Wooden Bandstands of By Gone Years
I'm over at the Heroes, Heroines and History blog showing the first post in a series on historic bandstands. I'm starting with the wooden bandstand as it was the most economical for early settlers to build. Future posts will consider construction materials, size, and the stories behind the bandstand..
Wooden Bandstands of By Gone Years
I'm over at the Heroes, Heroines and History blog showing historic images of people on their porch swings, a place where they show the joy and agony of life. Memorable folks captured at this leisure activity, which was also a place of refuge.
These days, many people don't have a porch or veranda to hold a swing, but it seems that the trend may return by the look of the new styles of houses being built today. Good news as I feel it's an integral part of a friendly and caring neighborhood.
Porch Swing Time at http://www.hhhistory.com/2018/04/porch-swing-time.html
The social aspects of tobogganing a century ago are explored in my Heroes, Heroines and History post, Romance on a Toboggan. Back then in areas that received adequate snowfall, toboggan runs were prepared and iced slides that started high and ran long. An added bonus was that you got to hold your main squeeze all the way to the end if you wished.
You even got a nice view while you were at the top, like this one from Ottawa, Canada in 1922...
As always, comments and thoughts are appreciated and just to get you started, here's my question for this post...
Tobogganing on an iced slide of this magnitude would be exhilarating, don't you think?
My last Heroes, Heroines and History blog post, Sleighs, Cutters & Carioles featured winter travel by sleigh for those who lived in areas that received some amount of snow. This time I'm posting about sleighs and sleds made for children and dolls.
So come on over and share your memories or read of others who've experienced this mode of travel and fun on my January 5th HHH blog post, Early photos of Children's Sleighs.
Sorry, couldn't resist the One-horse Open Sleigh spoof...We're talking about sleighs, cutters and carioles over on the Heroes, Heroines and History blog today. Do you know the difference? Which is your favorite? Join us for a trip back in time as we explore fancy sleighs, swift cutters, bobsleighs, and the ground-hugging carioles.
For November 5th, which is my day of the month to blog at www.hhhistory.com, I have a whack of images and photographs from 1874-1955 that show autumn in different views from fashion to food and fun. What do you think of when you hear the word, autumn? Does the sight of multi-coloured leaves make you smell burning leaves or pumpkin pies?
Come on over and share your thoughts as we celebrate the change of seasons by going back in time with Autumn Views.
For the record, the above photograph of me and my sister is about 50 years later than the ones you'll find over at Heroes, Heroines and History where I'm showing photographs of children and their late 19th century toys. Why? Because I want to show you some of the toys that can be found in the toy corner of my hero, Adam Hazelton's Emporium in my novella, Love in Store, which is contained in The Secret Admirer Romance Collection. And yes, my post includes a little tea set, although probably smaller than the one pictured above.
And I have a #giveaway of a copy of The Secret Admirer Romance Collection going on until midnight Sunday June 11th, but you have to leave a comment on my Late 19th Century Toys - and a Giveaway post to be entered.
Oh, the delight of puttering around a colorful conservatory with the smell of damp vegetation hanging in the air while the cold wind blows pristine snow crystals through the air outside the glass-paned enclosure. That is the reality of my past, as well as the imagery I wanted for my fictional heroine in my newest release, the novella, Sweet Love Grows, which is found in The American Heiress Brides Collection. Well, perhaps not exactly since I set the story in the spring time due to the plot, but I hope you got the picture.
If you haven't already entered my Sweet Love Grows Prize Pak Giveaway, you can do so at the end of my Botanical Conservatories post, over on the Heroes, Heroines and History blog where I'm posting about conservatories, orangeries, palm houses, etc with pictures of the past.
Or, if you'd rather not go there, you can enter right here.
Back in 1999, the family and I took a lovely trip on the Prairie Dog Central Railway on the northwest edge of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Over the years I looked at the photos I took that day for research purposes, but never thought of showing them until I decided to write a post celebrating the release of Barbour's The Rails to Love Romance Collection.
To see more train photos, check out my post, Love Those Steam Locomotives.
My good friend and Inky blog mate, Susanne Dietze, has a novella, Honeymoon Express, in this collection and in celebration is giving away one copy on her post. Deadline is 11:59 pm EDT Sept 24, so there's still time to enter.
I'm blogging about Alberta Ranch Summer Haying over on the HHH blog today so if you're interested in seeing how ranches and farmers put hay up back in 1895-1900, you might want to pop in and take a look.
I'm including my own experience working a hay cutter and rake on my grandparents' farm back when I was 12 and other than changing the horses in for a tractor, there wasn't much difference in the way things were done.
Here's the image I used of me on the Heroes, Heroines, and History post. It's the same one I use on my website Long Bio page except I made it B&W to fit in with all the other images on the post.