The Cosmic Photo Challenge: A Room with a View…

In the words of Carly Simon: ‘A room with a view is in the dark with you.”

None of these pictures are in the dark but they all have a view.

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2021/08/05/the-cosmic-photo-challenge-23/

A Photo a Week Challenge: From the Side…

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2021/07/20/a-photo-a-week-challenge-from-the-side/

Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday: Yesterdays Cars…

My great-uncle in the 1920’s with his then new car. Not sure of the make but there is an ‘H’ on the tires which leads me to believe it could have been a Hudson.

This car below from my mother’s photo album dated 1929. Love what she wrote 🙂

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2021/07/10/ragtag-daily-prompt-saturday-yesterdays-cars/

Lens-Artists Challenge #155 – On The Water…

The bottom right picture is a house boat sailing on the Hudson River in NYC. All other pictures have been taken on Martha’s Vineyard 🙂

https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2021/07/03/lens-artists-challenge-155-on-the-water/

85th Anniversary and An Engagement Ring…

85 years ago today on June 27, 1936 my parents Maude Louise Littlefield and Joseph Albert (Al) Freeman were married in Baltimore, MD.  They sort of eloped although apparently everyone knew.  Sadly there are no wedding pictures although in my minds eye I have created one.

These are my parents on their 25th anniversary in 1961 and their 30th in 1966.

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And here is the story of my mother’s engagement ring.

This is the beach in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, this is where we always went when I was growing up. I remember one time in particular when I was there with my parents when I was about three or four years old.

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After playing in the water with my dad and digging in the sand with my mom we started gathering up our blanket and things to leave. All of a sudden my mother gasped and yelled for my father… “my diamond ring is gone” she said in alarm. My dad immediately took charge of the situation by telling me NOT to move, just stay put. I quickly rushed over to the people nearby and told them my mother had just lost her ring in the sand and my father was going to find it. So much for listening. They, along with other beach goers who had heard me, started to get up to help my father look for the ring. “No” he said.. “don’t walk on the sand, if the sand is disturbed any further the ring will sink lower, I think I might have only one chance to find it.” We all held our breaths as he surveyed the situation and then after what seemed like an eternity (especially to me who was staying still) he scooped up a handful of sand. Miraculously there, shining out from the sand was my mothers diamond engagement ring.

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I’m still amazed that he found it, how did he know where to look, how had my running through the sand not made it sink lower? I’m sure that ring was being watched over somehow ❤

#PPAC: Photographing Public Art Challenge #1…

Public art is which encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, Christmas lights, even buildings or bridges. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks or outdoor public places. I chose to post photos from the list below.

  • Graffiti
  • Statues and Sculptures
  • Murals
  • Transportation
  • Car Shows
  • Artistic Construction (Bridge, benches and buildings)
  • Wall Art

Bridges…George Washington Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge

Statues…Upper left, the Field Gallery (Martha’s Vineyard) – Upper right, Marquis De Lafayette, Colonel Alexander Hamilton, General George Washington (Morristown, NJ) Lower left, Atlas (Rockefeller Center, NYC) – Lower right, Martha’s Vineyard.

Cube and sculptures at Grounds For Sculptures, Hamilton, New Jersey

Statue at Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, NJ honoring the search and rescue dogs of 9/11…

Classic car shows

Murals, dogs and graffiti…

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2021/06/19/ppac-photographing-public-art-challenge-1/

RDP Friday – Carousel…

The Flying Horses in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard are the oldest platform carousel in the United States. It was made in 1876 by early American carousel manufacturer, Charles Dare. The Flying Horses Carousel was originally built for the Coney Island amusement park in Brooklyn. In 1884 after eight years there the Flying Horses Carousel moved to the town of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard where it still remains in operation as one of only two surviving carousels fabricated by Dare. The carousel became a National Historic Landmark in 1986, the same year it was acquired by local conservation organization the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust.

