Christmas in the Smokies!
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Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!
Last summer when we were in Maine we took a ride over to New Hampshire to Mount Washington Auto Road in the White Mountains. This was Bossman and my third time up there. We wanted our friend that was with us to get a chance to see it. The last two times we drove up, but this time we took the van tour. They drive you up and back down and give you info on the mountain and the weather station during the ride. When we started up it was beautiful and clear, but by the time we hit the top the fog had moved in on the summit top and you couldn’t see anything! So I am going to share some older photos from our first trip up also. We had a lovely clear fall day then.
There is a weather-station at the top. The weather changes drastically and quickly up there! Click the link to read about the weather-station and view the webcam. There is also a very informative museum on the summit Here are some old weather instruments…
The Appalachian Trail runs here too and you will find hikers in the restaurant/shops sleeping on benches or eating and visiting…
Tip Top House is an historic hotel at the summit. It’s been restored to give us an idea of what it was like for travelers/hikers. It was built in 1853 and is the oldest surviving building on the summit and believed to be the oldest extant mountain top hostelry in the world. It was so foggy I couldn’t get a good pic of the outside so this one is from previous trip in 2004…
The guide told us in July they had hundreds of flying squirrels at the summit and they were reeking havoc on the tourist. Flying into people, landing on their heads. They had to come up and set traps and catch them and relocate them at the bottom. They caught something like 300!
Here’s one eating lunch…
Back in 2004. Bossman was skinny back then!
Back in the day they took stage coaches up! There is a small museum down at the entrance with all the different modes of transportation that have been used to ascend the mountain.
If you ever get the chance to go, GO!
I haven’t really had any interest in roaming used book stores lately. There’s definitely something wrong with me:( But I have picked up a few here and there at thrift shops over the last few months…
Round the Bend by Neville Shute
The Voyage by Philip Caputo
The Message of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear
A Pigeon and a Boy by Meir Shalev
A Dog’s Ransom by Patricia Highsmith
Friends, Lovers and Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith – Isabel Dalhousie Book
The Careful Use of Compliments by Alexander McCall Smith – Isabel Dalhousie Book
Death at the Beggar’s Opera by Deryn Lake
Falling Slowly and A Friend From England by Anita Brookner
Bonheffer: Letters & Papers From Prison
I also bought the new book by Amir Tsarfati, The Last Hour: An Israeli Insider Looks at The End Times.I’ve just finished that one and it was excellent. The Beckoning Dream by Evelyn Berckman just came in today’s mail. Had to have it after reading armchair reviewers review @ Crossexamingcrime
I’m really looking forward to reading A Pigeon and A Boy and The Voyage!
Some books I’ve read this fall and not wrote about…
- Living Life Backwards by David Gibson
- The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley
- Red Bones by Ann Cleeves
- The Crossing Place by Elly Griffiths
- The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
- The Homestead by Rosina Lippi
- Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
I’ve been enjoying the Shetland series by Ann Cleeves and won a signed copy of Raven Black on Instagram!
Also started the Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths and enjoy those too.
We are off north to visit family and my kids for Christmas. I’ll get to be with the grandkids on Christmas day! Taking The Footsteps at the Lock by Ronald A. Knox to read. It’s a very old book (1928) that is rather hard to find. I put it on my wishlist on Paperbackswap not ever expecting to get it and low and behold I did!
I’d better get going, we are going to the movies tonight to see The Mule with Clint Eastwood and I have to pack my suitcase. Have a wonderful Christmas! I’ll be thinking of you all ❤️
Shout it out!
On the count of three…1…2…3…
I choose JOY!
Don’t let this crazy world get you down!
by Joanna Cannan
Rue Morgue Vintage Mystery first American edition – 1999
When murder strikes in the quiet English countryside
only Inspector Guy Northeast of Scotland Yard sees the vital clue.
When Delia Cathcart and Major Willoughby disappear from their quiet English village one Saturday morning in July 1937, it looks like a simple case of a frustrated spinster running off for a bit of fun with a straying husband.
But as the hours turn into days, Inspector Guy Northeast begins to suspect that she may have been the victim of foul play. On the surface, Delia appeared to be a quite ordinary middle-aged Englishwoman content to spend her evenings with her sisters and mother and her days with her beloved horses. But Delia led a secret life-and Guy turns up more than one person who would like to see Delia dead. Except Delia wasn’t the only person with a secret…
Never published in the United States, They Rang Up the Police appeared in England in 1939 and is the first of two books to feature young Inspector Guy Northeast, who, as critics Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor point out, “marks a departure from the norm of the thirties.”
Here’s what critics said about the second Guy Northeast mystery, Death at The Dog, also published by The Rue Morgue Press.
“Skilled writing and brilliant characterization.” – Times of London.
“Worthy of being discussed in the same breath with an Agatha Christie or a Josephine Tey…anyone who enjoys Golden Age mysteries will surely enjoy this one.” – Sally Fellows, Mystery News.
Only two Inspector Northeast books and I read them backwards. Didn’t really make any difference, but I think I would like to revisit Death at the Dog now. I really did enjoy both books in this series and wish there were more to read!
So many wonderful suspects and quirky characters! Inspector Northeast, they’re always poking fun at his name:), goes over the clues and even makes a lovely little chart of suspects and rates them…
But what if the murderer isn’t someone on the list? Hmm… I did ultimately guess correctly who did it, but it didn’t by any means detract from the fun of the journey getting there!