Saturday, April 25, 2015

Fiesta Flambeau and University of Texas Longhorns

Tonight was Fiesta Flambeau, the largest illuminated night parade in America! Reynolds Andriks, who had been heavily involved in Fiesta over the years, created this new event in 1948. Torch brigades march between every ten entries to light the way. Bands put flashlights on their instruments as well as their uniforms whereas floats light up in variously creative ways.
Because the military was not actively involved in Fiesta events, Mr. Andriks proposed several ideas to the commanders of Fort Sam, Lackland AFB, Kelly AFB, and Randolph AFB: each base elect a queen that would ride in the parade on a float representing the base. Military bands participated as well.
The annual tradition of the  University of Texas Longhorns opening the Fiesta Flambeau began with a certain alumni by the name of...who else but Reynolds Andriks. This is the favorite part for us since we are huge Longhorns fans! You can see the University of Texas Longhorns in tonight's parade in this video. Advance to the 2:45 marker.
I got to attend Fiesta Flambeau back when I was dating my husband. He took me to the Blue House, which was owned by First Baptist Church. We sat on the balcony with friends overlooking the beginning of the parade near the broadcasters and cameramen.
What a thrill to experience the University of Texas Longhorn band in person! What fun to watch all the lit floats and bands, escorted by torch bearers, parade down Broadway!
Thus ends another year of Fiesta, which began in 1891 to honor the  men who fell at the Alamo. I've blogged about Fiesta all week, and last night I added a link to a video of another favorite band, the Old Guard playing 18th century style at the River Parade. Fast forward to the 27:20 mark.They were so great they set off the fireworks on the stage behind them!
Monday-Fiesta River Parade and the Texas Cavaliers
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Thursday- Glittering Gowns of Fiesta
Friday-Battle of Flowers Parade, Cascarones, and Texas A&M
I never found my picture of me in Fiesta costume. When I taught third grade we used to hold our own Battle of Flowers Parade for the school durng Fiesta Week. (Then we had Friday off so we could attend the real parade!) Each of the third graders were assigned a project to build their own float...using a shoebox as the base. It has to do with San Antonio history. It was always fun seeing all the floats arrive and letting them decorate the top of the cubbies. For the parade, we all came to school dressed in our Fiesta festive finest! For me I made a gourgeous white peasant style blouse with eyelet lace, a deep pink skirt, deep pink beads necklace, and hoops earrings that had a few deep pink beads. Then I wore my medals and sombrero pins covered in ribbon and glitter.
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We lined up, all six of the third grade classes, with each student carrying his/her own float. Each teacher led her class and we paraded around the bus circle where all the students gathered for the fun break from seatwork. If the weather was bad we paraded down the hallways. Such a simple little tradition but one that all of our students and teachers enjoyed. It was a chance for the students to show off their own creative interpretation of San Antonio/Texas history.
Fiesta is about memories, charities and kids! Viva Fiesta!  

Battle of Flowers Parade, Cascarones, and Texas A&M Corps of Cadets

Davy Crockett. Jim Bowie. William Barret Travis.  Three names among nearly two hundred. Heroism. Sacrifice. Remember the Alamo. 1836. Crumbling walls. Time  marches on...forgotten.

 In 1860, 24 years after Texan Independence, Ellen Maury was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on land which is now part of the University of Virginia campus. Thomas Jefferson, who designed UVA, entered the College of William and Mary in the 18th century because of a Maury family member. Born into a prestigious family, Ellen Maury was well educated. She was tutored at home. In 1876, she married a Texan rancher by the name of James Slayden. The story goes that Ellen met James while visiting her sister, Jane Maury Maverick. Jane's son Fontaine Maury Maverick, attended Virginia Military Institute and University of Texas at Austin before attending law school. Later he became the famed and memorable mayor of San Antonio...better known as Maury Maverick.

Meanwhile, the Alamo of tumbled crumbling stone had been forgotten save a quiet guardianship obtained by Senator Temple Houston, son of General Sam Houston who defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. 

