The Roosevelts

Trip Start Nov 03, 2012
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Trip End Dec 21, 2012


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Monday, November 12, 2012

Laura and I got the bus from Boston to New Bedford to meet with Haven and Bunny Roosevelt. Haven is Eleanor & Franklin D. Roosevelt's (FDR - 32nd President of the USA) Grandson. As the Scholarship name suggests 'Nottinghamshire Roosevelt Travelling Scholarship' it is in memory of FDR. Every year they are so kind to the Scholars and invite them to stay.

History: "The Roosevelt Scholarship was dreamed up a few months after the end of the Second World War by the then Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Francis Carney. He wanted to let the Americans know how much we owed to the leadership of President Franklin D Roosevelt, who died just a few weeks before the Nazi surrender.
"The name of Franklin D Roosevelt will live for ever in the memory of man as one of the great architects of our victory," the Lord Mayor said, as he urged local businesses to contribute towards his scheme to send four young Notts people to America as "unofficial goodwill ambassadors." " www.rooseveltscholarship.org

The bus from Boston to New Bedford was swift, we had a lot of catching up to do! Laura and I loved the fact the bus went through Taunton and to New Bedford. I used to live near Taunton and Laura is from Bedford!

We met Haven outside the bus station in his Siver/Green SUV. The drive to the winter house was only 15 minutes. We learned this years 2 previous scholars had visited the summer house. It's right on the beach but has no heat, so we were very happy to be going to the winter house. When we arrived we got a very warm welcome from Sugar and Bosco Roosevelt, two beautiful Labradors. Sugar - Chocolate & Bosco - Black.

We found our rooms then Bunny, Haven's wife arrived and we sat down to lunch. Later we went for a walk to the trails, Haven is the volunteer coordinator and they work to upkeep the 43 miles of trail in the area. Sugar and Bosco really enjoyed themselves! As did Laura and I, it's been a long time since we have been on a country walk. The trails had some sculptures commissioned recently and you can see them in the pictures.

After the fresh air we headed back to the house and had some tea; discussion ranged from health care and voting to books and dogs. The Roosevelts were so easygoing and kind, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day!
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