Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

It was the true-life murder case that took the Victorian world by storm in 1860. It inspired Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle, among others, to delve into writing murder mysteries. 

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher 

Today's spotlight is on the 2011 dramatic retelling of the real-life murder of three-year-old Saville Kent, who was found at the bottom of his family's outdoor privy with his throat slit.

With no obvious motive for the murder, no witnesses, and critical clues--lost or compromised, Detective Jack Whicher, one of the eight original detectives of Scotland Yard, is sent to delve deep into the affairs of all, to try and solve this puzzling mystery.

If you love mysteries, particularly Victorian, than you must check this movie out. It was very good. I watched the whole thing, with my sister and a humongo bowl of popcorn, on YouTube. I could not find this available to us-non-Brits, in any other format. The quality of the video is slightly grainy but you can still enjoy the movie, no prob


 If you're worried about how graphic this is, don't be, it's not at all. It's clean and there's great acting and good detecting to be had for all.


 So enjoy and let me know your thoughts on this one!



Also, a second mystery movie, featuring the lead Detective Whicher begins filming in January 2013.  


Don't ask me why the font color is white in this post.

I have repeatedly highlighted "all" and made it "black"
to N.O. A.V.A.I.L. Grrr...


The Suspicions of Mr Whicher Part 1/7 



Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Vacuum Monster and Road Trips!

Can I live here, please?
I had a wonderful, vacation day today. Quite niceeee.

I accomplished so many tasks that I have been putting off.  

For like years. 

Like cleaning out my car.

What a dismal way to spend an hour or two of my time.

But it had to be done, and I made a mostly thorough job of it.

Sand that has been in there from probably my first move from Florida five years ago, was evicted.

And you thought I was like this neat freak, didn't you?

Yeah, not when it comes to my old clunker of a car. Or my closet. Ssshhh.

I unearthed 9 pens. 3 markers. One brown colored pencil. And a file folder.
I had a bunch of old scrubs in my trunk that I finally tossed.

Why would I keep them you ask?

Because one never known when a situation might arise where you need to don a pair of old, holey scrubs and you could be like anywhere, which is why it's a clever idea to keep some stashed in your trunk, at all times.

And then, after I did a slightly, pitiful job of washing the outside of my car with no soap and a lame water hose with no handle-grippy thing that my apt complex provided, it was now...

Vacuum time!

I plunged two quarters into the silver, cylindrical, beastly, vacuuming machine and grabbed the hose which was like the diameter of my thigh.

Does anybody else ever break out into sweats the first few seconds of wielding that thing-specifically made for vehicles?

Afraid you might like accidentally suction your fingers and left ear off?

Yahh, me too.

I sucked up everything in range. Bandaid packagings, bobby pins, pennies, crumpled up flash cards and other useless debris.

I mean, that is why the hose is so big, right? I can suck up pretty much anything I like, below the size of a large, frying pan and still be good.

So that was fun. And I did windex all my windows.

So sparkly now. I can actually see out now.

heh heh heh and you thought I was swerving because I need glasses, sillies. Not anymore!

So now I am ready for ROAD TRIP to Miami/Ft Lauderdale for the weekend. Leaving tomorrow morning with my sis and bro. Good times to be had for all :)

And if ANYBODY, gets ANYTHING, messed up OR spilled inside my clean car -- they're walking Alligator Alley all the way home!

Miami 1905 vintage photo

See ya on the flip flop!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box new movie photos!

Hello my friendlies,

I have for you some newly released photos and Official Movie poster 
for this upcoming, much anticipated movie.

Looks pretty epic.

Two of my favorite male actors - Ioan Gruffudd and Michael Sheen look like they 
will be fantastic in this. Also love that Sam Neill!

Triple yay!

I'm sure Aneurin Barnard who plays the male lead character will be brilliant, and
after this movie, every girl under the age of, well 
we'll go with any woman breathing and with a pulse,
will be in love with him, probably.

