A *Not Franklin* Mile Marker

Around these parts, the antique Mile Markers seen along Boston Post Road (and thereabouts) are known to many as “Franklin Mile Markers”.  This miffs some historians as Benjamin Franklin apparently had nothing to do with these historic stones.  Hitty Kate and Hitty Sparrow don’t concern themselves with such things….they just think the Mile Markers are *cool!*  Here they are on a lovely Summer Morning:

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They are a bit excited, as they have discovered another Mile Marker, this one dated to 1767:

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Hitty Kate is a little bit sad that the font on this stone is missing the Long S.  Hitty Sparrow reminds her that these stones are like Hittys – handmade and unique!

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What is better than a New England Summer Morning?

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A New England Summer Morning shared with a Friend!

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Garlic (?) and Ice Cider

Great Aunt Doll arrived in Canada just in time for wine time with Mamie!  Mamie was telling her about a new French story she is planning to read – these two friends love to discuss a good book!

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Mamie wanted the Hittys to help prepare dinner.  Some were more eager than others, but at least they all now know what a head of garlic looks like!  Mamie is a wonderful cook!  Her kitchen is always well stocked and she prepares the most delicious meals with fresh and simple ingredients:

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After a delicious dinner and a good night’s sleep, it was off to Domaine Pinnacle to sample and purchase some Ice Cider.  Mamie and Aunt Doll found the samples to be a *bit* large but that didn’t stop them:

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The views from the terrace were stunning.  Here is an attempt at a group photo:

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Mamie is telling everyone to “…look at the camera!”  Great Aunt Doll looked away just as the photo was taken, attempting to give *someone* a stern look.  In the back row (from left to right) Hitty Sparrow was thrilled to be having her photo taken.  Hitty Faye was a bit chilly and wanted to get back in the car.  Hitty Maude was complaining that she was blocked by Mamie’s head.  Hitty Kate was trying to ask Mamie a question about the Ice Cider.  Hitty Elizabeth was feeling peckish and wishing her French was better.  This is how it always seems to go with group photos!

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Traveling Through Vermont

Hitty Sparrow and her friend, Hitty Kate, rode a long way yesterday.  Up through Vermont they traveled, getting lost and at the same time finding a covered bridge!  Of course they insisted on getting out to have their picture taken:

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Hitty Kate loved the sign on the bridge and lamented about not having a horse.  Great Aunt Doll (who stayed in the car) declared that she certainly was glad they were NOT traveling all day on horseback!  Being lost in a car with GPS and modern technology is one thing…

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SPEED LIMIT
HORSES AT A WALK
MOTOR VEHICLES
10 MILES PER HR

The day’s adventures included lunch with family and two more covered bridge crossings.  It was a long trip up, up, up through Vermont and into Canada!!!!  Adventure awaits!

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Hitty’s Book Bindery and Shop

***UPDATE*** ALL BOOKS HAVE NOW BEEN SOLD.  THANK YOU!

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Welcome to Hitty’s Book Bindery and Shop!  It is the Grand Opening today!  As you may remember, Hitty Jean attended the IGMA Guild School this past June to learn about making books.  ( Click HERE to revisit one of the posts from her adventure…)  She has been determined to master this skill! Taking a Summer Internship at the local Book Bindery was a logical next step.  So welcome in!!!  Have a browse!  There is lots to see!

Hitty Jean will just step into the back room for a moment to fetch something you may enjoy:

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Here it is:

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It is a journal, complete with bookmark, just for Hitty!!!  The pages are blank, except for one *special* page which has a secret message on it written especially for YOU by Hitty Jean.  Would you prefer a different style?

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You are in luck!!!  Hitty Jean has made six!  All are the same inside, but the outsides are slightly different as you can see:

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UPDATE! ALL BOOKS HAVE NOW BEEN SOLD.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!

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Thank you for coming by….and please visit again!

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PS – If you have made it this far….the funny thing on the counter of the shop is a sewing frame for binding books, made by Tine Krijnen…another thing for Hitty Jean to master.  The shop itself (a thing of beauty!!!) was made by Art to Play With.  The title shields you see on the six books were created by Ann Vanture of Paper Minis.

Rainy Day Antics

It is a rainy summer afternoon and Ima has invited Hitty Sparrow and Hitty Kate over to play!

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They play with the Lincoln Logs but the Lincoln Logs do not hold their interest for very long:

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Hitty Kate discovers a *mysterious* box on top of Great Aunt Doll’s bureau!  Ima grabs Aunt Doll’s stool to get it down:

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Dominoes!  They try to play for a while, but no one seems to know the rules.  Also, they all only want the tiles with matching numbers…

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Not surprisingly, Domino play doesn’t hold their attention for long either.  Just as Ima is replacing the box, Aunt Doll walks in.  She is not too happy about Ima using her good footstool to stand on:

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Aunt Doll can see that the Hittys need something to engage their minds on this inside day.  It is agreed that she will read them a chapter from one of their favorite books.  Yippee!

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Later, the Hittys can help Aunt Doll make tea!  Aunt Doll’s fingers are crossed for sunshine tomorrow!  Hooray for Great Aunt Doll and rainy day friends!

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4th of July!

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A bit of daydreaming on the patio today…Hitty Sparrow and Hitty Kate are waiting (and waiting…) for the fireworks to start!  It will be hours longer.  Hitty Sparrow is feeling peckish.  She goes to fetch a snack:

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Hitty Kate is alarmed at her choice!  Chocolate will melt in this July heat!  Hitty Kate goes inside to fetch something more appropriate:

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Popsicles for All!!!  Happy 4th of July!

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PS- Much later:

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Mile Marker

It seems the Hittys are developing a penchant for old Mile Markers.  Hitty Kate Robertson is visiting for the summer and heard about the first stone they found.  She was captivated by its age and significance and was able to see it for herself.  When Hitty Sparrow told her she knew where another one stood, it was inevitable that they would visit and be photographed there:

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27 Miles from Boston
ET 1769

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The Maxwell Hittys are looking forward to a summer of Friendship and Adventure, with a bit of Shade and Lemonade mixed in!  We hope you are, too!

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PS-you can read more about Hitty Kate over at Hitty Robertson’s Journal