Bastille Day

HUZZAH!                 HUZZAH!

“Allons enfants de la patrie……”
The Alliance Francaise of NW CT is hosting our annual Bastille Day summer picnic today, July 14th, 2018.

The flowers, from a francophile friend, Mary Conseur, are an inspiration!

Many thanks to our new members and followers on this blog. More to come…


Ready to be dazzled? The Original Rochambeau Necklace

Feast your eyes on this gorgeous necklace designed and assembled by my husband, John.


Portrait by Rusty Dyer, Digidyer Productions


The story is that over the past several years, I received as gifts from John and Amy, my daughter, a few vintage fitted boxes of Rochambeau buttons, each with a set of 6 or so buttons of two sizes. I set them aside since they represent the hero of my book and the bicentennial of the battle of Yorktown. The buttons were made in Waterbury, CT, close to home.

Then last summer I got them out and said to John,”I would love to have a necklace fashioned of these buttons, but how?” I went to a jeweler who told me it would cost me well over one thousand to have them made up with gold chains etc. I said “No thanks”. I returned home with them. When John had time we found some gold parts ourselves. In a matter of hours, he put it together like the real ‘Can Do’ Sea Bee that he is. Et voila! I plan to wear it to a fancy dress 18th-century ball or maybe the grocery store.



My Warmest Wishes for a Happy New Year to All my Followers!

N.B.  May I remind you that when you read the blog you will see a request to enter your email address so my blog master can send you a notice once a month of my blog post. I know you are out there and that you love American and French history as much as I do. So kindly leave your email address today. It will give me a great big boost to know you are following my blog that and want me to continue.

I am posting a very tender photo of my dear deceased friend, Dr. Jacques Bossiere, Founder and First Chair of the W3R Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route.


Dr. Jacques Bossiere


Can you guess what we are doing so intently working? Jacques is recovering from a miserable accident as a
pedestrian in New York City hit by a car. My husband, John, and I visited him in Greenwich, CT to cheer him.
At that time I had just completed the writing of my 5th draft on the Rochambeau book. Jacques, who had plenty
of time on his hands, offered to annotate the manuscript. I was so very pleased to accept his kind offer!

So here we are working together while following up on his annotations. I shall forever be grateful for the
moral support he granted me on the publication of this most important book.

A Merry Christmas Message for December 2017!

And Holiday Wishes to Everyone!



The image above is special as it represents a turning point and a verification of battle plans of the principal generals near the close of the American Fight for Independence 1781. It is the result of unity between America and France.

Lest we forget! This is the setting:

In this painting by David R. Wagner, Connecticut’s own painter of the Rev War, we see General Rochambeau on the left and his American counterpart General Washington, on the right examining the map of the eastern United States.

Rochambeau has just received a message from Admiral De Grasse saying that he is on his way north from the French West Indies with the much needed cash, ships and soldier/marines to meet the combined Franco/American Army at the Chesapeake. Once they are all assembled near Yorktown, Virginia, they, along with Lafayette and his army, will force Lord General Cornwallis to back up to the bluff of Yorktown from which there is no exit!

The die is cast at this meeting in Phillipsburg, NY.


Their Christmas celebration that year would be one to celebrate! Raise a glass to King Louis XVI !!

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!



See you again in in January 2018!

Rochambeau and Washington lovers: Hear ye! Hear ye!


Great news for all of us who love our American history.
The new Museum of the American Revolution (M*AR) opened its doors in April 2017

My son, Rusty Dyer, and I joined a DARR/CAR trip to Philadelphia, PA to pay it a visit October 14-15, 2017.

Here we are outside the entrance with the cannon (no ’s) and the Redcoats!!!


They look friendly enough. In fact, they were downright affable!

It was Rusty’s birthday on the 15th, and he was born not far from this spot at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). What a great way to CELEBRATE!

FLASH Tune in next month for more on our trip ~

Indian Emissaries Meet with General Rochambeau at Newport, Rhode Island

Rochambeau receives 18 – 20 American Indians near the end of August 1780. They were mostly representatives of the Oneida and the Tuscarora tribes. French diarist, Verger, wrote: “The deputies of the Four Nations had come to make sure of our arrival and to offer us their alliance.” By tradition, the Iroquois Nation, to which these tribes belonged, favored the British during the American Revolution.

However, many of them had fought on their side of the French during the French and Indian War, only three decades earlier. The Iroquois Confederacy was composed of six nations: the Seneca, Cayuga, Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, and Tuscarora. These tribes formed an alliance for military and political reasons, with the Oneida and the Tuscarora openly siding with the British.

By the time Rochambeau arrived in Newport in mid August 1780, the Oneida and Tuscarora, breaking tradition, were eager to meet with the French general to determine where his interest stood and to confirm their allegiance to King Louis XVI Rochambeau received them with great pomp and circumstance offering them gifts with which they were well pleased. He regaled them with a military and then a naval drill that they enjoyed by all accounts.

Painting by David R. Wagner

Indian Emissaries Meet with General Rochambeau – Painting by David R. Wagner


(The above is excerpted from Rochambeau, Washington’s Ideal Lieutenant)

A Labor Day addition to the family picnic!

Very little in the way of LABOR here!


Our family recipe for what we now call ‘Angeled Eggs”:

Our good friend, Vicki, suggested we change the name to ‘Angeled’ We are all for it!.

The trick in preparing ‘Angeled Eggs’ is to eliminate extra ingredients. I simply add lots of Mayonnaise (or Veganaise) with a large squeeze plain old French’s mustard. The ‘piece de resistance’ that I have been adding for decades is a dab of Sun-dried Tomato on top! Et Voila!

Bring on the picnickers!