As I have not taken any pictures yet on this rainy day, I want to share a quote by someone named Bernhard Thuersam, www.Circa1865.com , sent to me yesterday by an email friend:
"Aristocracy was then gauged by manners and morals, and not by the size of the bank account, as I fear is too much the case today. Far more time was spent in cultivating the graces and charms of life than in amassing fortunes. They realized that “Manners are of more importance than money and laws” – for manners give form and color to our lives. They felt, as Tennyson said, “Manners are the fruit of lofty natures and noble minds.”
Those of you who were taught the way of truth were likely told something similar: that true riches are acquired through attributes other than money. When time permits I will add to this post, and of course, your comments are welcome.