Where in the World (Westchester) is Matt? Post #7

Please promote all local New Rochelle small business – encourage your readers to order takeout, buy a gift card for future use, take an online class, order online from a local merchant and support our open essential businesses.

Here’s a link to the NR Chamber Restaurants Open for Takeout & Pickup:

https://conta.cc/2X3bYhv

Thanks for your help.

Be Well.

Catherine White
Executive Director
New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce
catherine@newrochamber.org
www.NewRochelleChamber.org
914-632-5700 (Office)
914-432-2728 (Mobile)

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Address:
417 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801

VILLA MARIA PIZZA – Pandemic Doesn’t Stop Larchmont Restaurant From Feeding Local Residents

Italy has brought hungry Americans some of the freshest, most flavorful fare in history. Here, closer to home, in lovely Larchmont is the sensational Villa Maria Pizza Restaurant. This quaint, wholesome Italian eatery is known far and wide to its loyal Larchmont customers and beyond. The food is outstanding, prices affordable and this casual pizza paradise has a long history of making families feel welcome time and time again. Villa Maria boasts many kinds of pizzas, including Margarita, Whole wheat, Chicken marsala ,Gluten free, White pizza, Buffalo chicken, Sicilian, Arugula salad, and more kinds of pizza. Their extensive menu also features cheese ravioli, baked lasagna, penne Bolognese, chicken Francese, chicken ala vodka, and many delicious salads such as mozzarella salad, grilled shrimp salad, chicken bruschetta salad and more. Try any of their tempting wraps like honey mustard chicken wrap, turkey club wrap, avocado chicken wrap and BLT wrap. At Villa Maria you can’t go wrong with anything on their hearty menu. Their appetizers are out of this world too, including fried calamari, fried ravioli, and zucchini sticks which are one of my favorites. They also have a full selection of hot wedges, calzones and a full dessert menu. The restaurant offers curbside pickup and delivery and requires only the highest hygiene standard during the current pandemic. Since 1977, the remarkable Villa Maria Pizza has been delighting Larchmont.

It is located right across the street from the post office. Owner Anthony Pecora welcomes you and your family to taste some of Italy’s most cherished food. It’s also a great place to get together after school, a birthday or any special occasion. Call now 914-834-8134 and visit them at 6 Chatsworth Avenue. Their great website is http://villamaria.pizza.Villa Maria also features extensive catering. For more than forty years, Villa Maria has been a standout food paradise in the Larchmont community.

ANDERSON’S BOOK STORE- A Novel Idea In The Heart Of Larchmont

This story needs very little introduction to residents of Larchmont and surrounding areas. Indeed, the well-known and well respected Anderson’s Book Store has been at the forefront of the literary world here for seventy prosperous years. In the heart of the village, conveniently located near the train station, Anderson’s has been a haven for people of all ages. They feature a vast array of books and literature, a selection of vintage maps and prints, and games and toys for children. Anderson’s would like all their loyal patrons to know that due to the pandemic, they will have alternate hours, but they will still be able to take orders. You can send your orders to: andersonsorders@optimum.net and you can also call during these hours; Monday – Friday 9.30 am to 3.30pm. They will be offering curbside pickup or delivery. Exceptions will be made for those who can’t get to the store at those times. If you have a birthday or celebration coming up, Anderson’s is the perfect place.In these difficult times, the store features puzzles to keep your kids occupied, and games and books for the elderly the family can participate in while spending more time at home. The legendary store, founded by Charles Anderson who retired in 1985, has been a preeminent source of literary knowledge for Larchmont families for seven decades. Anderson’s is known for their free gift wrapping, book signings and readings as well as games, puzzles and art supplies. Anderson’s is always featuring upcoming events and they’ve amassed many more patrons as a result. In 2018, the book store opened a community space that anyone can rent out free of charge. In this day and age of book stores struggling to maintain an identity, Anderson’s, after seventy glorious years, continues to thrive in charming Larchmont. Their success is unequalled and the stuff legends are made of. Call today 914-834-6900 and visit them at 96 Chatsworth Avenue. Enjoy their wonderful website today at www.andersonsbooksny.com

