Visiting the Robertsons

Hittys Jean and Sparrow have just returned from a visit with the Robertson Hittys!  Great Aunt Doll wanted to go see her sister, Grandma Alice, and they went along.

 A pizza party was planned for the first day. Yum!Hitty Colleen and Hitty Sparrow decided to take a look at the pictures in the Hitty book:Hitty Sparrow was so taken by the “Charles Dickens” outfit in the pictures that Grandma Alice let her try on the replica in the Robertson’s closet. What fun!As consolation for having to return the outfit, Hitty Robertson said that Hitty Sparrow should wear the new Halloween dress. Hitty Sparrow was so pleased!  (The dress was a gift from a friend at Hitty Club – thank you, friend!)No visit to the Robertsons is complete without a trip outside to feed the chickens!Hitty Jean and Hitty Robertson reminisced about good times:And then…all too soon…it was time for goodbyes. Grandma Alice and Aunt Doll had such fun together, they couldn’t believe how quickly five days passed! It was time for goodbye hugs:‘Til Next Time…

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PS-There is always so much to do on a visit to the Robertsons…these are only a few snippets. For more about our visit, please visit Hitty Robertson’s Journal, HERE.

Where On Earth…

…is Hitty Jean?!‘Til Next Time

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What’s Up?

Hitty Jean’s favorite season is here!  She can be found outdoors, enjoying the foliage. It seems to be at its peak right now:

Bécassine and Hitty Judy discuss the fit of a newly knitted sweater.  Hitty Sparrow feels a chill in the air and is disappointed to learn that the sweater is not for her. She doesn’t want to take it off!Is Aunt Doll pursuing a life-long dream?Ida Belle and Hitty Tea have found a new book to read- it is a true story of adventure and friendship!That is *What’s Up* in our neck of the woods!

‘Til Next Time…

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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?

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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…

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Poolside Cuppa

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