Showing posts from December, 2016

A Plea to the Electors on 19 December


Remembering Sandy Hook

We stopped at St. George's Episcopal Church in Middlebury, Connecticut, on Saturday to get a look at the gingerbread village there before the various pieces went to the homes of the purchasers.  The details on this cottage were exquisite, right down to the wood grain of the shutters.

 This bakery had confections in the shop windows.

 These snow people were having some fun while the gingerbread people were skiing around the pretzel reindeer.

 This South of the Border shop added some color to the snowy scene.

 And these confectioners had some fun with triangles.

Our World Tuesday

Our World Tuesday: Salem, Massachusetts

We celebrated my 50th birthday over the weekend by making a visit to Salem en route to the music store in Boston, where we bought Adella a professional clarinet. I love Salem, but we hadn't been back for five years (One tenth of my lifespan--How did that happen?), so we squeezed in a quick walk while we waited for Beantown to wake up.   There we saw the statue of Elizabeth Montgomery of the TV series Bewitched--even if there were no witches in Salem and she wasn't from there, anyway!
 An artist named Patrick Dougherty worked with a bunch of people to make this art installation, Stickwork. It looked to me like "the birdhouse meets the Dutch shoe," but it was hard to tell if any birds were calling these pieces made from saplings their home.
 We didn't have time to stop into The House of Seven Gables, but there it was.  Another time!
At the Customs House, I gave ol' Hester Prynne a thought and wished myself back to the 19th century and Hawthorne's time in…