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Friday, 20 January 2012

Lady Ophelia and the photographer...

This week we were given the country prompt BRAZIL for Darcy's Postcard Challenge.

1895 was a very turbulent time in Brazil, as it had only recently broken away from Imperial rule and become a Republic. Some people wanted to reinstate the Monarchy..and this lead to much bloody warfare, especially in the northern province of Bahia.
"Dear Miss Lillian,
My mind is in such a turmoil. We had barely been in Spain 24 hours, when we were rushed aboard a Clipper bound for Brazil.
Richard says not to worry, and smiles at me adoringly, but I was dreadfully ill on the journey over.
We were greeted by a lovely gentleman by the name of "Senator Pincheiro Makado, who let me cut the ribbon to open the newest "ELEVADOR" on the funicular railway.
Had chance to walk around town today, and met a photographer by the name of Marco Ferrer, nice man, very busy.
The perfume of orchids can be smelt every where you turn. This is a stunningly colourful place.

affectionately yours
Effie XXX
"My Darling Effie,
You are in Bahia Province? Do take care not to wander off, and please DO NOT acquaint yourself with strangers so!
Brazil is but a young Republic. Only last year a rebellion was quashed by your Senator Machado at the Battle of Pulador, and the newspapers are full of stories about self proclaimed Prophets inciting the poor people to rise up against the new government. One such man Antonio Conselheiro, even claims to be heralding the return of the Late King Stephen of Portugal. Really! To mislead the lower classes this way is quite unacceptable, and I say this as a public supporter of the Monarchy.
Marmalade and Ginger are both considered suitable remedies for settling the stomach on sea journeys. TAKE CARE DEAR.

your ever-loving Governess
Miss Lillian xxx
p.s. The correct wording is "smelled". "Smelt" is what Smithies do with iron ore."

Miss Lillian is certainly not shy of voicing her political beliefs is she lol.

:D XXX
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35 comments:

  1. Fabulous, Gina! You have certainly done your research. How much fun is that! xoDonna

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  2. I love how much you tell us about the history of the country each week, it's a real pleasure to read. Beautiful card. A xx

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  3. Love your postcard! I love the facts we get each week too!

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  4. Thanks for all the research. The story and art are terrific.

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  5. Love the contrasting styles between miss Lillian and her former governess! Another splendid contribution :)

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  6. Learning lots and the orchid is beautiful. Miss Lillian's replies are priceless.
    Jen x

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  7. This is so good and I am enjoying the story very much and learning something into the bargain. Miss Lillian is a bit of a martinette with her spelling corrections! No wonder she didn't marry!

    Janet xx

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  8. Oh, how lovely again, dear! :)
    This is so much fun to read every week. Lovely story! ♥

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  9. Beautiful work and I love your story, the polite and proper language is wonderful! M

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  10. oh so beautiful flowers, so delicate, i can almost smell them...love the correction of her spelling haha its all in the details, loving it.

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  11. Lovely card and story, Miss Lillian must be the fore-runner of the spell-check programmes! Valerie

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  12. I love your flowers they are so pretty x

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  13. ha ha,

    I hear your voice as I read!!! I love the spelling corrections, and the art work is fabulous, I can't believe we are still staying up to date on this one - we were such slackers last year!

    I'm in Paris next weekend (no I'm not lying I know I make things up but really i'm not in the uk and i have no intention of internet connecting there will be no chance of work sneaking into my well earned rest...) - I'm doing a scheduled post - would you be a babe and link me up? I will do visits/ comments on the links when I get back,

    ta

    Dx

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    1. of course I will....have a gorgeous romantical time in Paris, and get ready to spill all the juicy details when you get back :D XXX

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  14. just exquisite artwork, beautiful card

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  15. Honestly, I enjoyed reading the cards so much and lovely art, what fun I had!
    Thank you!

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  16. Oh! Yes, great on, I love it.

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  17. Your creations are fantastic again.

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  18. PRETTY pretty postcard, and I'm really enjoying the history lessons too. If only my history lessons at school had been so interesting!

    x

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  19. i have my friend dawn (dawn's craft place) coming to visit your blog. i keep telling her how awesome you & your work are!!!

    you should be a historian. you make it all so interesting and pretty to look at.

    you are more than welcome to some of the snow!

    hugs:)

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  20. love your story Gina looks great...

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  21. Your writing is fantastic, love the language you use, so indicative of the times and the colourful way you describe the scenarios, your orchids are beautiful xxx

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  22. This is shaping up to be one of my favourites! Love the little history lessons we get each week and the way their characters are coming across.

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  23. I love the colors in your card, just stunning. Beautiful orchids!

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  24. I am enjoying the perfect history lesson.
    Beautiful orchids too.

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  25. It's so great to read effies adventures! :) Orchid looks wonderful on the poscard. :)

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  26. Gina your orchids are so delicate and perfect for your story. I love all the history. Vicki

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  27. Another gorgeous soft postcard..lovely! Am so enjoying reading your story, though most worried that if I make a spelling or grammatical error in my comment Miss Lillian will tell me off ! Esther xx

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  28. When you cruise, I missed the jam and ginger.

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  29. Very nice postcard! I really like the background of your book page! Is nice to have the added history!

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  30. Oh Gina, you are so clever and such a romantic too. I love your storytelling and your gorgeous art. Bravo !!!
    Hugs June x

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  31. Gina you are invited to the campfire you can tell us some more stories please!
    ManonX

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  32. This is such a lovely postcard, and I love your story and the history entwined in it. Lyn x

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  33. beautiful, lol on the "correct" word usage :-)

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