Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, August 16, 2010

1921-22 – “GROWING UP IN NAIROBI – THE GIRL GUIDES-PART 2”

This blog made the short list for Best Author's Blog as awarded by www.completelynovel.com Thank you everyone who voted for me.


The official handbook for the Girl Guides states “"The Girl Guides" is an organization for character training…” In Jade del Cameron’s upcoming mystery: The Crocodile’s Last Embrace, she’s assisting Lady Avery Dunbury in leading the Nairobi troop and who better to build character than those two former ambulance drivers. But, in reality, what was that early Nairobi troop like? Last week we examined the few newspaper accounts of the Nairobi troop, this week we’ll look at their handbook.

The handbook continues with “Its aim is to get girls to learn how to be women self-
helpful, happy, prosperous, and capable of keeping good homes and of bringing up good children. The Method of training is to give the girls pursuits which appeal to them, such as games and recreative exercises, which lead them on to learn for themselves many useful crafts.” (Agnes Baden-Powell)

The handbook’s note to instructors suggests that girls sew their own uniforms and knickers, haversacks, flags, and other cloth items. It states “Remember that the girl on joining wants to begin ‘Spooring’ (animal tracking) right away so don’t dull her keenness, as is so often done, by too much preliminary explanation at first.” It seems that 1921 girls were just as adventuresome as their brothers and one might expect this to be especially true of girls growing up in the African colonies.

The recommended first evening’s agenda is to “address the girls on ‘Scoutcraft’ . . . with demonstrations or lantern slides.” After that, engage the girls in making their flags. On the following day, get them outside in activities. Readers of the Jade del Cameron series can guess what sort of outdoor activities Beverly and Jade have planned for the girls. You can get a sneak preview at www.suzannearruda.com Click on “read and excerpt” and see for yourself.

Quotes and images taken from The Handbook for Girl Guides, by Agnes Baden-Powell

NEXT WEEK: THOSE INITIAL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

By the way, The Crocodile’s Last Embrace just received a starred review by Publishers’ Weekly who called it “rip-roaring.” Romantic Times gave it 4 Stars and called it “Enormously fun.”

MORE MYSTERY TOPICS:
1) Does mystery have to equal murder? I weigh in with the Suspense Sirens on their blog posting at : http://bit.ly/cpprpx

2) Interested in some insight into what makes me and Jade tick? Go to SCENE OF THE CRIME http://bit.ly/ao2gjg for an interesting interview at a great website by author J. Sydney Jones.

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE will be released Sept. 7, 2010. An excerpt and information on ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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