Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

November 1903 – Rome

Marjorie’s European Tour, 1903-1904 Taken from letters to her mother, Bessie We go back 109 years, and it is November 1903. Twenty-year-old Marjorie was very sorry to be leaving Florence, but madly excited to get … Read more.

October 1903 – Italy

OCTOBER 1903: ​It is now October 1903 and Marjorie has just spent an idyllic month in Venice — visiting churches, art museums, palaces, a glass factory, and a lace factory.  She spent a day at the Lido and took daily … Read more.

SEPTEMBER 1903 – GERMANY AND AUSTRIA

Marjorie’s European Tour, 1903-1904 Taken from letters to her mother, Bessie In early September, Marjorie’s train steamed into Berlin where the temperature was 100 degrees in the shade.  It was debilitating after the freshness of … Read more.

AUGUST 1903 – NORWAY, SWEDEN, AND DENMARK

At the end of July Marjorie left England by boat from Newcastle, sailing overnight to Bergen in Norway.  The party of four – Marjorie, her cousin Dorothy, her friend Gertrude, and their chaperone/guide Helen Macartnay … Read more.

Gratuitous Friday photos

It’s been another hot, dry week but the gardens are as beautiful as ever. Proof is in the pictures and I just couldn’t resist doing a tiny Garden Bloggers Bloom Day preview since I always … Read more.

JULY 1903 – ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND

Marjorie’s European Tour, 1903‐1904 Taken from letters to her mother, Bessie JULY 1903 – ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND Marjorie arrived in London at the beginning of July, and wrote to her mother a few days later: … Read more.

JUNE 1903 — On board the Deutschland, and Paris

Marjorie’s European Tour, 1903-1904 Taken from letters to her mother, Bessie JUNE 1903  —  On board the Deutschland,  and Paris On June 4, 1903, nineteen-year-old Marjorie Van Wickle set sail from New York on board … Read more.

Sailing on the Bay

In the summer of 1894 Augustus Van Wickle, a graduate of Brown University, and his daughter Marjorie came to Rhode Island to scout out locations where Augustus might build a summer home for his family. … Read more.

APRIL 1904 – ROME, FLORENCE, PARIS

Marjorie’s European Tour, 1903‐1904 Taken from letters to her mother, Bessie Marjorie and Helen Macartnay spent the last few weeks of their 11‐month tour in Rome, Florence, and Paris. Marjorie was looking forward to seeing … Read more.

Marjorie’s European Tour, 1903-1904 Taken from letters to her mother, Bessie MARCH   1904 – SOUTHERN ITALY Aboard the luxurious steamer ‘Cairo’ Marjorie and Miss Helen were able to relax and prepare themselves for the transition … Read more.