Celebrating the 4th of July by Honoring the Legacy of Ruby Bridges, “A Mighty Girl”, July 4, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #779)

For me, celebrating the birth of this nation of the United States on July 4th Independence USFlagIllustration_Jul0415MSOfcClipArtDay means recognizing all of our peoples–some of whose independence and freedoms did not come until long after 1776.  And some who are still working on it.

So today, I want to celebrate the courage of a little girl named Ruby Bridges.  At 6 years old in 1960, she became one of the faces of  school integration in the South–as was an earlier group of high school students in 1957, called the Little Rock Nine.

I had heard the story about Ruby before, but not in such detail as the Facebook post shared by “A Mighty Girl” (that they originally posted on September 6, 2014).

So I wanted to share Ruby’s story with you, and with myself, as a reminder that freedoms and liberties are often hard won, at great cost, and only earned through the courage of sometimes the seemingly smallest and certainly the most vulnerable among us–in this case, a little girl named Ruby Bridges, “A Mighty Girl”:

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“A Mighty Girl

Happy 60th birthday to Ruby Bridges! As a six-year-old, Ruby Bridges famously became the first African American child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in the South. When the 1st grader walked to William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans on November 14, 1960 surrounded by a team of U.S. Marshals, she was met by a vicious mob shouting and throwing objects at her.

One of the federal marshals, Charles Burks, who served on her escort team, recalls Bridges’ courage in the face of such hatred: “For a little girl six years old going into a strange school with four strange deputy marshals, a place she had never been before, she showed a lot of courage. She never cried. She didn’t whimper. She just marched along like a little soldier. We were all very proud of her.”

Once Ruby entered the school, she discovered that it was devoid of children because they had all been removed by their parents due to her presence. The only teacher willing to have Ruby as a student was Barbara Henry, who had recently moved from Boston. Ruby was taught by herself for her first year at the school due to the white parents’ refusal to have their children share a classroom with a black child.

Despite daily harassment, which required the federal marshals to continue escorting her to school for months; threats towards her family; and her father’s job loss due to his family’s role in school integration, Ruby persisted in attending school. The following year, when she returned for second grade, the mobs were gone and more African American students joined her at the school. The pioneering school integration effort was a success due to Ruby Bridges’ inspiring courage, perseverance, and resilience.   …”

 

For more information, please follow this link, here:

https://www.facebook.com/amightygirl/photos/a.360833590619627.72897.316489315054055/733247560044893/?type=1&fref=nf&pnref=story

 

So my heartfelt thanks to Ruby and others for their courage!  Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July!   Holiday Cheers!   Grati ;->

P.S. And for our enjoyment, another lady who made history, soprano Marian Anderson, singing our national anthem:

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“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 44 (PG-13): Resolution, July 3, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #778)

avaSirGuysAtonementStoryCover-image-isRichardArmitage-inRH3epi5_086RanetJan1815GratianaLovelace-256x398[An Original Historical Fiction Fan adaptation of the characters from the BBC’s Robin Hood; & a Sequel to “Sir Guy’s Dilemma” (Book 2) by Gratiana Lovelace]
(All Rights Reserved; No copyright infringement intended)

[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my dream cast of: Richard Armitage as Sir Guy of Gisborne, Clive Standen as Lord Archer of Locksley, Emma Watson as Lady Roseanna Gisborne, Tommy Bastow as the young Seth Gisborne, Lucy Griffiths as the spectre of Lady Marian, James McAvoy as Lord George Middleton, Toby Stephens as Prince/King John, Dakota Fanning as Lady Caroline Havorford, Chris Hemsworth as Sir Roderick Merton, Tamsin Egerton as Lady Rebecca Oxbridge Merton, Lee Ross as Sir Jasper, Sir Derek Jacobi as Fr. Bale, Judi Dench as Mother Superior, David Harewood as Brother Tuck, Kevin McKidd as Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester, and Lucy Griffiths as Lady Anne/Marian, Sam Troughton as Much, and Gordon Kennedy as Little John, etc.]

Author’s Mature Content Note: “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a story of romance and intrigue set amidst Medieval times. As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes (S) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments (D). I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly. Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to some mature situations and topics. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read the chapters with those labels. This is my disclaimer.

Author’s Recap from the previous installment: The return of Lady Rebecca Oxbridge Merton and her new husband Sir Roderick Merton involved a tense confrontation with Lady Rebecca’s first husband Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester. And King John was quite put out about him not yet receiving the Staffordshire Ruby as payment for the Merton marriage–which Baron Guy reminded him and Sir Roderick would be payment for a permanent marriage, when all is settled legally. Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester wonders about the legal maneuverings that will have to take place for him to be able to marry Lady Anne/Marian and to have her be his Countess of Leicester–when his first wife yet lives, but with Lady Rebecca now married to another. The marriages, plural, will be a delicate matter to finesse for all concerned. And perhaps the most important detail of these machinations for Lord John, is to have himself declared alive so that he may legally reclaim his family and his earldom.

And Lord John Oxbridge will find an unlikely ally in Baron Guy of Gisborne, who hopes to help facilitate Lord John’s new family vision –in order for Baron Guy to insure the future happiness of Lady Anne/Marian, as a measure of Baron Guy hoping to atone for what Lady Anne/Marian has endured these past seven years due to his fault. Until Lady Anne/Marian’s future happiness is secured, Baron Guy cannot focus upon his own life and family. But of course, Baron Guy’s family might have something to say about his singular focus.

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 44 (PG-13): Resolution

A quarter hour after Lady Rebecca and her children had left her first husband Lord John Oxbridge alone to propose to Lady Anne/Marian Knighton–on Saturday July 11th, 1199–the couple soon joins the extended Gisborne-Oxbridge family in the small Drawing Room of Gisborne-Middleton Manor. By this time, King John’s caravan has arrived–with LadyAnne-smiling-isLucyGriffiths-asLadyMarian-inBBCsRobinHood_Jul0315fanpopcom-sized-hairmanipFather Bale in it who now converses off to the side with Br. Tuck. Everyone halts their conversations, or play in the case of the children, and turns toward the opening the small Drawing Room door to see a smiling Lady Anne/Marian [(2) right] with her arm coupled around her love and betrothed Lord John Oxbridge’s arm. Her wimple gone and her curling locks unfurl femininely about her shoulders.

The three year old little Lord Graham 0xbridge and his two year old sister Lady Rachel drop their Mama Lady Rebecca’s hands and rush over to their father Lord John to hear the news.

Lord Graham: “Are you getting married to Lady Anne, Papa?”

Lady Rachel: “Will there be a party?” She asks eagerly as she claps her little hands together. Little Lady Rachel likes parties with dancing and special treats. Though at two years old, none might call Lady Rachel’s movements dancing–more like hopping around, with her arms flailing about enthusiastically.LordOxbridge-imageis-KevinMcKidd76376-Sep2213KevinMcKiddonline-May2115compbyGratiRev

Lord John: “Ha ha ha ha ha! Graham, Rachel.” Lord John gently cups his children’s upturned angelic faces in his hands. “All in good time, children, all in good time.” He smiles joyously [(3) right] as he then gazes upon his betrothed, Lady Anne/Marian. This news satisfies the children only somewhat.

And the Oxbridge children are, as of yet, too young to understand the complications that yet must be faced and resolved before their father’s marriage to Lady Anne/Marian might take place.   Then Lord John returns his arm to a shyly smiling Lady Anne/Marian and they both look at their extended family and friends.

Baron Guy is riveted to hear the news–hoping that it will finally bring Lady Anne/Marian happiness. Lady Roseanna senses the tension in her husband with his clenched fists and jaw and comments to him in a hushed whisper.

Lady Roseanna: “Guy, what is wrong? Is this not what you hoped for? That Lady Anne/Marian would find happiness in love and marriage?”

Baron Guy: “Yes, … and no.”  He admits begrudgingly.

Baron Guy is happy for Lady Anne/Marian, yes. But there is also a small part of him that is LadyRoseanna-isEmmaWatson_Jul0315realbollywoodcom-flipnot happy–perhaps a nagging remnant of feeling to be yet again dismissed as the object of Lady Anne/Marian’s heart. Though he knows that it is quite churlish of him to begrudge her love and happiness in marriage to another when he is so happily situated–and the father of five and soon to be six children with his beloved Lady Rose. And the still young and lovely Lady Roseanna [(4) right] perceives the source of her husband’s equivocal feelings as she gazes with tempered charity upon the beautifully Lady Anne/Marian.  For Lady Rose knows that Lady Anne/Marian had toyed with her husband’s affections in the long ago past.

Lord John: “My Lords and Ladies, and Sire…” Lord John begins triumphantly smiling at everyone–and he bows to his sovereign and cousin King John. “It is with great joy that I share the news that Lady Anne and I are betrothed and hope to marry very soon.”

Both Lady Anne/Marian and Baron Guy flinch at the very soon part. Others smile and offer up their congratulations to the happy couple. And King John rubs his hands together at the thought of another marriage tax tribute coming his way. However Seth standing with Lady Caroline and his Uncle Lord George and Aunt Lady Mary who have also arrived with their family, wonders aloud–him not guarding his thought before they became speech.

