Day: 30: Meeting New Friends

Trip Start Aug 02, 2009
Trip End Sep 06, 2009

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Peggy & Sidney Maxwell's Home

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

We left our B&B to drive to Topsham, to meet Carla Rensenbrink (Greta's Mom) late morning. Carla’s Great Aunts lived in Maryville, TN in the mid-1900’s, one of whom was "Lady Jane" Alexander.  Her husband John was on the faculty at Maryville college.  Another Aunt was the artist, Belle Smith.  The third sister, Elizabeth Smith, taught my Father and some of his brothers in elementary school, in the proverbial one-room schoolhouse in the early 1900’s.

Carla and husband, John, have a lovely home on a generous piece of land in the idyllic countryside of Maine.  Carla had invited her sister, Margie, to join us.  We women explored the contents of a box my brother John had left with her a few years ago which contained information about the Smith sisters, their connection to Maryville College, and photographs of many of Belle Smith’s paintings.  I think John came about these family items because our father was the executor of Miss Elizabeth’s estate

Carla, John and Margie provided a delicious lunch of gazpacho, crab and potato salads and a delicious blueberry cake under the trees in the backyard.  We had such a wonderful visit with this family and it was difficult to tear ourselves away! 

When we did, we headed to Boston and arrived back at Peggy and Sidney Maxwell’s a little after 6 and enjoyed a most pleasant evening with them.  As usual, we had a sumptuous dinner of pork loin, sweet corn on the cob, chard soup, sweet potatoes, etc. prepared by the Sidney/Margaret Maxwell team. We've been served some outstanding meals on this trip, but none can equal the joy of being with old friends and making new ones!!  What a wonderful privilege this has been for us septuagenarians.

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