Friday, September 13, 2019

kay's week - 9.13.19

Non-reading life:

I have news to report!!  We had some moisture fall from the sky here - think it's called 'rain'.  Ha!  It wasn't much, but it's been a very dry and hot summer for us.  I know that everyone thinks we always have hot, dry summers, but some are worse than others.  This has been one of those.  We didn't get a lot of rain, but most of the time when the 'barrier' is broken, rain shall fall again before long.  Maybe even today!  Our poor sad grass.  However, this is why we have drought-tolerant grass called Zoysia.

Otherwise, the week was good.  I made it to yoga both days - my, I am creaky.  That's what happens when you miss a few weeks.  Our family birthday event last weekend went well and my mother-in-law was pleased (it was her 85th).

Reading life:

I finished a few books this week and I'll mention them here quickly.  By the way, I think that everything I'm reading right now will be applicable to the R.I.P. Challenge.  As I said when I mentioned joining, I'll write a wrap-up post at the end of October.

Deadly Cruise and Killer Cruise - both by Dawn Brookes and 2nd and 3rd in her Rachel Prince mystery series.  I'm not sure how I ran across this series - probably an Amazon suggestion from reading another book.  I've really enjoyed the three I've finished and am reading the 4th right now.  Rachel Prince is a Police Constable who initially took a cruise as a vacation.  Her friend Sarah is a nurse with the cruise line and this would give them time to catch up and visit.  Of course, a murder occurred and Rachel assisted the security team in solving it.  In Deadly Cruise, they are sailing for New York and, again, crime happens.  The 3rd book brings back a couple of characters from the initial story and the destination is the Baltic area.  I've enjoyed reading about cruising and am liking the characters.  I am not a water person and get seasick looking at boats.  This is a good way for me to 'cruise'.

I listened to Riley Sager's new book, Lock Every Door.  It was narrated by Dylan Moore.  It's sort of a tribute to Rosemary's Baby, I guess.  Jules Larsen is lucky enough to get a job as an apartment sitter at a very famous and luxurious building in New York, The Bartholomew.  This is based on The Dakota, a real place.  She is desperately in need of the money this job will provide and so ignores her friend's concerns about the weird rules.  She shouldn't have.  Other sitters disappear or perhaps are murdered.  The residents are odd.  The final resolution was OK, but not as scary as I had been thinking it would be.  I've read all this author's books so far and still think that the first is my favorite, Final Girls.

I also finished listening to Shirley Jackson's famous The Haunting of Hill House.  This author is the designated 'author of the month' for October in our mystery book group.  I had not ever read this book and it was a good one.  I think I might have seen one film adaptation a long time ago.  I have not watched the more recent Netflix series.  It will be interesting to see how many others in the group selected this book.  I don't think I had realized how much Stephen King was influenced by Jackson in some of his writing.  I was very much reminded in spots of his made-for-TV miniseries Rose Red.  I actually have Rose Red in my DVD closet and am tempted to watch it again before long.  I'll be listening to We Have Always Lived in the Castle soon.  Bernadette Dunne narrates both these books.

Right now, I'm reading the 4th Rachel Prince book, Dying To Cruise, and I'm doing a reread of Ruth Ware's first book, In a Dark, Dark Wood.  Imogen Church narrates all of Ware's books and I'm rereading them for R.I.P.


I guess that's about all I have to share.  We have another family birthday dinner this weekend (September is popular in our family) and my husband is playing in a big golf tournament.  I'll be back next week to tell a bit about our afternoon book group's reactions to Susan Orlean's The Library Book.  I'm looking forward to next Tuesday afternoon and that event.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I also hope that fall is coming to your part of the world.  Maybe one day it will come to mine.

Friday, September 6, 2019

kay's week - 9.6.19

I'm going to go back to a weekly update on reading and life for a while or that's my plan anyway.  I don't have too much to say for this week as I've already had two posts relating our summer fun and also my R.I.P. XIV challenge entry.  I also don't think I will talk much about my reading since my last update, but here's a bit:

I did finish Betty Webb's Lena Jones series and loved all of it.  Such a wonderful series.  I then read all of Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite books - there are 6 up to now and a new one coming out early next spring.  From Webb's Arizona setting to Dugoni's Washington mountains - it was perfect.  I read a couple of books for the afternoon book group that I attend - Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin and The Library Book by Susan Orlean (upcoming discussion on the 17th).  The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer was our mystery group's September book.  Oh, and I must mention Molten Mud Murder by Sara E. Johnson - it's a debut book and is set in New Zealand - vivid setting indeed.  All the book covers are to the right and are linked to Amazon if you want to read more about them.