Seth: “But isn’t Lord John still married to Lady Rebecca?” Seth looks at his cousin Lord John and then his first wife Lady Rebecca standing next to her second husband and soon to be the father of her third child, Sir Roderick Merton.

Lord Graham: “No, my Mama is married to Papa Roddy.” Little Lord Graham states naively.

Lord John: “Hhhhhh! We hope that King John might help us resolve the situation amicably.” He smiles hopefully and pointedly at his cousin the King. And Lady Rebecca smiles up to her husband Sir Roderick.PrinceJohn-frowning-isTobyStephens-inRobinhood-series3-epi6-pix0095_Jan3115ranet-crop-sized-crop2

King John: “Me? I am no lawyer nor ecclesiastical court judge.” King John recoils [(5) right] as he swishes his hands in front of himself as if to disavow his role in the tangled marriage situation between and among Lady Rebecca and Sir Roderick and Lord Johns.

Stepping forward, even while his wife Lady Roseanna hangs on his arm tugging him backward, Baron Guy charges King John.

Baron Guy: “Nay my King. You are the maker of the marital quagmire currently surrounding Lady Rebecca, Sir Roderick, and Lord John.” Baron Guy still feels that he owes a debt to Sir Roderick for saving his children’s lives. “Had you not forced Lady Rebecca to marry someone, she might yet be Lord John’s wife, and not remarried and soon to welcome a child with her new husband.” The lady in question blushes crimson, for technically, she is married to two men at the moment–though Lord John, her first husband his still legally dead. “You have caused this mess. And you must resolve it!” Baron Guy admonishes forcefully.

King John throws up his hands in confusion as to what to do. Fr. Bale and Br. Tuck exchange knowing glances, but make no suggestions at this point. Their role as clerics–and his role as officiant at the marriage of Sir Roderick and Lady Rebecca  in the case of Fr. Bale–are consultative in nature.

Lord George: Lord George Middleton, Lady Roseanna’s elder brother, now steps forward. “If I may?”

Baron Guy: “Please.” He gestures to his brother-in-law giving him the floor.

Lord George:   “There are two matters at hand–Lady Rebecca’s marriage to Sir Roderick while her first husband Lord John yet lives–though he was declared dead and she remarried in good faith thinking herself to be a widow; and the legal question of Lord John’s death status with regard to that marriage and to his own position as Earl of Leicester, which is held in trust by little Lord Graham in his father’s absence.”

Lord Graham: “Papa, you may be the Earl again if you like.” Little Lord Graham offers graciously.

Lord John: “Thank you, Graham.” He pats his son’s shoulders.

Sighing in frustration for the matter that is keeping him from a hot bath after their long journey, Baron Guy’s brother Lord Archer of Locksley speaks up.

Lord Archer: “Alright George, I will grant that you have succinctly articulated the aspects of the situation. But have you any solutions?” He chides,

Lord George: “As a matter of fact, yes.” Lord George smiles smugly.

King John: “Well tell us, Georgie!” King John petulantly urges his cousin. King John also wants a hot bath after his long journey.

Lord George portentously looks around the room at everyone. The Gisborne, Middleton, and Locksley children are mostly playing off to the side of the adults standing in a circle.   However, the Oxbridge children are standing with their father and mother, respectively–with little Lady Rachel sleepily leaning in to her mamas skirts and having her mama rub her back caringly–and the almost eleven year old Seth and the now twelve year old Lady Caroline are also with the adults.

Lord George: “John, for the moment, you have to remain dead.” Lord George states impishly.

Lord John: “What?” He asks incredulous–an expression of half confusion and half amusement upon his face.

Baron Guy: “What is this solution you promise?”  Baron Guy urges.

Lord George: “I am getting there, Guy. We must first deal with making Lady Rebecca’s marriage to Sir Roderick Merton a legal transaction in both civil and ecclesiastical courts.”

Sir Roderick: Eager to hear how he might remain his wife’s husband, Sir Roderick asserts. “My Lady Rebecca and I wed in good faith.”

King John: “And I have yet to see the Staffordshire Ruby I was promised.”

Lord Archer: “That is why you are here? For a bauble?” Lord Archer rolls his eyes at King John. In his days of thieving he might have been tempted by such a valuable object, but his beloved wife Lady Saline and their children are his treasures now.

Lord George: “That ruby was a marriage tax, cousin John. And if the marriage dissolves, you do not get it. So you had best aid in this enterprise.”

King John: “What enterprise? You have yet to state it.” King John stamps his tooled leather clad foot in frustration. And Seth thinks that King John still has pretty shoes.

Baron Guy: “George! You are trying all of our collective patience. Please just lay out your plan.” And Baron Guy’s patience is the least flexible among the gathered adults present.

Lord George: “Very well. I have studied the legal matter. And to insure that the Merton marriage is true in the eyes of God and the law of man, Lady Rebecca must have an annulment from her first marriage to Lord John issued by the church and dated for before she wed Sir Roderick.”

Fr. Bale: “But we do not have such a document. Nor are we like to obtain one from Rome.”

Lord George: “Yet, Fr. Bale, it is through your marrying Lady Rebecca to Sir Roderick that they are in this mess. So you are culpable, too.”

Fr. Bale: “I? Culpable? They wed with the presumption–that we now know is false–that Lord John had succumbed to his injuries and died. So she remarried in good faith as a widow.”

Lady Rebecca nods her head up and down. Not only is her marriage to Sir Roderick at stake, but her reputation and the fate of the child that she carries.

Lord George: “Yes, in good faith. And so it behooves you King John and you Father Bale to rectify the situation by formalizing an annulment of the Oxbridge marriage–dated before Lady Rebecca wed Sir Roderick. The children Lord Graham and Lady Rachel remain Lord John’s  heirs as his legitimate children from the marriage. Once the annullment is accomplished, the Merton marriage is secure. And then we may set about returning Lord John to living legal status so that he may resume his earldom and marry Lady Anne.”

Baron Guy: “That sounds reasonable.” He nods his head. For once, his much younger brother-in-law is talking sense.

Lord John: “It does. But will you do it?” Lord John looks at the balking faces of King John and Father Bale.”

Baron Guy: “Come now gentleman.” Baron Guy addresses the recalcitrant cleric and his cousin-in-law King John. “The basics of your believing the Oxbridge marriage to be null and void before the Merton marriage took place is not in question. Am I right?”

Fr. Bale and King John hesitantly nod in agreement with Baron Guy’s assertion.

Br. Tuck: “And I am willing to affix my signature to such a document as well–since two members of the clergy must sign the annulment document.” He rubs his hands together. Br. Tuck is never more glad to be a man of the cloth than when he can actually do some good for his flock–as in this case, for the Oxbridge’s and the Mertons.

Lord George: “Excellent! Well?” He gazes upon King John and Fr. Bale.

King John: “Well, if it is the only way.” He pouts. For all his machinations for self gain when he was a Prince, King John seems to have developed a few scruples now that he is King of England.  However, he still wants that ruby for his new crown.

Fr. Bale: “But what grounds exist for the annulment?” He asks portentously.

Lord George: Lord George thinks for a moment. “John and Lady Rebecca were not cousins when they wed, so that cannot be the reason.” King John perks up at that notion, tucking away that little detail–of cousins marrying being able to annull their marriage–for possible future use. “And there was no cruelty by Lord John to Lady Rebecca.” The two almost former spouses shake their heads no in agreement.

Baron Guy: “Abandonment!” Baron Guy raises his hand in triumph.

Lord John: “I did not abandon my Lady wife Rebecca.” Lord John counters loudly. He is shaking with rage and Lady Anne/Marian leans over and whispers soothing words to him.

Lady Anne/Marian: “Of course not, Lord John. This is just a legal maneuver so that you and I may wed.”

Lady Saline: Quiet up til now, not her strong suit, Lord Archer’s wife Lady Saline sneers. “And what might Lady Rebecca say to that, Lord John? You marry her without her willing participation, get her pregnant and have a son and heir, then you dash off to the Holy Land leaving her alone, pregnant with your second child that you are not even aware of, and for her to have the burden of managing Gordon Castle and the earldom in your absence? Oh yes, you abandoned her–and took advantage of her being a women who did not get to choose whom she could marry.” Lady Saline ends with a flourish. She has always been forthright in her manner and in her speech.

Lord John: “You speak generally of private matters of which you do not know.” Lord John hisses tersely, for she has succinctly described the matter.

Lady Rebecca:   Silent up to now as well, Lady Rebecca  finds her voice and states calmly with no rancor. “Yet My Lord, the Lady Saline has described the circumstances accurately.” Lord John pouts.

Sir Roderick: “Come, man. Does it matter what the reason for the annulment is as long as we obtain our goals of being married to the women we love?”

Baron Guy: “So Lord John, will you agree to the annulment based upon grounds that you abandoned your wife and family? And then you may look forward to the future with Lady … Anne?” Her new name still feels foreign to Baron Guy’s lips. But Lady Anne/Marian has elected to remain Lady Anne, since she still cannot remember her past as Lady Marian Knighton.

