sabato 31 dicembre 2016

Celebrating the New Year coming 'In the Mould of the Iguanodon'.





Illustrated London News, January 7 1854, Add MS 50150, f. 225




La vigilia del Capodanno del 1853, con l'intento di contribuire a promuovere la mostra permanente al Crystal Palace dove facevano esibizione di sé enormi animali preistorici in cemento disegnati da Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins con la direzione scientifica di Richard Owen, si tenne una cena del tutto inusuale: ventuno insigni accademici e persone importanti all'epoca furono invitati ad un cenone di fine anno che avrebbe avuto luogo all'interno del ventre di un Iguanodonte, il più grande tra tutti i dinosauri in mostra nel Parco di Sydenham


Lithograph published by Day & Son, 1854, showing the Crystal Palace and Park in Sydenham. Add MS 50150.




Anche gli inviti che furono inviati ai commensali erano forieri della stravaganza all'insegna della quale si sarebbe svolta l'intera celebrazione, poiché, rispettosi del tema pienamente preistorico del banchetto, furono scritti su di un tracciato iscritto all'interno di un'ala dispiegata di uno Pterosauro !



Original drawing by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins for the invitation to Dinner in the Iguanodon Mould. This is preserved in Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. A printed invitation also is preserved in the Waterhouse Hawkins collection at the Natural History Museum. 


Questo era il testo:
"Il signor Waterhouse Hawkins richiede l'onore di avere _________________ alla cena che si terrà nello modello dell'Iguanodonte al Crystal Palace la sera di sabato 31 dicembre 31 alle ore cinque. Una risposta è d'obbligo."
Facevano parte degli ospiti (tutti uomini) Richard Owen, il quale era seduto a capotavola, all'interno del cranio dell'Iguanodonte, quasi come se la sua posizione metaforicamente indicasse che egli era davvero la mente di tale progetto, 

A wonderful illustration of the Iguanodon Dinner - an event held at the Crystal Palace in London in 1853, when dinner was served inside the first ever life-sized dinosaur model (a giant iguanodon). Sir Richard Owen, the man who coined the word ‘dinosaur’, was the host. 


il professor Edward Forbes, naturalista, geologo e presidente della London Geological Society era presente al suo fianco insieme con l'eminente geologo Joseph Prestwich e altri scienziati ben noti in quegli anni. Erano presenti anche gli investitori nel progetto del Crystal Palace Company e direttori di giornali, si suppone con l'intento di massimizzare il servizio d'informazioni che tale evento avrebbe ricevuto.
Una sorta di palcoscenico venne eretto attorno al gigantesco rettile, lungo ben 11 metri, testimone di un'epoca sulla quale tutto era ancora da scoprire ed un palchetto in legno fu costruito attorno al gigantesco modello affinché i camerieri potessero raggiungere i tavoli che risultavano di molto rialzati da terra; il modello risultava così circondato da una tenda alla quale furono affisse quattro placche in onore dei famosi paleontologi che avevano contribuito ai primi studi su questo mondo primordiale misconosciuto, che recavano i nomi di William Buckland, Georges Cuvier, Richard Owen e Gideon Mantell, ed un grande lampadario che illuminava il tavolo che avrebbe visto ben otto portate completava lo scenario.

Fu proprio Gideon Mantell a nominare e a fornire una descrizione se vogliamo persino ben più dettagliata ed esatta dell'Iguanodonte rispetto all'immagine che di tale dinosauro si fece e fece riprodurre da Waterhouse Hawkins nei suoi giganteschi modelli Richard Owen, il quale era persuaso che l'Iguanodonte avesse zampe anteriori e zampe posteriori praticamente identiche, mentre Mantell, al contrario, sosteneva, a ragione, possiamo dire oggi, che tale animale preistorico, da erbivoro quale era, fosse un bipede con gli arti anteriori ben più corti di quelli posteriori. 

