Let’s Read a Book…..or 2 DIA Week 1

Slide1Well, it’s Sunday afternoon again and you are just getting this information.  😁  And don’t forget the time change tonight.  1 hour earlier!!  We are excited to have Mrs. Fitz back as moderator tonight.  We’ve missed her greatly, though we did hold our own while she was gone.

I was lucky enough to come late to the table.  What I mean is that when I finished Outlander, I ordered Dragonfly in Amber IMMEDIATELY!!!  I don’t know how you early readers kept your sanity when you had to wait for the release of the next book.  Well, I suppose I can empathize because of Droughtlander 2 or Withoutlander, whatever the  phraseology of the week is, but to have to wait for years?????  Kudos to the die hard original fans!!

PS-Bathroom is still in a state of flux (wee plumbing joke there) so I won’t bore you with pictures YET!!!


“I woke three times in the dark predawn. First in sorrow, then in joy, and at the last, in solitude. The tears of a bone-deep loss woke me slowly, bathing my face like the comforting touch of a damp cloth in soothing hands. I turned my face to the wet pillow and sailed a salty river into the caverns of grief remembered, into the subterranean depths of sleep.”
“I came awake then in fierce joy, body arched bowlike in the throes of physical joining, the touch of him fresh on my skin, dying along the paths of my nerves as the ripples of consummation spread from my center. I repelled consciousness, turning again, seeking the sharp, warm smell of a man’s satisfied desire, in the reassuring arms of my lover, sleep.”
“The third time I woke alone, beyond the touch of love or grief. The sight of the stones was fresh in my mind. A small circle, standing stones on the crest of a steep green hill. The name of the hill is Craigh na Dun; the fairies’ hill. Some say the hill is enchanted, others say it is cursed. Both are right. But no one knows the function or the purpose of the stones.
Except me.”

Excerpt From: Gabaldon, Diana. “Dragonfly in Amber.” Bantam Books, 2010. iBooks.
This material may be protected by copyright.

This already had my heart broken.  The last I read, C and J were together and going to Italy or staying in France, but to be smacked with the word ‘sorrow’ made me not put the book down for another 2 hours.  I’m sure this was a middle of the night reading marathon.  I must’ve retired from teaching so I could read this series!!!

I also found the fact that Roger had the POV at first.  Totally unexpected and very effective in keeping me reading, not knowing where we were heading in the book.

My next house will have floor to ceiling bookcases.  If I have to choose between bookcases and a craftroom, though, the craftroom will win out. I wonder if I could combine them??


Or if you’re a built it yourself kinda girl/guy, here’s instructions!! http://tinyurl.com/nsw2rm

I looked and looked for Oxford professor photos from 1968.  I got current pictures of professors from 1968, so no luck there, but enjoy the robes and pomp of ceremony photos.  I did find a younger history professor who is teaching this year.  Don’t know if he’s Scottish or not, though!

Oxford professors: http://tinyurl.com/qgsgpao
Here’s a cute, modern history professor 😝😊 http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/faculty/staff/profile/blaxill.html

I didn’t even try to google a modern Morris Minor because Roger didn’t drive a new one.  There are a very interesting car. To the CARRRRR!!

Ancient Morris Minors http://tinyurl.com/p4drrju

I had an inkling as to what OxFam was, like an American Goodwill, but here is proof.  And I’ve worked with different fabrics for, dare I say, decades and have never worked in wool serge.  I don’t know what that speaks to  but here are the 2 links for Oxfam and serge fabric

Oxfam https://www.oxfam.org/

Serge http://nyfashioncenterfabrics.com/products/wool-serge-blend-fabric

Not to dwell, but here’s a review….

Gaberlunzies from Discussion 4😊😊😊


I know, the book, but this is Terry’s take on gaberlunzies



The Gaberlunzies Wallet http://tinyurl.com/po73v8f

I found some very strange snuff mulls.  I found one made out of a ram’s head.  Yes, the whole head, eyeballs and all.  Bleh!  Here are the prettiful ones.

