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◄
- When California went to war over eggs.
- An interstellar meteor may have collided with Earth in 2014.
- Long-lost Kafka works could emerge after a messy legal battle.
- A brief history of cooties, or why a 100-year-old game is still spreading across our playgrounds.
- How a decor-loving English professor displays her book collection.
- Montreal crime fiction isn't what you expect... except for the snow.
- How a Dallas grandmother discovered a $65,000 yarn heist.
- The exact London address where Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet has been identified.
►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◄
- Twelve epic migratory journeys animals take every spring.
- Great white sharks are completely terrified of orcas.
- A rare antelope is being killed to make $20,000 scarves.
- The decades-long effort to protect the world's largest sheep.
- Ocean-dwelling species are disappearing twice as quickly as land animals. (After all, there's only so much plastic one can try to digest...)
- Rabbits are popular pets in Britain thanks to the ancient Romans.
- The United States may list giraffes as an endangered species.
- Green sea turtles are bouncing back around U.S. Pacific islands.
- 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◄
- Six great books of correspondence.
- A beginner's guide to locked-room mysteries.
- What the scientists who photographed the black hole like to read.
- Eleven poetic facts about Emily Dickinson.
- Seven of the most scenic ferry rides in the United States.
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!