The “spirit” of a bar, in the form of the stem holding up a platter of citrus fruit. This is the same bar mentioned in several other of these pages, most recently here.
… this photo really looks more like Agape (more on that later!) but the slide is labeled “near Matterhorn,” so perhaps it is … and in any case, Agape is near the Matterhorn! Here’s the letter for the day of our trip to the Matterhorn, together with a forecast of our trip to Agape:
In Torino now, what a city! We have a beautiful 1893 railroad station across the street also a park with a fountain and a clock of flowers that has moving hands.
Today we went up to see the Matterhorn. It is really just a fabulous mountain. We took a $20.00 chairlift for all of us. We got up there and it was all misty and we couldn’t see a thing. Kater had lots of fun snowballing us anyway.
Today we tried getting a laundry but it was a holiday so we did almost everything we have as tomorrow we are off to Agape.
Below find a picture of the mountain itself. Production note: both these photos have been color corrected and otherwise meddled with … original 1964 tints and compositions available upon request!
Click on the photo to enlarge it, and check out the three heads in front of the big brown door: Beah and Sarah and Kater!
There’s no letter from Milano … and a letter and no photos from Venice! So here’s that quite newsy letter (dated June 16):
We are in Venice now. We got here yesterday. The train was wonderful. The pensione we are staying in used to be a private home. How extravagant! Our room looks down on a canal. You can hear the water lapping and kitties meowing when you’re trying to sleep!
Today we tried to go to the three Islands Murano, Burano, Torcello. But the boat sailed from San Marco, at 9:30, and we slightly had problems finding San Marco and missed it. Instead we saw San Marco Cathedral, went up the clock and bell towers, and fed pigeons from our hands.
It continues with a report on June 17:
Got up early and went to the fruit market before breakfast. There they were selling fruit for wholesale to the shop owners. Everyone was shouting their wares, bartering etc.
We went back and had breakfast, and afterwards got our boat to the three other islands. First was Murano. Real neato! We saw them working the glass by hand. At Burano we saw a very very old church, Christian, but it reminds me of Pompeii!! At Torcello we saw the lace school. Girls our own age! It was really delicate too!
The letter ends with “Congratulations mom!” Thereon hangs a tale! Also: a little googling confirms the suspicion that I had Torcello and Burano mixed up: Burano, lace; Torcello, very old church. Very old indeed: founded in 639! Read all about it here.
Hot day, hot colors, and … watermelon rind!
The white and grey are for an Estonian lambie puppet (see pattern here); the dark brown is a vest many years in the making (or hibernating, more like) now with only the neck and arm bands and side seams to do. It uses a pattern from Kaffe Fassett’s wonderful Glorious Knits (read all about it here) though (heresy!?) just in one color.
This issue of the original Boomerang is mainly a wrap-up of Christmas — quite a nice one was had, it seems! The proceedings were held at the Hasties’ house (in Indianola). I know readers will remember who the Hasties are from the review of just two weeks ago (here), so I’ll concentrate on a review of another family represented at the gathering: Leslie’s. Leslie’s full name was Samuel Leslie Loper; he was a sibling of Mary Loper (aka “Mama”) as was the mother (Louie) of the Hastie family (read more about Leslie’s family here). The Boomerang Man mentions that along with Leslie, his wife Clare was there and four of their six children: Alice, Edith, June, and Ardis. Their two other children, Lincoln and Dane, were with their own newly fledged families. Both the Hasties and Lopers were well represented; as for the Enos, it was just Fred and Mary and Beth! The other four Eno daughters were off all over the world: Gladice and Ruth in the US at least … Eula and Enola in China and India respectively!
The Boomerang Man still raked in the presents, though: from Enola, hopes that she’ll be back in Iowa next Christmas; from Eula, a tie; from Ruth, another tie (neither of which has jelly on it yet, the Boomerang Man attests); and from Beth, a handkerchief! And then there was more from “Mama” and relatives. Everything was just what the Boomerang Man needed since, as he declares at the head of the present report:
A poor man seldom gets anything he doesn’t need.
That is why the Boomerang man is so well pleased.
The final note in the issue brings the long-awaited news of the date of Helen Hastie’s wedding. It’s coming up very soon, as it turns out: New Year’s Day! Stay tuned!