Anche se sappiamo molto circa il pasto in sé grazie alle documentazioni e alle immagini che si possono ritrovare nei giornali dell'epoca, rimane la perplessità sul luogo esatto in cui sia stato improvvisato questo vano ristorante, ossia se nel calco che fece da modello all'originale o se dentro l'originale stesso esposto al Chrystal Palace
Per certo sappiamo che il menu constava di otto portate e quali di preciso esse fossero ce lo confermano le copie conservate del BILL OF FARE:

Minestre: Zuppa di Finta Tartaruga ( zuppa fatta con testa di vitello ), Julien di Verdure, Lepre

Pesci: Merluzzo con Salsa di Ostriche, Filetti di Merlani, Rombo à l’Hollandaise

Secondi a base di carne: Tacchino Arrosto, Prosciutto, Torta lievitata di Piccione, Pollo Lesso con Salsa di Sedano

Entrées: Cotolettes de Tomates Moutonaux, Currie de Lapereaux au riz, Salmi de Perdrix, Mayonnaise de filets de Sole

Selvaggina: Fagiani, Beccacce, Beccaccini

Dolci: Macedonia in Gelatina, Gelatina di Arancia, Bavarese, Charlotte Russa, Pasticceria Francese, Torrone à la Chantilly, Buisson di Meringa alla [ Confettura ?]

Desserts: Uva, Mele, Pere, Mandorle e Uvetta, Prugne Francesi, Pinoli, Nocciole, Noci &c,&c

Vini: Sherry, Madeira, Porto, Vini della Mosella, Chiaretto


Se dobbiamo prestar fede alle notizie che ci consegna la stampa, sappiamo anche che la cena si fece turbolenta e chiassosa, dato l'effetto dei vini che misero assai presto di buon umore i convenuti inducendoli a cantare a gran voce

Nell'immagine qui sotto potete osservare il disegno che a memoria dell'evento fece lo stesso Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins



The Dinner in the Mould of the Iguanodon by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, 
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.



al quale accompagnò una breve cronaca della serata scritta di proprio pugno:

LA CENA NEL MODELLO DELL'IGUANODONTE.

Di Mr. B Waterhouse Hawkins

Per il Prof R Owen, il Prof Edward Forbes, Mr. Joseph Prestwich e 18 altri signori di grande competenza scientifica ed umanistica al Crystal Palace, Sydenham, 31 dicembre 1853.


La Rinascita del lguanodon è stato uno dei primi e dei più grandi modelli giganteschi realizzati da Mr Waterhouse Hawkins della misura di trenta piedi dal naso alla fine della coda, dei quali il corpo con il collo comprendeva circa quindici piedi e quando i pezzi dello stampo che costituiva la cresta della schiena furono rimossi, il corpo aveva l'aspetto di un grande Scarpone aperto con archi alti sette piedi ad ambo le estremità. L'arco nella testa dell'animale era occupato dal Prof R Owen celebre paleontologo che con il Prof Edward Forbes generosamente aiutarono Mr Waterhouse Hawkins con il consiglio e la critica scientifica durante tutto il tempo occupato dal suo unico impegno, arduo ma di successo. L'arco più largo all'estremità opposta era occupato da Mr Francis Fuller amministratore delegato del Crystal Palace che aveva il Prof Edward Forbes alla sua destra e un amico cantore alla sua sinistra il cui canto delizioso aumentò il piacere di una serata memorabile. Le due parti contengono nove posti ciascuno e nel centro di sinistra il modello era occupato da Mr Hawkins quale ospite e presidente, sostenuto alla sua destra dal signor Joseph Prestwich, uno dei suoi primi allievi e costante amico nel corso degli ultimi venticinque anni. Mr John Gould FRS era alla sua sinistra.


E a gran voce, a tarda sera, presero congedo dal mondo preistorico intonando, strada facendo, una canzonetta creata per l'occasione di cui vi propongo di seguito il testo:



A thousand ages underground,
His skeleton had lain,
But now his body's big and round,
And there's life in him again !
The jolly old beast is not deceased,
There's life in him again,
The jolly old beast is not deceased,
There's life in him again.

His bones like Adam's wrapped in clay,
His ribbs of iron stout,
Where is the brute alive today,
That dares to turn him out.
The jolly old beast is not deceased,
There's life in him again,
The jolly old beast is not deceased,
There's life in him again.


