E is for…

Early posts on the letter E! This post was from February of 2008 with some additions.

E is for…

This is a sitting room in a Model Home in our temporary neighborhood in Camarillo when Dear was working in Thousand Oaks from 2006-2010. I was tempted to nab the pillow with my initial on it but I controlled myself and resisted my Evil side…

 Ellen b. and one of our favorite Saturday walks at Emma Wood State Beach in Ventura, California during our sojourn in Camarillo.

E is for the Ebb of the tide

E is for Edinburgh

Dear and Ellen B. in Edinburgh in 2006. Ten years younger and 20 pounds lighter!

The elephant house in Edinburgh of author J.K. Rowling Harry Potter fame.

An Epitaph for J.R.R. Tolkien and his wife in Oxford, England. This was during a trip with our daughter in 2004. This was part of a literary tour that we put together as a graduation gift for our daughter. It was excellent!

I’m adding an early photo of ellen b. from 1958 where I would soon be seven years old.


I’m on the rug in front of my sister Vera, sister Kathy holding our new baby brother Tim and our brother Fred with the accordion. Love my goofy expression! Our family grew from 4 kids to 8 kids from 1958 to 1963. Number seven and eight were twins, a boy and a girl!

Don’t want to forget to acknowledge that today is Shrove Tuesday, also called Pancake Day and the day before Lent begins. Here in the states it’s Mardi Gras. I think I’ll make some pancakes for breakfast!

I’m linking up to ABC Wednesday started by Mrs. Nesbitt and carried on with the help of Roger and others.

I’m also linking up to Tuesday’s Treasures with Tom the Backroads Traveller with these treasured memories and destinations.

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

25 thoughts on “E is for…

  1. Hello Ellen! E is for excellent post which I Enjoyed Enormously!
    I am so excited to read you lived temporarily in Camarillo! I have family there & we have visited several times!
    Have a fun day

  2. Wonderful post and I love all your photos – past and present. I have visited Edinburgh (1997) with my older daughter and Oxford (2012) on my own where I met a fellow blogette. I just love England and its people and am returning to visit other friends there this year. I can relate to your photo from 1958 as I guess we’re the same age!

    abcw team

  3. truly wonderful photo’s and lovely story to go with it… and those pounds? Never mind, just enjoy them.

    have a nice abc-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

    • Our tour with our daughter in 2004 was so much fun. I have posts about it. We were at the Bird and Baby, (Eagle and Child), in Oxford. We walked the walk that Tolkien and C.S. Lewis walked at Magdalene College. Went to villages that reminded us of Hobbits! We followed some of Jane Austen’s inspirations. Went to “Pemberley” Chatsworth House. I do hope you’ll be able to travel to England and Scotland!

  4. How cool you and Dear look in your shades 😉
    Had just seen that Tolkien epitaph on a makings-of feature on the extended cut of LOTR 😉 Fun to see it with you and Katie in the pic.

  5. Your “Es” were all fun. Did you ever make an “E” pillow? I try not to look at photos from ten years ago and twenty pounds ago, but since they’re yours… =D

    • Hi Vee, No I have controlled myself on buying “E” pillows. Too bad I haven’t controlled myself on the other issues. LOL!

  6. Always good to see the coast! You know Tolkien was much more known here in the USA than in Europe? I almost did my year of residency (internship) in Camarillo, but it was a 4 hr. drive from my house and my kids still lived at home …:)

  7. When we were in Oxford we also saw the places where Tolkien and C.S. Lewis lived. We also learned that Magdalene College was pronounced differently in Oxford than in “The Other Place”, as our guide told us. Very interesting to learn all those traditions.
    Thanks for sharing these family photos.
    Wil, ABCW Team

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