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Babs Bell (Bishop) Hajdusiewicz and her books

Bestselling author Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz, Ms.Ed. is the author of more than 100 books and 350 poems for children, including: Don’t Go Out in Your Underwear!; Phonics through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry; MORE Phonics through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry; Rhythm & Rhyme Reader Series; Questions and Answers Series; Jacks and More Jacks, Words! Words! Words!; Words and More Words. She is also author of Steppingstone Stories Series; Peaceful Me and Sometimes I Feel Happy, Sometimes I Feel Sad; three Poetry Works! collections for early childhood through intermediate grades; middle-grades biography Mary Carter Smith: African-American Storyteller; and the Dainty Dinosaur Series.

Hajdusiewicz stars in the Wright Group staff-development video Developing Oral Language and Phonemic Awareness through Rhythm and Rhyme. She has written numerous children's stories, articles for teachers and parents, and has contributed to and edited many elementary textbooks.

An educator for 40 years, Hajdusiewicz taught early childhood, elementary, and special education at all levels, served school districts in Indiana and Michigan as director of special education, and taught graduate and undergraduate education courses at Eastern Michigan and Cleveland State Universities. She founded Booking the Future: Reader to Reader™, a community-involvement literacy program that placed books in the hands and homes of more than 16,000 four, five, and six year olds, and Pee Wee Poetry™, a language development program for children aged two through nine. Hajdusiewicz is a frequent conference keynoter for educators and parents and a popular visiting author in schools across the country and abroad.

Specialties: Poetry for kids; humor; parenting for literacy; school staff development; author of numerous classroom materials; emphasis on phonemic awareness before phonics instruction; building love of learning from infancy onward

(Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz живет и работает в Атланте, штат Джорджия. Она написала более 100 книг и 350 стишков для детей. Своими книгами она предоставляет советы, консультации и материал для воспитателей, чтобы они чувствовали себя уверенно в том, что они помогают детям в период их раннего развития и становления их устной речи. Учителя английского языка могут использовать стихи для изучения языка в целом. Родители могут читать эти нехитрые стихи своим детям и помогать им изучать английский язык.)


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Who was Princess Diana and what happened on the night of her death?

Princess Diana of Wales - Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Who was Diana, Princess of Wales?

Born Diana Frances Spencer on 1 July 1961, her father, Edward John Viscount Althorp, was the only son of the 7th Earl Spencer. Her mother, born Frances Ruth Burke Roche, was the youngest daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy.

The Spencers had served the Royal Family for generations. Diana's great-grandfather, the 6th Earl Spencer, was Lord Chamberlain to both Edward VII and George V. All four of her great-aunts on the Spencer side became members of the Queen Mother's household and her father was equerry to both George VI and the Queen.

After her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975, she became known as Lady Diana Spencer.

Princess Diana's most iconic fashion moments
How did she meet Prince Charles?

Lady Diana met Prince Charles at Althorp in 1977; she was 16 and he was 29. The Prince was a member of a shooting party as a guest of Lady Diana's eldest sister, Lady Sarah. The Prince and Princess both recalled later that the meeting could be seen as the first landmark on the road to their marriage three and a half years later.

After Lady Diana spent a weekend at Balmoral as the guest of Prince Charles, a tabloid headline of 8 September 1980 proclaimed: "He's in Love Again". This sparked the press' obsession with Diana, which would follow her until her death.

The Prince and Princess of Wales on their honeymoon in Balmoral Credit: PA

Diana's wedding to Prince Charles
Prince Charles and Diana leaving the church after their wedding Credit: Fox Photos

Charles and Diana married on July 29, 1981 at London's St Paul's Cathedral, three weeks after her 20th birthday.

The bride wore an Emanuel designed gown with 25ft train. Diana's nerves were clear to all - she mixed up the Prince's names calling him Philip Charles Arthur George instead of Charles Philip.