And every boy will want to be him no doubt.

Based on the wildly popular series by G.P. Taylor -author of these other titles, as well:
 Shadowmancer, Wormwood, Tersias, The Curse of Salamander Street and The Tizzle Sisters. 

Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box 
coming out in Spring of 2013
(a sequel is already in the works)

Brief synopsis:
"Teenage boy, Mariah Mundi, has his world torn apart by the disappearance of his parents, then the kidnapping of younger brother by unknown assailants. Aided by adventurer Captain Charity, he sets off in pursuit, arriving at the Prince Regent, a hotel hiding a fantastical underworld."

Coming soon...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Blissful Pictures and a Heart Full of Thanks

Oh dear, it's amazing how time flies...

Life has been full of busy routines once again.

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving Holiday.

Mine was very special, as must be the case, when surrounded by friends and family :)

And food.

I love the chilly weather we have. It's true...Florida does get cold.

Not icy cold, mind you. My bones have trouble tolerating that kind of weather...Florida ruined me.

But it does get chilly enough down here that it just might have you racing to your wardrobes and closets for a snuggly sweater or blanket at the dawning and departing of each day.

My kind of weather.

My sister adorned our apartment will lovely Christmas cheer.

My mother's Christmas village, that us kids had built up over the many years by presenting her with one each Christmas, now resides with us.

I look at all the rows of quaint homes and shops and sometimes those pesky tears start piling up...reminded of our loss... but you know, also, I am just so grateful for all the fine memories that I can draw upon.

Lots and lots of good ones. So much love :)

Ohh and then there's the nutcrackers that stand at attention at their various stations.

Call me childish, but I still wish and wait sometimes, as the clock draws near to midnight, that maybe, just maybe, I might see a blink or two. Or a puff of breath escaping their slightly creepy, hinged mouths.

This is certainly a lovely time of year and there is so much to be thankful for.

I hope you take the opportunity to relish every moment.

Time slips by so swiftly, one's liable to miss much of it, far too easily if one doesn't take care not to...

Slow down. And thank God for all that he has blessed us with. And that we have a glorious future awaiting us to come.

Hope you don't mind, I had to share the photos below. They make me smile :) God bless pinterest :))


Saturday, November 10, 2012

wanderWowl 1st Blog Giveaway - winners

WOW, I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone of you who entered this Giveaway!

I absolutely loved reading everyone's comments,
and those who left encouraging words and thoughts 
that keep you inspired...

I had hoped everyone would share those inspirations in the comments' section below 
so everyone could read them,

but due to my less than clear directions 
most of you wrote them through the widget.

Which is totally fine!

 but, I hope you wont mind 

-- I just had to share two of them right now:

From Kellie:
I'm just thankful this morning that I have so much before me -  
We always have the choice to make our lives and those around us, better...   
No matter where we are...   

From Lily Alayne:
I am learning that even when 100 things need doing, if you pick the one that is most important and urgent and focus in on it, 
you will still feel a sense of accomplishment when it is done. 

Yes, I love this!! Thank you for sharing ladies!!

I wished I could have made everybody a winner :(

alas I couldn't so without further adieu,

 The two lucky winners are:


and because I was having so much fun and couldn't bear to stop at only 2 winners,


I will contact each of the winners by email 
if I haven't done so already :)
find out your one book selection and poster selection.

If you didn't win, I will have another giveaway soon and 
I hope you will try again at the next one.

Have a grand Saturday!

and Congratulations again to the winners!!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Last Chance to enter Blog Giveaway

Quick reminder: Tonight is the last night you can enter the wanderWowl Giveaway!
Tomorrow will be the drawing of the two lucky winners' names.

Can't wait! Click the pic to enter!

So get your entries in my dearies...

Mr. Matty Pancks sends his's been a little while since his furry little head, avatar nose and pink rabbit feet have made an appearance on here.

He loves his new home in Florida :)

We are enjoying the cool turning of the weather down here...

