|Mary beside a covered wagon.|
Mary also mentioned that one thing that inspired her was that Laura's first book, Little House in the Big Woods, wasn't published until Laura was SIXTY-FIVE. She didn't complete the series until she was SEVENTY-SIX.
It's never too late to embark upon a dream.
Here are a few pictures from our retreat. In addition to touring the LIW sites, and sampling the fare at nearly every restaurant in town, we stayed at the lovely Heritage House Bed & Breakfast, across and down the street from the Loftus Store and directly across the street from the corner of Calumet and 2nd street where the Ingalls family waited out The Long Winter in the store Pa had built on that lot. The proprietress, Kim, could not have been more gracious and welcoming, and our rooms were lovely, looking down on the wide main thoroughfare of De Smet.
|The pantry in the Surveyor's House|
from By The Shores of Silver Lake
|Mary and Jan hard at work in the|
front room of the B&B.
|One of my books in the De Smet, SD|
Library! With an honest-to-goodness
card and paper card catalog!
|The lovely new statue of|
the town's most famous
|Cabinets and cupboards built by|
Charles Ingalls for his wife. The shelves
are stocked with dishes belonging to
Caroline, Laura, and Rose.
|One volume of Mary's Braille Bible.|
The Bible rests in Mary's room in the
De Smet house built for her and Caroline
|The house in town, built by Charles|
Ingalls for his wife and daughter. Sadly
he only lived in the completed house for
a couple of years before he passed away.
Question for you: Have you ever visited the home of an author who was your childhood favorite? Have you ever visited a Laura Ingalls Wilder site?
He only wanted a duchess for a day--but she’s determined to make it a marriage for life
When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she’s meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life--as a secret agent for the Crown.
But his bride has other ideas. She’s determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society--the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she’d remain in the background as he ordered.
Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?
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