Watch Chapter 4 of Treasure on the Southern Moor

Chapter 4, titled Rough Sailing, leads you into one of the most dangerous tempests on the raging seas. Watch to see whether or not Dick is recovered after falling overboard, listen to the boards of the ship creak and groan as the ship tosses you from side to side, and hear the captain and first mate discuss the trustworthiness of some of the other officers.

Here is the next video in my series of reading select chapters of my book Treasure on the Southern Moor. You can check out more details of where I am in production of this book here, and please also purchase my book The Williams House. Check out more information in my bookstore! Enjoy the video.

Back description:
.     The thrill of the sea – the song of the ocean winds – out sails and up anchor! – guided by the compass and stars – as a poet once said, “to the lonely sea and sky”. It is the eighteenth century, and the sailing vessel is the only way to travel the raging seas. The Southern Moor sets sails from England to Africa with a crew of forty-two persons, guided by a captain with his son and daughter, where those of the trusted crew hope to find treasure with only the guidance of a map an old friend of the captain’s had given him and a handful of the treasure itself, brought back from the African shoreline. With the smell of cooking from the galley, you may find them about on the weather decks reefing the sails or lashing down the ship’s boats, or listen to the captain play on his fipple flute with the accompaniment of the cello and violin. Hear the ocean waves lap against the bows, or have cataracts of sea water come flooding over the main deck in the midst of a raging storm.
.     In Plymouth, England, there are those few friends of the captain who wonder if he will ever return. Is the Southern Moor, newly finished vessel and never before tested in the ocean waters, strong enough to sail through storms and cannon fire to reach the warm lands of the African shoreline and make the same journey back? With all of its rectangular sails billowing in the wind, bowsprit brass tip of heather shining in the sunlight, and the polish of the wood shining without a fingerprint to be seen, the Southern Moor leaves the harbor of Sutton Pool to test itself in the ocean and plough the stormy seas. . .

 

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Solar Eclipse – Nature Blogging

Hello everyone!

I hope you enjoyed the solar eclipse! In the end, I am glad that I did not go to the path of totality, as I heard that 80% of that path was under a cloud cover today. Where I live, the eclipse reached 80% to totality, and though it did not get quite dark, the lighting did change quite a pit. Unfortunately, the pictures do not quite do it justice, yet you can still see differences. Several of the pictures look as though there is a cloud cover, even though the skies were clear! And even though my small camera’s shots of the eclipse wasn’t the best, you still can see a shot of the crescent sun.

The first few pictures were taken before the eclipse took place so you can see how bright a day it was. Then, as you progress through the reel, you can see shade take over.I hope you enjoy!

 

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Watch Chapters 2 and 3 of Treasure on the Southern Moor

Here are the next two videos in my series of reading select chapters of my book Treasure on the Southern Moor. You can check out more details of where I am in production of this book here, and please also purchase my book The Williams House. Check out more information in my bookstore! Enjoy the videos.

Back description:
.     The thrill of the sea – the song of the ocean winds – out sails and up anchor! – guided by the compass and stars – as a poet once said, “to the lonely sea and sky”. It is the eighteenth century, and the sailing vessel is the only way to travel the raging seas. The Southern Moor sets sails from England to Africa with a crew of forty-two persons, guided by a captain with his son and daughter, where those of the trusted crew hope to find treasure with only the guidance of a map an old friend of the captain’s had given him and a handful of the treasure itself, brought back from the African shoreline. With the smell of cooking from the galley, you may find them about on the weather decks reefing the sails or lashing down the ship’s boats, or listen to the captain play on his fipple flute with the accompaniment of the cello and violin. Hear the ocean waves lap against the bows, or have cataracts of sea water come flooding over the main deck in the midst of a raging storm.
.     In Plymouth, England, there are those few friends of the captain who wonder if he will ever return. Is the Southern Moor, newly finished vessel and never before tested in the ocean waters, strong enough to sail through storms and cannon fire to reach the warm lands of the African shoreline and make the same journey back? With all of its rectangular sails billowing in the wind, bowsprit brass tip of heather shining in the sunlight, and the polish of the wood shining without a fingerprint to be seen, the Southern Moor leaves the harbor of Sutton Pool to test itself in the ocean and plough the stormy seas. . .