Feels like delicious fall.

Soo alrighty then...

I'll see you on the flip-flop!

Local Food Tasting Fair...yum yum three cheers for Stone Crab Mac & Cheese! :))

Thursday, November 1, 2012

First Ever Blog Giveaway!!

(updated: 11/2)
Howdy folks!
First time ever hosting a blog giveaway.
verrrrrrry exciting!

I did say this was my first time with the whole
bloggy giveaway thing didn't I?Yeahhh so I've added a few clarifications below :)
Right here.
Starting right now.

 Start date: Today, 11-1-12  •  End date: Saturday, 11-10-12" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway


2 Winners with the most points will receive
2 lovely prizes each:

1. Your choice of One wanderWowl Original Poster Art

2. Your choice of One book out of the following four lovely choices:

a. The Lady of Bolton Hill - Female journalists are rare in 1879, but American-born Clara Endicott has finally made a name for herself with her provocative articles championing London's poor. When the backlash from her work forces a return home to Baltimore, Clara finds herself face-to-face with a childhood sweetheart who is no longer the impoverished factory worker she once knew. In her absence, Daniel Tremain has become a powerful industry giant, but Daniel's success is fueled by resentment from past wounds. When Clara's very life is endangered by one of Daniel's adversaries, they must face a reckoning neither of them ever could have foreseen.

b. Harvest of Rubies   "Tells the story of Sarah, a young Jewish woman who labors under the impressions that  her work is the only thing that proves her worth. Since her mother's death, she believes she is a burden for her father and those around her. She becomes the Queen's senior scribe due to her excellent reading/writing skills but still feels she has to constantly prove herself. When she does receive praise, she fears her next step will be the one that messes everything up. Then Sarah marries Darius, a Persian noble but he comes to the conclusion that she married him for his money and after things go sour on their wedding day it only fuels his disgust for her and he leaves her alone on his estate. Left with only a few servants, Sarah must learn the value of friendship and her own worth. With some guidance of a Persian gardener and advice and wisdom from her cousin Nehemiah, Sarah struggles to regain her faith in God and to believe that the Lord loves her just as she is. But even if she accepts that God loves her, will she ever be able to make Darius love her?"

c. Edenbrooke: A Proper Romance - "Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath so when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she'll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry. From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will Marianne be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke."
d. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall - Pampered Margaret Macy flees London in disguise to escape pressure to marry a dishonorable man. With no money and nowhere else to go, she takes a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his dashing brother. Praying no one will recognize her, Margaret fumbles through work and hopes she can last until her next birthday, when she will gain an inheritance from a spinster aunt--and sweet independence. But can she remain hidden as a servant even when prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall? 


So come on friendlies, get your entries in!

It'll be fun, you know it will be...

These books are all fantastic reads and I hope you will enjoy some fun Poster Art as well!

I added a few more possible entry opportunities for those of you below who don't use Facebook much.
Also: Just comment below if you linked to this blog from your own so we can all follow over and see your lovely blogs too :)

If you do use FB, here is the link to my page where I will post new poster/t-shirt releases:

wanderWowl on Facebook!

However, I will also post them on this here bloggy so you will still be in the loop and can give me feedbackso I know if they are crappish or not. hahaha :)

Thanks guys!!


Best of Luck!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

wanderWowl Shop Open!

It's official:
is up and running!
wHoot, wHoot! :)

"Stumble upon brilliance, 
discover whimsy & inspiration, 
and unearth a little of the fantastical today."
wanderWowl is excited to offer you 

original Poster Design, Fine Art, Tees (coming soon) and more!


I'm excited to say that:

10% of every item you purchase goes to support Overland Missions, a brilliant organization and group of people helping to bring the Gospel of Jesus, Poverty Alleviation and Humanitarian Care to the most remote places on Earth.

