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CHAPTER 2 - RUBY'S BERKSHIRE ADVENTURE - Monday & Tuesday

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Let's see now, where did I leave off? Oh yea, I remember now.

After our little afternoon stroll through Stockbridge, we headed back to our little condo where I prepared a wonderful spaghetti dinner. My sauce is made with green bell peppers, onions, zucchini, summer squash, mushrooms, a large can of tomatoes, a couple of cans of TOMATO sauce simmered to perfection and served over a bed of whole wheat angel hair pasta, and a nice glass of wine to clear the pallet. Mmmm, mmm, good. I'm making myself hungry.

It looks like my friend Cindy enjoyed her meal.



After dinner we hung out and watched a couple of movies on Cindy's laptop.

We were quite blessed that the rains did not follow us into Monday, even though MOST times it was rather overcast, so we found our way to the Norman Rockwell museum, which is perched on a hill overlooking the beautiful mountains; alas, we were not allowed to take any pix INSIDE the MUSEUM.






As you can see, the mountains are totally lacking in any fall colors.


The red building in the background to the left, was Norman Rockwell's studio. The museum purchased it and had it moved from it's original location to here.



Inside his studio.


I'm afraid there really isn't too much to share in way of pictures.


Norman Rockwell worked mainly from photographs, rather than make his models stand for hours on end.


Here is a link to the Norman Rockwell Museum website.

www.nrm.org/

AND, because the top of the page is always changing, you'll be able to see what the mountains look like when they DO have our famed autumn color.

Click on "shop now", so you can see some of his works.


This building below was the home a prestigious New York attorney, Charles Butler, who had it built in 1859 as his summer "cottage". It was one of first of the elegant homes that came to be known as "Berkshire Cottages".



The house passed down through generations of the family and it was that last generation with whom Rockwell became acquainted. He would ride his bike from Stockbridge center to enjoy the vista of the mountains. It's ironic that this property became the home of the museum.


After enjoying the fruits of Norman Rockwell, we ventured to "The Mount", which was once the home of the renowned American writer, Edith Wharton. She was the very first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate from Yale and the first woman to receive FULL membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She wrote a collection of 40 books of short stories, poems, gardens, travel, interior design and architecture, in 40 years.

She designed and built The Mount.



I found the following picture, taken by David Dashiell, online. I don't know why I didn't think to take one from that garden.



Even with a multitude of restorative work that needs to be done, the house & grounds are still gorgeous.


The gallery.



Her library



The drawing room



The walled garden ("hidden garden") is an Italian-style garden



Looking towards The Mount from the walkway between the two gardens.



The Frensh-style flower garden


For more information about Edith Wharton, go to this Wikipedia web page:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed
ith_Wharton



Tuesday morning brought us, more specifically moi, to our final museum for this trip. We took separate cars because "The Clark", located on the campus of Williams College in Williamstown, MA, was along my route home.

At this museum we enjoyed paintings by such renowned artists as Renoir,

"Studies of the Berard Children"



"Bather Arranging Her Hair"



...and Alfred Stevens' "Au clair de la lune (In the moonlight)



...and Giuseppe Cesari, called Cavaliere d'Arpino's,

"Perseus Rescues Andromeda...



And last, but certainly NOT least, I can't forget to show you the ONLY color I got to see during this autumn trip.



I must say that this trip was one I shall never forget. I got to enjoy the company of great friends, and visit places in my own state where I'd never been before in my ALMOST 65 years.

Thanks everyone for taking the time to journey to the Berkshires with me. It was GREAT fun!!

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  • 2BMYOWN
    What great pics, thanx for sharing, Ruby!
    2470 days ago
  • CHRYS13
    Thanks for sharing! Glad you had such a wonderful time!
    2471 days ago
  • JMARIES51
    So beautiful and I can feel how much you enjoy the culture and history as well as the beauty. Thanks so much for sharing. Joann
    2473 days ago
  • MRS_EVA_K
    Oh the Mount is Beautiful! I'm a sucker for a great garden. I think it's because no matter what i do mine always looks like a hodgepodge. Thank you Ms. Ruby
    2473 days ago
  • STARSAPPHIRE57
    Thanks again, Ruby! Love your pix and stories! You are blessed with sooo much history up there and beautiful buidings/homes and nature to go with it!
    2474 days ago
  • CAZANN2
    Thanks Ruby for sharing your adventures. I love seeing old houses and gardens, Elizabeth Wharton's estate is wonderful. You will have to see if you can visit NC sometime to see Biltmore (unless you already have!! lol) What fun to explore your own state too ! emoticon
    2474 days ago
  • TRYINGHARD1948
    Glorious!
    2474 days ago
  • ECOAGE
    emoticon Soon! emoticon
    2474 days ago
  • DEBIGENE
    Hi Ruby, I have never even heard of The Berkshires but so very much enjoyed your trip pics and tales. Thanks so much for sharing, who knows maybe someday I'll actually be able to visit myself. It looked like a lovely place for a vacation.
    2474 days ago
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