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Coming To America February 8, 2016

Immigrant Ancestor Ship 3-1    Lady Elizabeth Rogers born in Devonshire England in 1581, married in England in 1615, came to America in 16    , died in Windsor Connecticut 1681.


The Eve of Execution: Queen of Scots February 7, 2016

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Stuarts Weekly

On the evening of 7 February 1587, the imprisoned Queen of Scots was notified of her forthcoming execution the following morning.

For 19 years Mary was held prisoner in her cousin Queen Elizabeth’s country. The very country that Mary’s grandmother, Margaret Tudor was raised.

Mary spent the last few hours of her life in prayer. She distributed her belongings to her household, and wrote her will and a letter to the King of France.[1] This would have been her former brother-in-law who was now King Henry III of France.

letter1_x8 February 1587
To the most Christian king, my brother and old ally,
Royal brother, having by God’s will, for my sins I think, thrown myself into the power of the Queen my cousin, at whose hands I have suffered much for almost twenty years, I have finally been condemned to death by her and her Estates. I have asked for…

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Glasnevin Cemetery

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Glasnevin Cemetery is the National Cemetery of Ireland.  It was established in 1832.  We learned that and much more in a DVD which we saw last night at Family Movie Night.  The younger children went to bed and of the older children one was out and the other didn’t think it sounded very appealing so she opted out.  The DVD was borrowed from the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library-a strange acquisition we thought but of interest to us coming from Dublin and Belfast.



Café Cubano February 6, 2016

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Cafe Book Bean

Hearts in my Café con leche

handI recently visited my favorite Cuban eatery for some amazing food and a perfect Café con leche. This inspired me to share a little about Cuban coffee.

Café Cubano
AKA Cuban Espresso;
is an espresso shot that is sweetened with demerara sugar (natural brown raw sugar) as it is being brewed (percolated,) but the name covers other drinks that use Cuban espresso as their base. Cafecito and Cuban Coffee are a couple other names used.

Cuban Espresso with a float of steamed milk. The word cortado is the past participle of the Spanish verb cortar (to cut.) This is because a dash of warm milk is being used to cut the espresso shot (like the italian caffé macchiato.)


Café Bombón
Espresso served with sweetened condensed milk in a 1:1 ratio. Bombón means chocolate in spanish.


Café con leche

Cuban Espresso unsweetened with steamed (or scalded) milk (like a…

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Up the patience ladder

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A Bushsnob in wild Africa

Our acquittance with Vervet monkeys in Harare started with friends telling us that they were lucky to have the frequent visit of a troop of vervets in their garden that they enjoyed very much. We felt mild envy but there was not much we could do. Their house is about one km from ours and located in a less populated and wooded area.

We forgot about monkeys until one day last year when, to our delight, a monkey was spotted in our garden. The original sighting was done by Stephen, our caretaker, and we were soon searching for the primates up our trees.

DSCN8218 copy Our very first picture of a Vervet monkey in our garden!

DSCN8219 copy A close-up of the intruder.

Of course, we found them eating our passion fruits, behind our backs! They had climbed the first step of the ladder!

We forgave their sins as they were nice to watch!…

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Women’s Christmas, January 6 -An Irish Christmas Tradition

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All over Ireland, January 6 marks the end of the Christmas season – it is the day  on which the fairy lights, the Christmas tree, the decorations and the Christmas cards are taken down and put away for another year. It is considered bad luck if decorations remain displayed after this date! January 6 has many titles – Epiphany, Little Christmas, 12th Night , Women’s Christmas, Women’s Little Christmas,and Nollaig na mBan. Such an important day to have 6 different names!

Epiphany: The 3 Kings arrive with gifts

In Ireland, ‘Little Christmas’  (‘Nollaig Bheag’ in Irish) is one of the traditional names for January 6, the feast of the Epiphany. Epiphany is a Christian celebration of the day on which the Magi arrived with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to honour the new-born baby Jesus, the day on which Jesus is revealed to the gentiles. Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian holy days that originated in the Eastern church and was…

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Lady Elizabeth Rogers – Another Immigrant February 5, 2016

immigrant ship  Lady Elizabeth Rogers was born in 1586 in Dorset England.  She arrived in America at Nantasket north of Boston in 1630.  She made her way to Windsor Connecticut where she died in 1681.  She is buried along with her husband John Drake in Palisado Cemetery.

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