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From Glastonbury September 30, 2016

IMG_0463   This is a photo from 3 months ago, late June, when Ian and I and the other grandparents visited our son David and family in Glastonbury  Connecticut.  The picture was actually taken in Mystic Connecticut after a festive lunch.  Coincidentally we are about to gather again, minus one – Ian will have to participate via Skype or some such device.

I am here visiting before attending my 62nd high school reunion up in the Boston area and the other grandparents are winging their way to Hartford on the Aer Lingus inaugural direct flight from Dublin.

So here I am enjoying a quick few days doing my usual round of our favorite places and some new ones as well.  The weather has been on the cool side and the famous Fall foliage is just beginning.  We had a nice trip down to Mystic and this time we had lunch in a new (to me) restaurant called Red 39 – the number is that of a navigation buoy.  Nice setting right on the river and delicious fish of course.

After a quick stop in the yarn store, lunch, a purchase in Mystic Knotworks, we went to Old Mystic Seaport which was the real objective of the trip that day.  Fascinating.  I just love it. We just ambled around absorbing the atmosphere of that recreated village of yesteryear.  My favorites I think were the big scaled model of the former village and the timeline in the whaling museum building.  (Pictures to show when I get back to Seattle and can sync my camera with my computer – current technology! – the equivalent I suppose of waiting to get a film developed.)

The Museum Store has a large bookshop section – was I in Heaven?  One of my purchases was of course a history cum genealogy book very pertinent to my ongoing reading and research.

…….to be continued


Coucou September 26, 2016

Filed under: Cats — Janet @ 6:04 pm

coucou  Wonderful cat by the name of Coucou      (borrowed from Tricot’s Follies on Facebook)



It’s A Baby Flicker! September 23, 2016

Filed under: Bird Identification,Birds,Northern Flicker — Janet @ 9:29 pm

A baby Flicker on the neighbor’s roof.  Too small and too distant for a photo but spotted with the aid of the binoculars.  Exciting.



Waiting For The School Bus

img_1346  What better thing to do than to examine your friend’s Pokemon card collection?

img_1347And then the bus was sighted and there was a scramble to form a line

img_1348An orderly procession onto the bus.

img_1350Goodbye – the 3 Pokemon enthusiasts are sitting all together there in the front seat.


Return of the Northern Flicker

Filed under: Birds,Northern Flicker — Janet @ 12:36 pm

Birds have been relatively scarce in the garden this summer.  One of my favorites is the Northern Flicker.   I felt that I hadn’t sighted this bird for about a month at least.  But Hooray, I saw one late this afternoon.


220px-Northern_Flicker from wikipedia

We have occasionally seen a hummingbird.



And every day the Steller Jays land on our deck.




McCullough Gym September 21, 2016

Filed under: Middlebury College — Janet @ 6:26 pm

mccullough-gym     A corner of McCullough Gym, Middlebury College, Vermont

mccullough-gym  a postcard photo taken in 1914

john_g_mccullough  John Griffin McCullough

Having written my previous blog entry about David McCullough I wondered if there was any connection with the McCullough Gym at Middlebury .  The answer is no, at least so far as I can find out with my limited research.  The McCullough we are writing about here was John G McCullough, the former Governor of Vermont.  He had an interesting career as an attorney, politician, and business man.  I found some other interesting facts.  The building was built in 1912.  (The year my mother was born.)  It was initially built for the men of the college, but in my years, 1954-1958, it was known as the Women’s Gym.


David McCullough September 20, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Books,David McCullough,History — Janet @ 5:28 pm

David McCullough was the speaker at the Middlebury College graduation ceremonies for the Class of 1986.  His speech is one of the final vignettes in the book I just finished reading, Brave Companions, Portraits in History.  As regular readers of this blog know, I am a Middlebury graduate, Class of 1958.  And I am a proud supporter of Middlebury.   McCullough urges the graduating class to travel far and wide and read read read, recognizing history along the way.

In his closing remarks McCullough says “Wherever you go, don’t forget Vermont.  Don’t forget this lovely town and these mountains and the people who live here.  Go with confidence.  Prize tolerance and horse sense.  And somewhere along the way, do something for your country.”  We might well heed this advice in these turbulent pre-election times.









History Reading Blitz September 19, 2016

In working on my genealogy I have been in the mood to read all sorts of history books –

mostly but not all non-fiction.  Here are some of my latest.



Nature’s design fault? September 18, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 8:37 pm

A Bushsnob in Africa

Last year, we noted that one of our calves in Salta, Argentina, was grazing on its knees. So I -being a veterinarian- was asked what was wrong with it. I had no clue so I diagnosed it as suffering from the “Warthog Syndrome” as it reminded me of the African pigs. It was only a few days later that my wife realized the origin of the “condition”. The calf got used to kneel down to be able to graze further while tied to a stake! It soon recovered but by then the warthogs’ feeding technique had already sparked my curiosity.


After some thought I decided that warthogs suffer from a rare Nature’s design fault: their neck is too short to reach the ground hence the need to genuflect to feed! As this was a rather strong conclusion, I decided to follow up and “Google” it.

I read that warthogs graze but…

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My Grandmother Was Right September 16, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Family history,Genealogy,Grandma Miller — Janet @ 8:14 pm

Long before the days of the internet and Ancestry.com, my grandmother, Elizabeth Murdock Miller, compiled genealogical record books and charts/arcs for her paternal and maternal ancestors.  What a treasure trove of information she assembled.  I wonder how she did it.  Those were kept in the glass door bookcase in our living room in my childhood home.  Many is the hour I spent looking at these books.  And now here I am after months and years of compiling information from Ancestry.com and other internet resources and I am even now finding more information that matches what my grandmother found almost 100 years ago.

My latest find is the following from Geni.com:


From The Vermont Historical Magazine Dummerston, p. 45

“The Millers of Scotland were of Saxon origin and followed the leadership of Edward and founded Edinburgh, A.D. 449.  The history of the family is rather obscure until about the tear 1800 when the country was distracted by civil war, assuming a religious character between Protestantism and Catholicism.  The Millers sided with the Protestants, and later with the Presbyterians or Covenanters, when persecuted by James the First, in his efforts to establish Episcopacy.  The laws against Presbyterianism were so arbitrary that it lead to great disorder and opposition by the inhabitance, and many personal encounters passed between the liberty-loving Scots and the minions of the king, in the enforcement of obnoxious laws.  The name of James Miller is found twice recorded in a list of those who paid fines for transgressing the laws in the city of Edinburgh, …… [for account see VHM, p. 45].

The oppression of the Covenanters led many to seek the shores of America where they could worship God without restraint.  “Senior” Miller and his son, James, emigrated from Edinburgh about 1660.

(The above references a Miller family that emigrated to New England, not Virginia)”


Now after quoting the above, I wish to point out that my grandmother’s records show a Sen Miller arriving in Charlestown in 1660.  At last, here’s an ancestor identified by my grandmother and not found until today on an ancestry internet research site. Point One

Point Two – I am also under the impression that the Edinburgh Millers came to Edinburgh from the Isle of Sky.  I found that somewhere long ago when I was looking through my grandmother’s work but so far I haven’t been able to verify that bit if information.