E giunto il momento degli auguri, da che il vecchio anno sta per lasciarci, vi ripropongo una citazione che già postai tempo fa, ma che tanto amo e tanto mi sembra adatta oggi ancor più di quanto lo fosse allora ...

Se potessi offrirvi, questa mattina, il dono più prezioso
Sarebbe un tempo senza inizio né fine.
Una vita piena di buona salute e quella pace e quella gioia interiore
che possono provenire solo che dallo spirito.
Sarebbe purezza nei vostri pensieri e nelle vostre parole
per cui tutto ciò che avvicinereste altro non potrebbe essere che Bellezza.
Sarebbe un sonno profondo, e un respiro di dolce serenità.
Sarebbe comprensione del baratro
esistente tra ciò che è materiale
e ciò che è spirituale - in modo che la rabbia e la frustrazione
si dissolverebbero in un caldo rifugio d'Amore.
E voi sareste per sempre il più fedeli degli amici ...
Non per me, ma per voi stessi.
Tutti i frutti della vita germoglio nel cuore
quindi questo è il mio regalo
dal mio Cuore al Vostro.


- Hinmaton Yalaktit ( Chief Joseph ) - From my Heart to Yours





SERENO E PROSPERO ANNO NUOVO A VOI TUTTI,

SIATE LA LUCE DEL 2017 !












- picture 1



On the New Year's Eve of 1853, with the intent to help to promote the permanent exhibition at the Crystal Palace where they were on display huge prehistoric animals made of concrete designed by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins under the scientific direction of Richard Owen, it was held a definitely unusual dinner: twenty-one distinguished academics and important people of the day were invited to a banquet celebrating the new year coming that would have taken place inside the belly of an Iguanodon, the largest among all the dinosaurs exhibited at the Park of Sydenham



- picture 2



yet the invitations that were sent to the diners were harbingers of the extravagance of which they were bearers, as, fully respectful of the prehistoric theme of the banquet, were written on a track marked inside an unfolded wing of a Pterosaur!



- picture 3 - Original drawing by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins for the invitation to Dinner in the Iguanodon Mould. This is preserved in Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. A printed invitation also is preserved in the Waterhouse Hawkins collection at the Natural History Museum. 




This was its text:

“Mr Waterhouse Hawkins requests the honour of_________________at dinner in the mould of the Iguanodon at the Crystal Palace on Saturday evening December the 31st at five o’clock 1853 – an answer will oblige.”


They were part of the guests (all men) Richard Owen, who was sitting inside the head of the mould of the Iguanodon, as if his position would metaphorically indicate that he was really the mind of this project,



- picture 4 - A wonderful illustration of the Iguanodon Dinner - an event held at the Crystal Palace in London in 1853. When dinner was served inside the first ever life-sized dinosaur models (a giant iguanodon). Sir Richard Owen, the man who coined the word 'dinosaur', was the host.




Professor Edward Forbes, a naturalist, geologist and President of the London Geological Society was present at his side along with the eminent Geologist Joseph Prestwich and other well-known scientists in those years. They were also present the investors in the project of the Crystal Palace Company and directors of newspapers, supposedly with the intention to maximize the information service that such an event had to receive.

A sort of stage was erected around the giant reptile, long 11 meters, witness of an era on which everything was still to be discovered and a wooden bandstand was built around the giant model so that the waiters could reach the tables that were quite up off the ground; the model looked, so, surrounded by a curtain at which they were posted four plaques in honor of the famous paleontologists who had contributed to the first studies on this misunderstood primordial world which were bearing the names of William Buckland, Georges Cuvier, Richard Owen and Gideon Mantell and a large chandelier illuminating the table, which would see eight courses, completed the scenary.

It was just Gideon Mantell to appoint and provide a description if you want even much more detailed and accurate of the Iguanodon compared to the image of the dinosaur which came and made create by Waterhouse Hawkins in his gigantic models Richard Owen, who was persuaded that the Iguanodon had virtually identical front and hind legs, while Mantell, on the contrary, argued, rightly, we can say today, that this prehistoric animal, herbivore as he was, was a biped with far shorter forelimbs than hind ones.