Snuff mulls http://www.silvercollection.it/dictionarysnuffmull.html

For those currently in need of a tailor in Edinburgh….http://edinburgh.cylex-uk.co.uk/the-canongate/tailors.html

Historically, though, I believe the incorporation of tailors is a union. In searching for information on it, I discovered this pretty timeline on Edinburgh. Pick your century! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Edinburgh_history

Roger is literally saved by the bell when he goes to contemplate the garage and it’s junk.  What do you have in your garage that you need to get rid of?? I don’t have a garage anymore, so it’s my closets that need to be gone through!!


Now I know why they gave Dr Who #10 a difficult time about his chucks on the 50th anniversary special. (I digress)
https://www.google.com/search?q=plimsolls+shoes&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=Safari Plimsolls were originally designed as beach shoes!!

“My how you’ve grown!” Most over used cliche in the world! At least she didn’t pinch his cheek (not THAT cheek) and pat him on top of the head.

Where Inverness is real, Broch Mordha is not.  Sorry, looked everywhere and all I found was Outlander references. I am not the first to stall on that search.

Glenfiddich single malt. Beware, they will ‘card’ you to enter the site! 😉 And if you’re a whisky lover, your mouth will water. Even if not, the pictures are eye-candy!! http://www.glenfiddich.com/us/collection/product-collection/all/

And here is the train schedule for today or tomorrow…..

Want to travel from Inverness to Edinburgh today?? Here’s a timetable and ticket prices for the current day you look at the site! http://www.thetrainline.com/train-times/inverness-to-edinburgh-waverley

History of the Inverness Rail Station https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverness_railway_station

Here’s a Druid website and if you look along the right hand side, there is a list of sun festivals. Click Beltane and search till your hearts content! http://www.druidry.org/druid-way/teaching-and-practice/druid-festivals

“Whipping a fresh napkin from the stack over her arm, she industriously polished Roger’s toes, her red mane floating deliriously around his knees. Her head was rising, as she peered at his thighs, dabbing energetically at damp spots on the corduroy. Roger closed his eyes and thought frantically of terrible car crashes on the motorway and tax forms for the Inland Revenue and the Blob from Outer Space—anything that might stop him disgracing himself utterly as Brianna Randall’s warm breath misted softly through the wet fabric of his trousers.
“Er, maybe you’d like to do the rest yourself?” The voice came from somewhere around the level of his nose, and he opened his eyes to find a pair of deep blue eyes facing him above a wide grin. He rather weakly took the napkin she was offering him, breathing as though he had just been chased by a train.”

Excerpt From: Gabaldon, Diana. “Dragonfly in Amber.” Bantam Books, 2010. iBooks.
This material may be protected by copyright.

***Now, we get to Claire’s POV and when she asks “I wondered if he had any imagination….” What do you think? Will Roger have enough imagination for ALL that will be revealed? Word carefully if answering online!!

And back to Roger’s POV

***Roger is already enamored by Bree or would he just be hypnotized by any pretty girl?? 😉😉

How do you take YOUR tea!! Fun BuzzFeed quiz! http://www.buzzfeed.com/ailbhemalone/do-you-drink-tea-normally#.ypwOdBqoL

And a nice article in The Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313266/So-YOU-like-cup-tea-Britain-divided-milk-cuppa.html

Bronzino painted a lot of things I had seen.  I just didn’t know it was him.  That’s my story, anyway! Bronzino’s http://tinyurl.com/ntp7w4p

And Claire takes up the story again…..

***What do you think about Claire’s quip about Frank’s life work? I always thought DG was getting a little dig in about her own massive volumes of material.  Not complaining, but they are humongoid in literary terms.  Well, my terms, anyway.