I'm still trying to get back in the swing of my routines.  I've had to miss yoga several times for various reasons - had a crown come off and that meant an urgent trip to the dentist (he was able to put it back on - let's hope it stays), attended a good friend's father's memorial service this week, checkup and battery replacement on our pickup - all of these seemed to have to happen during my yoga class time.  Ah well.  I'll soon get it all sorted. 

Right now, I'm listening to Riley Sager's new book, Lock Every Door.  Perfect for R.I.P.  And I'm reading the second book in Dawn Brookes' mystery series set on a cruise ship, Deadly Cruise.  Enjoying it very much.  I would never make it on a cruise, but I like reading about them. 

We are hosting a family birthday event this weekend so we will be busy.  Football has begun - what more can you want?  Take care everyone and hope you have a nice weekend! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

R.I.P. XIV Reading Challenge - let's get spooky for fall...

Probably my favorite challenge ever (and probably also the only one I've actually completed successfully more than once) is in the 14th year.  It is Readers Imbibing Peril, aka R.I.P.  This runs from the first of September through the last day of October and, as I said above, is in the 14th year.

I love reading spooky books at this time of year - well, any time of year really.  The books or short stories or movies included in this challenge would be:

Dark Fantasy

Emphasis is not on 'challenge', but on fun and sharing the fun with others.  I will be participating in Peril the First - reading at least four books that fit the genres above.  Easy peasy, right?  I will also be joining in on Peril of the Short Story this year.  Our mystery group is doing Shirley Jackson month for October and I'll be reading (or rather listening to) several of her short stories.  One you might be familiar with is The Lottery.  I'm also looking forward to listening to a couple of Jackson's books and perhaps even her biography, A Rather Haunted Life.  I've also got Stephen King's new book, The Institute, pre-ordered for my Kindle.  And I'm thinking of listening to all 5 of Ruth Ware's books on audio for this challenge.  Imogen Church narrates all of them and she is very good.  Some of my print books that I might pick up are below.

I'm not sure if I'll do formal reviews, but may just do a wrap-up post at the end of October.  We'll see how it goes.  If you'd like to participate, just click this link for RIP 14 and join in.  Let's get spooky, shall we?

Possible Book Choices 

The House On Cold Hill by Peter James
The Mousetrap and Other Plays by Agatha Christie
A Better Man by Louise Penny
Cruel Acts by Jane Casey
The Whisper Man by Alex North

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Happy September!

Hello bookish friends!  May I be the first to wish you Happy September and Happy Labor Day Weekend (if you are in the US).  Also, happy fall?  Well, temps are still in the 90's for us and will be for quite a while.  However, at least we seem to be done with the 'over 100's' time period...maybe. 

We have had a very busy summer.  Travels to New Mexico and lots of golf stuff for my husband.  We spent a nice few days in early August in Kerrville, which is about 2 hours from our home.  A golf tournament was involved for him and I did some early morning walking.  It was still warm, but not as warm as it became later in the day.  Kerrville is definitely in the Texas Hill Country and is a very nice town.  They have a wonderful library, which I finally got to visit, and I also spent some quality (as in buying a few books) time in a couple of local bookstores.  It was lovely.  I met the director of the library and spent a few minutes chatting with her about library stuff - whether they had a mystery book group and if they were always in need of volunteers (answer was YES!).  My husband and I have considered and continue to think about possibly moving to Kerrville after he retires, but that's several years in the future.  It was nice to take a look at the library.  I suspect that library volunteering will be in my life always, wherever I live.

After Kerrville, we moved on to Ruidoso, New Mexico, one of our favorite places.  We spent a couple of weeks there and, yes, a golf tournament was involved.  Plus books.  Always books, right?  There are a number of antique-type stores in that area and each of them includes books.  Always fun to see what might be lurking in the corners.  I picked up several and may do a 'show and tell' in a later post.

