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Fell and Moor Terrier Club circa later 1990s

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The Kalmar War


The Kalmar War

From The Historian’s History of the World (In 25 Volumes) by Henry Smith William L.L.D. – Vol. XVI.(Scandinavia) Pg. 308-310

The northern part of the Scandinavian peninsula, as already noticed, had been peopled from the remotest times by nomadic tribes called Finns or Cwenas by the Norwegians and Lapps by the Swedes, from which their territory derived the name of Lapland. These aboriginal inhabitants retained their primitive manners, language, and religion, unaffected by the progress of Christianity in the North. No definite boundary separated the adjacent kingdoms of Sweden and Norway from the dreary wilderness occupied by their less civilised neighbours who subsisted by hunting and fishing. The progress of conquest had gradually pressed them nearer to the borders of the arctic circle, but still even under the Union of Kalmar their territorial limits remained undefined. Continue reading The Kalmar War

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Fox Control with Jack Russell Terriers in Scotland

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A Method for Hand Painting Old Ceramic Floor Tiles – A New Orleans Themed Half Bath under Staircase

Ripping up and replacing a tiled floor is a daunting and expensive task, especially should one live in a fully furnished house full of antique furniture.  An alternative is to hand paint the tiles which can save thousands of dollars in furniture removal, storage expenses and labor costs.  Let’s not forget the the noise and dust created by using pry bars to rip up old tiles.  By hand painting tiles, small sections of a floor may be redecorated by shifting furniture from one area of a room to another.

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of hand painting ceramic tiles is the limitless range of possibilities in recreating historical designs or creating your own original designs. Continue reading A Method for Hand Painting Old Ceramic Floor Tiles — A New Orleans Themed Half Bath under Staircase

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The Stuart Kings and King James I & VI to Charles II

Armorial tablet of the Stewarts - Falkland Palace Fife, Scotland.

Armorial tablet of the Stewarts – Falkland Palace Fife, Scotland.

Continue reading The Stuart Kings and King James I & VI to Charles II

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Bulgarian Fox Hunting

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Stoke Park – Granted by King Charles I

From Wikipedia:

Stoke Park – the original house

Stoke park was the first English country house to display a Palladian plan: a central house with balancing pavilions linked by colonnades or screen walls. Palladio was the 16th-century Italian architect on whose work the design was based. The Paladian style became a standard type of country house construction in 18th century England under Lord Burlington. However, 80 years earlier Stoke Park in Northamptonshire was the first example, believed to have been constructed by Inigo Jones. The house ca.1700 is pictured in Colen Campbell’s (sic) Vitruvius Britannicus (meaning British Architect).

Charles I granted the park and Manor House to Sir Francis Crane, director and founder of the Mortlake Tapestry Works established on the estate of John Dee, the mathematician, at Mortlake, in 1619, later the site of the Queen’s Head pub. Crane was made Secretary to Charles I when he was Prince of Wales and was knighted in 1617. With grants of land, money and high prices charged for tapestries, Crane became very wealthy. He was granted ca.400 acres of Stoke Bruerne in 1629.

Crane brought the design of the house from Italy and had assistance from Inigo Jones to build it.

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Suir Vale Harriers Hunt Clonmore Jan 2020

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Christmas Pudding with Dickens

Traditional British Christmas Pudding Recipe by Pen Vogler from the Charles Dickens Museum

Ingredients

  • 85 grams all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 170 grams Beef Suet
  • 140 grams brown sugar
  • tsp. mixed spice, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, &c
  • 170 grams bread crumbs
  • 170 grams raisins
  • 170 grams currants
  • 55 grams cut mixed peel
  • Gram to Cup conversion tables.

Method

Mix together well, add 1 medium grated apple, mix again, beat three eggs plus 140ml brandy, add to dry mixture, stir together well.

Grease pudding basin with butter, cut a small piece of grease proof paper to cover bottom, pack in pudding, cover with parchment another round of grease proof paper, cover with large squares grease proof paper and tin foil, tie up tightly with string and make string handle to prevent water from invading pudding.   Set on saucer in large covered pan, water half way up pudding basin and boil for 3 ½ hours.

To learn more about Mrs. Vogler and her cooking adventures, click here.

Click here to purchase a copy of Christmas with Dickens by Pen Vogler.

 

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A Day of Foxhunting in Maryland

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Country House Christmas Pudding

Country House Christmas Pudding

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Christian Bros Brandy
  • ½ cup Myer’s Dark Rum
  • ½ cup  Jim Beam Whiskey
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1 cup sultana raisins
  • 1 cup pitted prunes finely chopped
  •  1 med. apple peeled and grated
  • ½ cup chopped dried apricots
  • ½ cup candied orange peel finely chopped
  • 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs (freshly baked bread is best)
  • 1 cup Crisco vegetable shortening(freeze and grate)
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup black strap molasses
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • grated zest of 1 orange plus juice
  • 3 large eggs

Method

  1. Soak all fruit in Brandy for a week.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine brandied fruit with remaining ingredients, add cup of dark rum.
  3. Mold and steam for 3 ½ hours.
  4. Remove pudding, poke holes in top with fork, pour over Jim Beam Whiskey, cover tightly in parchment paper and foil, serve when ready. Will last up to six months in refrigeration.
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Gallileo’s 1611 Sunspot Drawings Sequenced