From the quietness of tumbling stone came the life of  tumbling flowers...the Battle of Flowers Parade! Inspired by European tradition Ellen Maury Slayden organized a group of ladies to honor the fallen heroes of the Alamo with a literal battle of flowers. On the anniversary week of the Battle of San Jacinto, carriages bedecked with flowers rode past each other in front of the Alamo as the occupants pelted each other with flowers. The 1891 event became an annual tradition that lives on today.

The Battle of Flowers is unique in that it is the only parade in the United States that is organized soley by women. Not only is it the largest parade of Fiesta week, but it is the second largest parade in the country (the first largest being the Tournament of Roses Parade). Today the women who organize this grand event dress in yellow hats and dresses for the parade. During the 100 year anniversary in 1991, the original parade was recreated with the literal battling of flowers. Always remembering the Alamo, parade participants leave a floral tribute as they pass the Alamo.

I have been to many of the Battle of Flower parades over the years. I attended my first one with my boyfriend...who became my husband. For my first parade he took me to the Blue House, a two story Victorian owned by First Baptist Church, on the parade route. We sat with friends on the second story balcony located near the start of the parade route. The television commentators are below.  There is something for everyone in the parade. From antique cars, to horses, to gowns...

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A Fun Float for the  Kids

Over the years I think we attended at least three more Battle of Flowers Parades, at least two with our kids. For those we had a different venue at the other end of the parade route near the Alamo.  After doing this the first time, a new tradition was born. What better vantage point than in front of the Alamo...under the shady trees! Practically shade is a treat since it can be quite hot and humid this time of year in San Antonio.  Emotionally though, it helped me to tie in the meaning of the festivities to the intent of the festivities...to remember our fallen heroes at the Alamo. What a fitting setting.

One of the many traditions of Fiesta is cascarones...or confetti filled eggs.  I learned how to make them from a friend when we were in the fifth grade. It is quite easy. Everyone smashes them on each other heads during Fiesta. It's definitely a colorful time! My mother-in-law went to the parade with me and the kids when my husband was overseas one year. She asked about the cascarones. I guess they don't have those in New York! 

Another fun tradition of Fiesta is that there is no school on Friday! That's because it is the day of the Battle of Flowers Parade. All of the high school bands participate in the parade. In fact, the night before they have the annual Battle of the Bands tournament at...Alamo Stadium! Remember the Alamo!

And yet another incredible tradition of the Battle of Flowers Parade is the Corps of Cadets from Texas A&M who I do believe has been permamently invited to open every Battle of Flowers Parade.  Here is video footage of Texas A&M from today's parade. Scroll down to "Parade Video" and then select "Battle of Flowers Parade Part I."  Start at the eleven minute mark for about 5 minutes of Aggie footage! Aggies are a big deal in Texas! Oh the thrill of being there in person as they come marching through!

As an addendum to Ellen Maury Slayden, her husband became a US Congressman, so they moved to Washington DC for part of their lives before retiring in San Antonio. She wrote a book of their Washington years called, Washington Wife: Journal of Ellen Maury Slayden from 1897-1919. I've read that it's a great primary source document of all the political and cultural doings of the times!

I feel a bit of kinship with Ellen Maury Slayden in that I am from San Antonio and now I live 2 hours north of Charlottesville and an hour west of Washington DC. Portraying her in historical costume, (and even Clara Driscoll whom I wrote about yesterday) would be great fun! I'm always excited by Texas/Virginia connections of people from the past! Sam Houston and Ellen Maury Slayden as well as two others who fought and fell at the Alamo ( George Washington Main, and Patrick Henry Herndon) to name a few.   

I think I remember where my Fiesta costume pictures are. Here's hoping! Also there is one more parade. All of that tomorrow as we continue to Remember the Alamo!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Glittering Gowns of Fiesta San Antonio

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Glittering gowns galore abound at Fiesta San Antonio parades that cause many a little girl to dream of becoming a princess, even for a day. This is in fact possible with many civic groups, even high schools, as seen above.

For those of us who sew historical gowns, the opportunity to help sew "sequins, spangles and Swarovski crystals" onto Fiesta gown would be memorable, although wearing them would be divine! Sadly I never had that opportunity. In fact, I was never certain where these gowns came from. Many have bedazzled me from afar as I've watched many a Fiesta parade. Others I've had the opportunity to revel in grand splendour up close and personal at the Witte Museum. This link shows some grand photos with details. However they do not stay at the Witte Museum. From whence do they come and where do they go?

