Do you ever have days when things feel out of sorts? You just can’t seem to settle in and things just feel out of focus and unsettled? Hitty Sparrow is having one of those days.
Here comes Hitty Judy! She is planning to read to Penny and the Teddy Bears.
“Would you like to join us?”
It is Hitty Sparrow’s favorite book!
Quickly she runs to the kitchen to ask Great Aunt Doll for a snack to share while Hitty Judy reads. She says a quick “Hello!” to Aunt Doll’s bird:
Then off to listen while Hitty Judy reads aloud. Hitty Sparrow invites Penny to sit on her lap:
And now…Hitty Sparrow can’t even remember feeling out of sorts. What a nice friend Hitty Judy is! We hope everyone is lucky enough to have a thoughtful friend like her ♥️
‘Til Next Time…
PS – Great Aunt Doll is baking something for the Hittys! Yum!
PPS – Many of the books in the post are available in our Etsy Store. You can find the link at the top of this page ♥️ or click HERE. Yippee!
Great Aunt Doll, Ima and Hitty Sparrow enjoyed the most festive visit – way up north in Canada, where life is lived in a snow globe this time of year and all is truly “Merry and Bright.” It was a snowy drive:
The mountains became increasingly beautiful. Hitty Sparrow insisted on a photo during a rest stop and no wonder! It all looked so festive – a magical, snow-filled landscape:
Finally, they arrived at their destination! Ima and Hitty Sparrow were told to watch out the window, for each afternoon *something* happens. They watched and watched, all the while trying to guess what on Earth this *something”*could be!?! Santa’s sleigh? An elf? More Hittys visiting?
Then – more magic! Slowly, from the woods, a deer family walked up the hill and had a snack right outside the window!!!
Indoors, the Globensky Hittys had started decorating for Christmas. Ima admired the dolls and toys under the tabletop tree while Hitty Maude pointed out her favorite – the Christmas village on the mantle:
Hitty Sparrow enjoyed adding some special decorations to the display:
True to character, she lost interest in helping when she found a tin of Mamie’s holiday biscuits! Tea break!
In the kitchen, Mamie and Aunt Doll toasted a successful holiday baking session with some port:
Later, they took their libations outdoors while they watched Ima and Hitty Sparrow skating. The young ones were very entertaining as they scooted around, unsure on their wobbly pegs. Skating is harder than it looks!
All visits with Hitty Friends are too short (no matter how long) and the Hittys soon had to say their Goodbyes. Ima and Hitty Sparrow sang Christmas carols the entire drive home, as the landscape changed and the snow disappeared behind them.
Now that she is home again, Great Aunt Doll is feeling inspired to begin her holiday decorating:
The tree is a good start….perhaps a quick holiday tea break and she will finish…
We hope our Hitty Friends everywhere are finding joy in this festive season!
‘Til Next Time…
A dream come true! On a blustery Saturday morning, Hitty Sparrow took a ride to West Falmouth. Her destination was the West Falmouth Library:
What a beautiful place! Here is Hitty Sparrow outside (brr!) the library:
The building has recently received a full restoration. Built in 1896, one could easily imagine bibliophiles of yesteryear perusing the shelves. The gorgeous windows still have their old, wavy glass. A wonderful setting to meet Susan Branch for the first time. Hitty Sparrow was beside herself with excitement!
Here she is!!!
It is truly magical to meet someone you admire so much – and to find them just as delightful in person as you had imagined them to be – stunning…astounding…amazing! To hear her read the first chapter of her new book – well, there are no words to describe how *cool* it was. !!!
And then…AND THEN! It was Hitty Sparrow’s turn to meet Susan! Susan immediately recognized Hitty Sparrow’s pinafore fabric as her own.
Even while looking at this photo, Hitty Sparrow has to pinch herself to be sure it really happened. It did!!! Susan was warm and genuine – a special soul, just as she comes across in her books.
Hitty Sparrow was sure to gift Susan with a copy of Rachel Field’s “Hitty, Her First Hundred Years.” Now, Hitty Sparrow is not delusional in any way. She knows how busy someone like Susan is, but one can dream of her reading our favorite book, yes? Perhaps her husband Joe will read it? Or perhaps even read it aloud?!? That would be something…♥️♥️♥️
Susan is as much of an Anglophile as the Maxwell Hittys. “A Fine Romance” is a must-read if you are one too. Of course we find any and all of her books and cookbooks to be wonderful!
