Monday, May 27, 2013

The Penning Board 2013-21

The Penning Board
Items of the Week

Movie: “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” (1971) – Angela Landsbury and David Tomlinson
An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical conman search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defense of Britain.

This is a childhood favorite and especially appropriate this week since I am in England and will pay a visit to the famous Portobello Road Market, which was immortalized in the catchy song from this movie. (See link for song below.) If you have not seen this classic, it’s a must see.

News: “Forbidden travel destinations you can visit” 

This article caught my eyes because of travel (of course) and for the word, “forbidden.” Hmm…I was not aware there are actual ways to secure travel to forbidden places unless it’s in secret (AKA espionage) or you are the guest of a highly influential person.
What forbidden travel destination would you want to visit? Would you even think of visiting them because they are after all “forbidden” for a reason?
Book: “A Walk with Jane Austen” by Lori Smith

At thirty-three, dealing with a difficult job and a creeping depression, Lori Smith embarked on a life-changing journey following the life and lore of Jane Austen through England.

With humor and spirit, Lori leads readers through landscapes Jane knew and loved–from Bath and Lyme, to London and the Hampshire countryside–and through emotional landscapes in which grace and hope take the place of stagnation and despair. Along the way, Lori explores the small things, both meanness and goodness in relationships, to discover what Austen herself knew: the worth of an ordinary life.

Fantastic book! I read this right before I traveled to England five years ago and I’m about to read it again. A touching story that goes beyond travel and straight to the soul.  

Highly recommended.

For more information about the author click here and about the book click here.

Bible Verse

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” – Romans 8:31-32 (NIV)

Travel Quote:

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang
Song: “Portobello Road” from the film, “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.”

Great song from a great movie. Check it out here and be entertained. :)

I've actually been to Portobelo Road market in London and it is a phenomenal experience. Here are just a few pics from my trip.

For more information about Portobello Road Market, click here.


  1. Cool photos, thanks for sharing! What an experience this must have been.

    1. Hi Cheryl! Thanks! It was quite an experience. :) Hope you are doing well!