My appreciation for textiles and needlework goes back to my childhood when I first saw these glittering gowns in Fiesta parades. This video of a coronation from 2011 gives a sense of their grandeur of regal 11-15' trains that with the gown can weigh up to 100 pounds.   Even my daughter would delight in these gowns when she saw them at the parades.

Every year during Fiesta, which began in 1891, princesses-to-be are bedazzled by 26 gorgeous gowns worn by 26 different lovely ladies who are chosen by the Order of the Alamo which began in 1909 by businessmen. One must be in the right circles to be chosen for the court. In other words, the honor to wear these gowns is given to debutantes. One article I read said that they are not chosen based on money, but based on heritage. That's a nice idea, however, one truely needs money to wear one of these gowns, because each of these ladies' families pays for her gown. It is speculated that they cost  $10,000 or more. After they are worn they might be donated to the Witte Museum to be displayed for a season. However the gown ultimately goes home with the young lady. Can you imagine having one of these in your own home? All this time I thought they belonged to the Witte!  Here is a great slide show of the queens beginning in 1909 to the present that definitely shows the fashion trends.

The first Fiesta queen was portrayed by Clara Driscoll who served for 3 years. She is the only lady to hold this distinction, perhaps because she is responsible for rescuing the Alamo which nearly became a hotel. Ever since 1909 each queen holds court for only one year with a princess and 24 duchesses, 12 from San Antonio and 12 from outside the city.

The design process takes three years of planning, designing and sewing. Here are two articles that go into grand detail of the process with two different designers: Master Embroiderer with Old World Technique and Prida.   

The entire process is a closely guarded secret until the grand unveiling at the coronation (as in the video above). This year's coronation was held last night, so here is a peak at this year's lovely creations! As part of their official duties, the queen and her court will be seen with their bejeweled gowns tomorrow during the Battle of Flowers Parade, which will be tomorrow's post.  In fact, I just checked and KSAT 12 is hosting the parade this year on San Antonio tv and on-line for us Texans who live afar at 12:30pm Central Time.

I went through all of my photographs this afternoon looking for parade photographs.  Alas only one batch of photos were found. I'm going to try to scan them tomorrow, then I will replace this one. Now we live in Virginia and don't get to attend the parades like we used to. However they do bring great memories and we participate the best we can from afar.  Researching and blogging this week has been great fun and my appreciation for Fiesta has deepened. If you'd like to read more I also wrote:Monday's River Parade and the Texas Cavaliers
Pilgrimage to the Alamo and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Medals of Fiesta, The Old Guard and El Rey Feo

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Medals of Fiesta San Antonio, The Old Guard, and El Rey Feo

Fiesta San Antonio is a fun 10 day event that Remembers the Alamo during the anniversary of Sam Houston's victory over Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto! Monday I wrote about the River Parade which is hosted by the Texas Cavaliers. Tuesday I wrote about Pilgrimage to the Alamo which is hosted by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Today I'd like to share about the medals...because they are fun collector's items!

Throughout this year's Fiesta festivities which this San Antonio gal has been enjoying via facebook  (I now live in Northern Virginia) medals have been posted everywhere! One of the facebook groups I follow is of The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. I grew up in San Antonio being a huge fan of the Old Guard. I always watched the Fiesta parades on tv, so I always got to see them! Monday night was the River Parade. Friday afternoon all the San Antonio schools have a holiday for the Battle of Flowers Parade.  Saturday night closes Fiesta with the Fiesta Flambeau. Invariably in one of these parades I'd see The Old Guard perform! They were always my favorite group! Somehow as a little girl living in Texas, I felt a kinship with all things 18th century. It began with television footage of a colonial town with colonial people with a colonial fife and drum corps. In utter fascination I asked my dad where that was because it seemed so real. He told me about Colonial Williamsburg and I fell iin love. However I did not get to visit Virginia, or Colonial Williamsburg, until  my husband took me the year we were married. In the meantime my longing for the 18th century was fueled by seeing the Old Guard, which I now know is based in Washington DC area, or more specifically Fort Myer, Virginia. For today's Army they reenact General George Washington's Continental Army. We now see The Old Guard perform all the time at Colonial Williamsburg's Drummers Call. Their stellar performances thrill me to my soul! Here is video footage of them at Monday's River Parade. Go to 27:20 mark. They are so good that they set off the fireworks on the stage behind them!

