Friday, July 30, 2021

Chill in the Air

 I can’t believe how cool it has been in New Brunswick! Perhaps that is what has stirred some of my current activities.

There’s been an Early Primitive Homestead candle burning on the tabletop—emitting the scent of gingerbread.

My thoughts have turned to my Fall schedule which includes planning for our rug hooking group to meet face to face once more. 

I even prepped some cabbage to make sauerkraut.


(The rocks have been boiled to sanitize- and I ended up putting a layer of plastic wrap under them to ensure better fermentation. )
Now we wait and see..

Cooler weather also means I’m more likely to hook. I started this piece by Woolen Memories:

And here are pics of other  purchases I made on my trip. 

All were bought in Lancaster Co., Pa, save the delightful George Washington tribute cross stitch which came from Strasburg Emporium in my hometown of Strasburg, Virginia. 

This is “the long weekend,” a term used up here for holidays which include a Friday or Monday off. Monday is New Brunswick Day.
 We will celebrate with a walk to the nearby cidery to hear a friend perform old NB folk tunes. 
Many are taking this opportunity to leave the province as the covid mandates have lifted, but we’ve been away for a long time and will dog sit for a friend.

All these thoughts of Fall will soon disappear as the sun heats the region with summer once more. 
Hoping you embrace whatever weather you’re given today.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Goodies Haul

Just unpacking my trip purchases...

Here are my buys from Woolen Memories in Ware, Ma.       Sandy had a sale on some of her hand dudes, a treat for me as I usually purchase off the bolt textures.                That red striped and dotted is divine. My next project will be the large “Antique Shop” pattern on the far right.

I had a box shipped and waiting for me at my parents’ home— it was from The Wool Studio. Be still my heart.

The green plaid is “Guacamole” and is particularly lovely.

(Above): antique frog which will hold my rug hooks, antique rolling pin (Va.)for Cmas shortbread, and a small Amish made broom, yet to be freed from its binding, which is perfect for de-fuzzing a freshly hooked rug. 

And this gourd birdhouse from Pa. ‘Twas hand painted by an elderly local and a steal at $19. 

Well, I’m stumped as to why my lettering isn’t centering... anyway..

I also made some purchases at The Emporium, a huge antiques mall in my hometown of Strasburg, Va. if you’re ever there, do visit! 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Trip nears end

After more than 6 weeks away, our trip is winding to an end. I think I’m ready for the most part.                  We’re doing our last overnights here in a small rv park called Two Rivers in Skowhegan, Maine.       Skowhegan doesn’t have much to offer, except a New Balance outlet, but the river and surrounds are great. 

Before we arrived in Maine we spent a few days in Rhinebeck, NY. This small town has much to offer in the way of old architecture and yummy foods and specialty shops. The windy roads and rolling green hills with stone fences are positively dreamy.


        The views of the Hudson River were stunning and the fact that our son was able to join us from NYC after seeing us just last week in NC was the icing.

This was taken at Poet’s Walk Park. Son and my hubby are posing in the area Washington Irving walked to get his inspiration. On this day the humidex was 96, so our three miler was challenging.

In town, the Beekman Arms is popular; it’s the oldest inn in US, opening in the 1760s and us purportedly where Aaron Burr and Andrew Jackson had their argument which ended in the fatal duel. I could positively smell history in the pub there. On Fridays they give ghost tours of the basement. 

 Lastly, we walked around 1800s Wilderstein House where the Suckleys summered for years. They were related to FDR.       

And I managed to visit Sandy of WOOLEN MEMORIES in Ware, Ma.                                          Her sweet she-shed, packed with patterns and wools, was dreamy.                                                                     I left with a package of new wools and two patterns. I’ll photograph these when I’m home and unpacked. 

Very grateful and happy to have been able to see family and friends again. Also that our old dog Lucy could share it all. What rich blessings ♥️♥️

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Shenandoah Valley

 We’re rv’ing in Bird-in-Hand, Pa, which means we’re going to bug the poor Amish and Mennonites for the next couple of days. Just spent a couple nights near our home town with some friends. Their home is hugged by a bend of the Shenandoah River in Edinburg Va. Being a lover of history I always enjoying visiting their home.

Posted below are pics of their 1790s home. The original part is the brick to the left and they added a pricey addition a few years ago. 

Enjoy the warmth of the week.....