Yesterday afternoon I finished reading ‘The England of Elizabeth’ by A.L. Rowse.  This Elizabeth was the first English queen so-named.  I am aware that most people alive today have known no other than Queen Elizabeth II.  First published in 1950, during the reign of our Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, the book was researched andContinue reading “Perseverance”


This morning I finished reading Flaubert’s ‘L’education sentimentale’.  This long nineteenth century novel, more than twenty years in the making, is beautifully written, and has been a great help in brushing up a very rusty vocabulary.  I have needed a dictionary at hand, and have had to be careful not to use some of the author’s antiqueContinue reading “Judy”