But that did not stop the Archbishop of Canterbury commenting that the marriage was "the stuff of which fairytales are made".

The wedding took place in front of a congregation of 2,500 and the largest worldwide television audience ever recorded at the time, some 750 million people.

Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry in Austria in 1993 Credit:  Ian Jones

What were her Royal duties?

As Princess of Wales, Diana undertook royal duties with Prince Charles on behalf of the Queen and represented her at functions around the world.

Famous for her charity work, she was president of Barnado's and London's Great Ormond Street Hospital; plus, her patronages included the British Red Cross, Headway, the British Deaf Association and Help the Aged, among others.

The Princess is also well known for her work with AIDS victims, children with Leukaemia and for the removal of landmines. One of the most enduring images of her was taken on a visit to Angola in 1997 where she was photographed walking through a minefield cleared by The Halo Trust charity.
Diana pictured in Angola where she walked through a recently cleared minefield. Credit: AP
The birth of her children, William and Harry

After their wedding, the royal couple took up residence at Kensington Palace and Highgrove House, near Tetbury and on 5 November 1981 they announced Diana was pregnant with their first child.

Born on 21 June 1982 in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, their first son and heir was named Prince William Arthur Philip Louis. William's children George and Charlotte, who were born in 2013 and 2015, were both born in the same wing.

Diana and Prince Charles with Prince William six months after his birth Credit: PA

On 15 September 1984 Diana gave birth to their second son, Henry Charles Albert David - affectionately known by the Royal family and the public as Harry.

Diana was applauded as a refreshingly hands-on mother to the Royal children. She chose their nanny, schools and clothing, even taking them to school herself whenever she could.

When did the marriage breakdown?

In December 1992, Prime Minister John Major announced the couple's "amicable separation" to the House of Commons, with Diana announcing her withdrawal from public life on 3 December 1993.

This didn't come as a surprise because by the late 1980s, Charles and Diana's separate lives had become public knowledge.

The Princess famously signalled that her marriage was over in 1992 when she posed for pictures alone outside India's Taj Mahal - regarded as the world's most romantic building - while on a royal visit with her husband.
Diana, Princess of Wales in front of the Taj Mahal in India in 1992.

When she was asked by the media what she had thought of the Taj Mahal, the Princess said: "It was a healing experience, very healing." Asked what she meant by that, she replied: "Work it out for yourself."

Two years after the separation, in November 1995, Diana took part in a famously open interview for the BBC current affairs show Panorama.

When asked about Prince Charles' affair with Camilla Parker Bowles - whom he met in 1971 and dated until 1973 - Diana famously quipped: "Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

She also cast doubt on the Prince's ability to rule, saying: "Because I know the character I would think that the top job, as I call it, would bring enormous limitations to him, and I don't know whether he could adapt to that."

Diana also confirmed her affair with James Hewitt, saying: "Yes, I adored him. Yes, I was in love with him. But I was very let down [by him]."

Diana gives her shock interview on Panorama in 1995.

The Queen swiftly advised Prince Charles and Diana to divorce, sending both a letter just one month later, on 20 December.

In February 1996, Diana irritated the Queen by issuing her own announcement on the divorce, stating: "The Princess of Wales has agreed to Prince Charles's request for a divorce. The Princess will continue to be involved in all decisions relating to the children and will remain at Kensington Palace with offices in St James's Palace. The Princess of Wales will retain the title and be known as Diana, Princess of Wales."

The Palace quickly contradicted this statement, saying: "We can confirm that the Prince and Princess of Wales had a private meeting this afternoon at St James's Palace. At this meeting details of the divorce settlement and the Princess's future role were not discussed. All the details on these matters, including titles, remain to be discussed and settled. This will take time."

The couple officially divorced on 28 August 1996; while Diana did keep the title of Diana, Princess of Wales, she lost the Her Royal Highness title.
How did Princess Diana die?

Princess Diana died following a horrific car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.

