Monday, November 26, 2012

Normandie Dot to Dot

I often am surprised how experiences in life prove to be a series of fortuitous - though sometimes bizarre - connection of dots.  This has proved to be so with the Normandie, the famous French Art Deco ocean liner of the 1930s.

First, a long time ago, I was given a Normandie luggage tag from some one who had actually sailed on her.

Along with the luggage tag was this news clipping from 1942 (?) - there is no date - of the Normandie tipped over in New York harbor.

Then years after that, I went to the library to pick up some books that I had ordered.  This book was among them - though I had not ordered it up!  It was was a library error of happenstance that proved to be wonderful.

A riveting story
After that I ordered up this book.

A great read.
Check it out here.
Then, I was once at the Met to see another exhibit and stumbled upon the Normandie panels.  A delightful and beautiful surprise. 

History of Navigation Panels
at the Met in NYC

Also on view are chairs from the grand dining room, silver, and other exquisite items to which one can pay homage.

Most recently, we were at a hotel on the coast of Rhode Island.  After we had checked in, I asked the gentleman at the front desk to direct me to a specific place in the hotel.  Ironically, this gentleman was French, and very kindly thought to escort me.  As we approached a set of stairs, the walls were covered with ocean liner related art - among them the Normandie at the very top of the stairs.

"That is the Normandie!  That ship was beautiful." I exclaimed as I went over for closer examination.

"Mais, oui!" he responded, and I flatter myself that he was delighted that I thought to comment.  "There was no finer vessel," he added with obvious French pride.

Here are the two works that I saw.

Now recently - and this could be termed the bizarre dot - at Thanksgiving Mom invited some folks over from the senior center to share in our dual turkey celebration.  Amongst them was a gentleman who was a bit of an ocean liner buff.  He told me that there were films of the Normandie on YouTube.  I had never thought to look.

Here is one of them to start.

Be sure to also watch Part 2 of the above and the dining room one.  See how folks used to dress.  On my last cruise ... well let's just say it was quite different.

File:SS Normandie Pier 88 1941.jpg


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving and the Waybury Inn Relish

For several years we would travel up to Vermont to celebrate Thanksgiving at my uncle's.  It was always wonderful with family, great food, and tramps after the big meal up a mountain trail. 
This being said - my aunt always made THE Waybury Inn Kidney Bean Relish. It was devoured. 

A few years ago, my aunt mailed me this postcard with the recipe - it is now mostly illegible due to use but I still make the relish every year for Thanksgiving and there is never any left.

Here is the legible recipe:

Waybury Kidney Bean Relish

1 small onion
1 or 2 hard boiled eggs
2 cups kidney beans, drained
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
3 stalks celery
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 teaspoons dill relish
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Chop onion, celery, and eggs together.  Then add beans and mix in mayonnaise, relish and other seasonings.  Serve cool and keep under refrigeration. Makes six portions

Please do enjoy and thank you for reading.

A very happy Thanksgiving to all.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Favorite Cape Cod Haunts

We have a long family history with Cape Cod and I try to visit as often as possible.  This weekend I took a  mini break with a few family members and we visited some of our favorite haunts. 

The Cape in November?  Yes, most definitely.   Hardly anyone is about and it is just lovely.

Lunch on Friday
Wimpy's painting
A stop here...
Found this foulard scarf to wear with any thing.
Our room had this view
A blustery, early morning walk to the sea
on the Sandwich Boardwalk
Yours truly
Then to Beth's
What to choose?
Beth was making a gingerbread
Fancy Nancy house

The sparkly window at 2 Jarves Street
This gentleman from 2 Jarves
is now in my house
Crow Farm is almost 100 years old and
still owned by the same family.
This weekend we bought cranberries for
Old Mother West Wind's Christmas Fair
at the Jam Kitchen
Jam making supplies
For sale in the gift shop
Susie's clam chowder was served for lunch
Jam Club products
Wreaths and center pieces were
made to order
On Route 6A in Sandwich

Beautiful browsing... 
Peter Peltz's bird barn
We always stopped there. 
Now it is a gift shop selling a book
by Peter's son

One of Peter Peltz's birds. 
My parents would buy one every summer.
The Christmas Shop
We always bought advent calenders here.