A linky round-up

Last day of May, chickens! I don’t know about y’all, but 2016 seems to be FLYING by around here. We’ve had an astonishing number of rainy days which has meant more time than usual puttering around inside the house and on the computer. Here are a few things I’ve found to amuse:

*Quiz: Which MASTERPIECE Detective Are You?

*10 Truly Bizarre Victorian Deaths. Not for the faint of heart! But interesting nonetheless.

*Queen Victoria Online Scrapbook. Created by the Royal Household as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee celebrations in 2012, the scrapbook features an overview of Victoria’s reign with particular attention paid to her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. It has letters, photographs, even video clips from the Jubilee procession. Well worth a visit–although they ought to update the introduction. As of last September, Victoria is no longer the longest-reigning English monarch!

*Jo Beverley’s On Titles. Last week the romance community mourned the loss of Jo Beverley. I met her briefly when we did a panel discussion in Rome, and she was a lovely and gracious person. I thought it would be a nice tribute to her to post a link to a wonderful piece she wrote for her site on English titles of nobility in the 18th and 19th centuries. I’ve been ranting a little on Twitter lately about how many people get these things wrong and was toying with the idea of writing up a post myself, but Jo did it MUCH better than I would have.

Also, don’t forget that today is the day that “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies” comes out on DVD! Superb soundtrack, great cast, beautiful production values, and utter silliness–what more could you ask?

Finally, in order to combat the grey days, I’ve resorted to candles and my essential oil burner. A mix of 25 drops of grapefruit oil and 5 drops of rosemary is an excellent combination–citrussy, bright, herbal–all the things you need to elevate your mood on a gloomy day.