They are back home now, and we already miss them. It was great to have our two daughters visit over the Labor Day weekend. This was their first visit to our new home and we had a great time showing them around. Unfortunately, Monday morning came way too fast, and that meant time for them to leave for their trip back home. The good news is that we will be seeing them in a couple of weeks as we attend a wedding in MA.
Below are some pictures of the weekend. Wishing you all a great short week at work.
Family photo thanks to a kind stranger that took it for us. We are standing at the Falls Park Reedy Bridge. Long time since our last family photo. Glad to see them both smiling.
While we did a lot of cooking at the house, we did find time to go out and sample some restaurant food with the girls. Here they are at Grille Marks downtown Greenville. Very nice food. They had burgers and I tried their veggie burger; it was really good. Must learn how to make them without them falling apart.
On a different visit to downtown we stopped at Luna Rosa for gelato. They have great gelato, but also salads and pizzas (the thin type with excellent crust). Mother is soooo happy to spend time with her girls! It was hard to catch her without a big grin during the whole weekend.
We took a ride to Hendersonville, North Carolina for the much talked about Apple Festival. Was a bit of a let down since all we could think was about Johnny Appleseed’s festival in Fort Wayne, IN. Not fair as that festival is just fantastic and held in a much bigger city. Regardless, we had fun. On our way out we saw this hot dog sign – had to take a picture of it. Quite unique really, but we could not comment on the taste as we did not buy any.
Our last evening with the girls; we had a cook off. Sarah cooked her rice and pan seared rib eye steaks. Jocelyn made chocolate chip cookies, Bethe made a potato casserole and I made fresh guacamole and sautéed baby eggplant with onions, hot peppers, soy and oyster sauce. My first time making eggplant period; need more practice.
Father and daughter cooking side by side. Nice to have room for it.
Sarah giving me some good tips on how she cooks her steak. After taking it of the pan she added to it some sliced onions, dijon mustard and red wine. Her steak and sauce came out really nice.
We played an old-time favorite of ours – Aggravation. We had two hard-fought games; both won by Jocelyn. Grrrr…I need revenge. I have had that same game since the mid 70’s; it is holding up well considering. Looking forward to our next game during our Thanksgiving reunion.
After dropping the girls at the airport we went to the Harvest Moon festival in Simpsonville (about 30 minutes from our home). Here you see what it amount to the customary fare at this type of festivals. Not a fan of it, but sure popular with many.
The next few pictures cover some of the “antique” cars we saw. We really like to attend old car shows, so when we read that this festival has some on display we knew we had to attend.
Very appropriate sign.
There were many cars displayed. It took us about an hour at least to see them all.
Never seen a Studebaker pickup truck. Made in South Bend, Indiana, this was a unique brand that had very different designs. Notice the road kill gag detail under the left tire…lol.
The classic Studebaker Starlight “Bullet Nose” car. This was a true classic from a car company that made a huge splash with this radical design intended to represent an airplane. Their design gamble paid very well in post war USA, it became a hot seller for two years in a row.
56 Chevy detail with a Ford in the background. Love the lines on these cars.
Detail of a 1928 Hudson Super Six! Hudson was a car company based in Detroit, Michigan that started production in 1909 and ended as Hudson in 1954. In 1954, Hudson merged with Nash-Kelvinator and formed the AMC (American Motors Company). I had a 1965 Rambler once, loved it. Anyways, this model sold fully loaded for about $1,450 ($19,500 in today’s dollars). Check the hood ornament (motometer) on this beauty! The forerunner of hood ornaments was the motometer, essentially a thermometer that screwed into the radiator cap. It’s purpose was to keep the driver informed of the engine’s temperature. The very first automotive motometer was introduced by Boyce in 1912, and almost every early motor car had one. With improved cooling methods and dashboard temperature gauges the hood mounted motometers were no longer needed by the late 1920’s.
When the motometer was replaced by what we know as hood ornaments, they became synonymous with the brands that created them. Many were works of art; unfortunately they became a thing of the past on all but a select few companies such as Mercedes and Rolls Royce amongst a handful others. This one belongs to a Packard and it was called the Goddess of Speed.
Interior dash detail from a 1964 Bel Air Chevrolet. Love the art deco look on these models.
Ok, a test for the old timers and car buffs. What US car company used the head of an American Indian in their ornaments? If you guessed Pontiac you are correct! Actually, the Pontiac brand name came from Chief Pontiac, chief of the Ottawa tribe that became famous as a result of the rebellion against the British as they attempted to occupy the Great Lakes region. I have never seen this specific ornament version; the detail is really amazing. The car owner spoke to me about it and unscrewed it off the radiator; wow, heavy and beautifully detailed indeed. It was a treat to hold it.
Just love the symmetry in cars; especially the ones with the big headlights. This Ford was beautifully restored. For sure it was black when new, but the orange really makes it pop.
My best friend Claudio’s dad had a Buick Special very similar to this one. His was a later model and different color, but very close in overall design. I remember the chrome on it; it was such a beautiful car.