Your cheeky guide to the dynasty

There IS Joy.

78ADBC2B-5232-490C-B232-EF4363C63D34.jpeg“You wrote a book?”

“Yes, I did. Well, it’s based on my blog. What’s the blog? Oh, well I don’t exactly update it much anymore…”

You may notice that there is not as much blog activity here as there was at least a few years back. This is because I like to share more easily-digestible bits of information via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). However, some things call for a deeper thought process, and that’s one of the reasons I turn back to this blog.

Please bear with me: I have been dismayed as of late by the amount of negativity that fills my social media feeds. (Perhaps I should get off social media for a bit? Even so…) I realize it may vary depending one whom one follows/friends, and I fully understand that everyone is free to share their concerns and opinions. We’ve all done our fair share of that through the years. My “cheeky” history has veered close enough to “snark” on enough occasions!

But so much content I used to look forward to is being taken over by, well, just overwhelmingly crabby words. Which would be expected if I chose to follow Lucy Van Pelt, for instance. 😉 And yet that’s the common voice that I hear most often, as of late.

There’s the saying, “Be the change.” And I’d like to try that. So I’m seeking out the happy in the everyday and including it in my social media channels with the tag #thereISjoy — because there is quite a lot out there, glimmering quietly beneath the chaos. I’ll keep bringing the Tudors and history in general, of course. But I’d like to at least try to inject some positive thoughts, share lovely things I’ve found, and so on.

For example, there are just some little things that I find particularly enjoyable that you might, also: La Croix (you either love it or not so much!), breakfast at First Watch restaurants (when I can find one), Daunt Books in the Marlyebone section of London, the bee-keeping supplies and helpful info at Crown Bees, and the lovely Altar’d State stores. There’s happiness in knowing there’s probably a ripe cucumber in my garden to have with dinner tonight. There’s happiness in the thoughtfulness of Teen Daughter having picked up Christmas washi tape for me (because she knows I love Christmas more than words can say) at the craft store sale she returned from this evening.

I might even do more frequent blog posts on topics I’d like to share with you! 🙂


past / future

8CBD0214-8F02-4FFF-9622-530F180BDF61While my usual topic of conversation is history, today I would like to look forward, instead of backward.

In honour Of Earth Day, I would love to encourage you to do whatever you can to protect the future of our planet, in whatever way you are called. You may be the go-to neighbor for organising local clean-up events. Perhaps you ensure that your household is fastidious about recycling. You may be that coworker who is a terrific example to others, with your BPA-free reusable water bottle. Or maybe you have a passion for educating others on keeping our oceans clean for marine life!

As far as the past, English history is especially close to my heart (as you know!). My affinity for the Tudors is no secret. I also adore reading about anything that falls under “medieval,” Marie Antoinette, and the general history of the British monarchy.

When I set my sights on the future of our earth, my special love is protecting pollinators. And to narrow that down even more, I’m wild about raising native (solitary) bees. They are gentle (no stinging!), extremely effective pollinators, easy to raise, and – let’s be honest – they are absolutely adorable.

See that pic above? That’s one of my sweet little leafcutter bees from last summer, practically smiling for the camera! I’m currently working with my mason bees, lovely little cuties that will fly in mild spring temperatures to pollinate the fruit trees that pop up this time of year.

For more information on keeping these hard-working and darling critters, check out the website of Crown Bees. I get most of my materials from them and they have loads of good info.

Whatever you do to love and preserve our earth, keep doing it. Do it with fervor and with the generosity to encourage others. Many of us thrive on learning about our past, but we cannot ignore our future.

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Merry Christmas and Happy 2018!

5BEEBEDB-B899-44B7-885F-D982AB34D7CAHello, all! Thank you for all your support in 2017. I greatly appreciate all of you who have bought / read / borrowed / shared my book, and who have kept up with my accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I hope you have a beautiful and peaceful holiday season, and a very happy New Year!

Let’s Try This Again…


You may remember that, over a year ago, I announced that I would be closing my Facebook page due to a number of reasons. 

Recently I thought I would try to bring the page back, so if you are so inclined, please come on over. 😊


I Never Ask for Anything, but…

imageHello all!
May I please ask a favour of you today?
If you have read my little book, The Tudor Tutor: Your Cheeky Guide to the Dynasty, would you take a few moments to head over to Amazon or to goodreads and jot a few words?
It would be so very appreciated! THANK YOU!!

31 Days Left

imageWelcome to May! You won’t be able to escape Anne Boleyn this month (none of us will). Hang in there!