METRO PIZZA AND PASTA – New Hours And Serving New Rochelle Amidst The Crisis

Although I am a lifelong resident of wonderful and diverse New Rochelle, I only discovered the fabulous Metro Pizza and Pasta late in life, and after patronizing this gem of a restaurant, I am glad I did. It’s your quintessential mom and pop operation, nothing fancy here, yet the homemade Italian delicacies are everything to write home about. Metro Pizza would like all their loyal customers to know they are doing everything possible to maintain health, safety and cleanliness during these critical times. They are open everyday from 11am to 8pm and offer curbside pickup and delivery. The genuine, authentic pizzas at Metro Pizza and Pasta are the rave of discerning foodies and gourmet aficionados from New Rochelle and beyond. Succulent appetizers include such great standards as Chicken fingers, Buffalo wings, Onion rings, Mozzarella sticks, Fried ravioli, Fried shrimp cocktail and more. Show stopping dinner entrees include Veal Francese, Chicken Francese, Spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce, Baked ziti, Pasta primavera and other mouthwatering Italian favorites. The Metro Pizza and Pasta menu is filled with prime delicacies like Linguini, Stuffed shells, Shrimp Francese, Chicken cacciatore and endless more outstanding entrees. This authentic slice of Italy also features many different wraps, paninis and calzones. You’ll feel as if you really are in Italy! For our readers watching their diet and living a healthier lifestyle, Metro Pizza and Pasta offers several salads to choose from. Located in the heart of New Rochelle at 357 North Avenue, call 914 632 5734 and place your order today, or simply stop in. They also feature full catering, you can order online via their website: www.metropizzapasta.com. Celebrating thirty five years of rich Italian food in downtown New Rochelle, come on in and say hello to proprietor/owner Francesco and his welcoming staff! Italy has never tasted better…

This is Matt – signing off with a heartfelt message to all to stay safe and healthy.

 

 

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Virtual Open House 55 Hillside Crescent 10804

While we are not allowed to enter any home at this time, we are allowed to have a VIRTUAL Open House . In this instance, through the magic of the Matterport program, please join us at on a virtual tour at your leisure!

Click here for the tour!!

Located in a cul de sac, this lovely 3200 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, Center Hall Colonial home on 0.27 of an acre is sure to please. While winter now, the garden boasts beautiful flowers in the spring and summer months when you can sip a cup of tea or morning coffee on the delightful patio which is assessed via the kitchen and family room. The kitchen has a center island, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, a breakfast area, and opens to the large, sunny family room with its wood burning fireplace. The formal dining room, office, living room, laundry area and powder room complete the first floor. The master bedroom (17’X15′) offers great light, a walk in closet & the lovely master bathroom with marble counter & a Jacuzzi bathtub. There are three additional bedrooms, and a hall bath also on the second floor, and access to a room (23′ X 18′) over the garage which is not included in the square footage. Close to transportation, schools, and fine dining, and just 30 minutes from New York City! This charming home is being offered at $1,072,000. JUST Call me at 914 907-2645 and I will let you tour this lovely home!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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22 Fenbrook Drive, Larchmont 10538 – Winged Foot anyone?

So many people who love golf (or any sport) would LOVE to live so close to the prestigious and exclusive Winged Foot Golf Course. Rentals in the area have always brought a premium, but why even rent when you can reside there year round! Being offered at $2,000,000, this beautiful home is exquisite in every season. With its beautiful sunsets, sunrises, and those firework displays that you can see in the summer from your private balcony, this 5 bedroom, 4.5 Colonial home is beckoning you to visit and stay awhile!

Move right into this grand center hall Colonial on a quiet cul-de-sac. Located on a generous 0.700 acres next to Winged Foot Golf course, this residence enjoys natural sunlight from all directions. A porte-cochere welcomes you as you enter the large foyer. The open layout includes a formal Living Room with a fireplace, spacious Dining Room with French  doors to a side patio, large Eat in  kitchen with a 10 foot island, sun room and  family room with fireplace. The main floor also includes an office/library and guest bedroom with an en-suite bath. A curved staircase takes you to the second floor landing which opens to a front and back deck. A large Master Bedroom en suite with a fireplace and a renovated bathroom with a soaking tub, skylight and custom walk-in closet will be your serene retreat. Three additional large bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms complete the 2nd floor. The lower level features a utility room, laundry room, space for a playroom/media room/gym and storage. Enjoy the lifestyle that Larchmont has to offer: golf, tennis, water sports, hiking and more. Manhattan is 35 minutes away on Metro-North.