The moments tick by as the adults look questioningly at each other. Lord John’s face begins to relax as he acknowledges the sense of what they propose.

Br. Tuck: “In addition to King John’s signature,mine, and that of Fr. Bale, we will need the signatures of two nobles not related by blood to the respondents, Lady Rebecca and Lord John.”

Lord Archer: “I guess that would be me.” Lord Archer Earl of Huntington waves cheerfully.

Baron Guy: “And me!” Baron Guy smiles broadly. But then his hopes of truly facilitating Lady Anne/Marian’s happiness are dashed.

Lord George: “Unfortunately Baron Guy, your marriage to my sister Lady Roseanna makes you a cousin-in-law to Lord John, not related by blood, but we do not want any challenges to arise.” Then he turns to his sister-in-law. “Lady Caroline, do you think that your father Lord Havorford would entertain signing the document as the second noble? He is resting at my home at Middleton Hall.” He explains to those assembled.

Lady Caroline: “Papa? I do not see why he would refuse so reasonable a request.” She smiles sweetly.

Seth: Patting her hand on his arm, Seth whispers in jest to Lady Caroline. “At least he does not have to relinquish a pony this time. Ha ha ha!”

Lady Caroline: She swats playfully at Seth. “Oh you! Ha ha ha!”

Baron Guy gives a stern look to his son and his son’s hoped for betrothed Lady Caroline, admonishing them to behave properly–no jesting should take place when such a serious matter is being discussed. Seth nods, feeling duly chastened.

With all parties agreeing, the matter is resolved the following day after four copies of the annulment document are prepared–one copy for each former spouses, one copy for the church, and one copy for the state. And then the next day after that–to insure a separate date apart from the annulment document so that no one might question the order of the documents–a second set of documents are signed that formalize the not dead and very much alive status of Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester.

***

A few weeks later, Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester and Lady Anne/Marian wed with an abundance of dancing and sweet treats for a very fun party as little Lady Rachel pronounces it. The extended family all stay at Gordon Castle in Leicester for the wedding fete and the following days’ after parties–Lord John feeling that he has been away from his duties for too long to take a wedding trip just now with his new bride Lady Anne/Marian.

And Lord John has brokered an amicable arrangement with his former wife Lady Rebecca such that she will retain physical custody of their daughter Lady Rachel and that he would have his son and heir Lord Graham live with him–but that there would be liberal visits back and forth so that the children Lord Graham and Lady Rachel may remain as true siblings and so that their parents may also maintain a strong relationship with the child who does not live with them permanently. The children’s agreement is also obtained so that this new living arrangement is not thrust upon them in surprise, and to prevent them from thinking that the parent whom they do not live with most of the time does not love them.

Lying in their guest bed chambers the night of the Oxbridge wedding, Baron Guy stares aimlessly at the canopy of his bed with his beloved wife Lady Rose. Baron Guy’s piercing blue eyes are the window to his still conflicted soul. Sensing her husband’s contemplative mood, she asks.

Lady Rose: “A shilling?”

Baron Guy: “What?” He turns his head on the pillow to gaze at his beloved wife Lady Rose.

Lady Rose: “You are positively distracted, My Love. What is the matter?”

Baron Guy still wrestles with an inner turmoil with regard to Lady Anne/Marian, who was wed this day to Lord John Oxbridge–and who is in her wedding marriage chamber with her new husband at this very moment. Baron Guy still feels a bit of jealously in that regard–whether or not he will admit that to himself.

Baron Guy: “It is nothing.” He dissembles. But his wife knows him too well, and she gets right to the heart of the matter.

Lady Rose: “Do you wish it were you bedding Lady Anne at this moment?”

Baron Guy: “No!” He says forcefully, but tinged with regret and with embarrassment.

Lady Roseanna: “Guy, I have lived with the ghost of Lady Marian in our lives for seven years–as you struggled with your guilt for thinking that you had killed her. Can we not lay her to rest now that we know that she lives–and be glad that she has found love and happiness with my cousin Lord John?” She asks pleadingly.

Baron Guy: “I am sorry, My Love. I do not begin to understand why I feel this way. And I do feel glad that she will finally know happiness.”

Lady Roseanna: “And yet, a tiny part of you wishes that she had been able to find love and happiness with you all those years ago?”

Baron Guy: Looking away from his wife in shame and embarrassment, he nods and admits in a hushed voice.   “Yes.” Lady Roseanna says nothing and he turns back to look at her quizzically. “Are you not going to admonish me for my foolishness, when I have found such love and happiness with you–more joy in my life than I could have ever dreamed of or hoped for?”

Lady Roseanna: “No, My Husband.” She replies softly with great resolution. “We all have feelings that we wish we didn’t have, or we have regrets about the past.” She is thinking of her stubborn instance to go and be presented at court when she was sixteen, during a disease outbreak–and then she fell ill and was nursed back to health by her parents, only to have them fall ill and die from the disease.

Baron Guy: “You are thinking about your parents?”

Lady Roseanna: “Yes.” She replies solemnly. “But whatever is in the past has made me the woman I am today–and brought me to this place of love and happiness with you and our children, My Love. I would not wish it altered.”

Baron Guy: “Nor would I wish my life altered. I am truly blessed to have you and the children fill my life with love and joy. You are wise for one so young, My Rose.” He kisses her tenderly. “I will get past my past, in time. It was just that with Lady Marian being found to be alive and that I didn’t kill her–and now with her as a part of our extended family with her marriage to our cousin Lord John Oxbridge this day–it has brought up so much that I had tried to forget.” Baron Guy closes his eyes in remorse as a single tear escapes his left eye.

Lady Roseanna: “I know, My love, I know.”

Lady Roseanna lays her head onto her husband Baron Guy’s shoulder–embraGuy-embracing-sonSeth-isRichardArmitage-inTheGoldenHour-epi4-26_Jun0715ranet-sized-drncing him and he embracing her for a long while [(6) right]. Their holding each other, with little soft kisses of comfort now and again, serve as a balm to Baron Guy’s wounded pride.

Then finally, Baron Guy lets out a long sigh, which Lady Roseanna knows is a sign of her husband’s easing tensions.

Baron Guy:   “Hhhhhh!”

So Lady Roseanna changes the subject to give her husband something else to focus upon.

Lady Roseanna: “So! With the wedding festivities today, I had not had the chance to ask you if Lord Havorford has consented to the formal betrothal of his daughter Lady Caroline to our son Seth?” She asks eagerly.

A small smile curls up at the corner of one side of Baron Guy’s mouth–giving his face its characteristic smirk that she loves so well.

Baron Guy: “He has, My Love. Lady Caroline will come to the marriage with a 5,000 pound dowry–not a huge sum, but not a small one since Seth is my heir and need not buy a manor since our manor will become his upon my death.”

Lady Roseanna: She crosses herself then she swats at him. “You! Do not speak of your death. You are healthy and stubborn and will outlive us all. Ha ha ha!”

Baron Guy: “Ha ha ha! I hope that you are right, My Love. For I could not bear an existence without you.”

Lady Roseanna: “So? What are the particulars? When will they be wed?”

Baron Guy: “In about five years time, after Seth turns sixteen as we have hoped. Seth will not have finished his knighthood training then, but he will be well on his way. And we will grant them living space in our home at Gisborne-Middleton Manor, or build a small cottage for them on the grounds for them to begin their life as a married couple.”

Lady Roseanna: “Oh Guy! Seth and Lady Caroline will be so happy!” She hugs and kisses her husband joyously. And then Baron Guy and his Lady Rose enjoy a very happy wedding night of love and tenderness as well.

On the morrow, Baron Guy and Lady Roseanna will share the news with Seth about his formal betrothal to the lady he has chosen, Lady Caroline Havorford. And their family will move forward unfettered, released from the past, and with the promise of a bright future

To be continued with Chapter 45

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 44 References, July 03,2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #778)

1) My story cover for “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a composite image of:
a) Sir Guy portrayed by Richard Armitage found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodefive/slides/5_086.jpg (crop-hair-manip-hi-res); and
b) The spectre image of Lady Marian is that of Lucy Griffiths who portrayed Lady Marian in the BBC series Robin Hood from 2006-2009 and was found at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management at http://www.hamiltonhodell.co.uk/cv/client_lucy-griffiths_id_100044.htm; image found at

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2) The image of Lady Anne/Marian is that of Lucy Griffiths who portrayed Lady Marian in the BBC series Robin Hood from2006-2009 and was found at http://images2.fanpop.com/images/polls/197000/197196_1236105246163_full.jpg

3) Lord John Oxbridge image is a composite of two Kevin McKidd images :
a) body and background found at http://www.kevinmckiddonline.com/uploads/2/0/2/4/202457/76376.jpg;
b) head found at http://i2.dailyrecord.co.uk/incoming/article925860.ece/BINARY/kevin-mckidd-image-6-748739633.jpg

4) Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton Gisborne is that of actress Emma Watson (cropped) and was found at   http://www.realbollywood.com/up_images/emma-watson96867.jpg

5) Prince John frowning image (crop) is Toby Stephens in the BBC’s Robinhood (2009) season 3, epi 6, pix 95 that was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodesix/slides/ep6_0095.jpg

6) Baron Guy embracing his wife Lady Roseanna is Richard Armitage in The Golden Hour epi4-26_Jun0715ranet-sized-drkn found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/TGH/album/TGH4/slides/TGH4-26.html

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Previous Ch. 43 Blog Link with embedded illustrations (Post #776)

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WCW: Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield is our Reigning King, July 01, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #777)

Forget Jack Dawson with arms spread wide shouting “I am king of the world!” Jack who you ask? See! And I’m not going to hyperlink it for you. Ha!

The exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage who portrayed Thorin Oakenshield, the King Under the Mountain, is now the King of the World with his recent prestigious acting award, and yet Richard Armitage is still also the King of our Hearts!

Richard Armitage’s win for Best Supporting Actor–at last Thursday’s 41st Annual Saturn Awards –for his searingly epic portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield in the finale of the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is still being celebrated several days later by his world wide fans–including me!

So below are a few more celebratory musings and graphics congratulations the exquisitely talented Richard Armitage for his artistic achievement:

1) The Hobbit Movie (finally) tweeted their congrats to Richard Armitage with an image of him portraying Thorin Oakenshield leading the Dwarves out of the fortress of Erebor to fight their enemies in a charging chevron shaped column of brute strength and brave hearts.

Oh and congrats also to THBOTFA filmmakers for the film’s Saturn Award win as Best Fantasy Film Release.

2)  Terri on Twitter shared an extreme closeup of Thorin and a restrained but jubilant award winner Richard Armitage

3) But I think the Thorin of Erebor designed “King Under the Mountain” wallpaper at right 2014--BOFA-Thorin-isKingUndertheMountain-RichardArmitage_Jun3015byThorinofEreboris the most stirringly poetic fan made Thorin art that I have seen so far–with its juxtaposition of ethereal mountains and a contemplative Thorin gazing backward at them, denoting a lack of future for himself. Symbolically, this artwork speaks to me of a great king, a lost kingdom, and a lost future that was regained for others, but not for him.

Thorin gave his life–literally and figuratively–in service to his people. The sacrifice and the burden of legacy weighed heavily upon Thorin’s broad shoulders.
And Richard Armitage is the only actor, and the only man, who could have portrayed Thorin with such unflinching honesty about Thorin’s flaws and weaknesses, yet rally us to believe in his cause to “reclaim our homeland”, and for us to hope for Thorin’s victory. Yet as with most victories, Thorin’s victory was bittersweet. The future of the Dwarves of Durin and of Erebor–and for the peoples of Middle Earth–would be secure, purchased by Thorin’s sweat, by his toil, and by his blood with his sacrificial death in killing Azog. And when the extended version of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes out, I will be the be spellbound to watch Thorin’s valorizing funeral–to see the Arkenstone placed over his heart in the center of the mountain of Erebor–which should have been the ending to the film. IMHO.

Richard Armitage’s searingly epic portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield has brought this legendary character to vivid life for generations to come. Dignity, “loyalty, honor, and a willing heart” are more than mere words–they are the touchstones of greatness to strive for.  And now, Mr. Armitage has finally and momentously been honored and recognized for his artistic achievement with a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor.   Bravo Mr. Armitage! Bravo!

P.S. And just to remind us of the greatness of Thorin Oakenshield, Richard Armitage, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, here is that video trailer again for us from The Hobbit movie site:

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“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 43 (PG-13): Reconciliation, June 29, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #776)

avaSirGuysAtonementStoryCover-image-isRichardArmitage-inRH3epi5_086RanetJan1815GratianaLovelace-256x398[An Original Historical Fiction Fan adaptation of the characters from the BBC’s Robin Hood;  & a Sequel to “Sir Guy’s Dilemma” (Book 2) by Gratiana Lovelace]
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[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my dream cast of: Richard Armitage as Sir Guy of Gisborne, Clive Standen as Lord Archer of Locksley, Emma Watson as Lady Roseanna Gisborne, Tommy Bastow as the young Seth Gisborne, Lucy Griffiths as the spectre of Lady Marian, James McAvoy as Lord George Middleton, Toby Stephens as Prince/King John, Dakota Fanning as Lady Caroline Havorford, Chris Hemsworth as Sir Roderick Merton, Tamsin Egerton as Lady Rebecca Oxbridge Merton, Lee Ross as Sir Jasper, Sir Derek Jacobi as Fr. Bale, Judi Dench as Mother Superior, David Harewood as Brother Tuck, Kevin McKidd as Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester, and Lucy Griffiths as Lady Anne/Marian, Sam Troughton as Much, and Gordon Kennedy as Little John, etc.]

Author’s Mature Content Note: “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a story of romance and intrigue set amidst Medieval times. As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes (S) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments (D). I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly. Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to some mature situations and topics. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read the chapters with those labels. This is my disclaimer.

Author’s Recap from the previous installment: Upon returning home to Gisborne-Middleton Manor West of Leicester this Saturday, July 11, 1199–after retrieving Seth who had runaway to his Uncle Lord Archer Nottingham–Baron Guy of Gisborne finds that there are new concerns of family to be unraveled with regard to the Oxbridge and Merton marriages. The return of Lady Rebecca Oxbridge Merton and her new husband Sir Roderick Merton involved a tense confrontation with Lady Rebecca’s first husband Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester. And King John was quite put out about him not yet receiving the Staffordshire Ruby as payment for the Merton marriage–which Baron Guy reminded him and Sir Roderick would be payment for a permanent marriage, when all is settled legally. But ultimately, it was Lady Rebecca’s appeal to think of the children’s welfare above all that causes her first husband Lord John Oxbridge to relent and invite her to see them again with him as he ponders what to do about their situation.

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 43 (PG-13): Reconciliation

As Lord John, his first wife Lady Rebecca, and his Love Lady Anne/Marian, slip into the children’s nursery in Gisborne-Middleton Manor to see the sleeping Oxbridge children, Lady Rebecca is overcome with seeing her children again and rushes to them, cLadyRebeccaSmiling-isTamsinEgerton-asGuinevere-in2011Camelot_May0315fanpopcom-sized-bkgrndmanip2aressing each of their faces.

Lady Rebecca: “Oh my sweethearts.” Lady Rebecca cannot help but exclaim with radiant joy [(2) right]. And the commotion wakes up the children.

Lord Graham: “Mama, you have returned!” The three year old little Lord Graham delightedly hugs his Mama. Little Lady Rachel also wakes up and she toddles over and hugs her Mama, too.

Lady Rachel: “Mama! Missed you!” Smooching her lips kissing her Mama, little Lady Rachel clings to her Mama as her Mama rocks her in her arms.

Lady Rebecca: “I am here! I am here, my sweethearts!” Lady Rebecca soothingly calms her children. “I came back to be with you.” She sheds tears of joy at being reunited with her children. She has only been a few days apart from her children, but it is their first separation ever.

And seeing this happy reunion, Lord John wonders what can be done to keep Lady Rebecca connected with their children–even if he and she are not together as husband and wife.

Lady Anne/Marian hangs back, her not knowing if she belongs in this family scene. And then the littlest member of the group, two year old little Lady Rachel, invites her in.
Lady Rachel: Leaning back from kissing her Mama, Lady Rachel asks. “Mama, See? Lady Anne?” Lady Rachel waves at Lady Anne/Marian, who waves back at the child witLadyAnne-imageis-Lucy-GriffithsSep1713celebheightslistscom--manipwithveil-hires-oval-bw_teakwoodbkgrndh a small caring smile.

Looking over at Lady Anne/Marian [(3) right] who is still wearing her postulant robe and a wimple that covers most of her luxuriant auburn tresses, Lady Rebecca smiles and nods in acknowledgement to Lady Anne/Marian.

Lady Rebecca: “Yes, Rachel. I see her. We met earlier.” Lady Rebecca replies noncommittally. As of yet, Lady Rebecca does not know if this Lady Anne/Marian is a rival for her children’s affections, or will she be a partner in nurturing them.

Lady Rachel: “She is Papa’s nurse. I like her.” Lady Rachel smiles hard at her Mama Lady Rebecca. Then she wiggles out of her Mama’s embrace and walks over to Lady Anne and takes her hand, bringing her back to her Mama, Lady Rebecca–to proudly present her Mama to Lady Anne/Marian. “This is my Mama.”   Little Lady Rachel drops Lady Anne’s hand and leans into her Mama’s embrace again.

Lady Anne/Marian: “Lady Rebecca.” Lady Anne/Marian bows her head and curtsies to Lady Rebecca, Countess of Leicester. “My compliments. You have lovely and charming children.”

Lady Rebecca: “Thank you, Lady Anne.” She smiles at the postulant. “You are my husband’s nurse?” Lady Rebecca asks curiously after noticing how her first husband was closely watching their interaction.

Lady Anne/Marian: “I am, My Lady.” Lady Rebecca replies somewhat haltingly. Her relationship with Lord John is complicated. But then at the moment, every relationship in this room is complicated.

