DAY 1: It started on Friday evening when Ellen and I went to Hallelujah Farm in Chesterfield, NH., which is a B&B and Retreat center run by our friends, Roger and Sandy Daly.
|Entrance to Hallelujah Farm|
|Living room-Dining Room at Hallelujah Farm|
|Brunch at Hallelujah Farm|
|Roger & Sandy Daly in the kitchen|
We had a leisurely brunch and an even more leisurely time just enjoying sitting and talking by the woodstove. Cynthia brought her harp (the one we carried to Minneapolis to be repaired and brought back) and John brought his Irish whistle and they gave us a lovely "concert." A beautiful birthday!
|Cozy by the fire|
Cynthia got some photos of "us-ens" which I hope to post later.
Saturday evening Ellen made me a "fav" meal of loin lamb chops, scalloped potatoes and brussell sprouts which we ate by the fire at home. Delicious! (No photos).
DAY 3: Sunday I led the choir at the Dummerston Church, we went home and packed and then headed out for a train trip to Columbia, MO where Betsey and Rob had invited us for a week of birthday celebration.
On the way we stopped at the Center for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, VT where our friend, John Nissen, is recovering from spinal surgery and just starting a course of chemotherapy. We had come over several times the previous week, and John seemed the best yet on Sunday. We are sending lots of loving, healing energy to him.
|Center for L & R|
|Amtrak station in Rensselaer, NY|
We had reserved a roomette which is really a cozy way to travel. We were Room 3 in Car 4920 which was 9 cars away from the dining car, so we got a good hike going to supper and back!
|Roomette on the Lake Shore Limited to Chicago|
We enjoyed our roomette - Ellen read aloud from a book John gave me for my birthday, James Diamond's The World Until Yesterday, a fascinating look at traditional societies and what we can learn from them.
Sometime after 10:30pm, our room was made up into two berths. Actually, the seats proved to be totally recalcitrant to the attendant's efforts to make them up and we were moved two doors down to Room 7 which, fortunately, was available. This gave us the added advantage of being able to store our suitcases in Room 3, and make a bit more room to move around.
I LOVE train travel and with the help of a capsule I got a good sleep. I could actually stretch out in my berth. Ellen had the upper berth and was a bit anxious about falling out in her sleep, so she didn't use a sleeping pill. A harness is supplied which is designed to prevent falling, but it wasn't cleat just how to hook it up. So she didn't get a good night's sleep but she enjoyed resting and watching stations go by. I was awake early and caught the rosy early morning light out the window.
|Early morning somewhere in Ohio|
I got up early and took a shower, and we had a good breakfast in the dining car. Our train was reasonably on time and we arrived in Union Station, Chicago, a little after 10a.m.
DAY 4: We were met by Maggie and Jerry Hochberger, who had come in by train from Bartlett (Maggie is my brother Stewart's former wife). We had lunch together at a very special restaurant, Pazzo's, located in a skyscraper on Wacker Drive near the station.
|The atrium at Pazzo's restaurant|
|The four of us at Pazzo's, photo courtesy of the waitress|
|Our meals at Pazzo's|
|Ellen, Maggie and Jerry in Union Station|