Miss Rosie is often the stimulus for a conversation with strangers. People stop me to ask if she is a MacKenzie-Childs bag, and we converse happily but I NEVER reveal her name. Sometimes people will help as she poses on steps and railings. But this summer, as I stood in line waiting to talk to Susan Branch, balancing a pile of books, focusing my camera, and watching my almost–94–year old mother (because I never know what she will be up to next!) a beautiful woman directly behind me spoke. She started to tell me about this group of women she knew of who traveled with their M-C totes and then reported the travels on blogs. As she spoke she must have seen the confusion on my face as I wondered if I should disclose that I was in fact one of them, because she suddenly asked if Miss Rosie was one of the Traveling Totes. Yes, I admitted! So there I was, standing between Susan Branch and the clever, creative Monique from La Table de Nana! I hardly knew which way to look or who to talk to first!! Monique is the first blogger I have met in “real” 3–D life and I don’t even know what I said!
The occasion was a Susan Branch book signing on Cape Cod at a wonderful independent bookstore, Titcomb’s in Sandwich. We enjoyed refreshments of lemonade and scrumptious cupcakes with cute heart picks.
And we listened to Susan talk about her longtime love of keeping journals, with lots of advice as to how to start and what to write about. She even brought a selection of her journals along for us to see. I love her work and now I love her too. She was wonderful, patient, interesting, and everything you might guess she is from her delightful books and art.
And speaking of her longtime loves, her cute hubby, Joe, was there to entertain all the ladies, and he was actually just as sweet as she makes him sound in all her stories. Miss Rosie has a little crush on him. (shhh…don’t tell Mr. Fun!)
I couldn’t bear the idea of a day trip to the Cape without a bit of splashing in the ocean, so I took my mom in her Princess hat down to Chatham to the beach and the Coast Guard light, and dined on our usual Day 1 fare whenever we go to the Cape: fried fish and ice cream.
It was a glorious day, with the sun shining and the tide out, and the colors were exactly like this.
Truly a day I will never forget.
Back home, Miss Rosie kept busy helping with the yard, carrying flowers to a tea party with Miss Posie. You can see my totes taking tea here. The flowers then came inside to sit on my kitchen table. This has been a banner year for my yard flowers!!
As our very oldest friends (so old that Mr. Fun and Mr. L knew each other in junior high!!) live in Washington D.C., Miss Rosie’s travels often take her to the DC/Va area, and this summer was no exception. We spent several long weekends exploring the area, so one day she decided to stay home for a beauty rest while I explored an historic home in Alexandria, VA. I also had left my real camera home (regretting it as I usually do!) and had to take photos with my phone. As I was trying to focus on the docent and the building, texts were flying into my phone from all the members of our Traveling Totes tribe. A new Courtly Check tote had just been released and those of us with this obsession need to discuss immediately. Should we? No, none of us needs another bag!!! But as the texts crossed my screen and I raised my phone to snap a pic of the entrance hall, this is what I saw. Now, I ask you, what was this floor trying to tell me????
The house was the Carlyle House, where George Washington spent some of his young years in the army, when he was still a British colonist fighting the French, and not yet an American rebel, and as my fellow toter Rita from Panoply visited this house a few years ago and wrote a wonderful post on it, I will refer you to her blog, here.
I try to keep Miss Rosie well-rounded, and while I could spend lots of time visiting historic homes, I think it’s good for her to see some modern art. We are members of the nearby famous New York Botanical Gardens, where there is always something fascinating and not just plants! The conservatory dome is one of my favorite structures, anywhere.
This summer the master glass blower (that’s hardly an adequate description!), Dale Chihuly, did an installation of his art in the gardens.
Once night fell these incredible glass sculptures were lit and they created a magical, eerie atmosphere throughout the gardens and in the conservatory.
These looked like flames and water all at once.
This one looks like a giant dandelion here, but in the darkness of the garden, down a side path, it seemed as if a strange glowing spacecraft was hovering in midair.
Miss Rosie found some pieces that coordinated with her colors.
