My book, Eczema and Atopic Dermatits: The Best Websites has recently been published. I've also had many articles published, but I'd like to write more non-fiction books and, of course, a novel!
My articles can be seen at many websites, including Life in Italy, Crescent Blues, Paris Eiffel Tower Newsletter, and France This Way.
The beautiful new princess weighing 8 lb 3 oz was born at 8:34 am on Saturday, May 2 after a short labour. She shares her birthday with Catherine the Great, a fascinating royal, and she is fourth in line to the throne. Prince William said that he was very happy, and he introduced little Prince George to his new sister quite quickly.
Favourites for the princess's name include Charlotte, Alice and Elizabeth. My favourite is Elizabeth - no prizes for guessing why!
I watched one of my favourite films again during Easter - The Song of Bernadette. In this movie, there is a scene in which several people are arrested because they took water from the miraculous spring at Lourdes where Saint Bernadette (played beautifully by Jennifer Jones) had her visions of Mary. These people are asked to pay fines. One well-dressed lady offers to pay everyone's fines. There is great shock when this lady states imperiously that she is the nanny to the Empress Eugenie's son who is gravely ill, and the Empress has requested a bottle of water for him.
Was this true? According to the Catholic News Agency, Empress Eugenie 's son was cured, so she did support Saint Bernadette. However, the movie dramatized the situation. I haven't read an account of the nanny asking for the water from the spring in these circumstances!
Mary told Saint Bernadette that she was the Immaculate Conception, and asked her to have a chapel built on the site of the holy spring. The authorities tried to close the site and delay construction , but the Empress had seen for herself the power of the holy water, and supported the young saint. She intervened to make sure that the chapel was built.
I was lucky enough to see the Queen's Wattle Spray brooch during my recent trip to Sydney. Our Queen's spectacular wattle brooch is on display for three months at the Powerhouse Museum. This brooch which features a design of yellow wattle and tea tree blossoms with 150 yellow and white diamonds was made by the Melbourne jewellers William Drummond & Co was presented to Her Majesty in 1954. People flocked to the window of the jewellers to see it in early February. She wore it on many occasions in 1954, including the Davis Cup.
It is not surprising that this lovely piece of jewellery is one of the Queen's favourite brooches, and she often wears it. I was a little surprised that the brooch, part of the exhibition 'A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity,' is right at the back of the collection, and not really prominent. I thought that it should have been the centrepiece. However, it is displayed with a video clip of the young Queen wearing it with dark blue, and it certainly looked beautiful!