I'll be back in a bit to do my fall post for RIP 14 - Readers Imbibing Peril 14.  So, the answer to Robin's query on my previous post about whether I would be joining in is YES!  Thanks for reminding me, Robin

I'm going to leave you with some wild horse pictures that we took in New Mexico.  There are wild horses in that mountain area and signs abound regarding them.  Sometimes you see them.  Sometimes you don't.  This year, they were frequent residents.  Big horses, small horses, foals - just wandering a mountain neighborhood, between the houses, munching on the vegetation.  In  past years we've seen a bear, very large elk, not as large deer, raccoons, rabbits, and skunks.  This seems to be the year of the horse.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Summer Break - 2019

Are we in the 'dog days' of summer yet?  I think we are here in Central Texas.  It's hot and humid and the weeds are everywhere.  Not my favorite time of the year to be outside.  Lovely sunshine, but still.  I've been enjoying my reading though and my yoga and walks (at the indoor walking track).  I'll continue to do that. 

I am going to take an 'official' break from blogging.  I'll attempt to keep my 'books read' column mostly current, but we will be taking a trip or two in upcoming days.  Golf tournaments beckon my husband and we'll also be visiting the mountains of New Mexico for a bit.  Enjoy your summer and reading.  And I'll try to see you back around here in a few weeks. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

kay's reading...7.10.19

Hello book friends!  Hope all of you have a had good couple of weeks.  I think that for now I'll update by relating what I've been reading every now and then.  We had a quiet but nice holiday weekend - we've felt like our summer has been busy and so it was just about perfect to do nothing much.  My husband played golf - his usual - and I made my way through book after book, while also keeping up my walking and yoga routines.  Last year, we were in the beautiful Pacific Northwest (pictured above).  This year - hot and humid Central Texas - ah, home...ha!  I'll not share another 'bug' picture with you, but let me tell you, the scorpions are out and around - just saying...

I've continued to make my way through Betty Webb's Lena Jones series.  This author, who was once an investigative reporter, shares some tough storylines in these books - very grim.  I've loved the books, but they might be a little rough for some.  Anyway, I've finished Desert Cut, Desert Lost, Desert Wind, and Desert Rage.  You can always click on the covers to the right to learn more about any of the books I've read.  There are 10 books in the series and I'm reading #9 right now, Desert Vengeance.  As I said, I've really liked this series and I'm considering doing the same thing with another series - reading all the books - I just have to think about what series I might pick.  Maybe somewhere cold.

I've also been doing some great audiobook listening.  I read the second book in Dervla McTiernan's Cormac Reilly series.  It's called The Scholar and through the book, the reader gets to know not only more about Cormac and his detective colleagues, we get to get better acquainted with Dr. Emma Sweeney, Cormac's girlfriend.  I can recommend both The Scholar and the previous book, The Ruin.  They are both narrated by Aoife McMahon.

After spending time in Ireland, I shifted over to Asia and began listening to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.  It is narrated by a number of people and all were quite good.  I'll be leading a book group discussion of this book next week and so I was very happy that I liked it so much.  With various themes of tea production, harvesting, and a mountain culture steeped in tradition, there were also modern aspects that were most interesting.  One storyline concerned adoptions of Chinese girls and that one was most relevant to my life as we have two nieces who were adopted from China.  I appreciated many of the issues brought up and look forward to talking with the group about their experience with the book.

Another book group member related to me that she had just finished reading Lisa See's new book - The Island of Sea Women.  She said I should try that one too and so I did.  Wow.  Location shift to Korea and the female divers of Jeju Island, off the coast of Korea.  This way of life is something I can't even imagine, but I was quite, quite enthralled.  Another book that I highly recommend.  Based on life in that region and the changes that have come, the timeline runs from the 1930's to the present.  It was narrated by Jennifer Lim.


I think that's about it for the last couple of weeks.  I hope you are all enjoying your summertime reading.  Take care and I'll try to get back around in a bit to share more.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

What I've been reading...

I thought I would just do a short update about what I've been reading and listening to in the last few days.  Some really good books in my opinion.