The 36-year-old princess was being driven at high speed in a Mercedes S-280 after she left the Ritz Hotel when the vehicle crashed into a pillar in a tunnel under the Alma bridge at around half-past midnight.

Diana, her then boyfriend Dodi Fayed, 41, son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, the former owner of Harrods department store, and driver Henri Paul, all died in the late-night crash. Her bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones survived.

Mr Paul and Mr Fayed died on the spot, while the princess died from her injuries in a nearby hospital a few hours later.

Investigations carried out by both French and British authorities concluded that Mr Paul was responsible for the crash. He was drunk and on anti-depressants when he lost control of the Mercedes as it sped through the tunnel that lies next to the River Seine, while trying to shake off paparazzi photographers.

The mangled wreck of the Mercedes is removed from the scene of the Paris crash in 1997. Credit:  Abaca / FlynetPictures.co.uk
What happened at the inquest?

After six months of extraordinary claims and counter-claims from more than 250 witnesses, in April 2008 an inquest jury at the Royal Courts of Justice in London returned verdicts of unlawful killing for both the Princess and her boyfriend Dodi - the equivalent of manslaughter in a criminal court.

They said that the paparazzi who pursued the Princess's car and its driver Mr Paul were both to blame for the crash because of their "gross negligence".

The jury also concluded that the couple might have lived if they had worn seatbelts.

Diana and Dodi's final embrace was caught on camera at Paris's Ritz Hotel as they waited for their car. Credit: PA
Conspiracy theories were rife

Conspiracy theories around Diana's death continued to circulate for years after her death. Here are some of the most persistent.

Diana's death was ordered by her family

Some of the most popular theories stem from the suggestion that Diana was pregnant with Dodi's child and the couple were about to get engaged. The story goes that the Royal Family could not bear the inevitable scandal - let alone the idea of Diana marrying a non-Christian. Therefore, one of the inevitable conclusions that has been drawn is that Diana's death was ordered by her own family.

MI6 was involved in her death

Richard Tomlinson was a former MI6 agent who was dismissed from the intelligence services and later served time in prison for breaching the Official Secrets Act 1989. Tomlinson alleged that agents had been monitoring Diana and that her death mirrored plans he saw in 1992 for the assassination of the President of Serbia. An inquiry was launched which eventually concluded that Tomlinson's claims were an embellishment.

Throughout the inquest, Mr Fayed, maintained that Diana and Dodi were "murdered" by MI6 on the orders of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Mohammed Al Fayed is pictured at the start of the inquest into Diana and Dodi's death in 2007. Credit:  Geoff Pugh

Mysterious white Fiat Uno

Analysis of the wreckage of the Mercedes showed that it had come into contact with a white Fiat Uno, leaving traces of paint on the Mercedes bodywork. Mr Fayed alleged that the vehicle was used by the "security services" to block the road in front of the Mercedes, causing it to swerve and crash into the side of the tunnel. The vehicle was never found.

Lack of CCTV images

Mr Fayed stated in 2003 that there were about ten video cameras on the route taken by the Mercedes, including one on the entrance to the tunnel itself, but there are no recordings from any of these for the night in question. The Independent also stated in 2006 that there were more than 14 CCTV cameras in the Pont de l'Alma underpass, but none recorded footage of the fatal collision.

Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed in St Tropez on August 22, 1997 - just a few days before they were killed in the Paris car crash. Credit:  AP

Seatbelts were sabotaged

Both Diana and Dodi were not restrained by their seatbelts at the time of the crash prompting some to suggest that they may have been sabotaged. French investigators declared all the seatbelts operational in 1998. Analysis of the wreckage of the car after its repatriation to England in 2005 found that all the seatbelts were in good working order bar Diana's, although it is thought that the damage took place after the accident.

