Sunday, October 11, 2009

28 Years and Counting

Yesterday, my dear husband and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary. We began our celebratory adventure by enjoying a ride through the countryside on the 19th Century Limited, an old steam engine train.

First class tickets promised a cup of coffee and a "ride in Victorian splendor". Hyperbole? Perhaps, but the interior of the train was pretty, and the scenery was beautiful.
The tickets were a bit pricey for a 45-minute ride, but the sting was taken out when the conductor announced that the money goes to a land trust to preserve and protect the surrounding farms. We were glad to hear that, because so much of the open space is being bought up by developers to build yet another hideous shopping center. Historically, this area was one of the original land grants made by William Penn in 1712. Among the settlers in this area, named Paradise, were French Huguenots who had fled the regime of Louis XIV.

"Look out the window, folks," said the conductor. "Three hundred years ago, this was the American frontier".

Later that afternoon, my husband gave me a present!

Yes, some women can be charmed with a rolling pin for an anniversary gift - especially one that looks like this...

So she can make gingerbread that looks like this...

We ended our day with a trip to the theatre to see Jane Campion's Bright Star, the love story of poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne. Each frame of the film was like a 19th century painting, and the story was sad but wonderful. We loved every minute of it.


Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous way to celebrate an excellent marriage.
Love the rolling pin and your results! The hubby knew it would prove much more than kitchen decoration.
Definitely a Proverbs 31 woman with a twist of Fanny Brawne's taste in style -the makings of a 28 year love story.
Did you notice Fanny looks like you and your girls?

Jodi said...

Hi Joan,

Thanks for the well-wishes. I didn't make that gingerbread--not yet, at least. It was purchased in the shop where the rolling pin was bought. The woman there showed us how to use it for embossing the gingerbread and I plan to try it out very soon.

Joy said...

Love It!!! Great post. What and awesome day. The pictures are wonderful and the rolling pin is too.

p.s. I hope you remembered your white gloves and parasol for the train :D

Jodi said...

Naturally, Joy, my love...

imchosen4worship said...

Glad that you both enjoyed your special day. Just looking at that rolling pin makes me want to bake ...

Cathy said...

Hello Jodi
Congratulations on the anniversary - I just popped in via a link from Random Distractions.
I love train travel especially being pulled by a steam engine. Think its due to my Irish grandad being a fireman on them back in Belfast many years ago,
You would also be able to mark shortbread and butter also with your rolling pin. Gives a nice touch and home made look to them.
Take care

Jodi said...

Thanks for the tip--we'll try it. :)

Zach said...

Lovely post and pictures. Congratulations to you and Dad once again.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mrs. Jodi!!! ;)
Nice rolling pin... The train ride sounds and looks(and feels if I dare say) simply divine! I think it sounds like the BEST aniversary! Lucky! I want to see that movie so much!! Looks wonderful!
Many good wishes from,
-Phyllis :>

Terra said...

You had a great anniversary celebration, complete with old timey train ride and fancy rolling pin. The cookies are gorgeous.
I very much want to see Bright Star soon, thanks for the mini review.

Anonymous said...

Joy, you look so much like Fanny. Mrs. Jodi, you look like her too! I love that gown that she is wearing!!! Love, Mary


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