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A Day In Mystic Connecticut June 27, 2017

We had a 17th birthday celebratory lunch at 36Red on the river in Mystic Connecticut.  Almost within sight of the Draken Harald – the Viking Ship which sailed the Atlantic in 2016 and wintered in Mystic.  A beauty of a day with good weather, delicious food, successful shopping, superb company, etc etc.  Superlatives galore for our oldest grandson’s 17th birthday.  IMG_4834


And I even did some knitting too!  knittingoldlady


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


Trip To Mystic June 29, 2016

Filed under: Mystic Connecticut,Uncategorized — Janet @ 2:30 pm

We had an extended family outing to Mystic Connecticut.  Rather confusing to me.  I had not realized there were separate entities as in Mystic Town, Mystic Seaport, Mystic River Connecticut.  I had previously just thought of Mystic Seaport as an Old Whaling Museum which we had visited one very cold day years ago.   Sort of like Old Sturbridge Village except with a seaport/whaling theme.

Well when we all voted to go down to Mystic for the last day outing of the Ireland bound members of our family group, I thought I was voting for the repeat of our Seaport visit years ago.  No such thing.  We drove right past the entrance to the Museum and spent our warm day exploring the town.  And what a nice day it was.  A fine tasty seafood lunch at a popular spot, S&P., right on the Mystic River (not to be confused with the Mystic River in Massachusetts).  Our lunchtime view of the river included the Mystic Drawbridge which was scheduled to open once each hour to stop busy pedestrians and all road vehicles and allow river traffic to pass.  A focal point!


After lunch we wandered up and down the main and adjoining streets.  Alas, we ran out of time to go to the yarn store, but we did go to the book store!  And also the Mystic Knotworks, which was almost like a yarn store for its vast array of colors.  And guess what – we bought a book in the bookstore that I had called Ian’s attention to in The Secret Garden in Ballard.  Mark Kurlansky’s book on Paper.  Further shopping and endless trying on of various items of clothing while the men waited patiently outside finally resulted in success with a purchase of grey crops from The Black Dog.  Just what I had been searching for but hadn’t really realized it.  By then it was nearly 6 p.m.  Still hot and muggy.  We headed home.  Too late to search for ancestors in the Mystic Cemetery – and the old cemeteries along our route back to Glastonbury.  I’m sure I could have a field day in an ancestor oriented search in this whole southern Connecticut area – save that for another time.

IMG_0480 after lunch  3 grandparents and the 4th took the picture

IMG_0463  full complement outside S&P

IMG_0466  Mystic River Mystic