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Snails and a childhood in Bermuda

      Me in Bermuda, age 4

My mother loves to tell people the story of my early days of education. We moved to Bermuda when I was 2 but I didn’t go to kindergarten/pre-school for a year or so after. When I did, it was to a wee school called Small World (as in, “it’s a small world afterall,” which really has just set the theme for my entire life but that’s not the point of this story.)

Anyway, allegedly on the first day of school we were told a story about a snail. This story provided me with a wealth of artistic creativity apparently because every subsequent day after for months after I would bring home my artwork from school with my artist’s note written on it by my teacher: “Joan says this is a picture of a snail.”

As the years rolled by, the story of Joan and her snails was often retold to people as a source of endearing amusement - by all of us: myself, my sister and my mother. And I further the snail history with odd knick knack presents in the form of snails to this day. (The most recent one I can remember is about 4 years back when I was off on a pottery shop expedition with friends and had to choose something to paint and what-not. Having not enough artistic talent to decorate a tile, plate or mug, I spotted a snail that seemed to fit the bill both in price and skill level. Mum unwrapped it for mother’s day just a month later and it now sits on her dresser.)

Which is why it’s so fitting that my younger sister would send me a link this afternoon with the following:

JOAN! scroll almost all the way down here and see what Kate painted on her easel!!!!

      Catherine Middleton during her LA visit, Getty images

(For your convenience - and my amusement - I’ve attached a few more photos (from Getty/WENN.) 

      Catherine Middleton during her LA visit, Getty images

      Prince William and Catherine in art class, Getty images

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and I have an identical skill level when it comes to art. And it would seem she and her husband are as much amused by it as my family and I are; which is why I’m sitting here staring at these photos and wondering what the story behind her snail is.

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After a lot of navy and neutrals in Canada (alright, there were some splashes of colour: a stunning red maple leaf fascinator and a purple dress), Catherine donned this bright green dress while in L.A. over the weekend. I love it! (I also wish I had one hanging in MY closet, but well…never going to happen.) Aside from her Western wear, this has to be my favourite outfit from her whirlwind North American tour. What do you think?

After a lot of navy and neutrals in Canada (alright, there were some splashes of colour: a stunning red maple leaf fascinator and a purple dress), Catherine donned this bright green dress while in L.A. over the weekend. I love it! (I also wish I had one hanging in MY closet, but well…never going to happen.) Aside from her Western wear, this has to be my favourite outfit from her whirlwind North American tour. What do you think?

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So will Camilla have to curtsey to Kate?

My thoughts on this (as IM’d to my sister who sent me the link):

I a) feel badly for camilla and b) think the queen should change it back so fergie’s kids have to bow to kate
b/c really who do those two think they are. their mother’s still shamefully divorced and trying to sell reporters access to her ex royal hubbie
all the while peddling weight watchers
clearly her offspring are no better
than “commoner” kate

It’s true. Kate’s for sure got more class than Fergie. Sorry Ferg.

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