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FOYLE’S WAR

BRITISH TV SERIES – Writer and creator Anthony Horowitz

The photo of actor Michael Kitchner in his 40’s fedora may cause a viewer to think this 2002-2015 British TV series boring. Never.

Kitchner plays DCS Christopher Foyle a middle-aged small town police officer in Hastings on the South Coast of England, a dangerous place during the early years of WWII. He fights crime on the home front. The charming actress Honeysuckle Weeks plays his driver and budding investigator Sam. All supporting roles are excellent including side-kick investigator Milner. Foyle initially rescued him from a military hospital. Foyle also has a handsome fly-boy son, Andrew.

More than a detective series, Kitchner uses his calm, laid-back manner and impressive intellect to solve people-problems as well as crime. Everything about this series shows quality. There’s humor, caring, kindness and more. Shows run about 90 minutes.

It is featured today on the blog because so little is available on TV that I’ve been rewatching a few shows. The series remains a favorite. It is available on Netflix for streaming or purchase, and can be purchased from other sources as well. It is also available on Acorn TV. Recently I wrote about enjoying the mystery novel Magpie Murders. My enjoyment of that book by Anthony Horowitz the creator and writer of this series prompted me to watch a few episodes of Foyle at work. The series remains as addicting as ever.

5 Stars. Give it a try, or check the Tomato Meter from the Rotten Tomatoes Reviewing service. See what others have to say!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!

MANY THANKS to all those who commented and entered the contest. Many thanks to all those who read the blog!!!!

Here are the July winners of a fiction book:

1. Betsy Hemming – Michigan Reader

2. Patty Hunt – New York Reader

3. Judith Vitali – Connecticut Reader

4. Bonne Hall – New York Reader

5. Bernadette Mainzer – New York Reader

Hopefully your book will be in the mail early this week!

IF WISHING MIGHT MAKE IT HAPPEN

This week-end I wish I could be in East Central Iowa to gather with family for the last Mitchell Cousin Reunion. The next best thing is sharing a few pictures. I have many memories and I wish a great day for all my family, those present and those like me who cannot be there.

A couple of years ago some of my cousins sent me information about how their family enjoyed butter horn rolls made from a recipe from my mother. One particular family enjoyed the rolls almost weekly as a week end treat. This picture shows a cousin preparing the rolls for her family. If possible I will try to repost the story about recreating the rolls this past year.

We cousins have so many precious ties and each of us with our children, spouses, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents and the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren have had special experiences we have shared. I want to thank all of these cousins and their families for the good times and caring they have shared with me and my family.

The red brick church pictured above is where the clan will gather. Both sets of my great-grandparents on my father’s side founded this church. The original families came to North Tama County from Scotland, many via Canada in the 1860’s and 1870’s, pioneering on the lush prairies of that area.

Today I salute those who are gathering as well as all the family members who have gone before. So many stories, so much courage!

To blog readers, thanks for sharing a few of my family notes, and enjoy your families. Most families are filled with all kinds of stories!

WISHING YOU A HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY

Wishing all blog readers a wonderful holiday.

Today we celebrate our great country. We appreciate the beauty of the land and the people. We rise above divisiveness and hate. Together with respect, dignity and kindness toward each other, we can help our country flourish. We have much to be grateful for this day and every day.

Celebrate Four Years

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