Lord John stands with his son little Lord Graham in his arms and slowly walks over to the ladies. Lord John still has to pace himself physically. But the weight of his son in his arms is more a boost to his psyche than a burden to his still weakened frame. Lord John nods with a small bow to his first wife Lady Rebecca. Then Lord John gazes lovingly at Lady LordOxbridge-imageis-KevinMcKidd76376-Sep2213KevinMcKiddonline-May2115compbyGratiRevAnne/Marian.

Lord John:   “Lady Anne has nursed me back to my improved health. She has seen me at my worst and never flinched in her care of me.” Lord John smiles [(4) right] at Lady Anne/Marian with love and gratefulness.

Lady Anne/Marian:   “It was my honor to care for you, My Lord.” Lady Anne/Marian smiles at him caringly before she curtsies with a faint pink blush forming upon he cheeks–her being slightly embarrassed to be so openly praised by him, to his first wife.

Lord Graham: “Thank you, Lady Anne!   I am glad to have my Papa home again.” At three yeas old, Lord Graham is old enough to grasp that his father had been injured and that is what kept him away from him. Little Lord Graham pats his Papa’s eye patch. “Mama? I thought Papa was a pirate! Ha ha ha!” Then Lord Graham pouts. “But he says he is not.”

Lady Rebecca and Lady Anne/Marian smile. Lady Rachel nods her head up and down. She would agree with her brother–that is, if she knew what a pirate was [(4b)].

Lord John: “Ha ha ha ha ha! My apologies, son. But we can still pretend now and again that I am a pirate, if you like.”

Lord Graham: “Really? Papa Roddy says that you are a great and fierce knight for England. And that you wanted to come home to us, but that King Richard needed you.” Lord Graham gazes at his father with love.

Lord John: “Roddy?” He asks, him not making the connection at first.

Lady Rebecca: “My …” She hesitates to refer to Sir Roderick as her husband in front of her first husband. “Graham is referring to Sir Roderick. Roddy is a childhood nickname I gave him because I could not pronounce his full name of Roderick when we were little.”

Lord John: “Oh!” Lord John realizes that his wife’s new husband spoke well of him to his son Lord Graham–though he did not have to.

Lord Graham: “Rachel could not say Rodick, but I could.” Lttle Lord Graham states proudly–while unintentionally humorously mangling Sir Roderick’s name.

Lady Rachel: “Yes, and Papa Roddy made a picture of you for us, Papa.” Lady Rachel disengages from her Mama again and goes to her bedside table to bring a adult palm sized painting of Lord John to show her Papa Lord John.

Lord Graham: “That is just the small picture that fits in our traveling trunks, Papa. We have a big picture of you on the wall in our bed chamber at home in Gordon Castle.” The little boy smiles cheerfully at his Papa.

Lord John: Lord John looks at Lady Rebecca with tears in his eyes for her keeping his memory alive with their children. “Thank you.” He sighs.

Lady Rebecca: With tears in her own eyes, she replies softly. “My Lord, we always hoped that you would return to us. So I would tell our children stories about you–from our short time together, and of what you had told me about your childhood. And Roddy also helped tell the children stories about your bravery as a knight after he and I … after we married.” She finishes in hushed tones.

Lady Anne/Marian has physically drifted a few steps back from this family scene, her feeling not a part of it–but wishing that she was a part of it.

Lord Graham: “Papa?” His papa Lord John looks at him again and tilts his head, waiting for his son’s question. Then Lord Graham asks without guile or being prompted. He just wants to know. “Will we have two castle homes now? Gordon Castle and Papa Roddy’s Cranert Castle?   Mama and Papa Roddy have lots of fields for playing in at their home. I like Papa Roddy’s castle better than his Papa Grandpa Lord Gilead’s and his Mama Grandma Lady Sharon’ castle. But I like our home at Gordon Castle, too. All the soldiers bow to me when I walk past.” He says gleefully–but not understanding that until his father returned, Lord Graham was the titular earl as his father’s heir apparent.

Lady Rebecca holds her breath, wondering what her first husband Lord John will say to their son about their living arrangements..

Lord John: “Well … Your Mama and I will have to discuss it.” Lord John looks charitably at Lady Rebecca, and then with great meaning at Lady Anne/Marian. “And Lady Anne and I will also have to discuss it.”

Lady Anne/Marian’s eyes widen at Lord John including her in his arrangements for his children–especially since they have not formally pledged themselves to each other. They have not pledged themselves informally, either. But their closeness and shared bond of sympathy is undeniable.

Little Lady Rachel walks over to Lady Anne/Marian again and takes her hand. Lady Anne/Marian instinctively bends down and then kneels so that she does not tower over the little girl.

Lady Rachel: “Mama and Papa Roddy’s wedding party was fun! Will you and my Papa have a fun wedding party, too?”

Lord John’s and Lady Rebecca’s eyes dart to the surprised look on Lady Anne/Marian’s face. And then Lady Rebecca and Lady Anne/Marian look questioningly at Lord John’s blushing face. Lord John sits again in a chair with his son on one knee and he invites his daughter to climb up and sit upon his other knee.

Lord John: “Children, I think Lady Anne and I would have a fun wedding party.” Then he whispers to his children, but loud enough for the adults to hear. “But I have not had the courage to ask Lady Anne to marry me, yet.”

A feeling of relief flows through Lady Rebecca–not so much that her first husband does not want her back as her wife, but that he has found happiness with someone else, and therefore he might not begrudge her finding happiness with her new husband Sir Roderick.

Lord Graham: “Well, ask her now. She is looking at you and smiling. That is a good sign. Is it not?”

Lord John: “Ha ha ha ha ha! I hope so.” Lord John turns his attention to Lady Anne/Marian. Then he carefully sets his children down before he stands up and walks two strides over to where an astonished Lady Anne stands frozen.

Lord Graham and Lady Rachel: The children giggle, as children often do. “Ha ha ha ha ha!”

Lady Rebecca watches spellbound as the romantic scene unfolds before her.

Lord John takes Lady Anne/Marian’s hands in his.

Lord John: “Lady Anne … My Anne. You have tenderly cared for me as no other would–bringing me back from the brink of death. We have become great friends–and so much more. Yours is the counsel I seek, and the heart that I wish to share with mine. I have grown to love you, and I believe that you love me.   I know that I am not as fully recovered yet as I someday hope to be, but I cannot envision my life without you as my wife.” Then Lord John gets down upon one knee and looks up at Lady Anne/Marian. “Please say that you will marry me, My Love?”

Speechless–not a common trait of Lady Anne/Marian’s–the lady gazes upon Lord John with aching tenderness. Lord John stands and gazes back at Lady Anne/Marian with a hopeful love.

Lord Graham and Lady Rachel dance around their transfixed Papa and Lady Anne/Marian: “Say yes!   Say yes! Say yes!”

Lady Rebecca: Smiling knowingly, Lady Rebecca cordially suggests.   “Lady Anne, my … our children have exceptional insight into people and their intentions. And they have granted you their highest praise by welcoming you into their life. If my children are so eager for you to wed their Papa after knowing you only a few short days, you must be destined to be their second mother.”

Lady Rachel: Embracing Lady Anne/Marian’s legs, little Lady Rachel looks up at her. “Please?”

Lord John’s son little Lord Graham gives him an encouraging nod and nudges his Papa’s knee with his elbow.

Lord John:   Lord John points to his daughter below.  “What she said. Please?” Lord John smiles impishly. Lady Anne/Marian’s look of love for Lord Johns deepens as she nearly glows with hopefulness and love.

Sensing that Lady Anne/Marian is delaying her response to Lord John because she has an audience, Lady Rebecca and her children quietly quit the room to give Lord John and Lady Anne/Marian their privacy.

Lady Rebecca: “Come children. Let your Papa and Lady Anne have a moment alone. They will share their news with us downstairs in the small drawing room soon.”

Lord John nods at his first wife Lady Rebecca as she leaves the nursery bed chamber with their children. The children look cutely over their shoulders and nod encouragingly to their Papa. They shut the door behind them.

Lord John: “Ah! Alone at last.”

Lady Anne/Marian: “Yes! Ha!” She smiles demurely while peering through the long lashes of her lowered eyes.

Gently pulling Lady Anne/Marian into his loose embrace, Lord John’s body feels alive with possibilities and he asks her pleadingly.

Lord John: “Is that a yes we are alone, or a yes that you will marry me?” He leans in and lingeringly kisses each of her cheeks.

Lady Anne/Marian: “Yes … to both questions.”

Lord John: “Yes!” He fully embraces her now and he caringly rocks her back and forth in Guy-comforting-Marian-isRichardArmitage-andLucyGriffits-inRH2epi7pix81Jan2712ranet-drknhis arms [(5) right]–brushing her wimple off of her head and caressing her silky auburn locks. After a few moments of shared bliss at their newly betrothed status, he feels her softly pushing him away a little bit and he leans back to look at her face. Sensing her hesitation, he is patient–giving her leave to speak when she feels ready.

