In my last post I featured an article stating that python hunters believed there was a 200-pounder out there. Well, evidently this year's hunters found it. (At least all but 2 pounds of it.) Limited in their options by Hunt rules, the five wrestled with the 198-lb. behemoth for 45 minutes before subduing it. And had to call in an expert to euthanize it. Before anyone growls over the kill, please recall that non-native pythons have nearly destroyed the wildlife population native to the Florida Everglades. Photo credit: The Orlando Sentinel
And now, some much more beloved creatures . . .
|Photo by Susan Coventry|
Closing with a bit of wisdom, a bit of humor & a bit of beauty . . .
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This week's featured book - my very first Regency Gothic
I never dreamed ten more would follow, or that I would be starting yet another this week. Tentative title: The Abandoned Daughter
Miss Serena Farnsworth, spinster, is a managing female, the crutch
for her extended family, for whom she functions as nurse, companion,
and household organizer. In short, she lives a life of service, devoid
of romance. Until she is invited to attend an invalid at a gloomy
Gothic-style estate in Northumberland, where she encounters two
suspicious deaths, personal animosity, a needy child, and even needier
father. Add witchcraft, shake (sink) holes, Mid-summer Eve revels, and a
variety of odd characters, as well as the certainty someone is trying
to kill her, and Serena finds herself surrounded by a miasma of evil.
The lord of the manor should be of help, but he, alas, is a prime
suspect in the murder of the Brides of Falconfell.
Author's Note: "Brides of Falconfell" is a tribute to the great era of Gothic novels, written by Victoria Holt, Jane Aiken Hodge, Mary Stewart, Phyllis Whitney, and other talented authors of that time. The books—more "Jane Eyre" and "Rebecca" than "Pride and Prejudice"—have several common elements: they are told in first person, as both heroine and reader must be isolated, unable to know what the other characters are thinking. Frequently, the heroines are married and begin to suspect their husbands of murder. There is often a child, usually the hero's from a previous marriage. A large, gloomy mansion is a must, where murder, madness, and evil abound, with the heroine escaping death by the skin of her teeth. I have put all these conventions in "Brides of Falconfell" and chosen an isolated location at the very "top" of England as a setting. I hope you will enjoy my personal attempt at "Gothic Revival." Blair Bancroft
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Thanks for stopping by,Grace (Blair Bancroft)