Here are fireplace fenders.  I WANT ONE!!  But which one?? Fireplace fenders http://tinyurl.com/pmn7lpm
Why have I never seen one of these before??!!

And here we are back to Roger’s POV

Donald Cameron was a real person!!!  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Cameron_of_Lochiel

***What are some reasons why James Fraser wouldn’t be on Claire’s list.  Think like Roger, not like a re-re-re-reader!!

Now for the yummy part!!  I have always been a purveyor of British authors.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dame Agatha Christie, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein to name a few. I also read Martha Grimes, who is American, but writes wonderful police procedurals. All titled after pubs.  Nice!! You know, Inspector Jury might be a great next character for Sheugs. _Maybe_ Back to food!! I was always enamored by tea time.  Here are some recipes and some etiquette and history behind all that would be tea!  Even though she might not read my blog, I want to thank Outlander Kitchen Chef & Food Writer, Theresa Carle-Sanders.  When you can make it and then get the aroma, how much more real do you need?

Fiona’s Almond Sponge Cake Recipe from DIA and Outlander Kitchen( outlanderkitchen.com ) http://outlanderkitchen.com/2013/03/19/fionas-almond-sponge-from-dia/

Scones and clotted cream recipes http://outlanderkitchen.com/2014/03/03/mrs-grahams-oatmeal-scones-with-clotted-cream/

Chestnut Tarts, but still looking for jam tarts! http://outlanderkitchen.com/2011/11/10/ferguss-chestnut-tarts-from-dragonfly-in-amber/

UK jam tarts from Jamie Oliver http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/rainbow-jam-tarts/#PbX0OC8htvlqcwah.97

So cute!! http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1162679/little-jam-tarts

Cream cake http://southernfood.about.com/od/yellowandwhitecakes/r/bl40606c.htm

Southern Living (USA) Magazine tries English Tea 😝😊

British does Afternoon Tea http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/afternoon-tea

Cucumber Sandwiches http://tinyurl.com/nzq8uog  I always wondered how you could make sandwiches from cucumbers.  I thought maybe the cucumber slice was the bread.

Sooooooo hungry, now! I was doing this research last night before bedtime.  Bad, bad, bad time to do that!

High Tea vs. Afternoon Tea for the uninformed http://coffeetea.about.com/od/historyculture/a/High-Tea-Vs-Afternoon-Tea.htm

This next one, I applaud Claire for making sure that Bree kept her posture.  As a musician poor posture was the bane of my existence.  I fought that more than anything else.  “It hurts..I AM standing straight..I’m breathing right..I can sit straight with my legs crossed..” AAAAAAAAaaaarrrrrgggghhhhhhhh!! Stand up and check to see which directions your thumbs go.  If they point ahead of you, you have good to GREAT posture.  If they point to each other, you have some work to do.  And no, I don’t mean turn your hands.  That will hurt!!  Straighten your shoulders and the thumbs will face the correct way.  It hurts because we all have poor posture.  Bad for breathing, bad for back pain and even how much sagging you do around your middle.  Good posture will take an inch off that waistline!!  Here some scientific information!! The science of good posture http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3277058

Found another DG imaginary ‘friend’ :  Muir Breame

***Is anyone feeling any sympathy for Frank as Roger begins to discover news articles, pictures and his never ending searching of Briana’s face for traces of Frank?

I was worried about this next search.  I thought I would get into some weird photos or inappropriate photos, but I did find silk robes with peacocks on them.  It’s a very famous pattern and the robes can be used by men or women. Yellow peacock silk robes. No Rogers, though http://tinyurl.com/pgnvgp9

And my foray into plumbing this week did NOT take me to the hot water heater, but here are some from days gone by along with a history of the porcelain god.  1940’s hot water geysers http://tinyurl.com/njyj3e2

A website dedicated to toilets from around the world!! http://toilet-guru.com/scottish.php

Chain pull toilets http://tinyurl.com/q72u7av

A ‘quaint’ history of toilets http://m.infobarrel.com/Vic_Dillingers_Favorite_Throne_the_Toto_Toilet Scroll down to see a mug shaped like a toilet. Don’t think I want that kinda mug😁

Thought this was hilarious!! 

