In Québec 

After the museum, a scenic drive with friends took the Hittys to the beautiful Canadian Province of Québec. Nerves were shattered at the border crossing – but the Hittys all recovered quickly with a gathering of friends and cheer. 

Hitty Kate Robertson shyly approached Hitty Sparrow, asking her to play:What fun!  So much to see in this magical place, aptly named Art to Play With…and play they did!  These store shelves sparked their imaginations:“Hitty Jean, why is no one coming to our store?!”  (All their “customers” were chatting and otherwise too busy, I suppose…maybe they will have more success another time?)Time for refreshment!  The Hittys were treated to a delightful tea at the Confiserie Bartlam – in the quaint village of Frelighsburg

Here are Hittys Sparrow, Jean, Robertson and Maude, practicing their best teatime manners, while Great Aunt Doll and Grandma Alice discussed the backstamp on the lovely teacup:Hitty Jean and Hitty Robertson were quite taken by the sugar cube grabbers:Homemade marmalade and jam awaited freshly baked scones…there were so many delicious courses to the tea, that the Hittys were certain they would never need to eat again!Of course that thought was abandoned when dessert arrived:Such a wonderful time, with the most special of friends, in a beautiful place!  Hitty Jean’s heart sings when she is in the beautiful countryside of Québec!‘Til Next Time…

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Monet in Vermont

While Hitty Sparrow was off visiting various exhibits at the Shelburne Museum, Hitty Jean decided to visit the Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial building. It is a special place, in that it was purpose built so that the interior rooms look just like the rooms did in her 1930’s New York City townhouse. What Hitty Jean was most interested in was the paintings. The Webbs owned five original Monets, purchased directly from the artist, and Hitty Jean wanted to see!

First, in the living room, was Le Pont, Amsterdam.  This is the first painting by Claude Monet  ever to be brought to the US. Hitty Jean was not expecting such a modern feel in an impressionist painting and was not certain this would be her favorite of the collection:The dining room of the Webb’s townhouse featured four of Monet’s paintings, also purchased from the artist himself. (Imagine!)  Hitty Jean enjoyed these much more!  First was Ice Floes, in which Monet captures an early thaw on the Seine:Next was Grain Stacks, Snow Effect, which depicts a meadow near Monet’s home in Giverny:Another painting, called Old Church of Vernon depicts a church near Monet’s home:The Thames at Charing Cross, London, is a view looking Southwest and upstream:If you look carefully in the upper right of the painting, you can just see the Houses of Parliament through the fog:What a fun and interesting experience for Hitty Jean to be able to view original Monet paintings in rural Vermont! Did you guess that Hitty Jean’s favorite part was standing next to Monet’s signature?

‘Til Next Time…

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A Visit to Shelburne Museum

Hittys Jean and Sparrow were delighted to visit the Shelburne Museum on a beautiful day in Vermont.  What a unique and wonderful place!  Hitty Sparrow took joy in the beautiful grounds and meticulously maintained gardens. She found a Zinnia (her favorite) to match her dress:The weather was highly cooperative:Hitty Sparrow was able to take a tour of the “Stencil House”.  Imagine renovating your home, and, when you remove the many layers of old wallpaper, finding original 19th century stencils underneath!  Here they are below:There was a quick break for lunch. How fun to be able to color on the tables! Hitty Sparrow, Hitty Colleen, and Hitty Judy all eagerly created their own works of art!Then it was time to explore some more. Hitty Sparrow met up with Hittys Elizabeth and Judy to ride on the carousel:Sparrow wanted to see the Circus Parade!  Here is some information taken from the exhibit:It went on and on…She was mesmerized!She was sure to wave to Santa:Hitty Sparrow was absolutely taken with what she saw next. A hand carved wooden circus – all the spectators and performers were carved individually – just like Hittys!  It was a sight to behold!  Hitty Sparrow made sure all the other Hitty friends visiting that day saw the circus!She could have looked for hours!  Below is the information provided by the museum. Imagine having Edgar Decker Kirk as a neighbor! What a wonderful day – but where was Hitty Jean?

Stay tuned…

‘Til Next Time…

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Poolside Cuppa

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Visiting in Canada

Great Aunt Doll has been visiting her friend Mamie!  They were so happy to see each other again:Aunt Doll talked…and talked…(Mamie is a wonderful listener):A shared love of knitting prompted Mamie to show off one of her favorite sweaters:Then…off to Mamie’s kitchen to plan the meals for their visit:Meanwhile, Ima was showing Hitty Sparrow to her room. Hitty Sparrow was delighted to be sleeping in such beautiful surroundings:Hitty Jean found herself in beautiful surroundings as well, as she toured about the countryside. Hitty Jean couldn’t imagine a more beautiful spot on Earth!In fact, it was hard to decide which was more beautiful – the countryside, or the Hitty’s home. Hitty Sparrow was greatly impressed when Ima showed her the dining room – teatime was greatly anticipated by all!Hittys Jean and Sparrow talked to Hitty Charlotte about the differences between living in the suburbs of Boston versus the Québécois countryside. They were impressed when they learned that the Hittys here speak French and English!  Sadly, all visits must come to an end. All too soon, Great Aunt Doll, Sparrow and Jean were loaded into the car. Memories of the beautiful countryside and their Hitty friends sustained them all the way home!

‘Til Next Time…

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Where in the World…

…are Hitty Sparrow and Hitty Jean?!?


‘Til Next Time…

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Bermuda Part 4 :: Something Cool

The Americas Cup is coming to Bermuda in 2017!  Americas Cup Fever has taken over the island!  Hitty Jean was able to see the American sailboat, below, and also in the water practicing. But that’s not all!Hitty Jean actually saw the American team! She was too slow to have her photo taken with them, but she paparazzi-ed them through the trees so you can see them, too!  Please click to enlarge the picture…‘Til Next Time…

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