On the Old Guard's facebook page I've been seeing all their photos of their many performances at numerous Fiesta events this week. Each day they accumulate more and more medals that I'm sure have been bestowed upon them for participating in such grand manner! Though these are not regulation, they are permissible during the Fiesta events (many have asked on their facebook page.)

Even I have a medal collection...and now so do my husband and kids, though I have more than they do! These are medals that we have been gifted at various special events.

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These are my three medals and two Fiesta hat decorations. One hat is a pin and another is a barrette. I think I purchased one and was gifted another years ago when I was a public school teacher in San Antonio. One of the other teachers crafted these for us. Everyone either buys these or makes them because dressing up with flowers and ribbons and glitter is part of Fiesta finery! Hopefully I can find a photograph or two of me all decked out with my students. Stay tuned for that hopefully on Friday!

When I was in kindergarten King Antonio came to visit us during Fiesta. He gave us a token, but sadly I no longer have that. =( When I was a public school teacher El Rey Feo came to our school...and this time I got a medal! Here is the front...

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...and here is the back! "El Rey Feo" is Spanish for "The Ugly King." As horrible as that sounds, it holds special meaning. There is already King Antonio, introduced by the Texas Cavaliers in 1926. Crowned for the first time in 1947, El Rey Feo represents the LULAC Rey Feo Scholarship Committee that raises money for college students. The tradition of El Rey Feo originated in the Middle Ages of Spain when the common people elected one like them to be king for the day.   

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In 2007 my family and I got to attend the River Parade, courtesy of the Texas Cavaliers. As part of their gift of tickets, dinner, and pre-parade entertainment we were also gifted two medals! This one isspecific to the Texas Cavaliers.

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...and here is the back. Each King Antonio from the Texas Cavaliers is announced at a special ceremony at the beginning of Fiesta in front of the Alamo.

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The second  medal the Texas Cavaliers gave to us was of the River Parade that night! The theme was A Fiesta of Film...Red Carpet on the River. The image is of the Arneson River Theater which is the stage on the Riverwalk, across from La Villita (the original village of San Antonio that dates back to the 18th century) for many special events, including the stage for the River Parade.

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...and the back.

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Tomorrow I shall post about the gorgeous gowns of Fiesta!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pilgrimage to the Alamo and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas

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Fiesta week in San Antonio is all about remembering the heroes at the Alamo who died on March 6, 1836 as well as remembering Sam Houston's victory over Santa Anna nearly 7 weeks later at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. Appropriately, Fiesta is celebrated on the anniversary week of April 21...which just so happens to be today! Because the Battle of San Jacinto was won 179 years ago, we have Fiesta today!

"Look to it, you Texans of today, with happy homes, mid fields of smiling plenty, that the blood of the Alamo, Goliad, and San Jacinto sealed forever...Texas, one and indivisible!"- written by Kate Scurry Terrell

Last night I began my week long series on Fiesta San Antonio because this is a memory near and dear to the heart of this Texan gal who now lives in Northern Virginia. Did you know that at least 16 of the Alamo defenders came from Virginia, including John William Smith, George Washington Main, and Patrick Henry Herndon? Did you know that Sam Houston was born in Virginia? His bust is in both the state house of Virginia and Texas. I love the history of Virginia (as evidenced by my numerous trips to Colonial Williamsburg to see George Washington and Patrick Henry and even to Jamestown where John Smith gained fame.) as well as Texas. I grew up in San Antonio with many memories of Fiesta. It does a soul good to understand and appreciate from whence the traditions of yore come.  

In 2007 when we got to attend the Fiesta River Parade, we also attended the annual event, Pilgrimage to the Alamo. It was an emotional ceremony...quiet...respectful...and heart wrenching when you think about it. We had time to pause and reflect on men who gave their lives at the Alamo, men who knew they would be killed yet stayed anyway. The Alamo defenders were vastly outnumbered. When Santa Anna and his troops arrived he had the flag of  "no quarter" put atop the nearby San Fernando Cathedral, meaning that no hostages would be taken. All. would. be. killed.

