Aside from posting that Instagram photo of our 2014 visit to nineteenth century U.S. President Martin van Buren’s Kinderhook home…
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U.S. President Martin van Buren's (1837-1841) family home, in #Kinderhook, New York, summer 2014. He was the first – and thus far only – U.S. President not to speak English as a first language. (His was Dutch.) It's a tranquil place – a step back to the mid-19th century. (Not overrun like FDR's Hyde Park.) The two people in the photograph are my father and my mother. She died one year ago today, October 26, 2015, and will always be missed. #travel #Catskills #Catskillmountains #CatskillsNy #ColumbiaCounty #upstateNy #NewYork #photo #photography #Presidents #politics #history #homes #scenic #family #memory #country #rural
…I decided to have mostly a “social media-free” day yesterday. I know: how ridiculously quaint, right? Largely cutting oneself off?
I needed to have my car seen to over something minor and to prep to leave for my dad’s. Dad’s is where I am now again this morning – at his house a hundred or so miles away in Pennsylvania. The first part of the journey back to Britain has started.
And, as that Instagram caption notes, yesterday was my mom’s “anniversary” – she died a year ago. Dad, my sister and I went out to have a quiet dinner near his place last night. We all must carry on:
I’d taken lots of photos up around my house and in its general area in the Catskills in recent days. Here are a few:
I love this spot. It’s almost “timeless.” Perfect inspiration for writing fiction that includes this region some two centuries ago:
And, behind the house, a “selfie”:
Have a good day, wherever you are in the world. 🙂