Hurly~Burly Block Island Day

Yesterday, Hitty Sparrow jumped on a tour bus:

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… then hopped on a ferry:

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…which took her to Block Island!  Lunch was on the porch of that white building there in the distance, the National Hotel:

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The view from the porch was perfect for people watching (boat watching, too!):

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A tour bus took Hitty Sparrow to the Southeast Light:

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What an interesting and beautiful lighthouse it is, with an interesting history as well.  (You can read more about this lighthouse HERE.)  It sits atop a bluff, and the view was incredible.  On a clear day, you can see Long Island from here, but not on this day…

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Along the tour, a statue was seen out the window:

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Erected in 1896 (although this current one is a replica)  and named Rebecca at the Well, “…this iconic Block Island lady was put in place in 1896 by the local Women’s Christian Temperance Movement, which hoped to curb the consumption of alcohol on Block Island.”  (source)  According to the tour guide, this strategy was unsuccessful.

Block Island used to be all farmland – the fields edged with rock walls.  These classic New England rock walls can be seen everywhere and are an island treasure:

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An ice cream break was essential on this hot and humid day:

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Tour over…it was time to start the journey home:

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On the ferry heading home, there was a last view of Block Island’s beautiful bluffs:

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It was a whirlwind, hurly-burly sort of a visit, and Hitty Sparrow is thinking a return trip and beach day would be fun!  Would anyone like to come along?!?

‘Til Next Time…
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Where Great Aunt Doll Hops a Tour Bus

Our last day in Maine was a *free* day.  With the Hittys otherwise occupied, Great Aunt Doll took advantage of a tour bus trip headed to Bar Harbor.  It was a beautiful day!  After a dozy sort of ride, Aunt Doll woke to the bus pulling into the center of town – time to explore!

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A short walk down the hill brought Aunt Doll to a fountain where there was a better view of the harbor:

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After a delicious lunch (clam chowder!) the bus left for Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain.  The views on the way up were spectacular on this picture-perfect day.  The bus kept stopping, so Aunt Doll was able to have her photo taken:

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At last, at the top of Cadillac Mountain, the BEST PART!  Great Aunt Doll was able to lay her eyes on Great Cranberry Island!  While the island conjures up many happy memories for the Hittys and their Caretakers, Great Aunt Doll had not seen, nor been to Great Cranberry.  She was thrilled to be able to see “The Pool” and some specks that were houses (possibly Preble House?!)  Hooray!

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Can you see it?  It is the top island in the middle of the photo.  As always, you can click on the photos for a larger view:

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‘Til Next Time…
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PS – Hitty Jean has reopened our Etsy Store and there are a few books in there now.  We also have these three BLANK Beatrix Potter books, below, for sale, if anyone is interested before we get them in the shop.  Just please leave a comment here of which one you would like and I will see that it gets to you!

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The cover illustrations are, from left, Tom Kitten, the Pie and the Patty Pan, Mrs. Tittlemouse.  (The pictures are very clear…not blurry like in my photo…)  Price is $15 per-book, plus $5 shipping for any quantity.

Click HERE for the Hitty Shop on Etsy…
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Morning :: Afternoon :: Evening :: Day 6/2018

morning :: a break outside the classroom building

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afternoon :: hungry hittys!  what is in Great Aunt Doll’s picnic basket?!

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evening :: we have graduated!

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It has been a fun and busy week here at IGMA Guild School!  Hitty Jean has been delighted to learn new skills and all the Hittys hope you have enjoyed our daily updates from Maine!

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Morning :: Afternoon :: Evening :: Day 5/2018

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Morning :: Afternoon :: Evening :: Day 4/2018

Morning :: Waving Hitty Jean Off

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Afternoon :: Weaving Is Hard Work

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Evening :: Sunset Sail

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Morning :: Afternoon :: Evening :: Day 3/2018

morning :: setting up the chairs

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afternoon :: lupin by the sea

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evening :: a storm is blowing in

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Morning :: Afternoon :: Evening :: Day 2/2018

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