I'm delighted with my progress, although I wouldn't recommend getting bronchitis to help the weight loss. Ugh. I'd rather be healthy and exercising the weight off, instead of coughing it off!
I finished reading three more Anne Perry books; Resurrection Row, published in 1981; Rutland Place, pub. in 1983; and Cardington Crescent, pub. in 1987. A total of 6 books read in 2009 so far. To me that's a lot. I'm totally immersed in Victorian era crime scenes. Anne Perry writes so convincingly; when I open her books I'm immediately zapped into the late 1860's in the outskirts of London, England. Anne's character's are very real, and her descriptive scenes of both upper and lower class society are gripping in their rich detail. I especially love the scenes where etiquette is described, and the scenes of the interior of the wealthy homes. Even Charlotte's home intrigues me, though; I first learned about drying racks in kitchens from Anne's books. I've seen an example of a drying rack like she describes, at the Burnaby Village Museum. Here's a link to the Museum. The website is very boring, though, but it does give you entrance fee info, etc. I wonder why their website is so drab? The museum itself is fantastic.
Here is a photo I took of the unique drying rack at the Burnaby Village Museum, on Victoria Day in May 2004:This is Elworth House, where the drying rack can be found in the kitchen. This house was built in 1922 by a Vancouver designer, and it's a romantic revival cottage. It's just my cup of tea! I long to live in this house.
This is a view of the dining room.