Mid-Pride peach tree planted February 6, 2010. Produced a lot of sweet peaches, even in hot, dry Arizona.
A few of our Anna apples mixed in with the peaches. So happy to have fruit trees bearing sweet little jewels.
and it is so bad for my rheumatism living in rooms with a north light". This made me laugh out loud (which I love to do while reading or listening to a good book.)
The following is Alan Grant's analysis of Richard, the supposed criminal:
"He reached for his writing-pad and pen, and made a neat entry: CASE: Disappearance of two boys (Edward, Prince of Wales; Richard, Duke of York) from the Tower of London, 1485 or thereabouts. RICHARD III Previous Record: Good. Has excellent record in public service, and good reputation in private life. Salient characteristic as indicated by his actions: good sense. In the matter of the presumed crime: (a) He did not stand to benefit; there were nine other heirs to the house of York, including three males. (b) There is no contemporary accusation. (c) The boys' mother continued on friendly terms with him until his death, and her daughters attended Palace festivities. (d) He showed no fear of the other heirs of York, providing generously for their upkeep and granting all of them their royal state. (e) His own right to the crown was unassailable, approved by Act of Parliament and public acclamation; the boys were out of the succession and of no danger to him. (f) If he had been nervous about disaffection then the person to have got rid of was not the two boys, but the person who really was next in succession to him: young Warwick. Whom he publicly created his heir when his own son died. HENRY VII Previous Record: An adventurer, living at foreign courts. Son of an ambitious mother. Nothing known against his private life. No public office or employment. Salient characteristic as indicated by his actions: subtlety. In the matter of the presumed crime: (a) It was of great importance to him that the boys should not continue to live. By repealing the Act acknowledging the children's illegitimacy, he made the elder boy King of England, and the younger boy the next heir. (b) In the Act which he brought before Parliament for the attaining of Richard he accused Richard of the conventional tyranny and cruelty but made no mention of the two young Princes. The conclusion is inevitable that at that time the two boys were alive and their whereabouts known. (c) The boys' mother was deprived of her living and consigned to a nunnery eighteen months after his succession. (d) He took immediate steps to secure the persons of all the other heirs to the crown, and kept them in close arrest until he could with the minimum of scandal get rid of them. (e) He had no right whatever to the throne. Since the death of Richard, young Warwick was de jure King of England. And it occurred to him too for the first time in full force just how that family atmosphere strengthened the case for Richard's innocence. The boys whom he was supposed to have put down as he would put down twin foals were Edward's sons; children he must have known personally and well. To Henry, on the other hand, they were mere symbols. Obstacles on a path. He may never even have set eyes on them. All questions of character apart, the choice between the two men as suspects might almost be decided on that alone. It was wonderfully clearing to the head to see it neat and tidy as (a), (b), and (c). He had not noticed before how doubly suspect was Henry's behaviour over Titulus Regius. If, as Henry had insisted, Richard's claim was absurd, then surely the obvious thing to do was to have the thing re-read in public and demonstrate its falsity. But he did no such thing. He went to endless pains to obliterate even the memory of it. The conclusion was inevitable that Richard's title to the crown as shown in Titulus Regius was unassailable."
A great, fun read--especially if you love the odds and ends of British history.