Come and visit!

Carola Schonander – Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s Larchmont office

Languages spoken: English, Italian, Spanish

Carola Schonander is an experienced Real Estate professional who has been in the business in Westchester for over 13 years. Carola joined Julia B Fee Sotheby’s in 2011.
Through her enthusiasm, energy and negotiation skills, Carola has built a diverse portfolio of clients. Helping locals, out-of-staters, and international clients find their next home. Carola works throughout Westchester with special focus on: Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye, Rye Brook, Harrison, New Rochelle, Scarsdale, Bronxville, Yonkers, Hartsdale, Ardsley and White Plains. She has built an extensive network of service providers who can ease your move to your new home in Westchester.

Her previous career in journalism and marketing took her from her native Venezuela to London, New York, Lima and Mexico City. Carola’s strong international connections are strengthened by her ability to speak Spanish and Italian, as well as English. She moved to Larchmont in 2001 with her husband and their triplets. She has created deep roots within the local community, without losing her understanding of the needs of newcomers having relocated so many times throughout her life.

Clients have said, “we would not choose anyone other than Carola” – Erica & Miguel, but they also rave about her professionalism and knowledge of the industry. Her enthusiasm, friendliness, and charm has led to long relationships with clients who go back to her when they are ready to start looking for a new home knowing her ability to make the process go smoothly.

Carola is a member of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and The National Association of Realtors since 2006.

 

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30 Things to Do with Children while Quarantining or anytime!

Making jam is so much fun and so easy!

Before the computer, I Pad, Tablet, smart phone, there was mom! Mom had to try and entertain her children, to keep everyone happy for everyone’s sanity. We used to say, if your children were happy then so were you!

There are so many fun things to do with your children at home.

  1. Cooking of course must list very high on the list…  Baking, making soups, decorating all fun things to do.  Chopped meat? Try sautéing with onion, adding some carrots,  bay leaves, A-1 sauce, Worcestshire sauce,  a little tomato paste, a little broth, salt pepper, and letting it simmer… and serve with garlic mashed potatoes or simple mashed potatoes!  A favorite of mine in England was a simple jacket potato as we call it. Baked, and then different toppings added to suit the palate! Soups are so easy, nutritional and fun too!  Leek and potato chicken soup, all so easy…..   Add some spices, some lime juice and cilantro to the chicken soup and you have Pho!

2) Making playdough also a fun activity. I once made Christmas ornaments out of ornament dough..

In my case, I took a photos of someone on a luge sled,  drew the outline, and then made the luge ornament ..  I still have them!

3) Knitting, embroidery and crocheting, stringing beads.. I never learned how to crochet properly, but knitting is a fun past time as is embroidery..

4) Experiments!   Always fun.

5) Hide and seek.  Hide something in the garden or house to have your children find…  it could be anything from a small toy to notes …. math games with hide and seek..

6) Board games – of course- a natural… How about creating your own board game though?

7) Writing that book .. make it a joint venture with your children.. and then you can send it into Shutterfly for the production!

8) Going through the old videos with your children…

9) cleaning out closets with the children – it could be made fun!

10) coin wrappers…. a great time to fill them with coins

11) reading – so many great books..

12) handmade crafts!

13) Writing notes to your relatives together with your children..  let them know you care .

14) bubble baths!   Oh the joy. Placing some  toys into the bath, and having mom sit alongside while the children splash and have fun. Make it in the afternoon so it isn’t a rushed evening affair!

15) Playing with Fido and our pets!   Always time to give them hugs too.

16) I am British but you can also act as if you are! Have an afternoon tea party!

17) Have a picnic on the kitchen floor..  FUN!

18) Make a tent and camp out for a night together with torches (no lit fires of course!).. Make it a fishing trip! Take a stick and some strong (cooking twine is great), place double sided scotch-tape to the end, and then make different colored paper fish, and see who is the first to  catch a certain number of fish/different colors, etc.  Then don’t forget the cook top smores!

