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October 18, 2009

Summer Party 2009

Yikes! With apologies! I can't believe how long it has been since I posted to the website. I'll have to start back in August when we had our annual summer party. It was a great one this year with 57 people attending...and many of our close friends were away! Yikes! Well we did discover that number was the top for seating people on the lawn. Hope I remember that next year.

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There was swimming before everyone arrived....

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(Lily had a great time)

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and egg collecting...

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and house building.

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Lady tolerated the swans who were showing off for guests by swimming by.


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Meet bartender Heather!

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We loved her Painkillers...served in BVI Sandcastle Painkiller cups!

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Chrissy loved them too!

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And John I guess.

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We also had 7 micro brews from Cave Mountain Brewing Company to taste.

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Friends

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Julie showed her wall which rocks! (yes, pun intended!)

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Bob liked it.

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Patrick and Lily with her grandparents

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Sisters

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Girl friends

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Time to move up to the lawn for dinner (remember this picture for the next post!)

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Bob with Pat and Chrissy

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Bob with us

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Alison

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Feather

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By the end of the evening, 14-year old Lucky was done in.

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To be continued...next year!

Three Weeks After the Party

The beautiful lawn where we hosted 57 people for dinner on a warm August evening? .... looked like this three weeks later....

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Yikes! Who knew replacing a 45 year old septic system would do this!

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Tucker wasn't quite sure what to do about it. Pee on it, Tucker. You do on everything else!

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Hmmmm...I see rocks for Julie!

Miraculously, five weeks later, the lawn is looking remarkably well, thin but green. Some reseeding in the spring and we'll be back in business.

An Old Lyme Gem

We are 20 minutes from Old Lyme, a quiet, unassuming town on the Connecticut shoreline. Old Lyme harbors several little surprises, one of which is the Florence Griswold Museum. Who was Florence Griswold? The internet tells us:

Florence Griswold (generally called Miss Florence) herself was born in 1850 to an established Old Lyme, Connecticut family. Her father was a ship captain when Old Lyme was a New England hub of shipbuilding and seafaring trade. The Griswolds owned a 12 acre estate and enjoyed a comfortable lifestyle, until the United States experienced economic changes and the shifting of commerce toward more modern forms of transport. To make ends meet, the Griswold home was at first used as a school and then a boardinghouse, with Miss Florence eventually being the only member of her family left to run the roost.

A visit from artist Henry Ward Ranger in 1899 brought new energy and life to the Griswold house. Ranger was searching for a spot to cultivate a new school of natural and landscape painting that would establish American artists on an equal footing with their European counterparts — and he found it at Old Lyme. Other painters like Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf and Matilda Browne (to name just a few) joined the group, which ultimately became known as the Lyme Art Colony. Old Lyme’s beautiful surroundings, the lively presence of the artists, and Miss Florence’s total devotion to her guests and their work proved to be a wonderful combination and the colony thrived into the 1920s.

Now her home is little treasure and a museum that houses American impressionist art. Presently (for the month of October 2009) they are exhibiting the Wee Faerie Village and Julie and I went to check it out. We were captivated.

Here are just some of the Faerie residences that local artists created for the special exhibit:

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This one had a water wheel.

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You have to look closely here.

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These photos don't do the "wee" houses justice. They are worth a visit to Old Lyme.


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