First of all, I've gone down the rabbit hole with Betty Webb's Lena Jones series.  I mentioned the first book, Desert Noir, a couple of weeks ago and said that I was thinking of reading all 10 books in the series soon.  I've definitely made a start in that direction.

Desert Wives is the second book in the series.  In this tale, Lena goes undercover at a community in northern Arizona that practices polygamy.  Lena had been hired to help a young teen escape from the community by the mother of the girl.  However, the leader has been murdered and the mother has been arrested.  Lena and Jimmy, her partner, step in to help.

The third book in the series, Desert Shadows, was quickly in my hand and I became absorbed in learning about the independent publishing industry and helping Lena solve the murder of a very unpleasant woman who headed up Patriot's Blood Press.  Jimmy's cousin, Owen Sisiwan, has been accused of murdering the woman, who was his employer.  The author said that her own publisher, Poisoned Pen Press, was helpful in letting her see behind the scenes of a small independent.

Did I go right on to #4?  Yes I did and enjoyed it thoroughly.  Desert Run concerns an independent movie being made about a German POW camp in the area and an escape of prisoners on Christmas Eve, 1944.  This is based on a true story, which Betty Webb relates in the author's notes.  One of the escapees, a German U-boat captain who settled in the US after the war, is the victim this time.  Not that anyone is mourning him.  He was assisting in the documentary production and is, of course, quite old.  His Ethiopian caretaker is the person accused of the crime.  Lena, always ready to help right what she perceives as a wrong, investigates.  She's in a tough place in her life because it seems that everyone is leaving her - her old boss in the police is moving back to Brooklyn and Jimmy, her partner, has taken a job with a tech firm (maybe).  We also continue to learn a bit about Lena's history.

Now to the books that I listened to on audio.  I've been very pleased to find that Mary Stewart's books (she's one of my favorite authors from the past) have recently been recorded with new narrators.  Some are already available now and some will be coming.  Not sure if they were previously recorded as books on tape long ago, but I know I never listened to any of them.  I picked up a couple of my favorites and began a delightful reread of Touch Not the Cat.  It was narrated by Zoe Mills and I loved everything about it.  It had been a long time since I visited this book, originally published in 1976.  That was probably the year that I originally read it - I would have been in early college days.  Gothic-type romantic suspense.  Lovely!

The last book I'll talk about is another that I loved (and have quickly moved on to the second in the series).  It's The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan.  Narrated by Aoife McMahon (pronounced 'eef-a'), I was thinking up reasons to keep listening.  This is the first book in a crime series set in Ireland featuring DS Cormac Reilly.  It concerns a crime that is connected to a case Cormac had very early in his career - his first week in fact.  Cormac has returned to Galway from being with a special squad in Dublin and has not found his welcome warm at all.  If you like the books that Tana French writes, the ones about the Dublin Murder Squad, you might like this one.  The second book has recently been published, The Scholar.  I'm listening to that one now.


That's it for now.  Hope everyone has a nice weekend!   

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Broadmoor in Colorado - Part 2

This is the second part of my tale about our trip to Colorado in May and today I'll show some interior shots of The Broadmoor and also share a little about the historical tour I took there.  As I said on Monday, The Broadmoor was built by Spencer Penrose in 1918.  At that time, the hotel was located outside of Colorado Springs.  Mr. Penrose was a bit of a rebel (or more than a bit) and he disagreed with a lot of restrictions on behavior of individuals - things like Prohibition.  One of the concierge staff led our historical tour and so I'll mention a few tidbits that we saw and heard about.

I don't have a picture of 'Bottle Alley' near one of the restaurants accessed through the lobby, but there are display cases high up in the walls that are filled with old liquor bottles.  Penrose served his guests and friends alcohol during the Prohibition time (1920-1933) and then hid the bottles in various places on his land.  When a renovation was done many years later, over 1,200 bottles were found - intact and empty.  Hence - 'Bottle Alley'. 

All the lobbies and open rooms of The Broadmoor are very ornate and formal in decor.  This is the lobby of the part of the hotel that was across the lake from where we stayed.

Look at this fountain in more detail (just click on it).  Bears!  I was wandering on my own when I took this and there was a meeting going on in one part of this area.  I couldn't stay long, but this gives you a peep.  There was art everywhere as well.