Henri Paul's involvement

The fact that he actually died in the accident would seem to provide fairly conclusive evidence that he was not behind the crash, but according to conspiracy theorists Mr Paul was in the pay of a national security service. The main piece of evidence for this is supposedly the fact that he had a lot of cash on his person at the time of the car accident.

The scene at Kensington Palace in the days after Diana's death. Credit: Jeff Gilbert
How did the Royal family react to her death?

The Queen was accused by some of a failure to capture the mood of the nation in the days following the death.

Public anger began as a result of the decision to issue an apparent "business-as-usual" message by taking Princes William and Harry to church at Balmoral, a few hours after Prince Charles had broken the news to them of their mother's death.

There were also accusations that the Queen remained in Scotland for too long, and did not return quickly enough to London, which had become the focal point for public grief over the Princess' death.
How did the nation react?

The national outpouring of grief following Diana's death was unprecedented.

Diana was the first genuine royal celebrity according to Andrew Marr, and her death shook the British in a way no other royal event in modern times has done.

On the day of her death, Tony Blair, still fresh in his job as Prime Minister, addressed the nation from outside St Mary Magdalene Church in Trimdon in his Sedgefield constituency.
The Prince of Wales and Princes William and Harry inspect thousands of bouquets of floral tributes to their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, outside Kensington Palace on September 5, 1997. Credit: AFP

"She was the people’s princess and that’s how she will stay, how she will remain in our hearts and in our memories forever," Mr Blair declared.

The speech, scribbled by Mr Blair on the back of an envelope, following discussions with Alastair Campbell, his director of communications, was watched by millions and featured in the film The Queen.

In the days, weeks and months that followed, hundreds of thousands of mourners flocked to London to sign the book of condolence and to lay flowers outside Kensington Palace which became a place of pilgrimage.
Where was Diana's funeral?

The Princess's funeral was held at Westminster Abbey on 6 September 1997. Attended by 2,000 people, 32.10 million people watched the service in the UK and an estimated 2.5 billion people watched it worldwide.

William and Harry walked behind her coffin in the funeral procession, as well as the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh, her brother Lord Spencer and representatives of some of her charities.

In an interview earlier this year, Harry discussed his memories of the funeral: "My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television. I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today."
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles in the funeral procession Credit:  JEFF J. MITCHELL

Elton John performed a re-written version of the song Candle in the Wind at the service as a tribute to the Princess.

Her brother Lord Spencer spoke at at the funeral, calling Diana "a very British girl who transcended nationality. Someone with a natural nobility who was classless and who proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic."

Earlier this year, Prince Harry exclusively told the Daily Telegraph that he sought counselling after enduring two years of "total chaos" while still struggling in his late twenties to come to terms with the death of his mother.

He told Bryony Gordon that he had "shut down all his emotions" for almost two decades.
Where is Princess Diana buried?

Princess Diana is buried on an island in the Althorp Estate, the Spencer family home in Northamptonshire. A private burial took place at the estate following the funeral.

The estate is the main visitor attraction for those wanting to find out more Diana, although there are many other memorials to her, including The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in London's Hyde Park.

The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk is a seven mile loop taking visitors through four of London’s parks: St James's Park; Green Park; Hyde Park; and Kensington Gardens.

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground is located next to the Princess’ Kensington Palace home, and is tribute to her love of the innocence of childhood.



Stone walkway. Path leading off into the distance.
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Sheep walking! Don’t bother counting, just keep walking!



Prince William and Kate Middleton look elegant as they arrive in Belgium for war commemorations

Royal family tour! Prince William and Kate Middleton arrived in Belgium on Sunday to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. The power couple is accompanying Prince Charles on a two-day visit to Belgium at the request of Queen Elizabeth, where they are scheduled to attend various events marking the First World War commemorations.