***Roger has a dilemma and what would you do with the knowledge you have discovered about a girl who you  are beginning to have a crush on who has a beautiful mother that was a family friend of your father’s?  Well, what would you DO?

I thought this little bit was interesting about what the lowlands thought about the highlands.  Like a highlander would eat their children for breakfast or something…….here’s a folk- poem,‘How the first Heland-man of god was maid of Ane horse turd in argylle as is said’. Following his inauspicious creation, the Lowland poem gives to the eponymous Highlander one clear ambition: ‘I will doun in the lawland, lord, / And thair steill a kow.’ He goes on to vow never to work again if there is ever anything available to steal.

Monarchs and history.  Such a lot of rewriting.  How did they not do with erasers back then??  Made the scribes just redo the whole book, sounds like!

Interesting how monarchy writes/rewrites history http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/sites/default/files/V%20and%20A%20Art%20and%20Love%20(Morrison).pdf

Queen V and Balmoral Castle

Buy your own Buchanan sett http://www.scotsconnection.com/Buchanan-Old-Sett-Ancient-Tartan/p–1060/

As for y front underpants….http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/the-undercover-story-a-briefs-history-of-y-fronts-478788.html

Modern Kilt Shop

***Now what’s a girl to do when she has been tiptoeing around a lie, a fabrication, of her life before Bree?  I can’t imagine holding all that in.  Would you have already told Bree about her beginnings??

***There is one moment between Bree and Claire that seems to be a moment of missing Frank.  Do you think Claire was really missing Frank or was it Jamie and Bree just didn’t know any better yet?

I know, I know, this is the BOOK, not the show, but when DG wrote “Just the color of your eyes, little beauty,” I literally heard Tobias in my head saying those words.  Kinda made me jump.  Just a little more harshness and it would’ve been BJR.😱

SOP-This is a word that goes around this military community like wildfire and you’d better know it–Standard Operating Proceedure–and I was curious as to what the Duke of Cumberland held as his SOP during and after Culloden Moor.  Here is what I found.  This is a very interesting article on the aftermath of Culloden and the Duke’s position

Has anyone ‘here’ been to Culloden Moor? I can imagine the want of respectful silence.  Though no one is buried at them, the Vietnam War Memorial and the Korean Conflict Memorial hold the same reverence.  And, of course, Arlington National Cemetary is also a quiet place.  I was at the VWM right after it was built and you could’ve heard a pin drop.  It’s not as quiet now, but the KCM is very haunting.  The granite walls have the photographs of the dead and missing etched into them.  There are lines of people waiting to walk by.

I read about the clan stones.  This is paraphrased, but they don’t actually mark where anyone was buried.  By the time they were erected, 1881, the knowing of where the mass graves were was all but lost.  And historians believe that they weren’t even separated by clans.  That would’ve been a difficult task and the British didn’t care.  No quarter, the order that means shoot the wounded, shows that.

Happy thought, happy thoughts!!

Heather http://tinyurl.com/ocouqtw
For the gardeners http://www.bhg.com/gardening/trees-shrubs-vines/shrubs/growing-heathers-and-heaths/

And I really found rat satires!!  An historic rat satire, truly!! http://carmichaelwatson.blogspot.com/2011/05/no-rats-in-taransay.html?m=1

My brain is beginning to fry, so you are going to get a jumble of information and not much talking from me and some of you are probably silently cheering.  Or you’re cheering out loud, I just can’t hear you from this far away!!