Although we know a lot about the meal itself thanks to all the documents and images that can be found amongst the newspapers, it remains a little of perplexity on the exact location of this improvised restaurant compartment, that is, it was inside of the mould that served as a model to the original or inside the original itself exposed at the Crystal Palace.

For sure we do know that the menu consisted of eight courses and what exactly they were is confirmed by the preserved copies of the BILL OF FARE:



- picture 5 - Bill of Fare



Soups: Mock Turtle, Julien, Hare

Fish: Cod and Oyster Sauce, Fillets of Whiting, Turbot à l’Hollandaise

Removes: Roast Turkey, Ham, Raised Pigeon Pie, Boiled Chicken and Celery Sauce

Entrées: Cotolettes de Moutonaux Tomates, Currie de Lapereaux au riz, Salmi de Perdrix, Mayonnaise de filets de Sole

Game: Pheasants, Woodcocks, Snipes

Sweets: Macedoine Jelly, Orange Jelly, Bavaroise, Charlotte Russe, French Pastry, Nougat à la Chantilly, Buisson de Meringue aux [Confiture ?]

Dessert: Grapes, Apples, Pears, Almonds and Raisins, French Plums, Pines, Filberts, Walnuts &c, &c

Wines: Sherry, Madeira, Port, Moselle, Claret



If we are to believe the news that the press gives us, we also know that the dinner became rowdy and boisterous, since the effect of the wines that put quite soon the defendants in high spirits causing them to sing loudly.

In the picture below you can see the design that the same Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins did to commemorate the event



- picture 6 - The Dinner in the Mould of the Iguanodon by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.




which accompanied a brief chronicle of the evening written in his own hand:


THE DINNER IN THE MOULD OF THE IGUANODON

Given by Mr. B Waterhouse Hawkins

To Prof R Owen, Prof Edward Forbes, Mr Joseph Prestwich and 18 other Scientific and literary gentlemen at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham on the 31st of December 1853

The Restoration of the lguanodon was one of the largest and earliest completed of Mr Waterhouse Hawkins’ gigantic models measuring thirty feet from the nose to the end of the tail, of that quantity the body with the neck contained about fifteen feet which when the pieces of the mould that formed the ridge of the back were removed the body presented the appearance of a wide open Boot with on enclosed arch seven feet high at both ends. The arch in the head of the animal was occupied by Prof R Owen the celebrated Palaeontologist who with Prof Edward Forbes liberally aided Mr Waterhouse Hawkins with counsel and scientific criticism during the whole time occupied by his unique, arduous and successful undertaking. The wider arch at the opposite end was filled by Mr Francis Fuller the Managing Director of the Crystal Palace with Prof Edward Forbes on his right and a musical friend on his left whose delightful singing greatly increased the pleasure of a memorable evening. The two sides contain nine seats each that in centre of left was occupied by Mr Hawkins as host and Chairman, was supported on his right by Mr Joseph Prestwich one of his earliest pupils & constant friend during the previous twenty five years. Mr John Gould FRS was on his left.

And loudly, late in the evening, they took leave of the prehistoric world singing, along the way, a song created for the occasion of which I propose you the lyric:


A thousand ages underground,
His skeleton had lain,
But now his body's big and round,
And there's life in him again !
The jolly old beast is not deceased,
There's life in him again,
The jolly old beast is not deceased,
There's life in him again.

His bones like Adam's wrapped in clay,
His ribbs of iron stout,
Where is the brute alive today,
That dares to turn him out.
The jolly old beast is not deceased,
There's life in him again,
The jolly old beast is not deceased,
There's life in him again.


The time for the Good Wishes has arrived, since the old year is about to leave us, and in this occasion I offer you again a well-wishing quote that I posted already long ago, but I love it so much, and I seem it to be even more appropriate today than how it was then ...


If I could offer you, this morning, the most precious gift
It would be a time without beginning or end.
A life full of good health and that peace and inner joy
that can come only from the spirit.
It would be pureness in your thoughts and in your words
so anything you can approach could be nothing else than beauty.
It would be a deep sleep, and a breath of sweet serenity.
It would be understanding of the abyss
existing between the material
and the spiritual - so that anger and frustration
would dissolve into a warm refuge of Love.
And you'd be forever the most faithful of friends ...
not for me but for yourself.
All the fruits of life sprout in the heart
so this is my gift
from my heart to yours.


