I spent a day in the six acre spread of the sprawling and monumental #nationalwwiimuseum in #NewOrleans this February. One of the last series of explorations of strategy and battle In the museum is dedicated to the long and bloody slog of the #Italiancampaign after #AngloAmerican forces took Sicily in 1943 and pushed on up through Southern Italy along the coast and into Naples. My granddad, Frank (pictured far right in photo number one) was stationed in Sorrento as British Army supplies officer, sourcing and bartering food for the allied troops. I was very moved by the level of detail given to the Italian surge which lasted through the end of the war. I wish I could sit down with my grandad as an adult and ask him about this extraordinary period of his life - the only time he ever left the small market town where he was born and raised. I posted a full account of my visit to the museum on my blog, Southern Sonoma Country Life.
Auntie Margaret and Uncle Ernie strolling by the English seaside late 1940s early 50s? Having a moment amidst the few golden oldie family photos I’ve squirreled away stateside! Love this one. I remember them as a glamorous and gregarious couple even though they were far from any big city living - Ernie whisked her away to #Norfolk from #Lincolnshire & I remember how it was a big deal for Clarice, my Nanna, Margaret’s older sister to go visit for a week each summer, sometimes taking one of us with her all 50 miles or more! #vintagefashion #walkingout ♥️
“Don’t you know that everyone’s got a fairyland of their own?” P. L. Travers #MaryPoppins - #morningwalkwithrosie #helenputnampark #february #green #majesty - the glistening #sanfranciscobay just visible in the fourth pic. This morning the air was crystal clear and pleasingly sharp on the intake - a perfect time to climb the hill for quiet contemplation in this #fairykingdom on the edge of town #Petaluma #sonomacounty #northerncalifornia #countrygirl #shadesofgreen
Back home in rainy NorCal today & recapping highlights of my first visit to #neworleans - absolutely top pick listening to @preshallband, torch holder of New Orleans music for over half a century. Vibrant #livinghistory at its very best. It’s here where sounds and cultures from around the world converge, mingle and resurface in unrivaled spirit & #joiedevivre. The current septet redefines the #NOLA sound by tapping into the city’s common ancestry and Afro Cuban roots with new and original music that is shared on major festival stages around the world. Established in 1961 to honor Traditional New Orleans Jazz, Preservation Hall operates as an historic venue, touring band and nonprofit organization. Lining up on St. Peter Street in the heart of the #Frenchquarter is half the fun of attending a 45 minute, intimate, acoustic Jazz concert inside these unpretentious, hallowed walls. Certain times of year/evenings are way busier than others, as you’d expect, so getting in line a good 45 minutes before one of five shows each night is a good idea. Tickets are $20 at the door - a limited number of “big shot” seats are available online from $35 to $50. A portion of all ticket sales benefit the Preservation Hall Foundation’s mission to protect, preserve and perpetuate the musical traditions and heritage of New Orleans. Shows are at 5pm, 6pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10 pm. These photos are from #Pinterest as there’s no taking pictures during these extraordinary shows. #musiceducation #musicalcommunity engagement #historicalmusicarchiving #jazzed
Read it in one sitting (literally - flying from SFO to MSY) - #the57bus - the true story of two teenagers and the crime that changed their lives. Those of us who were in the #BayArea in the fall of 2013 remember this true story well as a moment that altered and intertwined two Oakland teenagers riding the bus home after school, forever. Award winning journalist #Dashkaslater brought me to tears multiple times with her outstanding retelling of a multi layered, heartbreaking story. A must read for teachers, parents, teens, in fact, all of us to better understand the complexities of race, class, gender identity, morality, compassion and forgiveness. Thank you @melonisea for sending me this stunning and thought provoking read. #bookstagram #readmore #nonfiction
Tuesday evening on #frenchmanstreet - and it’s my first time! A visit to #NewOrleans 🎼🥃 #Mississippiblues & #raregems #prettyjazzed