As I wrote last night, Fiesta began in 1891 with the Battle of Flowers Parade (I'll write about that on Friday). Thus an annual event was born which has only grown larger over time. Founded in 1905 the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas was formed to defend and proclaim the history of Texas. They organized Pilgrimage to the Alamo in 1925, which has become an annual event. Crowds gather from afar from various groups, from civic to military and everyone in-between to respectfully lay wreaths at the Alamo. From inside the crumbled walls a voice booms the name of each of the defenders...one by one...which is concluded with the poignant playing of Taps.

 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fiesta San Antonio River and the Texas Cavaliers

It's Fiesta week in San Antonio! Even though I am now living in Virginia, I am still part Texan. One of my favorite memories were of Fiesta, so I thought I'd share San Antonio's week long festivities on my blog this week! King Antonio! Glittering gowns! Floats! Flowers! Flambeau! Fiesta!
Fiesta began in 1891 to honor the fallen heroes of the Alamo with the Battle of Flowers Parade. Because Fiesta has grown into a ten day event with terrific histories, I will break it down bit by bit this week. Since tonight was the 62nd annual river parade, I will start with that.
The San Antonio River Parade began because of the Texas Cavaliers which were founded in 1926 for the sole purpose of being a social group. They got their name because they promoted horsemanship, which at that time was becoming a dying art. One of their big social events was to elect one of their own to be King Antonio to preside over Fiesta, which by now was 35 years old.
Inspired by "boats and barges decorated with flowers in the 'floating gardens' of Mexico City", the Cavaliers organized the first River Parade in 1941 which premiered on the newly built San Antonio Riverwalk.  
By 1989, the Texas Cavaliers' mission became charitable based helping area children through various avenues.
I remember as a little girl in kindergarten, King Antonio came to my school. To prepare for the big event, we made King Antonio hats (blue with a red fan) to wear. We went outside to meet him and I think he came in a beautiful carriage...and he gave us gifts, which I think were coins.
Fast forward to 2007 when a dream came true for us. We got to attend the Fiesta River Parade, courtesy of the Texas Cavaliers! Every year they host the military by giving them free tickets to the parade with a dinner and concert before the big event!The link says that the military even gets to meet King Antonio during this event. We missed him! I'm sure my kids would have loved meeting King Antonio. Perhaps we hadn't arrived early enough. First we had gone to the Alamo for a special event, which I shall share tomorrow.
When we arrived the party was in progress! A millitary jazz band performed to get us in the mood! Meanwhile we went through the food line and got our food, soda, Blue Bell ice cream cup (am I remembering all of this correctly) and we got some medals! This year's River Parade medal looks like this. How gorgeous! (A separate post on medals is forthcoming.)

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We sat near the band to enjoy our food and music. Soon they got one of the boys to help entertain. 

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Then it was time to find our seats on the river.  Not to worry if we fall in, the river is only a few feet deep. You can see the medals my kids got! Oh, and we were also given flags!

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The parade has begun! (squeal)

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King Antonio!

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Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

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One of the parade queens. I forget who she represented but there are many. See her lovely gown? I am planning a blog post on the Fiesta gowns because they are a big deal in the parades.

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I forget but this is probably one of the children's groups that the Cavaliers sponsor. It was definitely a happy looking float!

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More swoonworthy gowns!

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One of our favorite weathermen from KENS 5, Paul Mireles. Several of the weathermen (I think they were all weathermen...or local celebrities of some sort) were on these innertubes floating around and having lots of fun spraying water at us! (I think they were spraying water at us. I wasn't blogging yet so I don't have notes to reference.) 
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Sadness, the parade is over, but lots of fun! Now that we are in Virginia we are glad when the parades are streamlined on the internet so we can watch too! I also plan an entire week of Tex Mex food to enjoy. Old habits are hard to break.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sewing a Shabby Chic Duvet Cover for my Daughter's Room

The next step in redecorating my daughter's bedroom was to sew a duvet cover. I pulled out this lovely fabric from my stash that I had purchased in San Antonio at Hobby Lobby several years ago. Ten yards of utter gorgeousness! Collegiate shabby chic here we come!

