Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring at Cedarmere

Happy Spring!

What a beautiful weekend it was-
High sixties, and perfectly sunny
(a lot different than the low fifties,
and pouring rain we're experiencing today!)

This past weekend also marked the closing
of my Spring Break *sad face*
But I bade my adieus in style with a day 
at Cedarmere, a museum/property in my
area which was the home of the famous
19th century poet, William Cullen Bryant.

What does this have to with New England, you ask?

...William Cullen Bryant happened to be a Massachusetts native!

(I was quite surpised to discover this, since he had
so much influence in New York City)

William Cullen Bryant
"He was born in Cummington, Massachusetts, the second son of Peter Bryant, a prominent doctor. His ancestors on both sides came over in the Mayflower. Educated at Williams College he went on to study law at Worthington and Bridgewater, he was admitted to the bar in 1815.
Interested in poetry since childhood, his first published work was a book of verse,
The Embargo (1808) and his first critically acclaimed work was the poem 'Thanatopsis' (1817) which appeared in the North American Review. Writing in a English romantic style and celebrating the countryside of New England, his work was well received. He also wrote 'Lines To a Waterfowl.' Among his best known poems are also 'The Rivulet,' 'The West Wind,' 'The Forest Hymn,' and 'The Fringed Gentian.'
He worked as a lawyer in Northampton, Plainfield, and Great Barrington until 1825 when he married and moved to New York City and worked for the
New York Review and then the New York Evening Post.
At first an associate editor, he became editor in 1829 and remained in that post until his death. The driving force of a liberal and literate paper, he was strongly anti-slavery.
Bryant was a lifelong political activist, initially as a proponent of the Free Soil Party, and later in life, as a founder of the Republican Party. He was a fervent supporter of Abraham Lincoln's presidential bid in 1860.
In his later years, Bryant focused on translating and analyzing Ancient Greek and Latin works, such as The
Iliad and The Odyssey of Homer.
Bryant died in 1878 of complications from an accidental fall.
Bryant's muse is tender and graceful, pervaded by a contemplative melancholy, and a love of solitude and the silence of the woods. Though he was brought up to admire Pope, and in his early youth imitated him, he was one of the first American poets to throw off his influence. He had a high sense of duty, was a prominent and patriotic citizen, and enjoyed the esteem and even the reverence of his fellow-countrymen.
"

Cedarmere, only a five minute drive from my house,
has always been my favorite spot to reflect in
solitude and enjoy the company of nature.

So, naturally, I had to go on my last day of break-
What better way to celebrate the return of Spring?

(click photos for larger views!)

My picnic basket
(this West Rindge Pie Basket, in fact, 
was my grandmother's, made in NH♥)

I chose my favorite spot:
right in between the bubbling stream and the crumbling well

Contents of the basket all laid out!

My frontal view of Roslyn Harbor

Turkey and Provolone sandwich with homemade potato salad... Yum.

Jane Austen's Persuasion

 Lone fisherman in the distance

Lovely old tree

Uphill view of the stream, my blanket,
and Cedarmere

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The property is so picturesque,
I often have to remind myself that I'm in
present-day Long Island, not Georgian England!
I half-expect (or hope) to find Mr. Darcy
atop one of the many rolling hills, gazing
pensively down at the rippling harbor...

What? A girl can dream, can't she?

8 comments:

  1. Wish I was home to join you in the picnic. I really want to use my walking stick and go hiking around the property.

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  2. Looks like it was the perfect day and perfect place for a picnic. I really love the old tree photo -- it's so beautiful!

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  3. Oh, what a lovely day. I went to the site and it said the house was closed for renovations. Will you go back when it opens and take us on an indoor tour?

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  4. Nan, that's so cool you visited my neck of the woods! :) I would definitely give you a tour when it reopens! ♥

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  5. Oh I love your picnic setting and wish I could have been there with you--like you wishing you were in England (a girl can wish can't she??) Your pictures are amazing...just like being there! Thank you so much for sharing!

    xoxoGert

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  6. What a perfectly lovely day. Glad you enjoyed your Spring break.

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  7. Lovely pics! I love Jane Austen's works ~ just wonderful! What a perfect spot for a picnic.

    Blessings,
    Camille

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Thanks for your thoughts!

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