Sunday, July 3, 2011

“Strawberries, and only strawberries, could now be thought or spoken of”

"You had better explore to Donwell," replied Mr. Knightley. "That may be done without horses. Come, and eat my strawberries. They are ripening fast."

And so we did, this Sunday last, gather a lovely party to explore the nearby strawberry fields and excellent shade trees for picnicking. We spread out upon the lawn and utilized the provided tables while basking in the glory of a truly fine Portland day. Strangely enough, no images were captured of us actually picking strawberries.

On 15 June we were delighted to go in support of one of our members as she read a few chapters from her book ‘Shades of Milk and Honey’. Ms. Robinette Kowal entertained an audience mixed of some of our local time traveling Regency folk, and those of a more modern persuasion. All in all, a lovely evening.

And way back on 20 May, a couple of us travelled to Astoria, OR, where the town was beginning the celebration of its bicentennial. We sailed the high seas (otherwise known as the bay and river area) on The Lady Washington, in a replica ship appropriate to 1811, while being regaled with nautical stories and songs and awed by the nimble dance of the crew as they dashed about manning such a vessel. If you have the chance, I highly recommend setting sail with this crew who, along with The Hawaiian Chieftain, sail up and down the West Coast.

And so, dear friends, I close with a desire for your good health and to see you all soon as we continue our travels together in a quest for a touch of Regency.

Humbly Yours,