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrived in Belgium for the ceremony
Photo: Getty Images

On Sunday evening, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are both 35, attended the Last Post ceremony, which has taken place every night since 1928. The royals were joined by 200 descendants of people that are named on the Menin Gate, as well as representatives from nations who fought on the Salient. Kate and William were graciously greeted at the event by Belgian royals King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

Prince William and Kate Middleton attended the memorial
Photo: Getty Images

Kate stunned in a white Alexander McQueen ensemble, with her hair bunned back to show off dazzling earrings. The mother-of-two had a beautiful red flower pinned to her lapel, which matched the one on her husband's suit jacket. During the ceremony, Prince William gave a short speech before laying down a wreath, adorned with the same flowers they had on, with Belgium’s monarch.

Prince William delivered a speech during the ceremony
Photo: Getty Images

Later that evening, Britain’s most famous couple visited the market square in Ypres, where they enjoyed a creative retelling of the story of the war in the Ypres region. The façade of the Cloth Hall was illuminated with projections, in addition to live performances. The royals were also given a tour of the In Flanders Fields Museum, and learned about the key aspects of the war on the Ypres Salient. William and Kate even had the chance to meet descendants of families of some of those who served on the Ypres Salient from 1914 to 1918.

The Duke and Duchess have left their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, back home in the UK while they carry out their official visit abroad. On Monday, the couple is set to join Prince Charles for another commemoration service at the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde will again be in attendance, as well as Prime Minister Theresa May.
Kate and William were graciously greeted at the event
by Belgian royals King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.



English tongue twisters http://s0.uploads.ru/t/PV6Im.gif
/Английские скороговорки/

Whenever the weather is cold.
Whenever the weather is hot.
We'll whether the weather,
whatever the weather,
whether we like it or not.


She sells sea shells on the seashore.
The seashells she sells are seashells she is sure.


Switch watch, wrist watch.




Incredible Picture From The Great Smog Of 1952

bus makes its way in the fog

The Great Smog of 1952 took hold on London exactly 61 years ago, claiming an estimated 4000 lives. A spell of cold weather, combined windless condition...



Fogs in London

Smog of London hiding Big Ben - Taken by Linley Sambourne, 1905

Lanie MT saved to Historic Britain
London ~ 1959 ~ Photo by Sergio Larrain ~ From 'London 1958~59'





Giant Thoughts

If I thought those giants were real,
I'd shiver!
I'd shake!
And I'd squeal!
But I could be wrong, so I'll run along -
Then no one gets me for a meal!



Mstislav Rostropovich (March 27, 1927 – April 27, 2007)

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He was married to the soprano Galina Vishnevskaya.
He is widely considered to have been one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century.
Mstislav Rostropovich playing Bach as the Berlin Wall falls, 1989.



The Simple Reason Prince William Doesn't Wear a Wedding Ring


When Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in 2010, he gave her the stunning 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire ring that his late mother, Princess Diana, wore during her marriage to Prince Charles. And when the two tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in London in 2011, Kate added a gold band to sit perfectly next to her sparkler. But despite the duchess of Cambridge's new jewelry, there was no big exchanging of rings, because Prince William never got one. The reason? It's just not his style. Shortly before the couple's big day, the palace released a statement about his decision to ditch tradition and go ringless, saying, "It is simply down to personal preference. It was something the couple discussed but Prince William isn't one for jewelry." Seeing as how William and Kate are one of the most famous couples on the planet, they would be hard-pressed to find someone who wasn't aware of their sweet romance. So there you have it.



Jack and the Beanstalk
Джек и бобовые зерна

Based on a traditional folk tale
Retold by Iona Treahy

Once there was a boy called Jack who lived with his mother. They were so poor that she said to him one day, "We'll have to sell our cow- it's the only way."

So Jack took the cow to market. On the way, Jack met a stranger. "I'll give you five beans for that cow," she said. "They're magic beans…"

"Done!" said Jack. But when he got back…

"Five beans for our cow?" cried his mother. And she threw them out of the window. All through the night, a beanstalk grew…and grew… till it right out of sight. Before his mother could say a word, Jack climbed…and climbed…and he didn't stop till he reached…the top. There Jack saw a giant castle. He knock- knock- knocked, and a giantess opened the door.

