Monthly Archives: November 2013

Cold as a Penguin

Tonight for some reason it is just cold outside. The temperature is really not that low, it is in the upper 40’s. I think it must be the humidity.

That made me think of penguins as they live in a cold climate, however they have a nice layer of fur to keep them warm.

Since I am thinking about them I have some nice pictures of penguins that I would like to share this evening.

All of the pictures come from The Falkland Islands. I took them while on vacation with my sister.

Waddle of Penguins in the Falkland Islands - Magelannic Penguins - Yorke Bay -Magellanic penguins, Spheniscus magellanicus  - Gypsy Cove

Here we have a waddle of Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus)
at Gypsy Cove. We were able to get pretty close to them and observe them in their natural habitat.

Magellanic penguins, Spheniscus magellanicus - Penguin Chick - Falkland Islands - Gypsy CoveHere we have a group of penguin chicks. They look so cute.

Juvenile Magelannic Penguin - Gypsy Cove - Falkland Islands - Nature - BirdsHere we have one that is a little older, but still a juvenile. I really like the contrast with the coloring. The brown is starting to turn to the black of the adult penguin.

Yorke Bay - Falkland Islands - Malvinas - Gypsy Cove - Penguins - Magellanic PenguinsOf course the adults were all headed to the beach and out to go fishing. Here a a few that have just come back from the ocean and are standing on the beach of Yorke Bay.

I really like the color of the sand and water. The water really reflects the color of the sky.

Lonely Penguin on White Beach - Magellanic Penguin - Falkland Islands - White SandI really like this picture the contrast of the black penguin with the white sand is very interesting. I have it titled “One of Those Days” in my picture file.

If you like penguins, you may also want to read my review of Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

Just be lucky I didn’t share pictures of icebergs from my trip. They would make you feel colder.


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Day after Thanksgiving

Religion in Family History

Today we think of the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday.

Is there historical precedence for shopping on the day after Thanksgiving?

Plenty for All - Thanksgiving 1623 - Leftovers - Black FridayIf we go way back to the Thanksgiving of 1623 we find that their supply ships arrived on the day after Thanksgiving. I am sure that they were digging into the stores on that day.

The ships Anne and Little James both arrived on the day after the feast. The feast that year was on a Wednesday, so it wasn’t Friday 🙂

The ship Anne is important for me as some of my ancestors were on board. The family of Francis Sprague consisted of himself, his wife and two daughters Anna and Mercy. The second daughter, Mercy,  later married my ancestor William Tubbs.

You can read more about how I descend from them in my post Pilgrim Ancestry.

The Pilgrim Migration - Robert Charles Anderson - Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633 - Genealogy - Thanksgiving - Great Migration StudyI also heard someone refer to Thanksgiving night as Brown Thursday since many of the stores opened earlier than the midnight openings of recent years.

This made me chuckle a little as whoever came up with the designation probably had no idea that the Pilgrims were known as Brownists. The Pilgrim migration was known as the Brownist migration up until the early 1800’s.

The Pilgrims were Separatists. They did not follow the rule of the Church of England and were persecuted for this. One of the early Separatists was Robert Browne, and it was his followers who became know as Brownists.

Browne was imprisoned more than 30 times in his life for his beliefs. Some of the Pilgrims who came to Plymouth had also spent time in prison for their beliefs.

Even though Browne is known as the first Separatist and the movement bears his name, he abandoned the movement in 1585 when he was in his late 30’s and returned to the Church of England.

I can only imagine what he thought of the those who migrated to Plymouth. He lived until 1633 and would have known of the trials that they went through.

My mind has wandered in a different direction as I wrote this post. I had planned to talk more about the Sprague family. However, I can share more about them in a later post. There are a few interesting tidbits about their life that I would like to share 🙂


This post is part of a series on Religion in Family History. See also:

Religion in Family History

Amish in California?

The Light in the Forest

Stephen Jenks – Singing Master

Amish in Oregon

Amish Origins

Gallup Poll Connection I – Amish

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Pilgrim Ancestry

First Amish Settlements

Irish Heritage

Amish in Oklahoma

The Harper Mansion

The Deerfield Raid

The Frytown Church

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