Thursday, February 27, 2020

Sharing a Link or Two

Happy Day to you! I've been seeing lots of links of late that I find fun and inspiring so I thought I might share a few!

I know many of you enjoy "Call the Midwife" as much as I do. (A new season is returning to PBS in March, I think, or early April.) Did you know you could tour some of the exterior locations on an official "Midwife" tour?

 

Part of the tour includes a costume exhibit, too, which would be great fun. (Alas, the interiors are done in a film studio.)

 

 Find out more about the tour HERE.

 Headed to London? If you love books, you'll want to check out this link for Bookseller's Row.

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Photo: Wikipedia

Cecil Court is located in London's West End, linking Charing Cross Road and St. Martin's Lane, two streets that also feature a number of West End theatres. But this is books. All books, just about! You'll find anything you're looking for. And, you may recognize locations from films like "84 Charing Cross Road" and "Miss Potter," among others. I know what's going on my next-time list!

And while we're in London, check out "Hidden Gems in London that Most Tourists Never See." These are going on my list, too!

Gorgeous art and antiquities at Sir John Soane's House!

I was pleased to see a few favorite spots of mine there, too, like Sir John Soane's house!

Some of you have commented that we share an interest in genealogy. "Are You My Cousin" by Lisa Lisson is a wonderful blog I've found helpful in navigating some of that genealogical journey.

My grandmother, Minnie. She died before I was born but from what I know, she and I are much alike!

She includes lots of good tips on finding free information as well as places to try when the trail is running dry. 

I would be remiss not to remind you that there's a lot of playing fast and loose with the facts as the presidential season picks up. Both sides mess up and that's why before you go believing anything, find a reliable fact check site.


So far, I've been pretty happy with factcheck.org. It appears to be unbiased on either side. That's the key. If you only go to your favorite "side" you may or may not be getting accurate info. We have a lot at stake in 2020, so I encourage you to "check" it out!

Don't you love it when someone says, "Oh, you really should read a book by some cool author" and you trot to the bookstore and buy a book by that author -- only to later find out it was fifth in a series of many. I'm a stickler for trying to read books like that in order (especially mysteries, but it really works for other books with recurring characters).

Thanks, Sandra, for sharing this one!

This site will help you get that order straight!

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36 comments:

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

You have been so many places I want to visit. Sorry a little envy. Enjoy the new season!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

If someone described an author as "cool" that would turn me off in an instant. "Cool" is the most inane, idiotic, nonsensical adjective to appear in modern English usage, and it is overworked beyond belief. Everything is cool from a chocolate eclair to animals to parts of your anatomy. It infuriates me when I hear some magnificent animal, or marvel of architecture, or waves crashing on the shore, portrayed as "cool." And this in a language replete with glorious adjectives. Is this what we have sunk to? I will bet if you check the blog of your English writer friend, Jenny, she never uses the word cool. She certainly knows that magnificent, or noteworthy, or resplendent, or terrific, or stupendous, or delicate, or interesting, or...............are much more descriptive than cool. Next on the list is "neat!"

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Some great links here. Bookseller's Row looks like a wonderful place to visit!

Jean said...

I live near to London and love the quirkier off the tourist trail spots so found this interesting. Thank you

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jeanie,

I enjoyed your links, some I already knew like the factcheck site. Facts are important to me. I also like to read a series in order, I do keep track of my books on Goodreads. It has been so long since I visited London back in 1985, I missed Bookseller's Row. I would enjoy it now. Great post, thanks for sharing. I hope your day is great.

Evi Erlinda said...

Thank you for sharing the useful links, Jeanie.
I hit factcheck site, sometimes.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

This post contained a nice assortment of information. I would love to spend the whole day on Bookseller's Row in London, if I ever visited. That Midwife tour sounds like fun, including the costume exhibit.

I need orange said...

Thanks for all the interesting links!

BeachGypsy said...

Oh I love Call the MIdwife.....can't wait for new episodes!! Love the costumes and the history, love the characters and the storylines, it's just a great show!!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

In regard to the use of the word "cool" (see above), just to satisfy my curiosity I checked Jennie Woolf's two most recent posts. Here are the adjectives she uses: creative, charming, cosy, large, different, theatrical, beautiful, expensive, arched, grand, ceremonial, important, splendid, wonderful, particular - not a "cool" anywhere!

Karen said...

Big fan of Call the Midwife. I love that genealogy page too.

Fair Meadow Place said...

I do envy your travel to England and France. If I ever get to London I will be sure to check out Bookseller's Row. It is good to be reading your posts again.

Prims By The Water said...

I did that a few times.. buy a book only to find out it was part of a series. Janice

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Ironically, I've never seen the Midwife, which I guess is strange. I'm sure I can catch old episodes on PBS, though. BTW, I want to thank you for mentioning Vienna Blood awhile back. I just started watching the previous episodes this week. I still have 5 and 6 to see. I'm really LOVING that series.

Gosh, I'd love to see some of the hidden gems in London. That's one reason I don't go on tours. I want to find things on my own, not things the companies are paid to take people to. Your lists are impressive, dear Jeanie.

Iris Flavia said...

I don´t know that series, but I read many books on this and on fostering in those days. It was hard, my respect to these women!

Oh. Politics. Politicians mess up world wide... But we have to vote!

