Will try my best to write this post tonight...now I am on some medication that says it can cause drowsiness, so for me, it might as well as say...this drug will knock you out!
Do I have a lot of things to write about? You bet! My purse is stuffed with all the notes that I have jotted down about people, places and things that I want to tell you about. For today, I will tell you that it is the anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who gave us the character, Sherlock Holmes! (Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 22, 1859.) There is the most wonderful site devoted to him, you may find it just here! Be sure to read his biography while you are there. What a fascinating man!
One thing that I learned, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when he was only 25 years old, wrote a short story, a fictionalized account about the ship, the Mary Celeste, called "Habakuk Jephson's Statement", but it was written in the form of a first person testimony by a survivor. He called the ship, the MARIE Celeste in his story. Perhaps because of his influence, you can often hear people discuss this ship using his name for it.
(I do hope you know the true story...the Mary Celeste is famous for the mysterious disappearance of all those who were aboard. On Dec. 5, 1872, the ship was found deserted in the Atlantic ocean, off the Azores islands, completely abandoned. Once again, I have a link for you here. And of course, there is a non fiction book that I can tell you about...
"Ghost Ship: The Mysterious True Story of the Mary Celeste and Her Missing Crew" by Brian Hicks.)
Okay, now back to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...
Did you know that he never once said, "Elementary, my dear Watson" in any of his stories? He might have come close to those words but he never actually said them. One thing that he DID say, and I only found this out today, but his last words were directed to his wife and he said to her..."You are wonderful."
I also read that every spring he gave to his wife Jean, the very first snowdrop flower that bloomed in their garden. And she kept every one of them! There, isn't that just the sweetest thing to know? ( A few years back, I think that one of those snowdrops were auctioned off...)
Also, I read that there will be a new 50 pence coin that will come out this year in Britain. You may see it just here. The coin will have a likeness of Sherlock Holmes in his famous deerstalker cap, along with titles of some of his most famous stories. The words are so tiny, you will need a ...wait for it...a magnifying glass! Isn't that just the perfect touch?
Sidney Paget is the man who illustrated the Sherlock Holmes stories that were published in the Strand Magazine. He did 356 published drawings!