19)  It is spring!  Plant some seeds and watch them grow indoors , readying them for outdoors….

20) build a family website if so inclined…

21) Yes, you can always facetime someone – reach out and keep in touch..

22) Did you know there are virtual tours to museums? 

23) How about traveling around the world on the internet? Each day pick a new country, and travel there with your children… one of my sons loves to fly, and has a flight simulator for many years. One time, he  took off at JFK, and was flying for many hours, put the plane on auto cruise, and then when he woke up in the morning, he landed in Australia!  Not everyone has a flight simulator of course, but what fun to travel around the world on the internet (okay am conceding this one to computers!). Did you know some cruise lines are offering virtual tours?

24) Learn about birds, stamps (remember stamp collecting?), music, flowers.    I can recall acting out Peter and the Wolf  with my children in the living room , and also the 1812 Overture by  Tchaikovsky. Oh those drums and the hearing the French National anthem  (La Marseillaise ) in the background..

25) walking (of course) – still fun with your children..  driveway tennis – (you can imagine the net!) . My children used to play kitchen hockey with a small pig pong ball, marbles also, tossing things into a can..

26) Movies –  bring out the popcorn and enjoy..

27) Paper Mache – loved making this –  just flower, water and paper!  You can make puppet heads, cups, vases, anything and then paint and shellac. SO much fun..

28) Just saw this on the internet..   make paper caterpillars, and have caterpillar races with straws! Origami bunny rabbits..

29) Musical instruments…  remember the drum made out of the oatmeal container,  the comb and paper harmonica? Your very own home band…

30) Painting – be it water color or otherwise. SO, much fun…    OR, how about taking that huge roll of brown wrapping paper, taping it a wall, and give your little ones crayons…they LOVE that!

Wishing everyone fun times at home… it is good to stay busy!

Westchester is GREAT!

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7 Spanish Cove Road – a Peaceful Calm in Larchmont – Waterfront with a Dock

Seeking tranquility away from the city? Located in a beautiful waterfront cove, wondrous views, with a much prized dock and yet so close to the village and trains. You will love the wondrous calming effect of the sea breeze and that alluring, invigorating sea air as you relax on your deck overlooking the Long Island Sound. Designed and built by the past artist owner, this 3278 sq. ft. 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Cape Cod home with an artist’s studio, enclosed porch & located on 0.35 of a level acre is waiting for you to make your own. There is a large eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, living room, first floor den, an enclosed porch, all overlooking the water. The second floor features an artist’s studio, master bedroom with master bath, 3 additional bedrooms and a hall bath. The sun kissed garden will soon be awash with beautiful flowers that have been lovingly cared for & planted over the years. Just 35 minutes from New York City. Come and visit. Kayak and boat! This is where a peaceful calm awaits. Being offered at $2,225,000. ( No appointments or open houses at this time per the New York State guidelines).

Westchester is great!

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Breakfasts – Quarantine style 2020

Breakfast as a rule for myself  is a quick afterthought as we are always rushing. Perhaps some yoghurt and berries, perhaps a slice of toast with some home made jam. Now, that we are all basically working from home to avoid interaction with each other, breakfast has started to become something  much more special (to me). A positive way in which to commence the day, to start our thought process into a positive mindset, to give us the mental fortitude to keep working so we could say the sustenance is both for our mental well being as well as our physical well being if perhaps not our waistlines! What is the saying ? You first feast with your eyes – rather like seeing a home on the internet – that very first showing…

It has also allowed me to visit my freezer and to start working my way through all of those items that looked so appealing in the stores, and I purchased for a rainy day. This past week, I have so far made  pancakes and bacon (of course); I had defrosted some English/Irish sausages purchased at The Butcher’s Fancy in Yonkers which I had frozen, so today we had sausages, baked beans poached egg and toast (10 grain of course! ha – as if it helped!). I made matzo brie the other day (eggs, milk, matzo and syrup – my favorite recipe),  defrosted croissants and allowed to rise overnight, and then cooked hot and delicious in the am again with some home made jam.

I had bought fire roasted peppers and onions in the freezer section of Trader Joes a while back.. They make a really delicious filling for an omelet – I just added a little cheese too. As a change of pace, I made Aebleskiver – that Danish pancake which tries to have you think it is like a donut since it is round!