This was a fountain that was just outside of the restaurant where I had breakfast that first morning.  And it was the gathering place for the historical tour.  

I discovered this library the first day after breakfast, but there was a group having a meeting inside.  I had to come back later when I could take a look at the shelves in the room itself.  Our tour guide showed us this room and said someone had asked whether it was modeled after the library in Disney's Beauty and the Beast!  (It was not.)  

Yes, I was tempted to climb the ladder and check out all the books on the upper shelves.  Guests could borrow the books and (I suppose) actually take them if they wished.  This library has not been in existence for the whole 100 years.  It was a storage room a few years ago.

Spencer Penrose also was a founder of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a race that started in 1916.  This year's race will actually take place this coming Sunday, June 30th.  Many famous race car drivers have participated and the vehicle above was actually driven by Penrose himself very early on (not sure what year).  It's found in the Penrose Heritage Museum, which is located on the grounds of The Broadmoor.  I spent a couple of hours there taking a look at things and chatting with the curator.

There were a lot of carriages, cars, and artifacts at the museum.  Here's a stagecoach that one could get close to and check out just how small the inside compartment was.  I can't imagine bumping over the prairie in one of those.  

I was fascinated and sort of creeped out by this 'carriage' - a 'Bath Car' - like from Bath, England.  I knew that people went to Bath to bathe in the hot springs - for their health and to help with ailments.  Many of these people were unable to walk to the springs on their own and so were carried.  Eventually, this little carriage/cart was invented and a person could sit inside and be transported to the hot springs.  I could get up close and look and found myself getting claustrophobic just looking.  This kind of reminded me of an upright coffin.  However, I guess they served their purpose.  

Outside the museum, there was this old engine from the Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway.  The Broadmoor also owns the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, though it is closed right now for repairs.  They hope to reopen in 2021.  My husband and daughter and I rode this railway to the top of Pikes Peak in the late 1980's.  


I had a good time hearing all the history and wandering around The Broadmoor checking out various things.  There was a long hallway with lots of photos of famous people who had stayed at the hotel - presidents, world leaders, famous Hollywood people and famous singers and rock stars.  There was a lot more about the Penrose family and display cases filled with all sorts of memorabilia.  Probably the oddest thing was Spencer Penrose's glass eye.  Kind of creepy, but interesting.  Also a picture of him in his llama cart.  Another of Penrose's gifts to Colorado was the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.  He had a lot of wild creature pets, one of them a llama, and he would drive his llama cart into Colorado Springs to protest Prohibition.  See, you just never know what you might learn.

Thanks for sharing my trip with me!  There is a lot to see in Colorado Springs if you ever get there.  Hope you can visit at some point.  

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

First Chapter First Paragraph - Old World Murder

I am linking up with Vicki @ I’d Rather Be At The Beach who hosts a meme every Tuesday to share the First Chapter First Paragraph or two of the book you are currently reading or plan to read soon.

I've had a signed copy of the book I'm featuring today for several years.  It's been on my shelf, unread as yet, while the author has continued the series and will be coming out with the 10th book in early fall.  I've also been doing another round of 'weeding my shelves' and will be showing up at our mystery group meeting next week with several books to pass along.  As I was considering which ones could go, I pick up this one and began reading:

by Kathleen Ernst

First Paragraph(s):

As Chloe Ellefson walked from 1982 into 1870s Wisconsin, a white frame church emerged from the trees, prettily framed against a cloud-studded blue sky.  The view alone was enough to make most visitors pause, appreciate the simple elegance of the restored church, perhaps even wonder about the lives of those women and men and children who had first worshiped within its walls.
     For Chloe, the historic site's newest employee, the scene represented a fresh start.
     A cadence in her mind kept time with her steps:  Must - make - this - work.  Must - make - this - work.  Dr. Eberhardt could no doubt have written a thesis about that obsessive little drone...but Dr. Eberhardt was still in North Dakota with his white pills and his spiral notebook and his guttural grunts that had reminded her all too often of Markus' father.  Visiting a psychiatrist who reminded her of the people she was trying to escape seemed counter-productive, but Solomon, North Dakota--population 793 on a good day--hadn't offered many options in low-cost mental health care.
     Anyway, Chloe had come to Wisconsin to stand on her own two feet.  Although, she thought as she reached the church gate, it would be more accurate to say she'd come home to Wisconsin.  The last thing she'd ever expected to do.  But she was here now.  A new job.  A new life.  And she was determined to make it work.  
     After all, her chosen field was all about facades.  Curators at living history sites presented impressions of the past.  The bustles and bonnets (or braces and boots) that interpreters wore hid more than modern clothes and hairstyles.  Well, she thought, nothing wrong with a good facade.  In fact, a huge historic site intended to create and present illusions wasn't a bad choice for someone wanting to rewrite her own history. 


