We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A shout-out to our friends at the Shelburne Museum, just a short drive south of Burlington.
An interesting and highly eclectic collection. I get a kick out of these small town museums which were started by eccentric rich folks who collected odd stuff. A good outing for a rainy day, or a day with nothing fun planned.
Bird Dog ... We love these small family museums too. One of my fondest memories of London is the Duke of Wellington's house, which has been turned into an intriguing reflection of the times in which he lived and the various tastes he had developed. Old Hookey was a great General, as you know, and was someone who, time after time, pulled victory out of defeat. The ladies loved him, too, and he them. I know you know all this, but the evening before the battle of Waterloo, one of the English ladies who had followed the army to the Continent, gave an elaborate ball for Wellington and his staff. Most of the officers, or many of them at least, went directly from the ball to the battlefield, many of them to die there. As the Duke said in later years, "it was a close run thing, and we lost so many fine young men."
When we were at Asprey House, we saw the dining room in which Wellington held a dinner party every year for those of his command staff who had survived the battle. Evidently, dinner parties like that were rather much endurance contests, going on for many hours, so they had one sideboard equipped with chamber pots so the gentlemen didn't have to wander all over the house to find a place to relieve themselves.
One of the little vignettes which brought the era to life for me.