Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hygge Weekend

Hi Dear Folk,

The weather this weekend has been gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous and I'm so glad for the kids.  I wanted to make it a happy hygge weekend.

We had cause to have a little celebration, as Tierney just got a job in her field, not too far from where she lives on Cape Ann, which is amazing.  But the Internet, social media, APPS and other technology makes it possible to work from places one never could.  It's in her field film.

So to celebrate, a little gift and out to lunch.

We, Rob, Tierney and I went out to an Indian Restaurant which had a high rating and I can say the  food was very good.  We started with an appetizer of Palak Paneer, fresh homemade cottage cheese cubes, cooked with spinach with a mixture of masala.  Tierney had Andra Goat Curry, Rob had Shami Kebab chunks of boneless goat ground to a paste and pan grilled, rather like a meat ball.  I had Mutton Chuka Curry from the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu, 24 spices ground with garlic, it was delicious.  Naan garlic bread.  We all had Mango Lassi drinks, a kind of mango milkshake, and I had to go Gulab Jamin, which to me tastes like balls of suet pudding in golden syrup.  We had lots of left overs to take home always fun.

In the afternoon I ran around looking for mats for my hall way, they must be washable as it gets so much traffic in and out of the house.  I saw a lovely mat with a fox design on but unfortunately not washable so it was off the table.

And even found a new mat for the back door, three of my favorite birds, the cardinal, robin and eastern bluebird.

We fixed the shower tap problem before Tierney came, by breaking down and calling in a plumber.  Actually he just gave us an estimate to put in new taps, but showed Mr. B. what needed to be done to get the hot shower tap working for now.  Success huge torrents of hot water.

We have an almost one hundred year bathroom, still with original tile work, black and white, which I can live with, original bath, which I like because it is open on two sides, I don't think you can even get them like that anymore, original medicine cabinet and not original taps, but original setup for the taps.  Which is two individual taps, hot and cold for the shower and lower down two individual taps for the bath hot and cold.  To replace these you have to buy two complete sets, just to get the second set of taps.  Rob was having a fit, because hot water was down to a trickle and Tierney was coming this weekend.  Peace was restored.

Mr. B. also worked on putting new locks on both the front and back doors, we were at the point where we could hardly turn the key in the lock.  Another job ticked off.  Also reattached a hook that had come off our old coat rack.  To do this the hole had to be filled with wood cement, sanded, colored, let dry, then put the hook on and screws in.

I very rarely buy the same wine twice, because if I did like it I can never remember the name, so thought if I took photos of what I like it might help to remember.  This was a nice wine.  One does have to wonder how much the California wine industry has been effected by all the fires.

Mr. B. came home with the best ginger beer I have tasted from Aldi's.

Working on my Cape Ann shawlette and finishing off my journal.

Still eking out my flowers, lighting my candles, dreaming of India, crocheting my what I'm calling Cape Ann shawlette, drinking wine and eating delicious left overs.

Happy Hygge Weekend.


Cogswell's Grant, Cape Ann, MA

Hi Dear Folk,

Cogswell's Grant was open on Sunday morning which was great, because not all historical homes are.  Here is a little history.  In 1936 Betram and Nina Fletcher Little bought Cogswell's Grant.

Cogswell’s Grant, established in 1636 and now a historic house museum, became the summer home of collectors Bertram and Nina Fletcher Little in 1937. The eighteenth century farmhouse displays their celebrated collection of American folk art, including portraits, redware pottery, painted furniture, shaker boxes, hooked rugs, weathervanes and decoys. Everything is arranged exactly as the Little family lived with it. The property has been operated as a farm continuously for nearly four centuries and offers beautiful views of the marsh and Essex River. 

This fireplace was opened up, as it had been enclosed over the years.  They had hoped to find a painting on the chimney piece, but did not.  So the Little's collected fireplace paintings from other houses that were being demolished.

A tiny kitchen.

Above is an example of a fireplace painting.

Another example of a fireplace painting.

This corner cabinet is in the downstairs bedroom.  They had quite a lot of trouble getting it through the door, but Nina Fletcher Little insisted.

I was able to sit here and eat my lunch, it was so peaceful with the insects buzzing around.


Wingaersheek Beach, Cape Ann, MA

Hi Dear Folk,

A Sunday morning photo, Wingaersheek Beach, Cape Ann.  By this time I was hobbling around on my swollen ankle.  I found myself a walking stick on the drive up to this beach in the woods.  It had a knot at the top, which formed a handle, just needed to be a tad longer, but still useful.

It certainly was a lovely beach day, but that was not in my plans, although sitting still on a beach might have been a wiser course of action.

Tierney said a right of passage for teenagers who live near to the beach is to get a summer job here selling ice creams, she has done it and many of her friends.

This is the scenery on the winding drive up to the beach.  I fell in love with this area of salt grass marshes.


Manchester By The Sea, Masconomo Park

Hi Dear Folk,

Who had heard of Manchester by the Sea, until the movie came at.  This movie was filmed in this town and surrounding locations on Cape Ann.

The sun was almost completely set by about 7:00PM here we are just after 6:00PM, the light this time of day is so special.  This is Masconomo Park.  I just sat and enjoyed the tranquility of it all.

These boys just didn't want the day to end.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Catch Up

Hi Dear Folk,

Off to work with the dreaded black boot on.

Still enjoying my flower bouquet.  I moved it into my Simla room to enjoy it as I sit there.

My Tup goes through different phases of her preference of where to sit and sleep, this is her most recent finding.  I had left the ironing board sitting out, as one does and had used it to cut out the leather cover for my journal.  She really likes sitting up here, I think she especially likes the smell of the leather.  I hate to disappoint her but it will be coming down soon.

I liked the old file I used for my Cape Ann journal, but have not been able to find anymore like that, so while looking around eBay I came across this.  I'm going to ask Mr. B. to work his magic on it.  It's not that heavy.

Must have been used in Flint, Michigan.  March 1943 during WWII.  I expect their water was better to drink then than it is now see here what happened to the poor people in Flint Michigan.

The Boy working on his car., before his cruise.  Last Sunday he said I'm going on a cruise with the Miata Group, it's a drive out west for an hour and a half, I'm thinking where's he cruising, what body of water is out there, the Susquehanna River?  Then he said we're driving the Dragon's Tail, then I twigged.

Happy weekend,

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