I’m not sure if I can truly pick a favorite piece, but some of these giant water lilies would certainly be in the running.
If you have a chance to go to a Chihuly exhibit, please do so! You may like the sculptures or you may shake your head in wonder, but you will not be bored!
We scooted back to the Cape for our anniversary this year (37!) and Mr. Fun’s birthday (not 37) and stayed at our favorite (I think) Cape resort, Ocean Edge in Brewster.
I know this building does not look like typical beach style building, but it is from the 1800s. Once a summer home (with its own railroad) and beautiful windows,
then a monastery, and now a fabulous resort. Their land that was once a duck farm is now the golf course, and their farm is now a State Park, the first ever in Massachusetts.
Yummy, appetizers with eggplant paste, pignolia nuts, tiny tomatoes, feta cheese, and what’s the name of that peppery green leaf? Delicious!
And of course, oysters. Mr. Fun took me to Union Oyster House in Boston on our first date ever.
Now, Miss Rosie is pouting a bit because she just found out that she will not be starring in our December 1 Traveling Totes posts, as we will be showcasing our original totes and I will be taking Miss Poppy out of her dustbag! But she says she doesn’t care, she intends to go on our September/October trip, and has already started preparing by visiting the impressive Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA (yes, home of the Salem witch trials, but also home to a huge collection of American art).
In cooperation with the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, the Peabody Essex, or PEM, has curated a show of ocean liner and cruise ship items of historical significance. As I write those words I am thinking, how boring does that sound?? But no!! The show is fascinating and I could have stayed for twice the amount of time Mr. Fun had allocated.
In September, Mr. Fun, Miss Rosie and I (and a great deal of other luggage!) will board the Queen Mary 2 right in New York harbor and set out for a 2 week cruise! I’m so excited I can’t even sit still! More about that trip later, but you must see some of the goodies they collected at PEM.
The Queen Mary 2, part of the Cunard line, is actually an ocean liner, not a cruise ship, much like the Queen Elizabeth which is modeled above. This model took up an entire room.
The paper menus and guidebooks were beautifully decorated in the past. I don’t think we will have menus like this, but if we do I will be sure to get one for a souvenir. Also, I don’t think we will be served Partridge or Smoked Ox Tongue, and I certainly don’t intend to eat any ducklings!! There were many dishes on display, and silver and crystal too. I spent quite a long time examining all those pieces. Are you surprised?
Oh, yes. About those clothes! The Cunard Line still requires formal wear for dinner. Tuxedo, gown, and dancing to orchestras. Informal nights I can wear a cocktail dress. Someone wore this one on a Cunard ship.
Oh and of course we will need jewels and tiaras. 🙂 Mr. Fun gave me a tiara for our anniversary. He is very naughty and if he thinks I won’t wear it on the ship then he will be very surprised. I have already worn it while I was doing laundry and it feels like it belongs on me! Channeling Cinderella here.
This brooch was worn by Elizabeth Taylor (I think she was married to Richard Burton on that particular trip across the Atlantic) and the tiara belonged to one of the British royals, maybe not the American who was so beautiful and stylish that the Duke of Windsor gave up his throne to be with her. Here’s his luggage, and Miss Rosie trying to get near enough to see it without the museum guards chastising her.
I don’t know, I think I’m going to need lots more luggage that this!
Miss Rosie had a few other adventures this summer but I’m exhausted already just talking about these and if you are still with me then you are in for a treat! Lots of our summer was spent thinking about our next move. And we actually started looking at destinations and houses. I’ll fill you in next week, with the Travels of Miss Rosie Part 2, when I will also post the winner of this giveaway from our group of Traveling Toters (or toting travelers)!
All you need to do is leave a comment telling me something about cruises, or vacations, or your own tiara, or maybe Susan Branch, or the name of that green leaf (Katie, maybe the Mister knows!), or absolutely anything that lets me know you were here. And please be sure to visit the rest of my traveling friends for more exciting travel stories!
I hope you have enjoyed our Tales! Please come back next week to see the name of the winner of the soap dish and soap!
Linda ~~ and Miss Rosie ~~ 🙂