July 12, 2012

British Guiana/Guyana Woven into My Life





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QUESTION: What do the following things have in common?

College paper

Jim Jones

Madame Rosalie de Leval

Tikwis Begbie

C. J.

Pittsburgh woman

USA Today, June 22, 2012, pp 4D

Silver Green Turtle Soup Ladle

ANSWER: They are all part of a continuous Chinese red thread that is woven through the tapestry of my life. You know—that red thread of Asian myth that has been reinterpreted to mean that relationships between people are meant to be, and if thwarted, the proverbial thread would not, could not, be broken. The persons would eventually come together.

Each event and/or person is connected to me by an invisible thread that I never could have foreseen when I began my journey of writing a historic romance novel and a paper for a historical magazine competition (which someone else won).

I posted the full article on Intertwined Love, my novel site, Intertwined Love (link is at the end of this post). For CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS I selected two of the stories.

Go into the wild in undiscovered Guyana

On June 22, 2012, the red thread appeared again, this time in the newspaper USA Today, a freebie with the hotel room we rented enroute home from an Ohio visit with our son, Nolan. While relaxing over my breakfast coffee a headline caught my attention: Go into the wild in undiscovered Guyana

I read that tourism is relatively new to Guyana. Its only north-south road between Georgetown and the Brazilian border, 320 miles unpaved, is a fourteen hour bus ride. Wildlife provides the entertainment for visitors. To read the rest of the story, click on link 1 in the source list following additional reading.


Just yesterday, July 11, 2012, British Guiana again became a focus of my attention. My researcher friend Fran called to tell me that she’d mailed me a link to an auction site that listed a very interesting item: A Rare George III Silver Green Turtle Soup Ladle of Caribbean Interest, c. 1800.

The ladle, in the form of a green turtle, bore the following engraving on the interior of the turtle shell: With every Sentiment of Respect from Francis de Ridder, To the Hon F P van Berckel 1807, Friends form’d in ‘Union’ of heart and aims, Prove firm supporters of each others claims, Victorious Virtue warms Thy gen’rous breast, Be thine ‘enjoyment’, and perennial ‘Rest’. A note on the item stated that The depiction of a Caribbean sea turtle in a silver form is exceedingly rare. The ladle is valued at six to nine thousand dollars.

When I talked to Fran later she said she’d found at least one, if not two, more auctioned van Berckle items. We’ve concluded someone had a collection and is slowly selling it off.

I called the auction company, which, as I predicted, wouldn’t reveal the name of the seller. Instead I whipped off an email for them to forward to the seller suggesting a sharing of information, with the hope that s/he would respond by contacting me.


Thus, the red thread continues to weave its way through my life as I attempt to write my historical romance novel. My friend Peg calls it serendipity.

I agree. And I wait for the thread to weave its next person, item, or event into my story.

(To read more stories about how British Guiana/Guyana has been woven into my life in the style of the proverbial Asian red thread click on British Guiana (Guyana): A Red Thread Weaves Through My Life



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