Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Report from Brussels

There is barely time to take pictures. Trust me, at this age, it takes a village just to hold the fort! We have a busy 20 month old on our hands and are keeping up fairly well...so she says.

Miss Zoë is such a big girl now. She loves watching her Disney movies...getting ready for the big move to LA in the fall and Disneyland!! The Disney cruise for sure when this one is three! She is a very sweet, sweet, girl and a bundle of fun.

Friday, August 26, 2011

One Man's Treasure

the old saying..."One man's trash is another man's treasure", is never more evident than in the back woods of Nervous Nellies Jams and Jellies. Most people head for the jam, but I love the shaded glade with all the RUST!

It's like a symphony of metal.
In the transportation section, we have....

And in the horn section....

All of these corroded pieces will eventually find themselves included in a whimsical sculpture. One only has to travel around the area to spy an unexpected rusty brass creation on a front lawn.
One of my favourite haunts in Maine.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I survived the 2011 Washington, DC EARTHQUAKE

I had just gone down to the basement in Dana's home to put away a box of coffee, when I felt the first rumble.

They live on a very busy road, so I thought at first..."Man that's one heavy truck going by...seems like it's rattling the entire house!" Thirty seconds later, it was evident that this was no pesky traffic incident. I flew up the stairs to Dana's 95 year old Mother, who was quite enjoying the rocking and rolling and mentioned that the host on the QVC channel had never been on air when an earthquake was underway. Quickly enough the reports came in, the crowds funneled out of the city and the rest is history.

I did stand in the doorway until the shaking stopped, but we might want to review evacuation procedures with Doris! She actually would have liked the event to happen again, so she could be more cognizant of what was actually happening. Yeah Right!

The saddest part is the loss of one of the spires on the National Cathedral. I love that architecture.

I've landed from DC and Maine, and we are taking off for Brussels on Friday.

Monday, August 22, 2011

How do you know you're in Maine?

When you get to the right road, this is what you'll see ahead.

Jemima Puddle-Duck will look like she's not interested, but she's guarding the lane!

Then you'll spy the big house.

...and just off to the side, the guest house..or the "Tree House" as we call it.

Think we'll have LOBSTER rolls???

Oh my, there's "Sea Squirt" waiting in the gleaming water. We'll be along soon squirt!

The best sight of all...the Maine Oak. Made even more majestic in the fog.

There's a harbour around every bend in Maine.

But how you REALLY know you are in Maine, is when you are surrounded by THIS family!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Off to Maine

ROAD TRIP! I'm flying off to Washington DC and then driving to Brooklin, Maine. Dana, her Mum Doris and I are off like the band of gypsies in the song. The iPod is loaded and I can assure you that upon leaving the driveway, THIS is the song we will be belting out.

"On the road again
Just can't wait to get on the road again
The life I love is making music with my friends
And I can't wait to get on the road again

On the road again
Goin' places that I've never been
Seein' things that I may never see again
And I can't wait to get on the road again

On the road again
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We're the best of friends
Insisting that the world keep turning our way and our way"

Willie Nelson

I'll post from our destination. Bye for now!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

It's Official -

The little family is coming back to North America! Jane, Michael and Zoë are moving to Los Angeles in the fall. It's almost as far away as one can get, but it IS on this side of the pond and only a three hour time difference, albeit now we'll be counting backwards :)

The Professor and I have never been to Hollywood, but look forward to exploring the best parts of LA and surrounding southern California. They just need to have a big enough house with an extra bedroom.

Turns out this video is appropriate. Lucy is the Professor's cousin.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hint Number ONE

We've been pretty much on pins and needles around here for most of the summer. What with publishing books and traveling the globe...then a big decision.

Hint Number TWO

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Summertime treats

This sight always makes me jump for joy!

BECAUSE....these are two of our favourite things!

This is the best sign of all...OPEN!

Here it is in writing. In upstate NY they call it SODA. May the discussions end. Soda..Pop..Coke..Soft drink...it's SODA here! Too bad we didn't have a Harley:)

May I take your order??

Be right back

It's only a small wait

Clearly the best burgers in town go along with the best legs in town. I think I need to get me some roller skates!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Searching for Joy

Lest the title has you thinking we were on some sort of cultish spiritual mission, it was actually 'JOY' detergent that was the object of our trip off the grounds while in Chautauqua. The annual trip to Wegmans to find the biggest bucket of 'Joy' detergent made. I don't know why we don't have 'Joy' in Canada. Pity.

I happened to wonder out loud if the Professor had ever seen "The Lady in Glass" at the Jamestown cemetery. He had not. I had learned about her one other summer while touring Dana's childhood haunts in Jamestown.

Here she is. The story?

Unveiling The Mystery Of The Lady In Glass In Lakeview Cemetery


The myths about the Galloway "Lady in the Glass Case" memorial in Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown grow bigger with each passing generation. Speculation ranges from the untimely death of a young bride, to the '50s version of the untimely death on a prom date, to a forbidden love between a rich heiress and her chauffeur.
Some embellish the tale with reports that she roams the cemetery on dark and foggy nights, crying for her lost love. The more creative version is that the body of the young woman is encased within the statue itself.

When Rebecca Jo Rosen of Jamestown contacted descendants of the Galloway family in the course of her research on the cemetery, they were all amused to hear the myths that had grown up around the family monument. Elizabeth G. Smith, great niece to Grace Laverne Galloway, who is buried at that site, offer the family history.

Grace Laverne Galloway was the only daughter of three children born to a wealthy family. Her father, John Galloway, had made his fortune in oil in Titusville, Pa. They lived in a mansion that is now the Moose Club in Jamestown. because she was a promising opera singer who frequently appeared at Chautauqua Institution, her family chose to send her to a Boston institute to study music. She was a young woman with career aspirations and little time for romance.

Although she was said to be very friendly, outgoing and generous with her time and money for charitable work, the fact is, to the best of Elizabeth smith's knowledge, Grace Galloway was never seriously involved with anyone before her death at the young age of 26. When she died in 1898, it was from a case of tuberculosis contracted during her stay in Boston, not from a broken heart.

Her parents eager to find a cure, had sent her to North Carolina in the hope that she would recover. She died a year later in Pittsburgh, on her way back from a visit home. all of the Galloway money could not buy the life of their only daughter, Grace.

Later, the family commissioned an artist in Italy to sculpt a statue, modeled after the likeness of Grace, in a dress they had chosen at random. It was a monument to be built in living memory. The rest of the monument was constructed by John Galloway and his father.

When it became evident that the statue would eventually be destroyed by the elements, it was encased in glass.

"In the next 100 years, maybe people will know that she was Grace Laverne Galloway, who lived and had hopes just like everyone else," says Ms. Rosen.
It's as simple as that.

We did find the 'Joy' and had even more joy cruising the area around Jamestown, NY.

Mason, Cheryl. "Unveiling The Mystery Of The Lady In Glass In Lakeview Cemetery," Jamestown (NY) Post-Journal, 16 August 1997.
Photos: my own