Friday, May 10, 2019

An I'm So Excited Weekly Link Round-Up

It's been a while since Denis and I have gone out of town for a few days. Santa Fe in 2017, to be exact. It's also been a while since we spent any time down in the Bisbee area. January of 2017, actually. We prefer renting a house and making that our base of operations, and-- let me tell you-- I've been on the lookout for one, and I finally found it!

It's a cabin in Ramsey Canyon AKA the Hummingbird Capital of the United States. Ah, you're already figuring out why I'm so excited! It's close enough to Bisbee that Denis can spend a day or two with his buddy shooting skeet, but both of us don't intend to do much except enjoy the cabin and surrounding area.

You see, it's in a forested area by the side of a creek. It's got a great porch as well as creekside spots for reading and watching wildlife. Besides several species of hummingbirds, dozens of other kinds of birds live in the canyon (like wild turkeys), and javelina, ringtails, coatimundi, and deer are all frequent visitors at the cabin. See why I'm eyeing that porch? And... since I've practically worn out my current camera, I've gotten a new one to take with me. Books and a camera are often the two best things to guarantee a great holiday for me, and the two of us are certainly looking forward to this!

Maybe I should take my new camera out to the link corral? Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
  • Italian police detained a UK woman for trying to steal a Pompeii mosaic
  • A diamond belonging to France's last empress was stolen from a Bonaparte prince's car. (Surely he didn't leave it sitting on the seat?)
  • The Nebra sky disc, a 3,600-year-old archeological sensation, is considered to be the oldest representation of the cosmos.
  • Unearthed: a gold hatpin potentially owned by Edward IV.
  • Stone circles at Avebury may have surrounded a house lived in by someone of the Neolithic "one percent." (Even then, they had to keep out the riff-raff.)
  • The woman who found a ring filled with Charlotte Brontë's hair is now $26,000 richer.
  • A farmer's misplaced hammer led to the discovery of the largest Roman treasure in Britain.
  • An Egyptian tomb has been opened that reveals a special 4,300-year-old green pigment.

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Spymaster Vera Atkins and her extremely capable network, or how women spies during World War II were way better at keeping secrets than their male counterparts.
  • Eva Duggan: the only woman hanged in Arizona. 
  • A letter found in the British National Archives claims that Elizabeth Woodville, grandmother of Henry VIII, actually died of the plague.
  • T.S. Eliot, crime fiction critic. Thoughts on crime writing from the man who rescued Wilkie Collins from obscurity.

►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. The cabin sounds fabulous, Cathy! It sounds like it's got a beautiful location, too, with everything that you're going to need/want. I'm very happy for you, and I hope you enjoy the trip. Now, hmm...which will it be? That Roman treasure or that Egyptian tomb??

  2. I'm so excited too! Glad you found a new cabin to experience and I hope it has a bunch of critters to see and photograph. Have fun!

    1. We're certainly going to give it our best shot!

  3. Forest, creek, porch for reading and viewing wildlife, lots of bird species. Sounds perfect.

    Hope you have a great time and we'll look forward to the photographs.


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