Trying to leave painful memories behind her, Chloe Ellefson is making a fresh start. She's the new collections curator at Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor ethnic museum showcasing 1870s settlement life. On her first day, Chloe meets with an elderly woman who begs her to find a priceless eighteenth-century Norwegian ale bowl that had been donated to the museum years ago. But before Chloe can find the heirloom and return it to her, the woman dies in a suspicious car crash.

Digging up the history and whereabouts of the rare artifact quickly turns dangerous. Chloe discovers that someone is desperately trying to cover up all traces of the bowl's existence—by any means necessary. Assisting Chloe is police officer Roelke McKenna, whose own haunting past compels him to protect her. To catch the covetous killer, Chloe must solve a decades-old puzzle . . . before she becomes a part of history herself.


What do you think?  Would you keep reading?  Our area has a living history museum that many of the local schools visit for field trips.  There are also classes and demonstrations and festivals.  I haven't been for long time, since our daughter was in elementary school, but I remember it was a lot of fun.  The author, Kathleen Ernst, has an advanced degree in historical education and has been a curator for a living history museum in Wisconsin.  I'm sure that has provided great material for her books.  

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Broadmoor in Colorado - Part 1

I'm finally getting around to talking about The Broadmoor, the destination hotel that my husband and I visited in early May.  He was attending a work conference and I was tagging along for fun.  When I was a little girl, my maternal grandparents lived in Colorado Springs for a few years.  My grandfather worked at the Air Force Academy.  They returned to Texas when I was about 6, but I do have memories of visiting them there and some of the local attractions.  We didn't ever go to The Broadmoor, but they talked about it.  

A little history of this pretty famous hotel - the centennial of The Broadmoor was in 2018, so it was built in 1918.  Colorado Springs was a small town at the time and my understanding is that the man who built The Broadmoor, Spencer Penrose, was quite a character.  Lots of history here.  Last year, the resort prepared for a big centennial celebration and so the whole place was spiffed up.  There were exhibits and displays, a Spencer Penrose Museum on site, and history tours are offered.  I took advantage of one of the tours and took a look at the museum.  Pictures of interior things on Wednesday.  Today, I'll show you a few outside shots from my walking.

I took this picture during my first morning breakfast.  I had a lovely window table and that's a glimpse of the outside.

It had snowed and then rained the day before and it was still a bit damp outside.  The Broadmoor has part of the hotel on one side of this small lake and the other section on the other side.  It's a really big property.  There is a walking trail around the lake that was about 3/4 of a mile long.  I walked round and round, though it was a little cold for this Texas girl.

There was a sidewalk/bridge that spanned between the two sides, so that people didn't have to go all the way around.  

Lots of these birds were seen.  My husband said someone told him it was a kind of magpie.  I told him that was perfect because magpies were used in crime fiction all the time.

There were swans and ducks.  It was cold enough on my walk that my hands got very chilled and so I stopped in at a coffee bar in one of the lobbies and picked up a latte.  That helped my hands stay warm, but I had to find somewhere to 'park it' while I took a picture.  

This picture was from the next day and the clouds were breaking up.  You can see some mountains through them.  It was just beautiful and I passed lots of walkers on my trek round and round the lake.  The Broadmoor also had shuttles to nearby local sites, but I stuck to their property.  Lots to see.

Last picture for today.  I took this picture for my 'cupcake baking' daughter to see, but it makes a more fun picture than one of the coffee bar.  Ha!  I didn't try any of these, but don't they look good?  There were more tasty treats in the display cases.  And also more shops.  I did have a most delicious mixed berry muffin from this shop.  Yum!


I'll be back on Wednesday with some info about my 'history tour' and a couple of pictures from the museum.