Lady Anne/Marian: “But John, I can never bear a child. I should never bear a child due to my injuries.” She states fearfully. “Do you not want a wife who can be a wife to you?” She asks fearfully as she looks away from him in uncertainty.

Lord John: He caresses her cheek, then gently guides her to look back at him. “I do want a wife who will be a wife to me. But I want only you for my wife.” Then a thought occurs to him regarding her skittish hesitation about marriage. “You are … a maid?”

Lady Anne/Marian: Lowering her eyes again, she replies in a hushed voice. “I … I believe so. The nuns never said otherwise. And Baron Guy …”

Lord John: “What of Baron Guy!?!” He spits out jealously. Lord John focuses upon her with an unsettling fixed gaze. Lord John knows what Baron Guy was to Lady Anne/Marian seven years ago–that is that Sir Guy had loved her.  Then Baron Guy had stabbed her with his sword–nearly killing her–in an incident that is still unclear to Lord John as to how it came about.

Lady Anne/Marian flinches at Lord John’s sudden anger–and she goes on to explain quickly, wanting Lord John to understand.

Lady Anne/Marian: “He said … The Baron said that I had never been married.” Lady Anne/Marian gazes hopefully up at Lord John. “And I had wanted to be certain. So that is why I had asked him.”

Lord John: “And he attested to your virginity?” He asks her in a much more controlled and softer tone of voice. She nods meekly.

Lady Anne/Marian: “To his knowledge, yes.”

Lord John: “Ah!” Lord John smiles. He less concerned about the status of Lady Anne/Marian’s virginity than that Baron Guy has not been intimate with her. Then he kisses the tip of her nose. “Then, My Love, we may wed and be husband and wife together. I have two children who are my heirs–Graham and Rachel with my first wife Lady Rebecca. So I do not need more heirs.   But as I mentioned to you previously when we were in the Holy Land, I would be willing to welcome a foundling baby or two into our home as our children if you wished to mother and nurture a child or maybe two children from birth. Graham and Rachel will soon welcome another sibling when their mother gives birth to her child with her husband Sir Roderick. And my children seem happy about that. So I believe that the children will be equally welcoming of our child or children.” Lady Anne/Marian smiles adoringly at Lord John for his agreeing to help her to be a mother without her having the danger of being with child, let alone the impossibility of her giving birth. Then he nuzzles her neck, just behind her ear and he whispers heatedly. “And we may yet love each other as a husband and wife do–in loving and pleasurable ways–that will not make you with child. So be at ease, My Love. We will not do anything to cause you harm or that puts you in any danger.”

Lady Anne/Marian trembles with anticipation for the fulfillment of Lord John’s promises of love and tenderness. Yet, she is untutored in love and must trust him about his loving her not getting her with child. Then Lord John kisses Lady Anne/Marian sweetly, tenderly, adoringly, and passionately. They each give themselves up to this moment of pledging themselves to each other. And Lord John’s tender caresses of Lady Anne/Marian’s back and hips as their kissing deepens, let her know that he loves her completely.

And then Lord John has the first stirrings of his manly arousal–something that he had been worried might have been damaged with his injuries in the Holy Land. So he pulls back from their lovely kissing–to refrain from going beyond a point that he could not pull back from loving her.   And Lord John smiles smugly to himself for feeling like a man again–even with his weakened condition due to his healing injuries. So Lord John and Lady Anne/Marian joyfully walk hand in hand out of the children’s nursery to greet their extended family with their betrothal news down stairs in Gisborne-Middleton Manor’s small drawing room.

Lord John feels that he is reconciling with his family and former wife in profound ways–most importantly, with his children. There will have to be considered discussions about where his children Lord Graham and Lady Rachel will live permanently–primarily with him, of course. But Lord John envisions being accepting of their extended visits with their Mama Lady Rebecca and her husband Sir Roderick at their castle home in Staffordshire–as well as, inviting the Lady Rebecca and Sir Roderick and their growing family to stay at Gordon Castle for extended periods. Lord John feels that he has been separated from his children and family for too long, and that he does not wish to create any separations within his children’s lives. Nor does he wish to separate his children from their mother, Lady Rebecca.

Of course, Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester wonders about the legal maneuverings that will have to take place for him to be able to marry Lady Anne/Marian and to have her be his Countess of Leicester–when his first wife yet lives, but with Lady Rebecca now married to another. The marriages, plural, will be a delicate matter to finesse for all concerned. And perhaps the most important detail of these machinations for Lord John, is to have himself declared alive so that he may legally reclaim his family and his earldom.

And Lord John Oxbridge will find an unlikely ally in Baron Guy of Gisborne, who hopes to help facilitate Lord John’s new family vision –in order for Baron Guy to insure the future happiness of Lady Anne/Marian, as a measure of Baron Guy hoping to atone for what Lady Anne/Marian has endured these past seven years due to his fault. Until Lady Anne/Marian’s future happiness is secured, Baron Guy cannot focus upon his own life and family. But of course, Baron Guy’s family might have something to say about his singular focus.

To be continued with Chapter 44

 

 

Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 43 References, June 29 ,2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #776)

1) My story cover for “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a composite image of:
a) Sir Guy portrayed by Richard Armitage found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodefive/slides/5_086.jpg (crop-hair-manip-hi-res); and
b) The spectre image of Lady Marian is that of Lucy Griffiths who portrayed Lady Marian in the BBC series Robin Hood from 2006-2009 and was found at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management at http://www.hamiltonhodell.co.uk/cv/client_lucy-griffiths_id_100044.htm; image found at

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2) Image representing Lady Rebecca Stafford Oxbridge, Merton Lady Merton is that of Tamsin Egerton portraying Guinevere in the tv show Camelot and was found at http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/27400000/guinevere-arthur-camelot-2011-27467787-639-418.jpg

3) The image of Lady Anne/Marian is a composite image:
a) that of Lucy Griffiths who portrayed Lady Marian in the BBC series Robin Hood from2006-2009 and was found at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management at http://www.hamiltonhodell.co.uk/cv/client_lucy-griffiths_id_100044.htm;
b) and of the modified wimple was masked from http://www.aveleyman.com/ActorCredit.aspx?ActorID=4524; for more about wimples, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimple;
c) and a Photoshop Elements teakwood or gold background

4) Lord John Oxbridge image is a composite of two Kevin McKidd images :
a) body and background found at http://www.kevinmckiddonline.com/uploads/2/0/2/4/202457/76376.jpg;
b) head found at http://i2.dailyrecord.co.uk/incoming/article925860.ece/BINARY/kevin-mckidd-image-6-748739633.jpg

4b) A pirate, or piracy, is a concept that has been in existence since the 14th century BCE; for more information, please visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracy

5) Lord John comforting Lady Anne/Marian image is of Richard Armitage and Lucy Griffiths in Robin Hood, series 2, episode 7, pix 81 found at http://www.RichardArmitageNet.com

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Previous Ch. 42 Blog Link with embedded illustrations (Post #774)

https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/sir-guys-atonement-book-3-ch-42-pg-13-reunited-june-26-2015-gratiana-lovelace-post-774/

 

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Happy Saturn-day Celebrating Richard Armitage’s Best Supporting Actor Win, June 27, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #775)

Continuing to be thrilled for the exquisitely talented British Actor Richard Armitage’s win as 2015--SaturnAwards--RichardArmitage-won-BestSuppActor_Jun2515RCATweet-sized-clrBest Supporting Actor at Thursday’s 41st Annual Saturn Awards–for fantasy, science fiction, and horror films–below are my musings and several fan wallpaper responses of congratulations and such!

 

But first!  The man himself, Richard Armitage!  Take a bow, Sir!  Your searing and epic portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit Films–and especially in The Battle of the Five Armies–has cemented the legend of Thorin’s quest, honor, and leadership in our hearts for generations to come!  Congratulations for this much deserved honor!

For more Getty images, click here.

 

And Mr. Armitage’s heartfelt thank you tweets:

and here:
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Now to some of the fan expressions of congratulations to and celebration of Richard Armitage:

Love this Happy Saturn-Thorin Day wallpaper by   Glady Roland, which inspired me to post this topic today, Satur-n-day, versus on Sunday:
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M Lady Gisborne at her It’s an RA World blog  has collected several of the Saturn Awards party images together in her blog post.

RANet (www.RichardArmitageNet.com) will also have a gallery of pictures soon.  Until then, checkout the RANet Twitter feed for pix and this video of RA accepting his award:

 

And Obscura at her Ancient Armitage blog also explains the present and historical context for those flower crown pix (below). Thanks!

saturn-wreathed-RichardArmitage_Jun2715DeLaurentisCo-viaObscuraThese are just a few of the many fan congratulations and celebrations.  So finally, here was my own contribution (the original Thorin image that I masked out was from a cap by Thorin of Erebor, Thanks!):

 

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Congratulations again, Richard!  Hugs!

 

P.S.  For other bloggers, tumblrs, etc., with links of congratulations and celebration for Richard Armitage’s Saturn Award win, please share your links in a comment below.  Thanks!