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Then I bought a twin size duvet. First I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond, thinking I'd buy a $20 one and use one of  my 20% off coupons, but they were  $80. I don't think so. Target got my business...$20.

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When I first bought this fabric years ago I was going to make a queen size duvet cover for our bed, but the print was too small in scale for a queen-sized bed. Also I knew it might be over the top for my husband. Therefore, the yardage was already cut to the proper lengths! All I had to do was lay it out and proceed by cutting my first length down the middle.

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Then I put that fabric on each side of another length. Because this is so large it and has to be pieced, I put the seam lines on the edge of the bed so the eye can focus on the solid panel in the middle of the bed. This was for the top panel.  After these were cut I repeated the process for the bottom panel.

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Next I chose these two threads for the sewing. Because this was a budget project, I wanted to use only the threads that I already had in my collection.

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Grey makes a great neutral so it would be perfect for sewing all the inside seams. Besides I had a lot of it so I thought  I'd have enough for this fabric.

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I reserved the green thread for any outside stitching I needed to do, since I had less of that color.

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After I sewed the side seams, I sewed the top and bottom panels together, while leaving one side open. On the open side I turned down the edge and tacked it down. Then I stuffed the duvet into the cover using this technique from Crane and Canopy.

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Then I made the ties which are laying on my green cutting mat...

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Each of the ties were securely sewn to the edge of the duvet opening.

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All finished and ready to put on my daughter's bed!

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Next I sewed sheer curtains. Stay tuned!



Remembering Gilbert Blythe

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Unfortunately I never heard of Anne of Green Gables until a roommate introduced me to the movie, and then the books. I completely identified with Anne in many ways: red hair, books, scope for the imagination. I knew everyday life would never be the same again. The witty lines grabbed not only me, but later my husband, and then my children, who embraced these movies wholeheartedly. When the entire family watched the movie together, they repeat many of the lines with the actors. If we are not watching the movie, in everyday life, any little reference that would spark a memory would cause any one of us to repeat a witty line. When I taught my daughter how to read, we read the book together, to each other, savoring each moment.  My birthday tradition came to be a time to soak in these movies. to share time with kindred spirits on the screen, to enjoy some scope for the imagination.

Today I fell into the depths of despair when I learned that Jonathan Crombie, who portrayed Gilbert Blythe, has passed away. I've read that he had had little acting experience when he took the part.I always thought that he played the part of Gilbert with great depth of emotion, as Megan Follows did for her part as Anne. Both teamed up beautifully in bringing their characters to life. Incorrigible Gil. Teasing Gil. Patient Gil. Gentlemanly Gil. A role model to be sure. Most definitely he was a kindred spirit.

All day my thoughts have remembered various movie scenes with Gil. Heartbreakingly, I recalled Anne going to Gil's death bed. I even caught myself wondering..."did Anne's heart tell her Gil had died?"
  
"I don't want diamond sunbursts or marble halls. I just want you."-Anne to Gil in Anne of Avonlea    

Since we are all kindred spirits, I thought I'd share the various memorials that have come through. I will continue adding to this list because I'm sure the memorials for Jonathan Crombie's heroic work will continue to pour in...

From CBC Canada, there are four video clips including one that contains an interview with 20  year old Jonathan Crombie on how he got his part as Gil.

From Now Toronto, a memoriam.

From Ottawa Citizen, a video clip of the infamous carrots/broken slate scene.

A video tribute of Anne and Gil set to the beautiful theme music from the movie.

From the daily mail, UK,  the memoriam includes a photo from his childhood with his father and the trailer from the movie.


 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring has Sprung...and Catching the Tulip Eater

Spring has finally sprung!

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Double Bloom Daffodil

My tulips are now opening. Every once in a while I find some loose leaves, like someone mowed them down. I hope my tulips survive spring.  

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Double Bloom Tullip and Phlox from Mount Vernon

Everything is turning green again!

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This evening as we left the house to go for a walk, I decided on the spur of the moment to take my camera. I was glad I had it with me. As soon as I walked out the door, I found the tulip eater!

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Bunny has been Eating my Tulips!