The Adventure Continues

TT in the Blue Mountains and Sheldy in New York.

Culture Shock.

Sunday, July 24, 2011 inactive that one has to lie down

(tt) Back on blog duty at last after a sojourn in Connecticut for relaxation and other pursuits.
PRISCILLA's Gavin Lodge and his adorable partner, Broadway musical director extraordinaire Todd Ellison, invited Sheldy and me to share a couple of nights and a day at their property near Essex on the Connecticut River. Food and rest and music and discussion and trips out were the order of the day.
That's the river through the game room. I really wanted a bash on the footy kicker thing but standing up was too exhausting.

Here is the wonderful cottage once owned by Mrs Putnam, the school teacher. And below is the house during the catastrophic floods of 1938

Sheldon was the easel.

Gavin made carrot and apple muffins especially for us but my horrible diet made me watch while the others ploughed in.

The views on the river are breathtaking but all who own a frontage are totally insane. This is caused by a desire to do what they want while stopping their neighbours from doing anything at all.

These poles for example have begun wars so horrible that I feel I have to spare details

This is Maddie. We both passed the 'piss off strangers or I will bark in your face' test

The gentlemen hoe into food I was forbidden to even smell
I watched from a safe distance...

This was the ferry master's hut long ago.  Mrs Putnam's house stood on the site of an oakum factory. There was a brick chimney adjacent for years and it was used to tie up the house to prevent it floating off in times of deluge.

We use the well to advance our fates.

The lads took us to East Haddam close to where Miss Katherine Hepburn lived. It was the grand lady herself who headed a plan to prevent the demolition of the Goodspeed Opera House which in the sixties was operating as a garage. Now look at it.

A totally sold out production of "Showboat" is playing at the moment and the theatre could have been built for it.

Sheldon made me film gifts

We walked in during a break in understudy rehearsals and were warmly greeted by a couple of actors who have seen "P" !! There's an Brisbane girl in the cast named Elise Kinnon who has never actually worked in Australia. Ah, it's a global village...

The artistic director and founding father of Goodspeed, Michael Price, and his assistant Hattie greeted us with great charm and pride in the wonderful work he and his board have done to avert criminal disaster

Here is her majesty again. Norman Bates' mother should have  done this to her house.

 This company initiated the world premieres of 'Man of  La Mancha'; 'Shenandoah' and 'Annie"

This is the  hotel  next door which originally housed the visiting artists. Now there is a whole village of residences, rehearsal rooms and workshops. Most productions are built and dressed totally from scratch.

Here are the lovely buildings from across the river

Next stop was the little heritage town of Essex. The main street is full of gift shops, studios, food outlets and inns. There is the faint aroma of toy town about it all but the tourist dollar is vital to fuel the winter  dormancy.

Sheldon was foaming at the mouth by the time we got to this Santa's Cave.  He sniffed out 87 more emporia but we seat -belted him in and activated the child safety locks.

This is the famous and very ancient Griswold  Inn which is chock full of ship memorabilia and paintings.

Todd played mood music here for many months during his college days.

 Just think these walls have echoed to the sounds of Herman and Rodgers and Gershwin  all flying out of the Ellison fingers and mixed with the hearty laughter and bonhomie of  burly  fisherfolk and salty mariners. Still reeking of  sweat, clam juice and crabs legs they ached to be whirled into the magical domains of  Gaylord Ravenal,  Desiree Armfeldt and Nanette "Nono" Smith. And whirl 'em Mr Ellison did.

The panorama behind this bar can move up and down giving the impression of sea motion. It often has to be turned off as it causes the patrons to go green and throw up.

Essex was a ship building town and many factories are now homes to museums and art galleries

The marina is clogged with the craft of the rich, famous and rich

Some of the rich, famous and rich are tasteless too.

 We would see the lovely sailing vessel later  in the day.

More delicacies

Does anyone still wear a dovecote?

That afternoon we all went off into individual states of otherworldliness as usually descend upon day -offers.

Here's our lady friend passing the property

All getting pinker and quieter

Back she goes.  "Ah, sailor, whither wanderest thou? "      "Oh, fuck off!"

Gavin in his world.

Mrs Putnam puts the cat out.

From a neighbouring dock

Sheldon is going to make us rich.

I'm going to spend it.

"Rage Rage...."   Well we would have but it was too nice.

So much love to you, G and T!!!   And thanks for the beautiful time of regeneration and tranquility.....

..... and for the  selections from  "Amour"


  1. Lovely, thanks tt. I don't need to take my own day off now.

  2. I agree. I think that has MADE this week off i have had. Just gorgeous. Loves, Tom xxx!

  3. Love the jetty shots and the house framed by the trees and fence!

  4. I love the composition of the river photos so much! And the silhouette-y ones are very beautiful.