RA has said in interviews that among his ancestors can be counted weavers and miners. He and I share the latter's presence in our family tree. In the 1870 census when my newly emigrated ancestors were asked from whence they came, they replied to the census taker 'England.' At that time British coal miners were the most experienced in the world. Upon their arrival in Pennsylvania, they were immediately given the best paying, most responsible jobs. The local library has a large collection of vintage books tracing the coal industry's earliest roots in Roman Britain, which resulted in many coal mines being located on ancient monastery grounds. In my case, within a short time after arriving, the original immigrant generation had bought their own property (it was only possible legally to rent land, at that time, in their former homesteads) in order to build some of the most spacious houses in the area. They truly believed the saying "a man's(& woman's:) home is his castle." Their gardens were important to them as well. Generations later, as a child, I looked forward each Spring to blossoming of the roses, irises and mint the former generation had planted. Box evergreen hedges marked the property lines.
To beard or not to beard that is....the topic of comments below...
I'd wager everyone would approve of the following beard..
Captain America NEWS: Thanks to RA Central for tweeting a link to the following article:
QUOTE: “The HYDRA soldiers managed to become cannon fodder easily and lived up to the "faceless goons" part well. But I have no issue with that. Not every soon-to-be-killed-off bad guy needs a back story or a personality. Another notable nod goes to Richard Armitage for playing a small part in Heinz Kruger (Schmidt's top assassin). He was a ruthless advisery for Steve's first 'avenging'. It really was a well thought out cast in general.”
Message to Smaug--don't get him in a bad mood...it's not pretty when Thorin starts to scowl....;)
Past Post: Capt America prequel announced & many luscious pics...
Thorin wins leading role in season 5 of The Tudors - Title: 'Return to Hampton Court Place' The leader of the dwarves scowled and said "didn't realize how much I'd miss females while recapturing my ancestors treasures in MiddleEarth. This time I'll get to growl at my wives instead of Bilbo."
Who is the Brit Male of 2011?..Need I ask :) Vote for him here:
Bondalicious vid for beardalicious Tues...
I know, I know...these two are not quite beards..doubt anyone will be a stickler about it ;)