I love to boil the milk for my coffee, and make the coffee frothy with a hand held frother…  my friend has the Bodum Bistro frother – on my list..(yikes  with the internet -I just ordered!).

My point in this post, is to stay positive, stay healthy, and I am now on my way to the rowing machine…

Westchester is GREAT!

 

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VIRTUAL Open House at 55 Hillside Crescent – 10804 3/22/20 1-3 p.m.

Please join me at a VIRTUAL Open House on Sunday, March 22nd from 1-3 p.m. at 55 Hillside Crescent in New Rochelle from 1-3 p.m. Located in a cul de sac, this lovely 3200 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, Center Hall Colonial home on 0.27 of an acre is sure to please. While winter now, the garden boasts beautiful flowers in the spring and summer months when you can sip a cup of tea or morning coffee on the delightful patio which is assessed via the kitchen and family room. The kitchen has a center island, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, a breakfast area, and opens to the large, sunny family room with its wood burning fireplace. The formal dining room, office, living room, laundry area and powder room complete the first floor. The master bedroom (17’X15′) offers great light, a walk in closet & the lovely master bathroom with marble counter & a Jacuzzi bathtub. There are three additional bedrooms, and a hall bath also on the second floor, and access to a room (23′ X 18′) over the garage which is not included in the square footage. Close to transportation, schools, and fine dining, and just 30 minutes from New York City! This charming home is being offered at $1,072,000.   JUST Call me at 914 907-2645 and I will let you tour this lovely home!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Where in the World (Westchester) is Matt? Blog # 6

Where in Westchester was Matt this month?

It all began with one brilliant vision by New Rochelle resident Joe Napolitano in 2008. The heralded doors to Posto 22 were unveiled to instant rave reviews. Soon, this unique gem of an eatery was the instant choice of discerning New ‘Rochellians’ and foodies from all over the area who rely on Posto 22 for one-of-a-kind, sensational Italian cuisine and more. All this under one welcoming roof and ambiance. Now, some 12 years since Posto 22 was christened, the food is still exceptional and hearty. The fabled New Rochelle restaurant has an extensive menu perfect for families and kids. They feature delicious dishes such as cheese tortellini, tomato bisque, gourmet style pizzas which are out of this world, broccoli rabe, my favorite chicken Francese, lobster ravioli, rigatoni, fettuccine Bolognese, burrata, fried calamari and many more Posto 22 stand out dishes you will love!

You will feel as if you are dining in Manhattan without the New York City costs. Posto 22 is very affordable and their extensive, classy bar is perfect to meet a friend for a wonderful cocktail while you watch one of their several TV monitors. Their abundant wine lists are impressive and wide-ranging. The local favorite of many prominent New Rochelle political types and noteworthy business people, Posto 22 has contributed to The city’s food scene in a well deserved major fashion. I wholeheartedly recommend Joe Napolitano’s remarkable, stunning Division Street dining experience right in the heart of downtown. Rated glowingly by The New York Times and Zagat, make your reservation now at 914 235 2464 or just come right in. You can order online and they feature catering. Posto 22 is conveniently located at 22 Division Street, near The New Rochelle Library and the train station. For more than a great decade, New Rochelle’s legendary Posto 22 has been at the forefront of the restaurant establishment. Here’s to 100 more years!

The Madison Kitchen

Affluent, quaint New York suburb, Larchmont, has always been a desired zip code for discerning individuals and families to reside and shop. For decades, this preeminent, upscale community, some of it featuring beautiful waterfront properties and stately estates, has been home to well-known wall street, media, television, and political types, including Joan Rivers, Douglas Fairbanks, former US Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geitner and Academy Award winning actress, Mary Pickford, and more. The charming village also is a great place to raise a family as its schools are renowned for academic excellence, and Larchmont has lots to offer. Its restaurants are abundant and satisfying, with varied fares offered at each. One such eatery that I have become quite fond of is Madison Kitchen, located near the interstate 95 entrance and not far from the heart of town. Family-run by great restaurateurs, husband and wife Arianny and Jay with sister Nicole, her husband Sebastian and brother-in-law Jamie. Since 2002, with its sophisticated, modern appeal, Madison Kitchen has been a local favorite for years now, with their eclectic and wide-ranging menu that includes four cheese ravioli, chicken marsala, lump crab cakes, chicken satay, grilled octopus, torched salmon, mk wings, grilled hanger steak, truffle gnocchi and cheese, and any one of their fresh salads.

