Tuesday, 29 November 2011

"Sic semper tyrannis!"



This past summer I visited the historic home, Tudor Hall. John Wilkes Booth, the infamous Lincoln assassin, lived in the house for some time.
Tudor Hall is a historic home located at Bel Air, Harford County, Maryland, United States. It is a 1 1⁄2-story Gothic Revival cottage built of painted brick. The house was built as a country retreat by Junius Brutus Booth (1796–1852)... However, Booth never lived in Tudor Hall, because he died before it was completed. Neither did his son Edwin Booth, who left to pursue his acting career. But his other son, John Wilkes Booth, grew up in that house with his mother, brother, and two sisters.
I find it interesting that his favourite role was Brutus, "the slayer of the tyrant".  He shouted "Sic semper tyrannis" ("Thus always to tyrants") as he jumped to the stage after he had shot the president.

There was a Civil War fashion show event on this day.

from Wikipedia Commons
Probably stating the obvious... I have an undying love for history, and whenever I get the chance I go to any historical place. I stand in fields in the hot summers, and in the un-airconditioned homes and museums just to get more. For some reason, standing in a big modern museum does not satisfy me nearly as much as going on house tours or meeting people who show their personal collections of 'artifacts'.
If you know of any amazing places to visit or must-see living history/historical homes/etc anywhere, let me know!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Waiting for a Train


Alas! I have been busy with my jobs and so many things. Unfortunately I am experiencing a blog and life-in-general backlog! In late October I traveled over yonder Mason-Dixon line to Pennsylvania, to ride on a train on a crisp autumn day. Pennsylvania certainly has no shortage of trains. I spent four years there while in school, and I even now sometimes miss hearing those trains.

At the Platform...

Rules of the Train!


On the topic of trains, two of my favourite movies actually have beautiful scenes (and the most beautiful music) involving trains. The scenes are defiantly worth your time, if you have not already seen the movies!
 1.
The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford

2.
The Fall

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Day of The Dead

Today was the Day of the Dead. A Mexican holiday focusing on the remembrance of friends and family no longer living. The skull beads shown to the right are supposed to be sugar skulls, which are a common symbol of the holiday. During my last semester at university, I was able to go to a nice display of Mexican art and taste pan de muerto held at the campus library. I hope that they might hold something like that every year.

This day also happens to be All Souls Day.

This update is a bit late in the day (for it is night and almost the next day) but I wanted to show off these amazing beads that I made into some earrings! I had a hard time with the silver wire, I had not used it before and my hands are still irritated. Very clumsy hands. Thank goodness I am not allergic to sterling silver! I do not know what I would do if I was (since I am allergic to gold, copper, etc.)!



Also...I cannot go without mentioning my favourite holiday...Halloween. I don't think I will ever stop carving pumpkins, eating roasted pumpkin seeds or buying vintagey Halloween things!
Here's some belated Halloween photos...




Did anyone else dress up? (I want to see photographs!) I was a flapper, with skeleton legs. I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween, and a pleasant Day of the Dead if you celebrated!