Inside, Jack could hear a thumping and a banging and a stamping and a crashing!

"Quick," said the giantess. "Hide!" My husband is hungry!"

"Fee, fi, fo, fum! Watch out everyone, HERE I COME!" roared the giant.

The giant sat down for his supper. He ate a hundred boiled potatoes, and a hundred chocolate biscuits. And then, feeling a bit happier, he got out his gold.

The giant started counting his coins, but soon…he was snoozing. Jack snatched the gold and raced down the beanstalk.

"Gold!" cried Jack's mother when she saw what he'd got. "We're not poor any more!" But Jack wanted to go back up the beanstalk. The next day he climbed…and climbed… and he didn't stop till he reached the top. Inside the castle, Jack hid when he heard…a thumping and a banging and a stamping and a crashing. "Fee, fi, fo, fum! Watch out everyone, HERE I COME!" roared the giant. The giant sat down for his supper. He ate two hundred baked potatoes, and two hundred jellies. And then, feeling a bit happier, he got out his hen that laid golden eggs. The hen started laying, but soon…the giant was snoozing. Jack snatched the hen and raced down the beanstalk.

"Golden eggs from a golden hen!" cried Jack's mother.

"Now we'll never be poor again!" The next day, Jack climbed the beanstalk once more.

"Fee, fi, fo, fum! Watch out everyone, HERE I COME!" roared the giant.

The giant sat down for his supper. He ate three hundred roast potatoes, and three hundred cream cakes. And then, feeling a bit happier, he got out his silver harp.

The harp sang him lullabies, and soon… the giant was snoozing. Jack snatched the harp and raced down the beanstalk. But the harp called out, "Master! Master!"

The giant woke up and started to chase after Jack.

"Bring the axe, Mother!" shouted Jack as he neared the ground. Then he chopped and he chopped and didn't stop till…CRASH! Down came the beanstalk and the giant. And with the gold and the hard and the eggs and the hen, Jack and his mother were never poor again.



Kate Middleton And Prince William Do Not Allow Kids To Use iPad
Catherine Armecin,International Business Times Fri, Aug 4 4:11 AM PDT

Kate Middleton and Prince William want their children to enjoy their childhood, so they keep gadgets away.

Middleton and William want to raise Prince George and Princess Charlotte as normal kids and the royal parents are taking a strict approach when it comes to parenting. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opted to have their kids enjoy the toys designed for their age instead of playing gadgets, Independent reported.

READ: Prince William joked that Princess Diana would have been a ‘nightmare grandmother’

Middleton and William banned iPads at home to keep their children from an unplugged childhood. “They’re very much seen as Mummy and Daddy’s toys, not for children,” a source told Us Weekly. “As two people who grew up without gadgets for entertainment themselves, William and Kate are firm believers in toys, outdoor play and encouraging an active imagination.”

Another royal source added that the family is very normal. George, 4, enjoys long talks with his dad. He is also at the age where he is curious about anything around him. When he is with William, he peppers his dad with a lot of questions. “He’s growing up to be a very confident young boy,” said an insider.

On the other hand, Charlotte is very close to her mom. The two spend more time together that people close to the Duchess of Cambridge joke, “Mummy definitely has a shadow” because “wherever Kate goes, so does Charlotte.” Also, the royal insider added that Charlotte loves to copy what her mom does.

“Whenever the housekeeper or Kate are preparing food, Charlotte needs her own toy set by her side to imitate,” the source said. “I don’t think it’s quite dawned on her that she’s a princess herself.”

Middleton and William have always made it a point to be with their kids. In fact, when the Duke of Cambridge joked about Princess Diana being a “nightmare grandmother,” he admitted that he took his mom’s parenting style to raise his own kids. He wants to spend as much as time with the royal kids, especially at their age because it is crucial for their childhood years.