Photo courtesy of Clare Lawrence

Photo courtesy of Clare Lawrence

Madison Kitchen opened to remarkable reviews in The New York Times, Westchester Magazine and more. This gem of a restaurant also serves a hearty brunch and features a comprehensive wine list. They are also known for their delicious desserts that include apple pie, brownies ala mode, Italian camp fire milk shake, sorbets and ice cream. At Madison Kitchen, you’ll find a wide range of wonderful fare in a welcoming and modern decor. They’re open Monday- Friday beginning at 5pm. Saturday brunch at 11am and dinner served from 5pm on. Larchmont is known for alot of sensational things, and Madison Kitchen is one of them.
Visit them today at 7 Madison Street down the road from the Larchmont train station. Call 914 732 3024! Madison Kitchen, known for flawless cuisine, a standout wine list in a cozy ambiance you will love.

UNDERHILLS CROSSING – Elegant, World-Class Dining In Charming Bronxville!

Underhills Crossing

Photo courtesy of Clare Lawrence

It was another magical evening in the care and keeping of maestro Steven Palm as Clare and I always come home to Bronxville’s highly renowned Underhills Crossing. The week previous we feted my 52nd Birthday, and recently the incomparable eatery played host to us again. Die hard, loyal patrons of Underhills Crossing know all to well of its state-of-the-art fare, always at the forefront of dining. You don’t have to go to Manhattan to find world-class, gourmet food.

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Underhills Crossing has been in its convenient location on Pondfield Road serving premier dishes that will leave you coming back for more. My favorites, the able to be defined only in it’s own terms filet mignon and signature Underhills cheeseburger with all the accompaniments are simply the rage. Other tantalizing prime dishes include cavatelli, foisgras, pine island oysters, Maine lobster, steak tartare, fruits de mer, lamb, ravioli, rock shrimp and many others that will delight. Underhills Crossing is special; proprietor Steven Palm and his very welcoming, attentive staff treat you like a VIP and they always give first-class attention to you. It’s no secret why so many discerning Westchester family’s and captains of industry make Underhills Crossing their first dining experience. The Zagat Restaurant Guide loves and raves about the upscale food and you will too. This important venue has received so many wonderful accolades in the press. But don’t take my word for it, make your next elegant dining affair at Mr. Palm’s spectacular Underhills Crossing. 74 Pondfield Road, Bronxville. 914 337 1200.

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I can recall … Musings on our children growing up

I can recall reading how children in New York City would play stickball way back when …. I grew up in a pseudo country side, and my father had invented ‘sticky wicket’, a game with a ball and a cricket bat with the players trying to throw a ball (gently) at the legs of the person holding the cricket bat. It was so much fun, and I can imagine how it would be frowned upon today! Throwing a ball at someone’s legs! Oh my goodness!

My siblings and I would grow vegetables and then ‘sell them’ to my  mum, and there was such a  sense of accomplishment. Each year I would embroider chairbacks for Great Aunt Nance, and she would knit us a cardigan each. We would be in bed at 7 pm. (summer too  – can you imagine!), and we would lie in bed for hours until we fell asleep. I would read a book, and sneak it beneath my pillow when I heard my parents on the stairway. My mum made great roast chicken with stuffing (my father’s chicken was better though), but it was just the way he would season it. He would return from work and we would sit and watch him eat, and he would put x amount of pepper on the potatoes, and then the salt, and I cant describe it, but he would make everything look so appetizing when he did next to nothing? My mum would place our dessert called ‘afters’  behind the main course. We were not allowed to eat the ‘afters’ until we ate our dinner. The point of course was to eat all of those vegetables we hated in order to get to the yummy dessert be it pie and custard or something else.  Ice cream was always a huge treat. When my mum made a stew.. ‘we…ell‘  it was meat, some vegetables in water…. That was when we started to learn how to season,  some A-1 sauce, some pepper, anything to give flavor. We would always take out the dumplings and save for our ‘afters’ and serve with jam. Vegetables? My mum would cook a variety, but I would not be exaggerating if I stated 4-5 with each meal. Swedes, spinach, cabbage, brussel sprouts, potatoes of all kinds, greens as we called them. Not much meat.