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Waterfalls, Streams, Fountains and Rock – Nature Blogging

This is a continuation of my closeup series of photographing Dow Gardens, a massive and extensive set of gardens near where I live. This post is all about water! I took these photos a few days ago. Check out this post in the series too, and thanks to all who have liked it. Enjoy!

 

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Children’s Hour – Lewis Carroll

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Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) formed the classical and now beloved story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland when he was boating with three little girls, sisters, whose names were Lorina, Edith, and Alice Liddell. Their father was good friends with Lewis Carroll, and Lewis Carroll would take Mr. Liddell’s daughters boating and tell them snippets of nonsensical tales about a girl having all sorts of queer adventures. His introductory poem to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland tells the story of him boating out with these three girls, though he changed their names in the story. Picture the mathematician out for a jaunt on the river telling stories to these girls as you read the below poem:

All in the golden afternoon
Full leisurely we glide;
For both our oars, with little skill,
By little arms are plied,
While little hands make vain pretence
Our wanderings to guide.

Ah, cruel Three! In such an hour,
Beneath such dreamy weather,
To beg a tale of breath too weak
To stir the tiniest feather!
Yet what can one poor voice avail
Against three tongues together?

Imperious Prima flashes forth
Her edict ‘to begin it’-
In gentler tone Secunda hopes
‘There will be nonsense in it!’-
While Tertia interrupts the tale
Not more than once a minute.

Anon, to sudden silence won,
In fancy they pursue
The dream-child moving through a land
Of wonders wild and new,
In friendly chat with bird or beast-
And half believe it true.

And ever, as the story drained
The wells of fancy dry,
And faintly strove that weary one
To put the subject by,
‘The rest next time-‘ ‘It is next time!’
The happy voices cry.

Thus grew the tale of Wonderland:
Thus slowly, one by one,
Its quaint events were hammered out-
And now the tale is done,
And home we steer, a merry crew,
Beneath the setting sun.

Alice! a childish story take,
And with a gentle hand
Lay it where Childhood’s dreams are twined
In Memory’s mystic band,
Like pilgrim’s wither’d wreath of flowers
Pluck’d in a far-off land.
~Lewis Carroll – introduction to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

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New series! Watch Chapter One of Treasure on The Southern Moor

Here it is! Though my book Treasure on the Southern Moor is not quite in print yet, I have begun reading ahead the final manuscript. (The sample pages were the pre-edited version, in case you follow along!) Watch the below video to see what the voyage is all about – a captain sailing with his son and daughter to the coast of West Africa during the eighteenth century. Read this post to see when this book will be in print!

Back description:
.     The thrill of the sea – the song of the ocean winds – out sails and up anchor! – guided by the compass and stars – as a poet once said, “to the lonely sea and sky”. It is the eighteenth century, and the sailing vessel is the only way to travel the raging seas. The Southern Moor sets sails from England to Africa with a crew of forty-two persons, guided by a captain with his son and daughter, where those of the trusted crew hope to find treasure with only the guidance of a map an old friend of the captain’s had given him and a handful of the treasure itself, brought back from the African shoreline. With the smell of cooking from the galley, you may find them about on the weather decks reefing the sails or lashing down the ship’s boats, or listen to the captain play on his fipple flute with the accompaniment of the cello and violin. Hear the ocean waves lap against the bows, or have cataracts of sea water come flooding over the main deck in the midst of a raging storm.
.     In Plymouth, England, there are those few friends of the captain who wonder if he will ever return. Is the Southern Moor, newly finished vessel and never before tested in the ocean waters, strong enough to sail through storms and cannon fire to reach the warm lands of the African shoreline and make the same journey back? With all of its rectangular sails billowing in the wind, bowsprit brass tip of heather shining in the sunlight, and the polish of the wood shining without a fingerprint to be seen, the Southern Moor leaves the harbor of Sutton Pool to test itself in the ocean and plough the stormy seas. . .

