Sturbridge MA lodgingsJune 22, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F
I am writing this sitting on my Adirondack chair outside my New England homestead. The chair awaiting MTC is visible on the left of the three red photo, the one of the blue house. Our front door is at the side.
We have done half of Old Sturbridge Village and we will complete the visit tomorrow morning. The weather is bright sunshine with a warm breeze. Perfect for strolling around 18th century New England.
The old village folk-park is excellent and very relaxing. They do not appear to have any pigs. None that we saw anyway. Postcards with pigs on them are very hard to find throughout America. We have a bear postcard. We have a puffin one. But no pigs. MTC needs to get her act together. Fast.
We had an interesting stop at the bank where the costumed guide told us how banks issued loans by way of banknotes. They would give you a loan of say $50 in the form of 10 X $5 bills. Banks would often print their bills on flimsy paper with bad ink on the basis that not all notes would survive as they circulated. That way banks would not have to redeem 100% of their notes. They made more money from that than from the interest they charged.
Banks would not accept land as collateral for loans because of the difficulties attaching to foreclosure and the impact on their reputation locally.
I had a brief discussion with the lady making a quilt. I thought she was making a coaster. I said this out loud before I thought about it. Being polite, she accepted that this could indeed have been an option. (Hardly, though, in 1750s New England. She was only humouring me. Even I could see that.).
Quilt making is all very fine, but cold hard cash arouses my interest far more. Though, in the cold, maybe a quilt might be a good idea. Now that I've had time to think about it. A little. I still preferred the guy at the bank.
I am still annoyed with revolut. So-called Support tells me that the card is not accepted in unmanned petrol stations. That is fair enough. I agree with that. They shouldn't be.
But both my declinatures took place in manned stations. With the man, or woman, standing there as my card was declined. Three times. It was declined twice at the first station. I only went for a single declinature at the second place. Total three. Wait till all my Twitter followers hear about this!Read more