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Sir Joshua Reynolds – Notes from Rome

Titian – Charles V

The Leda, in the Colonna palace, by Correggio, is dead-coloured white and black, with ultramarine in the shadow ; and over that is scumbled, thinly and smooth, a warmer tint,—I believe caput mortuum.  The lights are mellow ; the shadows blueish, but mellow.  The picture is painted on  panel, in a broad and large manner, but finished like enamel : the shadows harmonize, and are lost in the ground. Continue reading Sir Joshua Reynolds — Notes from Rome

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Books Condemned to be Burnt

BOOKS CONDEMNED
TO BE BURNT.

By

JAMES ANSON FARRER,

decoration

LONDON

ELLIOT STOCK, 62, PATERNOSTER ROW

1892

———-

WHEN did books first come to be burnt in England by the common hangman, and what was the last book to be so treated? This is the sort of question that occurs to a rational curiosity, but it is just this sort of question to which it is often most difficult to find an answer. Historians are generally too engrossed with the details of battles, all as drearily similar to one another as scenes of murder and rapine must of necessity be, to spare a glance for the far brighter and more instructive field of the mutations or of the progress of manners. The following work is an attempt to supply the deficiency on this particular subject. Continue reading Books Condemned to be Burnt

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Limerick Harrier’s Meet at Bulgaden 2018

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Feeding the Hounds at Chateau Cheverny

Photo by Greg O’Beirne

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Sir Joshua Reynolds’ Memoranda on Painting – December 1755

SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS‘ WORKING COLOURS, WITH

THE ORDER IN WHICH THEY WERE ARRANGED

ON HIS PALLETTE.

For painting the flesh, black, blue black, white, lake, carmine, orpiment, yellow ochre, ultramarine, and varnish.

“To lay the pallette:—first lay carmine and white in different degrees: second, lay orpiment and white, ditto: third lay blue black and white, ditto.

“The first sitting, make a mixture on the pallette for expedition, as near the sitter’s complexion as you can. Continue reading Sir Joshua Reynolds’ Memoranda on Painting — December 1755

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The King James Bible – 1611

1612 First Quarto of the King James Bible

Click here to buy a copy of the 1611 King James Bible

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Making Quality Linen and Canvas Painting Panels

Gary Kravit is an airline pilot and artist.  He also owns and operates https://theultimatetaboret.com.  You may view Gary’s art at https://garrykravitart.blogspot.com/

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Quotations

No matter how many men you kill, you can’t kill your successor.

— Seneca

Artistic Endeavour in the Absence of Country Gentlemen

The Garden at Somersby Rectory by W.E.F. Britten

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CZ Binance – The Coming Collapse

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The Treasure of Abbot Thomas – from Ghost Stories of M.R. James

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Verum usque in præsentem diem multa garriunt inter se Canonici de abscondito quodam istius Abbatis Thomæ thesauro, quem sæpe, quanquam adhuc incassum, quæsiverunt Steinfeldenses. Ipsum enim Thomam adhuc florida in ætate existentem ingentem auri massam circa monasterium defodisse perhibent; de quo multoties interrogatus ubi esset, cum risu respondere solitus erat: “Job, [...] Read more →

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CHAPTER 1 – Introduction

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The History of Witchcraft in England – The Beginnings

The Beginnings of English Witchcraft

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Securing Your Bitcoin Wallet

Money box in shape of a temple, from house 25 in Priene; 2nd century B.C.. , Photo by Marcus Cyron

Reprinted from Bitcoin.org

Be careful with online services

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A Few Crypto Token Trading Realities

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Max Keiser’s Bitcoin Delusion

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Mark Zuckerberg: Tulip Pusher

The Tulip Folly, by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1882. A nobleman guards an exceptional bloom as soldiers trample flowerbeds in a vain attempt to stabilise the tulip market by limiting the supply.

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Penal Methods of the Middle Ages

CHAPTER I

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Country House Essays Book Now in Print

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Clarivoyance by C.W. Leadbeater

Theosophical Society, Adyar, Madras, India, 1890

CLAIRVOYANCE

by C. W. Leadbeater

Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Pub. House

[1899]

CHAPTER IX

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Westminster Confession of Faith – 1646

CHAPTER I. Of the Holy Scripture.

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Growing Muscadine Grapes in Tennessee

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Platform of the American Institute of Banking in 1919

Resolution adapted at the New Orleans Convention of the American Institute of Banking, October 9, 1919:

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Parting Words to Kate from The Sloop of War, Jamestown

Sloop of War Jamestown – Photo from book The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies, Series 1, Vol. 3.

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Historic authenticity of the Spanish SAN FELIPE of 1690

Model of San Felipe

Reprinted from FineModelShips.com with the kind permission of Dr. Michael Czytko

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The Late Rev. H.M. Scarth

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BOOKS CONDEMNED TO BE BURNT.

By

JAMES ANSON FARRER,

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ELLIOT STOCK, 62, PATERNOSTER ROW

1892

———-

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