We’re thrilled the weekend has arrived. TB has realized she doesn’t have any holiday wrapping paper, so she’s putting everything in paper grocery store shopping bags and telling everyone she’s being environmentally friendly. Pro tip: those clear produce bags make great tissue paper! Miranda is baking up a storm for her family’s holiday festivities and will be taking some photos of her attempt at potica (pronounced poh-teet-sah), which featured prominently in Christmas at Rainbow Falls. Whatever your holiday/weekend plans, we hope they’re lovely!
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TB loves exploring places near and far, so we’ve created a weekly game where TB goes on an adventure, snaps some photos, and then lets you guess her location.
To answer last week’s mystery, 65.7% of you were right. Miles, my dog, and I loved walking through Holland Park. Also, 28.5% were also correct that Miles much preferred the muddy paths and I hate dirt. He also had a knack for finding tennis balls in a pile of poo, which happened more than I would have thought possible.
Now for this week’s guessing game.
Last weekend TB and Miranda headed to Hartford, Connecticut to visit a famous American author’s home to see it decorated for the holidays. Sadly, no photos are allowed inside, but you can take photos in the visitor center.
Here are some facts about the house and author.
1. The author and his family lived in this home from 1874 to 1891.
2. During the home’s construction, Hartford Daily Times noted, “The novelty displayed in the architecture of the building, the oddity of its internal arrangement and the fame of its owner will all conspire to make it a house of note for a long time to come.”
3. While in residence, the author penned the following stories in the top floor billiard room: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Tramp Abroad, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
4. Before the home became a museum it was used as a school, an apartment building, and as a public library branch.
5. The home is in the style of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture, including a dramatic roofline that makes it hard to contain water leaks. There’s been one in the drawing room since the day they moved in, and it still plagues the house to this day.
6. Right next door is the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, which is why TB always says Hartford is the best city ever. Although TB hates driving in the city and always makes Miranda drive there.
Now for some of TB’s photos.
Time to vote on which home TB and Miranda visited.
Polls are open until December 29 and the answer will be revealed on Saturday, December 31.
Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday weekend!
Miranda & TB