These guys and gals are hardcore missionaries serving God with all they've got
mostly throughout parts of Africa!! Check out their site to read some of their blogs.

wanderWowl is a shop that my father and I have collaborated together on. Him being
the fabulous genius painter that he is and of course,
 I couldn't be more happy to be working with him.

We are in the process of linking up with other artists as well 
who will display their posterized art
for sale under wanderWowl's umbrella.

Very excited about all the talent that is out there.

SO if you or someone you know is an artist and would like see about requirements
for submitting artwork and linking up with us as well, shoot me an email:

If your artwork coincides with our vision for wanderWowl, we will print and market said brilliant items for you and send you earnings monthly.

We don't have all the artwork up yet, but here's a start though.

I'd be honored if you'd check it out and give me any thoughts and feedback you can!

--Likes, dislikes, concepts for design you'd like to see etc...

Also I am in the process of getting bigger sized posters for sale up there as well.

Thanks guys!!

This week finally: Blog Giveaway! Stay tuned :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

You're So Much More Than A Face in a Crowd

 "God is a God of movement.
Constantly Arriving...
Ever embracing.

God exists in Movement.
He proceeds in a wave of Mercy.
 And you, you were made for movement.
To participate in the Movement of God.
You're so much more than a face in a crowd..."

I love this.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

How To Watch BBC and ITV Shows in the USA

photo by graciela
It's time for me to spill the beans, my friends.

I'm so excited!!!!!
So if you are like me, you've got to be tired of having to wait months and months, 
if not, forever, to get awesome UK shows our way in the USA.

I'm just not happy with settling for those really poor quality bootlegged versions
and/or the sites that "claim" they have the show you want to watch, make you pay exorbitant monthly prices to "subscribe" first and then you find out they tricked you and don't even have the show you are looking for!

--err not that I've ever resorted to this in my costume drama viewing obsession.

Anyhoo, not anymore...!

Ladies and Gents, let me introduce you to:

the Tunnel Bear.

It's simple and fast.

• Tunnel Bear is a service that allows you to “experience the internet as if you were living in a different country" while keeping your computer address secure and anonymous ("any online source that may try to check the origin of your internet connection will see Tunnel Bear’s server details instead of your own). 

• For my UK friends it also allows you to gain access to US content and UK content if you are abroad.

• Tunnel Bear claims it's legal, which is awesome...and you can look further into that if you doubt it. Here's a very informative review of it from Macworld.

Here's How To:

1. Go to

2. Click "download;" 
- the initial download is free and comes with 500mb of free data/per month.
Feel free to test it out. It's free. But if you are going to be watching streaming videos you will use up that 500mb after about 40 minutes of viewing time.

After watching almost one full episode of BBC's The Paradise, I was hooked, and chose to upgrade for $4.99/month you can have unlimited viewing.

Yes. Please.

3. Once you've downloaded Tunnel Bear you'll see this really cool brown retro looking radio pop up on your desktop. Click "on" and click "UK" on the radio nobs.

4. WALLAH! it's as easy as that. You're hooked in and ready to go.

I would give it a minute or two to "load" --see those white streaming bars...yeah, just let them fill the blue screen a bit. Be patient! And then you are good to go.

You can log on to BBC's iPlayer after you've done this and choose a show to watch

If you see the above message on your screen, than you have either not turned your Tunnel Bear switch to the UK setting or you have not let it load up like shown in the picture above.

Just wait another minute or two and then retry:

It should look like this: See, no message and ready to play!!

  You can go to ITV's player online and catch some good stuff as well.

Tunnel Bear is so easy and such a gem, I can't believe I never heard of it before now!

I'm still leaping for joy!

Please do tell if this was informative and/or if you have any questions.

I tried to make it easy to understand.

Just beware:
upon downloading said application,
and clicking "play" on a fav new show, previously unavailable to you,
you may be overcome with feelings of extreme elation
and overall general feeling of exclaiming, "Mwah haahahaa."

;)Happy Viewing
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