Oh, luckily that book-thing never happened to me. But a team-leader back then gave me an audible on a stick.
I thought I´m too dumb to concentrate whilst driving, one time the guy was dead, next he talked, then he was dead...
The stick sorted my name, not by chapter, LOL. That was frustrating - and funny in the aftermath!

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

I would love this! Thanks for reminding me it’s back on soon.

Pam Richardson said...

Reading a series of books is an investment of time, so far that hasn’t happened to me. Thanks for sharing the links, I will check them out. Happy weekend, Jeanie!

Misadventures of Widowhood said...

You always have such interesting stuff in your blog posts. I especially love that genealogy blog in this one. It makes me almost wish my family trees weren't already completed.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I loved Call the Midwife! When I was sidelined with my bloodclot in 2018 before Paul was born, I watched all the seasons that were on netflix at that point. I have watched one season since, I think, so have more to watch. I love that show so much. It was maybe not the best series to watch while pregnant, though. Ha! But the content didn't freak me out too much, although there was a patient with a blood clot and that was a little scary to see - I was thinking how thankful I was for modern medicine and all the monitoring they were able to do during my pregnancy to keep Paul and me safe!

Sandra at Maison De Jardin said...

Jeanie, you are certainly correct about a series of books. That happened to me once and I was not a happy person. I thank you for the links. And, yes we do have much at stake in 2020, so concerning.

Wishing you a happy day and a great weekend!

R's Rue said...

❤️

Pam said...

I love old black and white pics. I love knowing when someone has a story to go with the pic. Its an aunt or cousin, of whatever and they can tell a bit about them. My mom had collect so many of those pics while doing her dads family history. Took us back to early 1700s and found that through marriage we were related to Pres James K Polk. WOW....amazing. She has all that on ancestry.com that my brother paid to keep going. I need to get on there and see about printing that stuff off so I can do my own little book like thing to pass to my kids and grands. One day I will not be here and without that they will not have the info mom searched so long and hard for.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I have been wanting a new British series to watch. I haven't watched any Call the Midwife. I'm not a big fan of anything too medical. (Bad memories). What do you think, Jeanie? I'm more of a detective / mystery kind of gal. -Jenn (Wanted to add, your grandmother looks like a woman with an easy, quick smile - much like you!)

Ricki Treleaven said...

Shanley will love the Cecil Court link. She and Christopher are going to London and Paris for their honeymoon in a couple of weeks. Thanks for sharing!

Lynne said...

Looking forward to the next Call The Midwife series.
Such a favorite . . .
Thank you for the FactCheck reminder.
FYI, Dr. Jennifer Ashton was worth a listen on The View, 2/28, Coronavirus

thepaintedapron.com said...

Lots of interesting links here Jeanie, especially the fact check one...I can relate to the girl in the cartoon! I am reading a series by Elin Hilderbran but have the opposite problem, her books end on a cliff hanger and you can't wait to read the next one, but it hasn't been published yet! Agh!! It will be 6-12 months! I need to start a series that is already finished 😂
Jenna

Carola Bartz said...

My daughter and I love Call the Midwife. We're currently watching the new series on BBC where we have found a ton of other good British TV series.
Factcheck is important - so many people believe the crap they read on Facebook and Twitter, it's scary. Having a reliable non-biased site is very helpful.

The French Hutch said...

Oh Jeanie, I wish I could say I had a return trip planned for London, but probably not this year. We've been to Sloan's house and well worth the time. Somehow I never started watching the Midwife but watch a lot of Britt TV series. Please, I never want to read anything out of order in a book series, please! Thanks for the links, I do fact check too.......

My name is Erika. said...

Things to put on my list. Thank you. Hopefully corona won't ruin that trip. I love the bookseller's row. That one is right up my alley. Hugs-Erika

anno said...

Another factcheck.org fan here, too. Not sure, though, when I might be able to catch up with Call the Midwife. Might have to wait for M. to take a business trip.

Love the picture of your grandmother -- LOVE her hat! (And that great smile.... just like yours.)

Miss Val's Creations said...

This Midwife tour looks great. That show is wonderful. What a cute photo of your grandmother and her smile!

Marilyn Miller said...

I would love book sellers row. If I get back there I must remember this. And book series, I like starting at the beginning too. I am reading one now that someone recommended and then realized it is a series. Now sure about continuing it, still reading this one to see if I want the commitment. Another book I knew was a series and have read 6 or 7, now the 7th hasn't been released and so I wait. Ugh!

Tracy said...

Hi, Jeanie! Ooo... a Call the Midwife tour???!!! Oh, this is great!! Must at this to London-Someday-Again-List! We've just finished watching the current series... I'll say no more, not waiting to spoil... As always it's SOOO GOOD!! Thanks as always for sharing so much, and all the links!! :) ((LOVE & HUGS))

William Kendall said...

Bookseller's Row is quite a sight.

Andrea Charles said...

The varied set of information and links on this blog very interesting to read dear Jeanie. Being a great fan of “Call the Midwife”, I never knew about being able to visit their locations. The second link really excited me being a book lover. A whole day in Bookseller's Row in London, would be my day dreams coming true. Realisations such as books by cool authors are already running as series was humorous.

Lowcarb team member said...

The Call the Midwife tour looks good.
Love the picture of your grandmother.

All the best Jan

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