When the event ended, Hitty Sparrow headed down the street to to the beach. She was lucky to get a front row seat:
The afternoon was so cold and windy that a walk on the beach was not practical. It was nice and cosy in the car, so that is how Hitty Sparrow watched the sun set on a magical, dreamy Saturday.
Dreams do come true! Keep dreaming, Hitty Friends!
‘Til Next Time…
P.S.- Hitty Jean has many of her books for sale on EBay. Find them by searching “Hitty Book”. A few books and also some journals available for your Hitty’s memoirs ♥️ A sampling below: (some of these have sold…check eBay for availability.)
Ima wanted to say, “Hello!”
‘T’il Next Time…
Yesterday, Hitty Sparrow was treated to a day of Autumn delights in New Hampshire! First stop was a visit to a family farm and market, Moulton Farm. (Cider Donuts – yum!) What a festive atmosphere!
Hitty Sparrow had heard there was snow that morning….and she was able to find a tiny bit that hadn’t yet melted:
Then, off to the station…
A complete turkey dinner was served, while Hitty Sparrow enjoyed views of Lake Winnipesaukee and a bit of Fall color on the mountains:
Goodness me! She isn’t certain….but Hitty Sparrow *thinks* Santa Claus may have been enjoying the train ride as well! (Can you spot him?!?)
Meanwhile, at the Book Bindery, Hitty Jean has been assembling a book of Potions and Incantations – she is hoping to make a cover today. It is very satifying to be the one to add unique details to a book cover. Another copy is on the store shelves, so Hitty Jean will take it down for reference. (Always helpful when you are a book binder!)
Sylvie wandered through the garden to see what the frost had done and she came upon a scarecrow! Judging by the crow perched on its arm, it is not so scary!
We hope you are enjoying all the wonders that Autumn brings!
‘Til Next Time…
PS – Plenty of books in stock at the Hitty Shop!
Hitty Sparrow and Ima accompanied Great Aunt Doll on a Visit to the Robertson Hittys’ house. This time they brought a doll for the Robertsons to play with. A sweet little doll from a lovely lady in England!
Doll play commenced immediately! The Imas were especially enamoured by the Hitty dolls. (A teddy bear joined in for good measure.)
Some roomboxes were assembled during this visit. Hitty Sparrow and Hitty Kate were delighted to find that their Hitty dolls were the perfect size for the new rooms:
They went online to see what else might be available for their dolls, but shortly into their internet browsing, they were told “No computers!” by Grandma Alice. Back to playing!
Meanwhile, in the kitchen, a joyous reunion. These two never run out of things to discuss. Conversations went well into the wee hours as they solved all the woes of the world 💗 If only everyone could be as clever and sensible as Grandma Alice and Great Aunt Doll:
Another wonderful visit, and still more wonderful memories.
Thank you, Robertsons!
‘Til Next Time…
A downpour outside on the morning of Hitty Jean’s sailing adventure? But of course! “It will clear up!”
Sure enough, by the time Hitty Jean was aboard the ferry, the sun was shining:
Now, Hitty Jean had heard about sailing adventures recently, from the Quimper Hittys. If you click on that link, you will see what she was expecting….an isolated inlet, surrounded by nature, a lone sailboat…but that is NOT how it is in August in the Oak Bluffs Harbor of Martha’s Vineyard. Here is the scene:
Despite the unexpectedly festive atmosphere of the harbor, it was lovely to swing about on the mooring and the weather couldn’t have been better!
Hitty Jean did her best to learn the ropes:
Hitty Jean enjoyed exploring Oak Bluffs. She especially loved the Camp Meeting Association, where you can find rows and rows of Victorian Cottages all decked out in bright colors and architectural embellishments. There was a pink cottage that was a particular favorite:
Sunsets in the evening were glorious….especially from the boat. Hitty Jean loved the golden glow:
Something really *cool* that Hitty Jean could not photograph was the nighttime sky. There was a full moon, and as a super bonus, Hitty Jean could also see Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and Venus. Just incredible!
And now, back home, the new school year has begun, the crickets are singing and there is an ever so slight chill in the air. What fun it was to say *Goodbye* to summer exploring Martha’s Vineyard and staying on a sailboat.
We hope all of our Hitty Friends have an enjoyable Labor Day weekend!
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn!
‘Til Next Time…
P.S. – As always, you can click on photos to make them bigger.