November 24, 2006
Matt and Lindsay
Dad and George
Isabelle, Lindsay and Katie have a surprise event for us!
In this round our models are dressed in the seasons newest fashions; Lindsay is ready for a night on the town with reflective blue hair to keep her safe from traffic, complimented by the sequined evening gown; her floral shawl will keep the chilly night air off her shoulders.
Katie is wearing the latest in active wear, featuring lightweight and breathable pants that shimmer! for that special touch, accented by her sequined headband; please notice the contrasting colors which indeed create a sense of fitness. Her jump rope, when not in use, can be tucked away into the pocket of her coat.
Izzy is dressed for an afternoon shopping expedition: her shoes will undoubtably keep her shopping longer due to their cushioned soles, and the lack of laces will cut down on all delays caused by untied shoes. The poodle skirt will provide quick dressing room trips as it is easy to change in and out of, and in fact doesn't even have to be on straight to look right! The vest keeps her arms light, which will allow her to move through the racks with lightening speed! Mobility is key! And don't think her hat is just for looks! It's both beautiful and functional, by blocking her peripheral vision it maintains her focus, and will also provide a legitimate excuse for bumping into people when racing to get there first. She really won't see them.
And now we're off to collect the eggs!
15 eggs in all!
It's time for dinner!
The Dining Table
Mom's Homemade Centerpiece
The Food Table, from the bottom left: turkey, stuffing, garlic smashed potatoes (by Julie), sweet potatoes with a marshmallow top, creamed onions, Indian Pudding, Russel's Snouts, and the awesome baked brie that Marnie brought.
After dinner we sat...
And now it's time for dessert! Apple, pecan or pumpkin pie!
November 21, 2006
Ode to Summer
George had a craving for turkey, so we made one on a Sunday. It was delicious!
Dave and Julie joined us for the 18 pound feast,
George was happy.
but save room for Julie's desserts!
November 20, 2006
William Gillette was best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage, he also wrote, produced and performed a play entitled Sherlock Holmes (adapted from a version originally written by Conan Doyle). The play was praised by contemporary critics and audiences alike. Through his association with this play, he broadly amassed fans all around the world.
Leading to the castle
In 1912, while sailing the Connecticut river, Gillette spotted a hill, part of the Seven Sisters, over a ferry's pier in Hadlyme.
View from the river!
He docked, disembarked and climbed up. He was so amazed by the view that he purchased 115 acres of land, the next month. He decided to build up a castle at this location based on the Norman fortress Robert the Devil.
Julie and the view of the river
The material for the castle was carried up by an aerial-trolley designed by him. The castle's walls tapered from 5 feet thick at the base to 3 feet at the upper levels.
The castle possessed 24 rooms and 47 doors, with puzzled hand-carved locks, which were also devised by Gillette. The main salon measured 30 by 50 feet and was 19 feet in height, featuring a complex mirrored system of surveillance that ended in his bedroom. He explained this as a means "to make great entrances in the opportune moment".
The mansion was finished in 1919, at a cost of 1 million US dollars. Gillette called it Seven Sisters.
Grand Central Station- Its small train was his personal pride. The train's layout was 3 miles long, and it travelled all around the property. Gillette also enjoyed strolls on his property in company of his guests, Albert Einstein among them.
And on to our hike...
and rock hunt.
The train tunnel
Have you heard of letterboxing? It's FUN!!!
November 11, 2006
The detail photos are cut off on the right; to see the entire photos view the post individually by clicking the post title on the list to the right.
George in a skirt
November 10, 2006
Fire and Food
a few photos
Julie and Lily
Halloween Night Ride
Loretta and Jesse
A few weeks ago it rained and rained and rained. This is the Essex town dock underwater at high tide.
November 05, 2006
Happy Birthday Mom!
Kay Aurin and Mom
Dave and Julie
Pat, Chrissy and Bob Cashman
Kay and Dad
Everyone likes a Tiffany's box!
Earrings from Kay
Outside for fireworks!
Pat, Chrissy and Mom