Trivia Thursday: Off With His Head!

This Week’s Question: Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England during the Commonwealth, was beheaded on this day in 1661. What was unusual about this execution? Last Week’s Question: The union of Scotland and England, which was ratified by Scotland on 16 January 1707, may have been partly prompted by which financial disaster? Answer: That would be the Darien Scheme, or the Darien Disaster, as it … Continue reading Trivia Thursday: Off With His Head!

Recipe: Gin and Tonic

It seems the weather gods have finally started to feel ashamed of the way they treated us this summer. And really, they should. Making the summer of the Jubilee, the Olympics, and our first season here one of the coldest, wettest, and most miserable on record? Not cool, weather gods. But August has been a bit different, for the most part. There have actually been … Continue reading Recipe: Gin and Tonic

Any Excuse for a Vacation

On 25 July 1609, an emigrant ship called the Sea Venture found itself in dire straits after battling a hurricane for three days. Battered and taking on water, she was deliberately beached on the reefs of what would later turn out to be Bermuda, allowing all 150 people aboard, plus one dog, to land safely. Sea Venture, England’s first purpose-designed emigrant ship, set out from … Continue reading Any Excuse for a Vacation

Penn’s Woods

In honor of my former home state, I had to write this one up: On March 4, 1681, King Charles II granted William Penn a charter for a tract of land in the New World that would eventually become Pennsylvania. The charter, which was issued to satisfy a debt Charles owed Penn’s Father, included land that is now Pennsylvania and Delaware. Penn set out for … Continue reading Penn’s Woods