Monday, July 19, 2010

Sunday Salon-Monday Recap-July 19, 2010



My cousin Russ came to visit on Thursday night and so I was busy, busy, busy hanging out with him. So, please excuse this Sunday Salon on Monday this week. I didn't get a lot of reading done over the weekend but did pick up a couple of books and wanted to tell you about my trip to the FDR Library and Museum and Val-Kill in Hyde Park, NY. In Connecticut, it has been unbearably hot and humid. The humidity is really the killer for me, bad hair days and uncomfortable sticky icky weather. Russ and I were going to go kayaking on Friday, but when I looked at my kayak, there was a hole in the bottom that needs to be patched. No problem, Russ brought his bike and so we took a 10 mile ride up to Kent, CT along the river. What a beautiful ride. It was so much fun and so pretty, we repeated the same trip on Sunday morning, biking a little further on the second trip.


Along Our Bike Route-CT Americana


Biking Along the River-July
On Saturday we went to the FDR Library and Museum and Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage. I get so inspired by this woman's legacy. She was an amazing woman, a powerful political figure and as I walked through the doors to her home I couldn't help but reflect on the history surrounding me. This modest cottage in the country was a retreat for Eleanor and her family, not only Franklin, but her children, and many grandchildren. Think about this, she entertained countless heads of state at Val-Kill in the country, including John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, Haile Selassie, Marshal Tito and Winston Churchill to name just a few. The park guides mentioned that she would often tell her staff to expect 4-5 guests for lunch only to learn that twenty or more would show up. She would just set up card tables and portable folding chairs and make do. If you are ever in this area of New York, the Roosevelt Historic Site is well worth a look.

Photos-Hyde Park, New York-The Roosevelt Historic Site


The Mansion or as they called it.....The Big House


A chat with Franklin and Eleanor even on a bad hair day!


FDR's Childhood Books (one by Randolph Caldecott on right)


WPA Project-Traveling Mobile Library ( Photo taken inside Library)




A Collage of Mrs. Roosevelt's Books (Never knew there were so many!)




Naturally I picked up a couple of bookmarks!!


© [Wisteria Leigh] and [Bookworm's Dinner], [2010]

13 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Great pictures - thanks for sharing! And good for you for riding a bike - I would have opted for a car! :--)

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

My husband and I visited Hyde Park in 1996 and loved it. Such an incredible place. Great photos ... they brought back a lot of memories of our trip.

Diane said...

Sounds like you had a very busy and fitness healthy weekend. The photos are lovely; thanks so much for sharing.

Did I tell you a Petco nerby had Greyhound Rescues this weekend...about 15 of them. A few of them went a bit nuts when they saw the ferrets in the glass enclosure at eye level. The ferrets must have looked like rabbits from their past life...LOL

Vivienne said...

Wow all those books by Eleanor Roosevelt. I didn't realise she even wrote books. The trip looks awesome, although Hyde Park looks completely different from ours - LOL.

Darlene said...

Great pictures and trip! Thanks for sharing it with us.

wisteria said...

Rhapsody...With the temperature hovering around 90, I should have.

wisteria said...

Melissa...I had a great time, glad to bring back some good memories to you.:)

wisteria said...

Diane...Yes, it was a great weekend. My cousin is such an awesome support for me. We always have the best time. He is like a brother.

I used to be very involved in participating at Meet and Greets like the one you saw at Petco. Petco is very supportive of the greyhound plight. They truly are! I am surprised they had so many at one location. We are usually limited. However, there are so many...thousands in need of homes. It never ends. Ferrets would get Mystery off balance for sure. She has a high prey drive. If the ones you saw were just off the track...that would explain it. LOL

wisteria said...

Vivienne..I know, I was shocked too. That's why I took the photo.

wisteria said...

Darlene...Your welcome...Thanks for visiting.

Iliana said...

I love your chat picture! So cute. Sounds like you guys had a great time. You are much braver than I am - going biking in the hot, humid weather! I am such a wimp. I finally bought a bike in May and took it out a few times but now it's just patiently waiting for the Texas temps to drop a bit. So I guess in September! haha...

Alice Teh said...

I can't ride anything that's two-wheeled. LOL! Great pics! I love them all. Thanks for sharing this trip with all of us. :D

naida said...

Great pics Wisteria, sounds like a fun trip! Very cool that you biked there.
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