Thursday, November 26, 2015

About the Pilgrims of Plimouth Plantation

On a recent trip to New England, we had to go to Plymouth Rock and see to the Mayflower II and make the connection to Plimouth Plantation. My husband and children are descendants to Francis and John Cooke but it did not entitle us to a discount : ) I tried.

Originally, two ships were hired to bring the Pilgrims and their families to the new world, the Mayflower and the Speedwell. The Cookes, father Francis and son John, were passengers on the smaller ship the Speedwell.

Mayflower II

The Speedwell was taking on water and proved unfit to make the journey across the sea. Some of those who were to prepared to take the voyage saw this as an omen and decided not to go. The rest combined with the Mayflower passengers and traveled to the new world.

 The Mayflower carried 102 people plus supplies across the ocean.  These colonists founded the first European settlement in New England, Plymouth. The difference between the Jamestown colony and Plymouth is, these colonists came to the new world seeking religious freedom. They were considered separatists.

On November 11, 1620 (according to the signage at Plimouth Plantation)in the cabin of the Mayflower 41 male passengers including the servants signed the Mayflower Compact, an agreement that kept the group together as a unit. Frances Cooke was the 17th signer on November 21, 1670, according to A. Hamilton, researcher and family descendant.  Two different dates but th same basic information  I add our family history that was documented over 100 years ago.  I will add this documented history at the end of the blog.

Plimouth Plantation became the second successful English settlement after the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607.The village at Plymouth today is the result of historian and archaeologist Henry Hornblower II.

Plimouth Plantation is a living museum with characters that portray the original inhabitants.  You can speak with each on these people about life back in the 17th Century.

The woman that most held our interest was Hester Cooke wife of Francis Cooke.  Her husband was not at home. She came to Plymouth three years later with the rest of her children.  She sat on the bench next to her home and spoke with us about life in the Cooke family for over 20 minutes while she tended to the herbs in her garden. She spoke of her emotions when she was reunited with her husband and son after three years. She was excited to see them and anxious to know if they would be anxious to see them.  The first thing she did was cry in relief.

 Inside the homes were personal belongings brought over on the ships. They lived a simply life. I don't know where the furniture came from if or if not it was from the time period but it seems plausible to me and you really don't think about it when you look into the homes, only that it was a simpler time. Here is a sample of the articles inside the colonist homes including the all important heat source and cooking hearth.

Also at Plimouth Plantation you can walk through an area designed with people to tell you about the Indian style of life during the 17th Century.  Hester had told me that they did get along with the neighboring Indians. Something new I have learned from the recent PBS special including Saints and Savages is about Squanto. He really seemed to be the one who paved the path for the white man to learn to get along with the natives of this new world.

Notes of Adeline Hamilton Davis descendant Francis and John Cooke


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pumpkin while it lasts

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Pumpkin Coffee

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Ale

Pumpkin Soup

It is okay to admit you did partake in something pumpkin between Halloween and Thanksgiving, no judgements.

Did you satisfy your pumpkin quota? I have moved on to gingerbread.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Topic changers for around the Thanksgiving table

Let's put aside the politics, religion and gossip and enjoy family time.

Did you know?

1. A group of black footed ferrets is called a business?

2. A group of jellyfish is called a smack.

3. Spiny lobsters migrate in a groups of 50 or more, forming a conga line on the ocean floor.

4. The Pacific Ocean is eight inches higher than the Atlantic Ocean at the Panama Canal.

5. Oysters can change from one gender to another and back again.

6. Fish can drown.

7. There are more species of fish in the Amazon River than in the Atlantic Ocean.

8. Lizards communicate by doing push-ups.

9. Vanilla is used to make chocolate.

10. Only male fireflies can fly.

Can you recycle a Snapple lid?  I like to think I just have by sharing nine of the above Snapple facts.  Are these facts true?  Snapple has a xls.list on their website were this information was obtained. The number one fact is from America’s Great Outdoors Tumblr updates.

Some municipalities request you remove lids from various containers and just toss in the trash.  I found a website with a suggestion on what to do to recycle Snapple and similar lids.

 Knowledge is Power.  Save those Snapple lids and then dispose of properly.

Give Thanks

Monday, November 23, 2015

Upcoming Events This Week of Thanks

November 21 - December 23 Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree (closed on Thanksgiving).

November 23 and 24 Middletown Free Library Fall Bake Sale 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. just in time for the holiday.

November 24 Come see the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park in the form of ice sculptures and watch a live carving by a master ice carver 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Rittenhouse Square (corner of 18th and Walnut). Six of the park’s treasured Historic Houses - Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Mount Pleasant, Strawberry Mansion, and Woodford, in addition to two other houses, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden and Ormiston - will be depicted in ice. Enjoy performances by five Golden Ring Dancers and one Piper Piping as you walk through the Square.

November 25th, 2015
At Springfield High School 12 p.m.- 5.p.m.
Flag Football, Food, Music and Entertainment
Helping to Feed Those in Need!
Donation of 5 non perishable food items
or $5 entrance fee for admission

Other Donations Welcome!

warm clothing, food donations, gifts etc.

November 26 Thanksgiving Day - Give Thanks.

November 26 6ABC, Dunkin Donuts Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 8:30a.m. 

November 26 - Frost Bite Run / 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Southeastern PA. Antique Car Club Rally at the Thomas Massey House.

November 26 Thanksgiving Dinner at the First Presbyterian Church located at 2 S. Glenolden, PA. All Are Welcome 12 Noon.

November 27 Santa's Arrival and Festival of Lights at the Delaware County Courthouse in Media, PA 6 p.m.

November 27 Santa's Arrival at Franklin Square Holiday Festival 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Santa returns to Franklin Square to pose for photos and collect wish lists! Be there for Santa's special arrival in the Square on Friday, FREE

November 28 Patriot's Day at Brandywine Battlefield 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you ever wanted to meet General George Washington here is your opportunity, the gentleman that portrays Washington is a proud example. You are going to want to vote for him as President! I saw him last year, very impressed man. The entire event is great, bring the kids.

November 28 Black Powder Day at Fort Mifflin 10 a.m.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Things That Stretch

rubber band

elastic waistband

a buck

the truth


full body yawn

exercise moves

exercise band

muscles you never knew you had


And of  course we have all had those moments when something stretches too far, Ouch!