The photos got out of order, but I'm sure you can fill in the blanks. We finished at The Mansion today; a bittersweet occasion, to be sure. It is the very best place we work all year long, and we always hate to leave. We will go back for a party on the 11th, and I may have more photos from that night to show you.
Two of my favorite trustees** were there again this year. "Ask and ye shall receive" is not just a saying there - it really is their motto. I was happy to learn that neither of them will be at The Mansion by next Christmas, which means they will be going home to their families. I wished them good luck and God speed.
** Trustees are men from the state prison who work in the mansion everyday and go back to the prison at night. They learn trades, such as baking, cooking and gardening, and they do all kinds of manual labor at the mansion, such as vacuuming and silver polishing. Chosen for their "good behavior" (I suppose) they are so very nice to us and make our stay there very pleasant.