 

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“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 42 (PG-13): Reunited, June 26, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #774)

avaSirGuysAtonementStoryCover-image-isRichardArmitage-inRH3epi5_086RanetJan1815GratianaLovelace-256x398[An Original Historical Fiction Fan adaptation of the characters from the BBC’s Robin Hood;  & a Sequel to “Sir Guy’s Dilemma” (Book 2) by Gratiana Lovelace]
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[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my dream cast of: Richard Armitage as Sir Guy of Gisborne, Clive Standen as Lord Archer of Locksley, Emma Watson as Lady Roseanna Gisborne, Tommy Bastow as the young Seth Gisborne, Lucy Griffiths as the spectre of Lady Marian, James McAvoy as Lord George Middleton, Toby Stephens as Prince/King John, Dakota Fanning as Lady Caroline Havorford, Chris Hemsworth as Sir Roderick Merton, Tamsin Egerton as Lady Rebecca Oxbridge Merton, Lee Ross as Sir Jasper, Sir Derek Jacobi as Fr. Bale, Judi Dench as Mother Superior, David Harewood as Brother Tuck, Kevin McKidd as Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester, and Lucy Griffiths as Lady Anne/Marian, Sam Troughton as Much, and Gordon Kennedy as Little John, etc.]

Author’s Mature Content Note: “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a story of romance and intrigue set amidst Medieval times. As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes (S) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments (D). I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly. Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to some mature situations and topics. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read the chapters with those labels. This is my disclaimer.

Author’s Recap from the previous installment: Aftera charming and restful Gisborne-Middleton-Oxbridge family picnic upon the pastures of the Gisborne-Middleton Manor Estate, Lady Roseanna awakens her napping cousin Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester that his wife Lady Rebecca and her new husband Sir Roderick Merton have returned and Lord John must confront them.  And very soon Baron Guy, Seth, Lord Archer and his family, and their cousin King John will return as well. Baron Guy wants a happy future for Lady Anne/Marian–he is simply uncertain as to how to facilitate it. If, indeed, he has any say in the matter. And then there is King John. What will he do about the marriages? It is anyone’s guess. King John might be their sovereign, but he is first and foremost their cousin by marriage–or as Lady Roseanna likes to affectionately refer to him as, the weasel.

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement”, Ch. 42: Reunited

Lady Roseanna stands up, patiently waiting for the news to sink into her cousin Lord John Oxbridge’s mind. Then standing up from lying upon the grass while napping after their picnic–him still cradling his sleeping three year old son Lord Graham in his arms–Lord John Oxbridge asks his cousin in bewilderment.
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Lord John: “Rose! Why have they come back so soon?  I do not know what to say to my wife about the events of the last several months. Let alone, what might be done about our marriage and our children.” Lord John’s [(2) right] mind is racing.

Lady Roseanna: “I do not know why they returned a spare few days after they left us , John. But for the children’s sake. I am glad. They greatly miss their mother. ” Kneeling down beside Lady Anne, Lady Roseanna whispers. “You must come, Lady Anne. Let us take the children to their bedchambers–using the servant’s stairs.” She adds cryptically. For Lady Anne/Marian was still asleep when Lady Roseanna revealed that Lord John’s wife and new husband have returned and wish to speak to him.

Lady Anne/Marian:   “Of course.” She nods sleepily as she stands still cradling Lord John’s sleeping two year old daughter in her arms.

Lord John: “Anne, they have returned, it’s my …” But he finds that he cannot say the words wife in Lady Anne/Marian’s presence–when it is she that he wishes held that title.

Informing her so that Lady Anne is not startled, Lady Roseanna explains portentously..

Lady Roseanna: “Lady Rebecca and Sir Roderick have returned.”

Lady Anne/Marian: “Oh!”

Lady Anne/Marian is astonished to possibly meet the woman who is Lord John’s wife. He has described her in general terms to her, but never for Lady Anne/Marian to picture Lady Rebecca  in her mind. Will this Lady Rebecca be dark or light? Tall or short? Fair or plain? And Lady Anne/Marian wonders, will Lord John want his wife back?

So the six of them quickly gather up the picnic things and walk inside the manor to lay the napping children in their beds–with each of them with a child on their hip, since Lady Roseanna also has her baby Lady Diana with her.

***

Meanwhile, a fretful Lady Rebecca paces the small drawing room of Gisborne-Middleton Manor while her anguished husband Sir Roderick Merton looks on not knowing how to console her.

Lady Rebecca: “Roddy, I must be allowed to see my children! They need me!”

Sir Roderick: “I know, Becca. But we must try to present a calm façade to your … to Lord John. If we are to win him over, we cannot show how vulnerable we feel.” He almost slips in referring to Lady Rebecca’s first husband as her husband–because Sir Roderick is LadyRebecca-worried-isTamsinEgerton-asGuinevere-inCamelot_Mar0115pathenl-crop-sizedher husband, now.

Lady Rebecca: “But we are vulnerable!” She wails while still in her traveling cloak [(3) right] . “Women are chattel.  And were my first husband to prevent me from seeing my children, I will have no one to aid me. The law is on his side.”

Going to his wife and enfolding her in his loving embrace, Sir Roderick says soothingly in a hushed voice.

Sir Roderick: “Perhaps Lord John’s injuries have caused him to reflect upon the situation and relent in our favor?”

Lady Rebecca: “Do you think that might be possible?”

Sir Roderick: “Afterall, he travels with a nurse. So his health might not be that keen.” He bluffs, anything to get he calmed down.

Just then, the door opens as Lady Roseanna, Lord John Oxbridge, and Lady Anne enter to face the two newlyweds, Lady Rebecca and her husband Sir Roderick. The adults look at each other with uncertain expressions. Lady Roseanna quietly leaves the four of them alone and she walks into the hallway.

Silence. It is said to be golden, but when much needs to be said–and decided upon–silence can only serve to inflame the situation. Each adult gazes at each other curiously. Lord John had forgotten how beautiful his wife Lady Rebecca is–though she is not as lovely as his Lady Anne/Marian. For her part, Lady Rebecca is stunned to see her seemingly vigorous looking first husband with a very beautiful nurse. Lady Anne/Marian wonders what price Lord John’s wife and husband will extract from him–if it is his children, she fears that the price will be too dear. And Sir Roderick scowlingly notes how healthy Lord John looks–except for his eye patch reminding everyone of his injuries. And Lord John notes suspiciously how territorial the man whom he presumes to be Sir Roderick Merton is by keeping his wife, Lady Rebecca, by his side. But Lady Anne/Marian feels most uncomfortable. And she leans over and whispers to Lord John.

Lady Anne/Marian: “I feel that I should go. My presence is not required here, and I can only serve as a distraction.”

Lord John furrows his brow and his lip protrudes in a pout as he pleadingly whispers back to her.

Lord John: “Nay My Lady Anne. Please stay with me.”

Sir Roderick: “Kkkkh!” He coughs loudly. “Perhaps, Lord John, we should start with introductions. I am Sir Roderick Merton–My Lady Rebecca’s husband.”

Lady Rebecca: “Roddy!” She blanches in admonishing him for being so bold.SirRoderick-isChris-Hemsworth-as-thor-the-dark-world_Feb0515audienceseverywhere-masked-stone-bkgrnd3

Sir Roderick: “Well, I am your husband.” Sir Roderick [(4) right] emphasizes for Lord John’s benefit. Sir Roderick is purposely wearing his ceremonial armour–the better to seem even more impressive

Lord John:  “And yet, so am I, Sir Roderick. It is quite the predicament that we find ourselves in.” Lord Join says with a a mildly forced yet sanguine smile–one might even refer the ever so slight curl of his lips to be bordering on mirthful–or Machiavellian. Lord John is not jealous, per se. He is simply mindful about what is his–or was his, in this case.

Lady Rebecca: Subconciously covering her not quite showing pregnant belly, Lady Rebecca sighs. “Lord John, I wish to be reunited with our children, even as I bear my husband’s child in seven months time. What is to be done?”

Lord John gazes upon his wife with uncertainty.

Lord John: “I do not have that answer, My Lady.”

Then the four of them are joined by their host Baron Guy and their cousin King John–them having been told as soon as they arrived moments ago of the nature of the conversation in the small drawing room, and the parties involve. Baron Guy instantly looks for Lady Anne/Marian in order to assess her state of well being.

Baron Guy:   “My Lords and Ladies.” He bows slightly. “Is all well here?” Baron Guy asks in a constrained voice.The two other men in the room–Lord John and Sir Roderick–look exceedingly displeased. Whereas, the ladies–Lady Rebecca and Lady Anne/Marian–look woeful.

King John: “How could they be? They are both married to the same woman.” Lady Rebecca flinches, but remains standing stoically.

Baron Guy: Turning to King John, Baron Guy states pointedly. “And if you recall, Sire, it was you that impelled Lady Rebecca to remarry so you could reap a marriage tax. LadyAnne-imageis-Lucy-GriffithsSep1713celebheightslistscom--manipwithveil-hires-oval-bw_teakwoodbkgrndThat she has chosen a childhood friend and love over a total stranger is to her credit.

Lady Anne/Marian gazes questioningly [(5) right] at this Baron Guy who had nearly killed her with his sword, yet he now defends this lady’s honor.