Sundays in the summer would mean my mum pickling some hard boiled eggs in vinegar to have with salad for tea ( always a roast for Sunday lunch).  If fishermen would come around, we would have fresh cockles and mum would place them in vinegar to marinate. They were delicious.  Herrings slow cooked in the oven with onions and vinegar – yum! I used to love to bring in the bottles of milk and enjoy the fresh cream on top!

Life was so different. Families were families.  Sunday afternoons would mean sitting by the fire and reading the Sunday newspapers. When I was 4, I would pretend to read.. and when I was 5, I did read. So many stories about the holocaust. That I vividly recall.  I can recall coming in second in a Cadbury’s writing contest held  amongst all schools in England and  Northern Ireland when I was in Elementary School. We had to write a story on how the Easter Bunny lost its tail! We had time to have imaginations. Are our children too programmed today?

A.J. and Mark. A.J. always loved uniforms, and is now a commercial pilot! Mark is in business!

Playtime was outside, playing with friends, be it soccer, or berry picking, or going where we weren’t supposed to it which were the batteries or emplacements on Canvey Island. We would run amidst the pillboxes having so much fun. Yikes! I am sure there was ammunition left somewhere but what did we know in the 50’s! I can recall mud flats, and we would roll in the mud – it would be warm and oozing. Canvey Island was a holiday spot for people from London which made us laugh.  Coming to our island? People would come for holidays or day trips, there was a fair ground, a Country Club, a horrible stony beach and a casino. We even had (have) Dutch cottages with thatched roofs. One famous pub was called the Haystack because of it thatched roof.

When I was 11, I passed the “11 Plus’, my parents told me not to go to High School for I would get married and so why bother. Ha! However, I attended an all girl’s High School which meant I had to wear a uniform, a beret, take a bus to a train, a train and then another bus to my school from the age of 11 onward. I cant imagine doing that now. However, back then, everyone did it. The trains were also steam, and so we would hang our heads out of the window to see the smoke getting all black in the process!  We had to stand for any adult on a bus so they would not have to. Life was different. We were taught to respect our elders.

I think that our childhood also determines to some extent the type of play we then have with our children when they are born. My father was the fun person, and we loved his sense of play. I can recall (still do – oops) having throwing contests with paper balls into the garbage can from the kitchen table. We call it the best of three, and see who gets the ball of paper into the garbage the most times.  A relative came to stay once, and asked why were we doing it. I responded with ‘because its fun!”  I felt so sad that he had never experienced doing something so silly and he was so young. I would sit down on the floor after dinner, their homework completed, and my sons and I would play marbles. Or, we would play floor hockey on a limited basis of course.  Board games – always just as we did growing up on Canvey. Scrabble my favorite!  Driveway tennis,  baseball, berry picking, cooking. All of my sons are great cooks.  One of my son’s friends said he would love sleep overs as I would make great breakfasts. That was nice . One time, and after my children had a bout of the flu, we decided to have an indoor picnic to cheer  up. I placed a sheet onto the kitchen floor, and we had a picnic just because…

I was taught not to take myself seriously, and I would like to think that my three sons all have a great sense of humor, care for others, and to treat everyone the same. Life is too short.

So, it all makes me ponder on this generation a little.  Don’t hate me!! I see the children glued to their computer tablets and phones so how do they socialize, have fun and just be children? Will they grow up to be too serious. Perhaps unhappy?  Its saddens me when I hear how colleges have to create safe places for their students because they cant cope. Have they lost their sense of fair play, how to play, how to relax, can they spontaneously create a game just because?

Just pondering…

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Happy Birthday Matt!

What a night!!! Legendary Underhills Crossing CEO/Proprietor Steven Palm took these two photos with us at my fabulous 52nd Birthday bash in my birth town of Bronxville, New York! Kudos and thumbs up to Steven and the entire Underhills Crossing Staff!

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