I flew on these beautiful horses every day when I was a little girl. The ticket taker was a young man who would never take my tickets ! We tried everything to get him to take them… we brought him candy and cookies and tried slipping the tickets in with them… nothing work. At the end of the summer I said I wanted to buy him a gift, so off my mom and I went to purchase what I thought was a novel idea .. a tie. I was 5 years old, what did I know about buying gifts for men… he, by the way was about 13 but in my eyes he was a grown up. We put the tie in the box with all of summer’s uncollected tickets. As he came around to NOT collect my ticket I handed him the box. He smiled. Ah ha, success… or so I thought. As we were leaving the Flying Horses he came over and thanked us for the tie and as we turned to leave he handed us the tickets.

There are two ring dispenser arms situated next to the carousel that offer gold rings and the lucky rider who grabs the coveted brass ring gets a free ride

The last time I flew on the Flying Horses a few years ago my granddaughter Tiffany was with me.  I thought it might be my last time ever to ride them (I think that every time anyway)… and as my horse came around to the arm shooting the rings out I could see that the next one, the one waiting for me was the GOLD ring.  What a fantastic way to possibly end my Flying Horses ride…

 But I missed it … my fingers slipped and I couldn’t grab it.  But… right behind me was my granddaughter and she got it.  She offered me the free ride but it meant more to me that she should have it.  Perfect ending, if indeed it was.

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Rings of gold are good luck I’m told…

as for riding Flying Horses you’re never too old 🙂

Two other carousels…

New York city’s Bryant Park

Newark, New Jersey’s Military Park

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2021/06/04/rdp-friday-carousel/

A Photo a Week Challenge: Circles on circles…

This challenge was so much fun. I wanted to stop at a reasonable number of photos but once I got started I couldn’t stop. Definitely felt like I was going in circles after a while 🙂

Food

Miscellaneous

More miscellaneous.

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2021/06/01/a-photo-a-week-challenge-circles-on-circles/

Remembering and honoring on Memorial Day…

Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.In 1971, Congress established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May and as a federal holiday.

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Civil War Memorial at Fairmount cemetery – Newark, NJ

Below is a photo of the veteran’s section in the Fairmont Cemetery in Newark, New Jersey, where, on my father’s side of the family my great great grandfather, Stephen Freeman is buried. Stephen did not die in the Civil War but was wounded in the battle of Antietam in 1862. He was sent home, lived another 29 years and died on May 30, 1891, which ironically was Memorial Day.

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My great great grandfather.

On my mother’s side a somewhat tragic story. My great grandfather, Joseph Littlefield fought in the Civil War and died because of his wounds. He was wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. He was sent home to Maine to die. He died of typhoidal pnemonia on Sep 30, 1864, he is buried in Rome, Maine. Unfortunately his wife and his 3 oldest children died of the same thing shortly thereafter, leaving my grandfather, Charles Littlefield at age 10 the oldest of the four remaining children.

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Indeed a tragic story and once my daughter Deb and I learned about it felt compelled to find their graves and honor them. Their small plot is off the beaten track in Rome, Maine we found it and traipsed through the brush to get to it. Worth the trip indeed.  This was very emotional in that Joseph (41), Martha Jane (36), Margaret (18), Adison (14) and Atwood (12) have become very real to us and we feel very close to them.  We weren’t able to bring them flowers but left 5 pennies to indicate we were there and remembering them.

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My great grandfather.
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Two years ago in 2019 I was contacted by a gentleman from Maine who had been visiting this grave site for many years. This is what his email said:

I found your web site while looking for more information On your great grandfather Joseph P. littlefield . I have a summer place on the camp road that goes beside the family cemetery I visit the family cemetery every year before Memorial Day to pay my respects to him and his family and to honor his service . I often wondered what was his life like. I’m the featured speaker at the Belgrade Me. town Memorial Service next week and I plan to include him I’m my remarks honoring his service to his country.Best Regards ,

It meant a lot to me to know that my great grandfather Joseph P Littlefield was being honored and remembered 155 years after he died.

Take a moment to remember the original reason for Memorial Day and the men and women who fought for, and gave their lives for our country.

Lens-Artists Challenge #149 – Cool Colors – Blue and Green…

https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2021/05/22/lens-artists-challenge-149-cool-colors-blue-and-green/