doping program. I like it. 🙂

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What has been happening while the world has been watching Rio. X

While everyone is watching the sport, and obsessing over Trump (WHAT a guy), Putin has been moving MASSIVE conveys of tanks and missiles to the Ukrainian border. He invaded Georgia after the Beijing Olympics. He first invaded Ukraine immediately after the Sochi Olympics. And he is about to invade other parts of Ukraine as soon as the Rio Olympics finish.

But – hey – sport!

World Cat Day

Jemima Cat

Rio’s most amazing athlete.

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Unleashing Mr Darcy

Unleashing Mr Darcy by Teri Wilson

My review of Wolf Creek Wife (Wolf Creek #5) by Penny Richards

Wolf Creek Wife (Wolf Creek #5) by Penny Richards

My review of Marriage Made in Hope (The Penniless Lords #4) by Sophia James

Marriage Made in Hope (The Penniless Lords #4) by Sophia James

 My review of The Inscription (The MacAlpins #1) by Pam Binder

The Inscription (The MacAlpins #1) by Pam Binder

Crimson Peak

I haven’t seen this Victorian, gothic, horror, mystery, whatever it is yet. In fact, I probably won’t make it to the cinema, and the DVD release isn’t until next year, so I went and read a detailed summary instead!

I feel like I should support it because Mia Wasikowska is from Canberra, but I also like the rest of the cast – and the costumes!

Perfect or imperfect, I love the whole Victorian gothic romance theme it has going on. And Tom Hiddleston has really grown on me, whereas I used to be one of the people screaming: What’s all the fuss about??!! Also, I have just about forgiven Charlie Hunnam for almost starring in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie!

The Week: 28th September – 4th October

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Me with Sophia the Thursday before she went. She is the most cuddly cat!

UPDATE: Our cat had four gorgeous little black, white and grey kittens! (Well, they’ll be gorgeous soon, because they look a bit like rats at the moment!)

They sneaked an orphan into her litter, so now she a mum of five. 🙂

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The week started in a sad way. Monday was not only the day we took our gorgeous, gorgeous stray cat, Sophia, to foster care (she will be having her kittens soon), but it was also the day we gave up my grandmother’s house to the new owners. It was the centre of our lives for three and a half decades, the place all our Easters, Christmases, birthdays etc. happened.

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Driving past Australian Parliament on Monday morning – a public holiday in Canberra.

I took the above picture of Parliament House on our way back through Canberra, from dropping off the cat and on our way back to New South Wales to close up the house.

The warm weather has well and truly arrived. Suddenly everyone’s in their little summer dresses!

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Ukrainians holding up a bullet-riddled flag at the United Nations on Monday. It is from a battle where the Russians tricked 366 Ukrainians into surrendering and then massacred them. All the while Putin is running around the world, playing friends with all the world leaders.

Imagine how the world would have reacted if it had been 366 Americans massacred!

I have NO idea why, but starting on Wednesday there were so many Christmas episodes on the television. Have the department stores made a deal with the TV networks or something? Is it a not-so-subtle suggestion we rush out and start Christmas shopping in October?

Celebrities who have modelled for book covers

2,_Claudia_and_the_Phantom_Phone_CallsMost interesting to me is the Baby-Sitters Club cover with Kirsten Dunst, because not only are we the same age, but I think I still own a copy of that book.

Sequel Baiting

The Darkest Hour (KGI #1) by Maya Banks

Her Face!

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My review of This Book Will Change Your Life by Amanda Weaver

This Book Will Change Your Life by Amanda Weaver

My review of The Secret Years by Barbara Hannay

The Secret Years by Barbara Hannay