- Hinmaton Yalaktit ( Chief Joseph ) - From my Heart to Yours






PEACEFUL AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL,

BE THE LIGHT OF 2017 !








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54 commenti:

  1. Best wishes to you and your family for the New Year.

    God bless.

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    1. @ Victor S E Moubarak
      thank you, you're so heartily welcome !

      Sending blessings to you and your dear ones too,
      may the New Year coming bring Joy and Peace to you all ☆*•♥•*☆

      Elimina
  2. Hello Dany and Happy weekend! I wish you and your family all the best in 2017 and a very Happy New Year!

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    1. @ eileeninmd
      my Dearest, may the New Year coming bring everything you wish and deserve, you're such a kindred soul, thank you for you loveliness ⊰✽*♥♡♥*✽⊱

      Elimina
  3. Wishing you happy wishes for 2017..and thank you for Mozart :)
    xoxo
    T.D

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    1. @ T.D
      your visit and your words fill my heart with such a gladness, thank you, sweet friend !

      *ஜ* Wishing you too all my best for the coming New Year *ஜ*

      Elimina
  4. Wow they really knew how to throw a party back then didn't they, that menu is just something else, they had a huge variety of things to eat didn't they, they probably didn't need to go to all the trouble it sounds like they may not have noticed with all the wine they were drinking ;) Quite an interesting idea to promote the exhibition. Love the poem you ended the post with.... same wishes go out to you my friend, may the new year hold many blessings and fun surprises!!

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    1. @ Conniecrafter
      Dearie, I feel so blessed to have you as a friend of mine, you're so adorable and kind ... thank you for everything and for being the wonderful Lady you are !

      May the New Year bring much Joy, Peace, Love and Wonder
      to you and your family╰☆╮

      Elimina
  5. ° 。 ° ˛˚˛ * _Π_____*。*˚
    ˚ ˛ •˛•˚ */______/~\。˚ ˚ ˛
    ˚ ˛ •˛• ˚| 田田 |門| ˚Happy New Year
    * Joy to all! ♫•*¨* Peace on Earth ♪♫•*¨*

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    1. @ Sandee
      yours is truly a wonderful Wish for us all,
      I thank you from the bottom of my heart, sweet friend ❥

      Elimina
  6. Dany, I wish you all of the beauty and joy that your heart can hold, for this New Year.
    Sending you hugs from across the ocean, sweet friend.
    xo.

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ Lisa
      Dearest friend of mine, what a wonderful good wish, I'm wishing you the same !

      *♥* Sending blessings and much love *♥*

      Elimina
  7. Thank you for your beautiful friendship dear Dany💕 I wish that your 2017 is a happy and fills all your dreams. Enjoy!

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    1. @ riitta
      it is I who want to thank you for your so precious friendship, sweet friend, and I'm doing it with my heart filled with so much joy and love !

      May your New Year too bring joy and contentment to you and your dear ones, sending you the biggest and the warmest hug ever,
      with utmost gratitude ♥∗✿*♡*✿∗♥

      Elimina
  8. Dearest Dany! As ever you have enlightened us and shared such wonderful historical details with us! Such a pleasure to visit with you and I want to wish you a very special 2017!
    Happy New Year sweet friend!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ Christine
      thank you for blessing my day, darling friend, both with your presence here and with your so beautiful words, filling my heart with such a deep, inner joy !

      ༺❀༻ Wishing you too a Very Happy 2017 ༺❀༻

      Elimina
  9. It brings me such joy to visit with you here! Thank you for the dear source of encouragement you are to me so many, many times. I do trust Jesus to make your new year special and healthy and blessed in every good way! Sending you much love and blessings from the USA, sweet friend. :)

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    1. @ Cheryl
      you also are such a blessing to me, precious friend of mine, you cannot even imagine what really your friendship means to me !

