Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, has written more than 50 books specializing in British Christianity. These books include: The Monastery Murders, clerical mysteries; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime; The Elizabeth and Richard series, literary suspense; and Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. She loves research and sharing you-are-there experiences with her readers.
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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History
A traveling researcher engages people and places from Britain's past and present, drawing comparisons and contrasts between past and present for today's reader.
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 24, 2010
A perfect autumn day in Calgary, sunny, golden and crisp.
We took a long walk along the River Bow, complete with attempts at rock-skipping and two deer who observed us as intently as we observed them.
Curves in the river path offered stunning view of the Calgary skyline, including the many cranes engaged in major construction projects in the city. especially on the Bow Tower which, when completed will be the tallest building in Calgary, designed by the architect who gave London its landmark Gerkin.
My son-in-law guide informed me that the only city in the world with more cranes engaged in building is Dubai. Calgary now has 260 skyscrapers with 41 more under construction. An additional 13 have been approved for building and 63 await approval. Further evidence of the booming oil and gas industry that fuels all this activity was evidence in the two Canadian Pacific trains that crossed our path as we hiked--both of them composed primariy of oil tankers.
Our afternoon walk concluded with a stop at Pearce Park playground for Felicity and the adults to enjoy the equipment.
Then out again when Dominic and Mummy returned from school--this time to ride bikes to the delightful Nellie Breen park
just a block away. Built in memory of the lifetime Inglewood (Calgary's original downtown, founded 1875) resident who loved children, the playgound was alive with children and parents all who knew each other and interacted as a community with the older children looking after the younger and parents knowing all the children by name. Of course, even with all the sculpture-park, German-designed play equipment, the leaves and a good climbing tree were the favorites.
Again, Calgary's international flair was evident in the nuances of accents: Canadian, American, English and a Nanny just returned from Germany.
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