A TREAT on a Summer Day

A cold sweet watermelon on a hot day IS summer. Sitting in the shade relaxing with family and friends after a picnic lunch is perfection.

If you've been to my site before you know I like the idea of people getting together to share food. With that sharing we create memories which will hopefully last a lifetime.

So remember to spend a few moments this summer bringing back past memories and be thankful for them.

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This is a recently purchased photo; bought it for a buck. I wish I'd had it when I put together Tattered and Lost: Cakes, Picnics, and Watermelon.


Sitting Quietly in a HOTEL ROOM

The person who sold this image on ebay said the woman was sitting in a hotel room. There is nothing written on the back to indicate this is true. What do you think indicates it's most likely a hotel room and not just this woman's bedroom?

I think it's a lovely room with the soft light. And if it's a hotel room is she reading a Gideon Bible? I travelled a lot as a kid with many motels coast to coast and a few old hotels. It never failed that I'd find a Gideon Bible in the drawer. Of course I checked for free postcards and stationary first because they were never a given. But the Bible in the nightstand was always there. It actually made me laugh when I was a kid because I wondered who this person Gideon was who kept hiding books in the drawers.

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This is image is from my book Tattered and Lost: The Quiet Art of Reading and is my contribution to the theme this week at Sepia Saturday.



And so we end with the dowager who has set herself up with a court aboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth.

It's likely that we're looking at are several widows who spent the money their husbands had acquired during their marriages on this grand adventure. Of course, it's possible they came from money to begin with. Perhaps one of them had worked hard for years to save up for a trip like this and was quite excited to be sitting with such well off folks. They sure didn't dress like this in South Dakota.

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RMS Queen Elizabeth was an ocean liner operated by the Cunard Line. With her sister ship Queen Mary she provided luxury liner service between Southampton, the United Kingdom, and New York City, the United States, via Cherbourg, France. She was also contracted for over 20 years to carry the Royal Mail as the second half of the two ships' weekly express service.

RMS Queen Elizabeth at Cherbourg, France in 1966.

While being constructed in the mid-1930s by John Brown and Company at Clydebank, Scotland, she was known as Hull 552 but when launched, on 27 September 1938, she was named in honour of Queen Elizabeth, who was then Queen Consort to King George VI and in 1952 became the Queen Mother. With a design that improved upon that of Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth was a slightly larger ship, the largest passenger liner ever built at that time and for 56 years thereafter. She also has the distinction of being the largest-ever riveted ship by gross tonnage. She first entered service in February 1940 as a troopship in World War II, and it was not until October 1946 that she served in her intended role as an ocean liner.

With the decline in the popularity of the transatlantic route, both ships were replaced by the smaller, more economical Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969. Queen Mary was retired from service on 9 December 1967, and was sold to the city of Long Beach, California, US. Queen Elizabeth was sold to a succession of buyers, most of whom had adventurous and unsuccessful plans for her. Finally she was sold to a Hong Kong businessman, Tung Chao Yung, who intended to convert her into a floating university cruise ship. In 1972, while undergoing refurbishment in Hong Kong harbour, she caught fire under mysterious circumstances and was capsized by the water used to fight the fire. In 1973, her wreck was deemed an obstruction, and she was partially scrapped where she lay. (SOURCE: Wikipedia)

And then...




Only two fellas at this gathering. Once you see where they are you'll probably figure out why.




I hope this woman was a kind person. I feel like she would have always had a hankie in her pocket that she would spit on to wipe smudges off a child's face.

Only two people left to reveal.