      May your New Year too bring you and your dear ones many blessings, please, never change, my Lovely Lady, you're so very special ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
  10. Cara Daniela,
    che il Nuovo Anno possa esaudire tutti i tuoi desideri...buon 2017!
    Un abbraccio
    Letizia

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    1. @ Letiza
      carissima, contraccambio di tutto cuore il tuo graditissimo abbraccio ed i tuoi auguri, che il Nuovo Anno porti con sé tutto quanto di più bello tu possa desiderare, grazie per la gentilezza del tuo animo ♥♡♥

      Elimina
  11. Dany è...terrificante questa cena di cui ci hai parlato! Ma..ma..come gli è venuta in mente, santo cielo che originalità :)
    Tantissimi auguri di Buon Anno Nuovo, spero che sia prospero e felice per te e tutte le persone cui vuoi bene
    Un abbraccio Susanna

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    1. @ Susanna
      dolcissima amica dal cuore d'oro, sai che ai nostri Victorians non faceva di certo difetto l'originalità e credo sia stato davvero emozionante cenare in un luogo così inusitato ... non è da tutti e nemmeno da tutti i giorni !!!

      E che il Nuovo Anno sia prodigo di gioia, serenità ed amore anche per te e per i tuoi cari, te lo auguro con tutto il cuore, mia cara •♥•*☆*•♥•

      Elimina
  12. Cara Dany, un Felice 2017 ricco di salute soprattutto e che possiamo ancora dividere a lungo le nostre passioni!! 🎊🍾🍀💓🤗😘

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ WOODY
      carissima, è davvero un bellissimo augurio il tuo che contraccambio con tanta gioia !

      E che la tua giornata risplenda di amore e serenità ♡❤♡

      Elimina
  13. A very happy and blessed new year to you Dany. Sending you love and hugs.

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ Andrea
      dear, darling friend of mine, blessed be !

      Thanking you for being here today,
      I'm sending many blessings on your New Year too,
      with so much gratitude for your precious friendship ✿ღ Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ ღ✿

      Elimina
  14. Thanks for your lovely posts ... always !
    Sweet friend, I wish you and your family a most wonderful 2017 !
    Hugs,
    Sylvia

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    1. @ Sylvia
      wishing you too a most gorgeous New Year ever,
      sending my biggest and warmest hug across the many miles !

      ⊰♥⊱ THINKING OF YOU WITH MUCH LOVE ⊰♥⊱

      Elimina
  15. How fascinating and odd! A unique dinner to be sure! Your blessing for 2017 is a gem, Dany, and it is my wish for you as well, dearest! Happy New Year!

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    1. @ June
      my kindred soul, I'm so grateful to you for gracing my blog today, you're always so heartily welcome, you bless my heart whenever you come !

      Your Good Wishes for the New Year are so precious to me,
      I'm thanking you from the bottom of my heart !

      May your day be blessed with joy and may the remainder of your week be filled with gladness and peace ❥

      Elimina
  16. Cara Daniela, ti auguro un nuovo anno ricco liete sorprese e ti ringrazio nuovamente per i meravigliosi e curiosi post che ci regali
    Bacioni Alessandra

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    1. @ Alessandra
      mia dolce, sono io ad esserti grata, e lo sono di vero cuore, per tutto quanto ci ( e mi ) doni e che possa il Nuovo Anno essere prodigo anche con te e con i tuoi cari di cose belle e piacevoli !

      ஐ Ti abbraccio forte forte ஐ

      Elimina
  17. Dear Daniela,

    Such a lovely post you have shared, thank you.
    Happy New Year and may 2017 be a wonderful year for you with good health, happiness and prosperity.
    Thanks for your friendship and all you share.
    Sending love and hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. @ Carolyn
      dearest friend of mine, it is I who want to thank you, for so many things ... the kindness of your heart, your inner beauty, your loveliness ... your so beautiful friendship !

      Wishing you too a very Happy New Year, Sweetie,
      filled with so many dreams coming true ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
  18. What a fabulous event! Can you imagine all that, plus the incredible dinner? Oh, Dany, thank you once again for taking us to places and times of which we know little -- and long to know more.

    A very beautiful Happy New Year to you -- I hope the new year brings you the same pleasure that each visit to your blog brings me.

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ Jeanie
      your enthusiasm is filling my heart with joy to overflowing, blessed be, you're always so very generous with me, Dearie !