Real parish registers!! http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/county/inverness_shire/parish_records/

Clava Cairns http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/inverness/clavacairns/
Pictures http://tinyurl.com/Clavacairns

The Art of Journal Keeping for health reasons http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/journal-writing-5-smart-reasons-why-you-should-start-doing-today.html
Historical diaries online: http://www.aisling.net/journaling/old-diaries-online.htm

Red Phone box along a desert highland road http://thereandbackagaintravel.com/red-phone-booth-scottish-highlands/

Phone that Bree would’ve received a phone call from Roger on http://tinyurl.com/Trimphone

St. Kilda is a place.  Just not the place we see in our heads.  I found a really cool site about St. Kilda, the real one. Take a virtual tour of St. Kilda on this website!! http://m.nts.org.uk/Property/St-Kilda-World-Heritage-Site/
Probably not the St. Kilda from DIA, though. Tis in the hielands, tho

I went looking for photos of abandoned or ancient kirks.  Lovely, lovely places!!

Choose your ‘deep rose silk’

Claire’s dream “For I had come back, and I dreamed once more, in the cool air of the Highlands. And the voice of my dream still echoed through ears and heart, repeated with the sound of Brianna’s sleeping breath.
“You are mine,” it had said. “Mine! And I will not let you go.”

Excerpt From: Gabaldon, Diana. “Dragonfly in Amber.” Bantam Books, 2010. iBooks.
This material may be protected by copyright.

Scottish Kirkyards
A book – http://tinyurl.com/Bookonkirkyards
Pictures – http://tinyurl.com/Kirkyardpictures
Conservators of the Kirkyards – http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/kirkyard-heritage/kirkyard-heritage.htm

Plant presses http://tinyurl.com/plantpresses

Headstones http://tinyurl.com/funnyheadstoneinscriptions

Pictures inside an old kirk….or2 where Briana and Roger share their first kiss http://manxscenes.com/2012/03/simple-shadows-from-inside-old-kirk-braddan-church/

Lovely photos of Scottish churches, in ruins or no

Claire sees the stone-the OTHER stone Be still _her_ beating heart!!

Soldiers in ‘full fig’ assuming full uniform, full figure. There’s some full figures alright, as well, but mostly soldiers! 😉

And dragoon figurines!! http://tinyurl.com/dragoonfulfig

As she begins the tale, she can’t quite get started properly, but she gets going with this….
“I fought back the memory of our wedding night. He was a virgin; his hands had trembled when he touched me. I had been afraid too—with better reason. And then in the dawn he had held me, naked back against bare chest, his thighs warm and strong behind my own, murmuring into the clouds of my hair, “Dinna be afraid. There’s the two of us now.”

Excerpt From: Gabaldon, Diana. “Dragonfly in Amber.” Bantam Books, 2010. iBooks.
This material may be protected by copyright.

I’m sure some of this is out of order and some of it is immaterial, but there is a plethora of wonderful information out there to give our imaginations a boost.  Don’t forget, 7 PM cdt.  I’m sure Robert will post the world times for me if I prompt him!!  Thanks, Robert!

Respectfully submitted,

woodzey1 (@woodzey1)Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 4.38.32 PMMrs. Fitz (@b304SMN)


4 thoughts on “Let’s Read a Book…..or 2 DIA Week 1”

  1. I’ve been to Culloden moor and yes, it’s a quiet and haunting place. And you can feel the sadness all around just as you do at Arlington. I went before Diana’s books and travelled the Highlands extensively.


    1. That’s cool, BigDoh! You already had a basis for visualizing the book before the rest of us 😍 And I was pretty sure the Moor was full of a very disparaging feeling. Thanks for responding!!


    1. Now that I can type on this site, I’ll explain it so others can see, as well! We meet on Twitter on Sunday evenings at #readabookor2. When you # that phrase it takes you to a totally different page when you touch or click it. Once there you can see all the others who use that hashtag. You MUST include the #readabookor2 in your post or reply or it won’t make it to the page. Beloved Mrs. Fitz (@b304SMN) moderates and it is a great time. 👍


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