In an interview with CALMzine, William revealed that they also want their kids to be open about their emotions. “Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings,” William said.

Do you support Middleton and William’s decision to ban gadgets at home? Drop a comment below.
Princess William and Kate Middleton forbid Prince George and Princess Charlotte from using iPads at home. Pictured: The royal family leaves from Victoria Harbour to board a sea-plane on the final day of their Royal Tour of Canada on Oct. 1, 2016. Photo: Getty Images/Mark Large



An Atlanta couple and their son team up to build a multifaceted garden that's rooted to the house. Each outdoor area links to a room in the house, bringing the outside in.


An elegant potager (kitchen garden) with an intricate knot of clipped boxwoods in its center acts as a focal point for the garden.



How To Spell - Butter



The Duchess of Cambridge might not be as thrifty as you thought

The Duchess of Cambridge has apparently been buying duplicates of outfits to remain looking perfect. (Photo: PA)

The Duchess of Cambridge is known for regularly wearing high-street buys as well as recycling her many designer looks again and again.

But the royal style icon might not be as much of a super-saver as previously thought.

On Kate’s recent visit to Belgium, she wore a pair of suede Rupert Sanderson pumps — the same shoes the royal has been seen in countless times before.

Kate has been seen in these nude Rupert Sanderson pumps on countless occasions. (Photo: PA)

Several people noted that the 35-year-old’s shoes were looking pristine as always. A little too pristine, according to some royal fans.

One stylist has revealed that the duchess is likely to own multiple pairs of the same shoes to remain looking perfect at all times.

“Suede shoes are hard to maintain, so if it’s easier to keep many pairs on standby, who wouldn’t?” Rochelle White told Femail.

“Kate likes to have a clean, sleek image at all times. Can you imagine if she stepped out on a royal engagement with scruffy shoes? She’s likely to have backup shoes — all the same style — in various quantities.”

And it’s not just shoes that the duchess is probably stocking up on. Kate also presumably owns duplicates of very expensive outfits.

“Kate has a strong signature style and knows what she likes. It wouldn’t surprise me if she also gets a few of the same outfit made and has them ready to go, even if it is the same style,” White added.

The royal is also likely to have stocked up on several expensive outfits including this white Alexander McQueen number. (Photo: PA)

In fact, the duchess is said to have bought more than one of the white Alexander McQueen coat dress that she also sported in Belgium. It’s a likely theory considering Kate donned the same outfit for the 2016 Trooping the Colour, the occasion on which Princess Charlotte was seen wiping her dirty fist on her mother’s pristine white dress.

The royal tends to favor light colors with shoes made of easily stained fabrics such as suede. She is always on her feet, leaving it almost impossible for her shoes to remain spotless.

While some may criticize the duchess for “wasting” money, White believes that she is following in the same footsteps as many celebrities with a signature style.

“I think when Kate finds an outfit that looks good, feels good, and is comfortable she would like to have it to wear again without the worry of trying to get it clean and looking like new,” she commented.

If only we could all do the same.



1860 woman wearing a crinoline being dressed with the aid of long poles to lift her dress over the hoops.
Photo by London Stereoscopic Company via Getty



Poems by Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz

Lost and Not Found

My Mom (she's on a diet)
says she's lost another pound.
I've tried to help her find it,
but it's nowhere to be found.




Ludgate Circus London England on 10/11 May 1941



Nelson Column Trafalgar Square London England in the early days



London, Match Seller, Greenwich 1884

1890s children

London's East End children of just 100 years ago lived in harsh conditions.

For 100 years, they stayed hidden in family albums. Now amateur photographer Horace Warner’s intimate portraits of London’s poorest children are being printed for the first time, giving a glimpse into a forgotten world



Piccadilly, London c 1900.

Life in Victorian London | Victorian photographer John Thomson and Street Life in London, 1876