 

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Concluding series – Watch Chapter 14 and Epilogue of The Williams House!

This is the last video in my series of reading my book The Williams House. Check out more information about the book in my bookstore, and read its sample pages!

Back description of book:
.     This is a story about eight children whose names are Lilly, Ann, Will, Johnathon, Timothy, Margaret, Susan, and Maria. They live in a very large and mysterious house where they have all sorts of adventures. It is a stone house on an old country lane, and it is not only the place where they explore, imagine, tell stories, sing, and play musical instruments, but it is also the place where they do school and study, and so you see, between the work and play, they became very familiar with the house indeed. Yet it never ceases to surprise them, how it can look in the moonlight, or on a rainy day, or with morning beams of sunlight flowing through its windows. Join them in the attic for a story on a stormy night, or find them in a park on a summer afternoon with the warm wind in their faces, or see them bent over candles as they look at old rooms and dusty shelves.
.     Friends of theirs are the Bentley family, who are allowed a peek into many of their family adventures. Find them all listening to birds sing while they look for buried treasure, or listening to bassets howl on an autumn night. Though there is a sad moment between them, it is also strangely filled with joy and contentment, as those who are filled with light cannot be anything else.
.     Perhaps the most exciting moment of all is when the Williams’ children find something on the basement landing of their home. The basement is not a place they are allowed to go to often, and the children have called it the cellar among their whispered stories, yet the discovery makes the cellar stairs a more easily traveled lane. . .

Chapter fourteen is titled The End of This Story. Watch to hear the conclusion of the Williams children year and hear what happens to them!

 

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Roses – Nature Blogging

This is a continuation of my closeup series of photographing Dow Gardens, a massive and extensive set of gardens near where I live. This post is all about roses! I took these photos a few days ago. Check out this post in the series too. Enjoy!

 

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My Book is Submitted! Watch for Treasure on the Southern Moor

The final step has come for my second book Treasure on the Southern Moor. (Note that the sample pages were the unedited version.) I have submitted the final manuscript into production. Over the next week or two, I will be finalizing matters relating to cover work and type setting, and then the book will be in print! So far, the book is on course to be in print by September 1st! Stay tuned.

Back cover:
.     The thrill of the sea – the song of the ocean winds – out sails and up anchor! – guided by the compass and stars – as a poet once said, “to the lonely sea and sky”. It is the eighteenth century, and the sailing vessel is the only way to travel the raging seas. The Southern Moor sets sails from England to Africa with a crew of forty-two persons, guided by a captain with his son and daughter, where those of the trusted crew hope to find treasure with only the guidance of a map an old friend of the captain’s had given him and a handful of the treasure itself, brought back from the African shoreline. With the smell of cooking from the galley, you may find them about on the weather decks reefing the sails or lashing down the ship’s boats, or listen to the captain play on his fipple flute with the accompaniment of the cello and violin. Hear the ocean waves lap against the bows, or have cataracts of sea water come flooding over the main deck in the midst of a raging storm.
.      In Plymouth, England, there are those few friends of the captain who wonder if he will ever return. Is the Southern Moor, newly finished vessel and never before tested in the ocean waters, strong enough to sail through storms and cannon fire to reach the warm lands of the African shoreline and make the same journey back? With all of its rectangular sails billowing in the wind, bowsprit brass tip of heather shining in the sunlight, and the polish of the wood shining without a fingerprint to be seen, the Southern Moor leaves the harbor of Sutton Pool to test itself in the ocean and plough the stormy seas. . .

This post has been edited to show the final artwork for the book:

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Watch Chapter 13 of My Book The Williams House

Chapter 13 of my book has been recorded. Continue watching my series of reading select chapters of my published book, The Williams House!

Chapter 13 is titled Treasure. With warm wind blowing in their faces and hair, the Williams and Bentley children dig for treasure on the hillside, and they are not left empty handed. Yet, they discover that true treasure is not in gold.

For sample pages of The Williams House, click here. Enjoy the video!

 

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!