King John: “Yes, well, a good lot that did me. I have yet to receive my tribute.  Ergo, I might just dissolve the marriage to Sir Roderick.”

Both Sir Roderick and Lady Rebecca look stricken. and Lady Anne/Marian is none to happy either.

Baron Guy: “You cannot do that?”

King John: “No? I am King, anointed by God.”

Baron Guy: “And that God wants you to follow His teachings.” Baron Guy suggests cheekily.

Lady Anne/Marian: “As one who is contemplating taking holy orders, if I might interject?”

Baron Guy: “Please, My Lady.” Baron Guy gestures to her.

Lady Anne/Marian: “Perhaps we should pray upon it?” The nuns have taught her that prayer can provide guidance, as well as, solace.

King John rolls his eyes.

Baron Guy: “Thank you, My Lady. Your devotion does you credit.” And Baron Guy thinks that maybe Lord John might not win lady Anne/Marian’s hand in marriage.

Lady Rebecca:   “But what of our children? They are my first priority.” She states boldly.

Lord John: “Of course, they are sleeping after our picnic. Lady Anne and I will take you to them.” He suggests chivalrously. Lady Rebecca nods in agreement.

So Lord John and Lady Anne/Marian and Lady Rebecca depart to see the Oxbridge children, little Lord Graham and Lady Rachel. The three men left standing regard each other suspiciously.

Sir Roderick: “Becca is my wife! I will not give her up!”

King John: “Then you had better produce the Staffordshire Ruby and hand it over to me in payment.”

Baron Guy: “Not so fast, Sire. Until all is settled to everyone’s satisfaction, I would urge Sir Roderick to delay the transfer of the Staffordshire Ruby to you.”

Sir Roderick raises his eyebrows in astonishment. King John has a more visceral reaction.

King John: “Traitor! You are one of my barons and family by marriage. Your loyalty is to me.”

Baron Guy: “And you have it, Sire. But you will make people wary of any marriage you propose–and balk even more about your marriage tax levies. What you do with the Oxbridge’s and Mertons will have a ripple effect amongst the nobility.”

King John: “So what do you suggest, Guy?” He addresses him familiarly, as a family member.

Baron Guy: “Our kinsman, Lord George Middleton, mentioned a possible solution in passing. The one way to make the Merton marriage legal is to produce a document annulling the marriage between Lord John Oxbridge and Lady Rebecca–and dated before the new marriage took place. The Oxbridge children will still be Lord Oxbridge’s legitmate heirs.”

King John: “Hmm. That thought has some merit. But on what grounds might the annulment be granted?”

Baron Guy: “There are several choices.” He states soberly.

***

As Lord John, his wife Lady Rebecca, and his Love Lady Anne/Marian, slip into the children’s nursery to see the sleeping Oxbridge children, Lady Rebecca is overcome with seeing he children again and rushes to them, caressing each of their faces.

Lady Rebecca: “Oh my sweethearts.”

And the commotion wakes up the children.

Lord Graham: “Mama, you are back!” He delightedly hugs her. Little Lady Rachel toddles over and doe the same.

Lady Rachel: “Mama! Missed you!” Little Lady Rachel clings to her Mama as she rocks her in her arms.

Lady Rebecca: “I am here.” She sheds tears of joy at being reunited with her children.

And seeing this happy reunion, Lord John wonders what can be done to keep Lady Rebecca connected with their children–even if he and she are not together.

To be continued with Chapter 43

 

                       “Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 42 References, June 26, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #774)

1) My story cover for “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a composite image of:
a) Sir Guy portrayed by Richard Armitage found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodefive/slides/5_086.jpg (crop-hair-manip-hi-res); and
b) The spectre image of Lady Marian is that of Lucy Griffiths who portrayed Lady Marian in the BBC series Robin Hood from 2006-2009 and was found at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management at http://www.hamiltonhodell.co.uk/cv/client_lucy-griffiths_id_100044.htm; image found at

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2) Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester’s image is of Kevin McKidd as Vorenus in the 2005 film Kingdom of Heaven found at   http://www.sinemablog.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/lucius-vorenus-played-by-kevin-mckidd.kucukresim.jpg

3) Image representing Lady Rebecca Stafford Oxbridge, Lady Leicester is that of Tamsin Egerton portraying Guinevere in Camelot and was found at http://www.pathe.nl/gfx_content/allocine/medias/nmedia/18/79/21/tamsin-egerton_121324.jpg

4) Sir Roderick Merton is Chris Hemsworth in a still from Thor the Dark World that was found at http://www.audienceseverywhere.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/thor.jpg ; for more information, visit http://www.audienceseverywhere.net/happy-birthday-thor-5-roles-id-like-see-chris-hemsworth-occupy/

5) The image of Lady Anne/Marian is a composite image:
a) that of Lucy Griffiths who portrayed Lady Marian in the BBC series Robin Hood from2006-2009 and was found at

at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management at http://www.hamiltonhodell.co.uk/cv/client_lucy-griffiths_id_100044.htm;
b) and of the modified wimple was masked from http://www.aveleyman.com/ActorCredit.aspx?ActorID=4524; for more about wimples, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimple;
c) and a Photoshop Elements teakwood or gold background

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Previous Ch. 41 Blog Link with embedded illustrations (Post #722)

https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/sir-guys-atonement-book-3-ch-41-pg-13-a-day-like-any-other-june-19-2015-gratiana-lovelace-post-772

 

 

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WCW: Grati’s Miscellaneous Musings! June 24, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #773)

I’m in a random musings mood:

Though the Summers of my youth were carefree and leisurely, the Summers of my adulthood are anything but. As an example, it is nearly July and my hubby and I haven’t VintageWomanGolfer_Jun2415onPinterest-sizedgolfed even once yet! [image of vintage woman golfer at right] Not that we are great golfers, but we enjoy the scenery as we chat and play bad golf. But the reason for lack of carefree is all of the overtime I’m putting in for end of the fiscal year stuff–coming in early and leaving late. So by the time my hubby and I run errands after the workday, then make and eat dinner, it can sometimes be 8:00am at night. Then two hours later, we’re asleep. And on the weekends, I just want to stay home and nest–reading and writing.  Giggles!

 

Monday, I discovered a store bag with two casual blouses I had bought a few years ago DSC02879--cute-fabric-on-too-big-blouse_Jun2415Gratithat had gotten buried under another bag in our tiny walk in closet in our master bedroom. We should have put in a pocket door to save space when we built the house. Anyway, one blouse is way too big and the other blouse is positively cavernous–and it’s the got the really cute fabric, too. Darn it! [(image right)] I would love to be able to have the blouse with the cute embroidered fabric taken in. But three sizes? Not possible. And I fear that like straight to video films, these two blouses will go straight to the resale shop–with the tags still on them.

 

Of course, I also have the opposite problem–my hanging on to clothes that I really like and Gratis-decolletage-at-aWedding-Recep2011-crop-to-bosoms-spraystickseffectwearing them for 10 to 20 years–such as several of my dressy dresses. Though they, too, are needing to be taken in since I have lost several dress sizes. And on some dresses or blouses, the looseness is more problematic in the bosoms area. In that, the necklines fall lower and are in danger of revealing my charms. And I am a strict I don’t show my breast crevice kind of gal. Crevice’s are for rock climbers–not ladies. *wink* Example image to the right (my edit) of one of my dressy dresses that kept riding low in the front when I wore it to a wedding four years ago. And unfortunately, this image was snapped before I could readjust myself. Ha! I know, I know. it’s a tame picture–but still, there is a hint of crevice.   So as a result, I now use a safety pin to affix my blouses in front to my slip underneath–in the hopes of keeping my blouses from falling down. Ha!

I love fusable bond tape for quickly hemming skirts, draperies, etc. But I don’t stop there. I DSC02877--BluePaisleySkirt_Jun2415Grati-sized-clr-cropusually also then invisibly baste the hems for real. The fusable bond tape just adds strength and stiffening. I have one blue paisley patterned skirt waiting to be basted after it received the fusable bond tape treatment a few weeks ago. I usually have to hem my skirts since I’m short–5 foot, 2.5 inches tall–or I’ll end up tripping over them. I’m probably making extra work for myself. But I like the thought of hemming the right way.

 

And lastly, at my last birthday, I crossed over to someone who gets to take advantage of Senior discounts for folks 55 and up. And my hubby and I prefer early dinners out the rare times we do that–it’s less busy then, except for the folks twenty years older than us who eat so sparingly they always have plenty to take home as leftovers, even with the smaller portion sizes. And I count sleeping until 6:00am as sleeping in. With Summer Sunrise at 5:23am–and our bedroom having East facing windows–it is rise & shine early in our household. Although on Wednesdays, my hubby has the day off. So I get to sleep in until 6:30am. Snap! Image of another couple sleeping in [(from The Impressionists, epi 1, pix 72, RANet below].

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I started this post talking about sleep and I’m ending it talking about sleep. Ha! Since it is late Tuesday night as I write and post this, I think that I will now toddle off to bed.  See you in the morning. Cheers!  Grati ;->

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