January 14, 2013

Weekend adventure at the Wayside Inn~

Today it is sunny and close to 60 degrees here in New Hampshire! A lot of our snow is melting, exposing the stone walls and patches of grass in our yard. Birds are singing, which is such a welcome sound, even if it all won't last. I went out to get the mail and just stood in full sun in the driveway, listening to the birds and feeling the warmth. A good day for a walk before the sun starts to fall and all too soon the chill returns. The most amazing thing is that it actually smells like spring. You can smell the earth, and it's so nice.
Another winter snow storm is predicted shortly, so this day is extra sweet.

I cut a little pork tenderloin into circular slices and have it marinating in 1T. of soy and 1T. of cornstarch. I am making a healthy and delicious pork and veggie stirfry with the best homemade sauce later and served on brown rice, but for dessert I have everything to make my famous 'S'mores Pie'~

We had a wonderful "ball adventure weekend". Of course the best is seeing old friends--- some we haven't seen since last year's event, and some of my 'blog buddies'.
We drove down to Sudbury listening to our period music cds in the car on the way, and checked into our lovely room when we arrived. It was lightly raining and most of their snow had melted.
We had a fantastic time at the ball. There was lots of dancing and then the cutting of the Twelfth Night cake and the crowning of the King and Queen of the ball---The King or Queen is chosen by who gets the bean in their piece of cake.
The commander of the Sudbury Minutemen came up to me and took my hand at one point and said "Again madam, I must compliment you on being the most lovely and elegant woman here". Those were his exact words, and it sure was a highlight of the evening for me!
We didn't spend the entire evening taking photos as we were having too much fun, but we think we have quite a nice gallery up on our site, and all to period musick.

There were over 100 people at the ball and you saw a variety of 18thc. clothing styles, including military unit uniforms.
There were many fine ladies in floral chintz as well as silk, jewels, and feathers. A number of men also had on fancy silk suits. Everyone looked just grand, and it was fun to see outfits, hair do's, and wigs of all kinds.
Before the cake cutting there was the traditional ceremony to raise the British flag over the Inn door. A member of our own unit, Anita, dressed in lovely blue silk, cut the Twelfth Night Cake with the Sudbury commander's sword as everyone crowded around taking photos. One young man got the bean in his cake, so as King of the ball 2013, he then chose his Queen.
We all then marched up the center aisle of the ballroom in a long line with our escorts to bow and curtsy to the royal couple as musicians played 'God Save the King'.
There were sparkling bowls of rum shrub and of fruit punch, and large silver trays of sandwiches of different varieties. The musicians were wonderful and there was a lot of period dancing all evening, called by Mr. George Fogg.

When we got back to our room and went to hang up our ball clothes in a garment bag, Adam stopped dead in his tracks, looked at me with a really stunned and alarmed look on his face and yelled "OH NO I forgot the clothes' bag!" My coat, sweater, scarf, and Adam's coat and some slacks for the next day had been in a garment bag by the door to be loaded into the car. At home, he had put the suitcases and some other things in the car and then got sidetracked as I was getting ready, completely forgetting about the garment bag.
I now had no clothes for going to breakfast the next day except for the boots and leggings in my little suitcase. We both had no warm jackets at all, and Adam's pants had been in the missing bag as well.
I would not be able to dazzle my hubby with my "black swan look" for the first time---at least not on this trip.
We were both a bit upset for awhile and then just decided to eat the yummy chocolate dipped strawberries I had made. We were hungry by now, and they were amazing and just what we needed. We snuggled on the big 4-poster bed and ate the berries and talked until about 1 AM, re-living the ball.

The next morning we had to improvise so that we could go eat the breakfast included with our room reservations package.
Luckily instead of pajamas, Adam had packed himself black fleece sweat pants and a thin cotton turtleneck to lounge around the room in and sleep in. He also had the wool sweater  he had planned to wear on Saturday---They had been in the suitcase.
The next morning he had to wear the sweats and turtleneck to the restaurant and home, with no coat.
He gave me his heavy cabled turtleneck sweater, which was all we had for me to wear with my leggings and boots. I had no coat either.
The really awful part was that his sweater was of some wool that was the itchiest stuff I have ever felt in my life! He had brought the turtleneck to wear under it, but he had that on.

So instead of feeling pretty in my left-behind grey sweater, pink wool coat, and sparkly 'Swan' scarf, I was just the sparrow in his oversize boxy sweater.
This sweater was truly awful---Like a hair shirt! Obviously made of the scratchiest wool known to man, and fit to wear only OVER something else. Alas, I had nothing! I tried to hold the big bulky turtleneck away from my skin at every opportunity, but the thing itched like crazy all over. By the time we got home my skin was raw, and I couldn't wait to run in the door and throw it off.
Maybe it'll be pretty funny sometime, but well, not just yet---Here we were so anally packing every little thing we thought we'd need for our rare weekend away, only to forget our clothes!

Our breakfast was fantastic---We could order any entree on the Inn's menu, and we both had the Maine Lobster and Cheddar Cheese Omelet and FRESH SQUEEZED orange juice.
The omelets were amazing---The best we ever had. There was lots of lobster in them, and it was tender and practically melted in your mouth. It came with home fries with onion and tomato in them, whole grain toast and jam, and some fresh fruit on the plate.
We said good bye to some of our friends who were also having their breakfasts, and then headed for home.
We wanted to get into a warm car since we had no coats, and we were looking forward to picking up our little dogs from the pet sitter.
Comedy of errors not withstanding, we had a wonderful time.

Thank you to Alena at 'I'm Living History' blog for nominating me for the 'Versatile Blogger' Award!
I am very flattered and delighted~
Thank you also to Caroline of 'Dressed in Time' blog for nominating me for the 'One Lovely Blog Award'!
I appreciate it so much ladies. I'll post soon with all the details, and my "seven things" and nominees.

The new 'COLONIAL TWELFTH NIGHT BALL PHOTO GALLERY'  is up on our website~It will only be up a short time.
I hope you enjoy attending the ball with us~