      Hoping that your New Year is off to a great start,
      I'm wishing you much prosperity, love and joy for your days to come,
      with so, so much thankfulness for the cheerfulness you always bring here ✿⊱╮

      Elimina
  19. Loved their Bill of Fare. Wow, what a feast.

    Have a fabulous day my friend. ☺

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ Sandee
      sweet friend of mine, their Bill of Fare talks about a great dinner, doesn't it ?

      Wishing you again a most wonderful 2017,
      filled with the most beautiful things you could ever wish ♡❤♡

      Elimina
  20. cara dany
    buon inizio d anno e grz per i post che costantemente con amore e passione ci regali..
    bacio
    daniela

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    1. @ daniela
      ti sono immensamente grata per la generosità di cui mi fai dono, è l'entusiasmo di persone come te che alimenta la mia passione ... grazie di vero cuore !

      Nella speranza che il Nuovo Anno sia cominciato nel migliore dei modi anche per te, ti abbraccio augurandoti un sereno prosieguo di settimana,
      mia dolcissima amica ⊰✽*♥♡♥*✽⊱

      Elimina
  21. How amazing it would be to travel back in time to see the Great Exhibitions in Crystal Palace!!
    I wish you and your family Daniela a joyous New Year filled with happiness and laughter and a large sprinkling of good health. With hugs from across the miles :)

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    1. @ Prunella Pepperpot
      for sure, it would be wonderful to me too !

      Your Good Wish is so very beautiful, I wish the same to you and your dear ones, darling, adorable friend ❥

      Elimina
  22. My sweet and precious Dany, I was just coming to visit you when you left a comment on my blog! How delightful that were were thinking of one another at the same time {{smiles}} Thank you for your lovely words on my blog today...how you bless my heart!

    I hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start and may 2017 be filled with lots of love, joy, beauty, and blessings. Much love to you!

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    1. @ Stephanie
      if I am not mistaken this isn't the first time that we find ourselves thinking of one another at the same time ... we're two kindred souls for real, my cherished friend !

      Thinking of you with so much love,
      I'm sending you all my best for the New Year just begun,
      may it bring moments of laughter and contentment, of peace and love to you too, precious friend of mine, blessed be ༺♡❀♡༻

      Elimina
  23. what a lovely post- romantic music and the Iguana dinner is amazing!

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    1. @ Kathe
      sweet friend, your words of appreciation fill my heart with gladness, thank you !

      May your day be blessed with joy •♥•♥•♥•

      Elimina
  24. You make me so happy when you take time from your world to stop by my blog. You share the most interesting things. So much time goes into it. Thank you.

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    1. @ LV
      and I so love to come and visit with you, your world is filled with so much joy and cheerfulness, you always put me in such high spirits, my Lovely Girl !

      May 2017 bring all the joy and peace you deserve, Sweetie,
      you're such a sweet-hearted girl, so very special for me and my world ☆:*•♥*♥•*:☆

      Elimina
  25. mia dolce amica, ti auguro un anno nuovo pieno di tutto ciò che il tuo cuore desidera! Ti abbraccio forte forte Lory

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    1. @ Lory
      bellissimo il tuo augurio, mia cara, lo contraccambio con il cuore colmo di gioia !

      Che il tuo weekend sia prodigo di serenità e di cose per cui rallegrarti ✿⊱╮

      Elimina
  26. Amazing! And I love that the host was the man who coined the word "dinosaur."

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    1. @ Linda
      your words of amusement are my contentment and delight, blessed be !

      Hope you had a lovely week,
      I'm wishing you wonderful days to come,
      may your weekend be filled with joy and wonder,
      my dear, darling friend ♡❤♡

      Elimina
  27. I love these old photos and the history you share Dany! Wishing you the merriest of New year!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. @ Jann
      it is I who have to thank you, both for visiting with so much kindness and for being always so very sweet, dear, dearest friend, blessed be !

      Hope your New Year too is off to a good start,
      I'm sending blessings of joy on the end of your week ❥

      Elimina

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY THANK YOU FOR YOUR THOUGHTS AND WORDS, SO PRECIOUS TO ME.