Friday, June 6, 2008

Let's Take a Trip Part II

One of the joys of living in my corner is that in about an hour I can be at the ocean if I travel east or in the mountains of New Hampshire if I travel west. Yesterday, we chose the mountains. It's a trip that I've planned for the first good day for the past few weeks.

The unfortunate thing is that the weather here has been unsettled for over a week. Yesterday promised to be the best day with promises of partial sun in New Hampshire so we struck off by nine a.m. with a picnic lunch and planning to find a little diner where we could have some breakfast.

Some time later and with grumbly tummies, we found the Morning Glory Diner. I didn't even take a picture because it was such a hole in the wall, but the food was great.

We were supposed to be taking the famous Kancamagus Highway, which we did right up to the point that we were welcomed to Vermont. Oh well! Someone can't read a map. Now you can see bright sunny New Hampshire day photos anywhere, right? But where are you going to find any like mine? LOL! I'm going to allow the photos to speak for themselves for the most part...







We did a lot of this...


















We followed these vintage cars to 2855 feet where the mountain was covered in mist and so no pictures from the peak...darn! My ears popped repeatedly...guess that I'm a lowlander.






















A small ski museum offered this display of "When Girls Wore Skirts to Ski." I tell you what...those gals of the 1930s and 40s were well dressed on the slopes!



Mt. Washington Inn




Finally, some lunch! Have you ever seen anyone more happy?


This is how he spent much of the day...patient man!


Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet is the highest mountain in the Northeast United States. A weather observatory sits at the top that measures some of the craziest weather on earth including the highest wind velocity ever recorded anywhere on earth...231 mph! It's up there somewhere, but was wearing a stole of mist yesterday. We decided not to chug the car up that steep mountain road. The joke around here is NEVER to buy a car that has a bumper sticker claiming that it climbed to the top of Mt. Washington.


Homeward bound...


I don't usuallly enjoy following lumber trucks, but this was one well-fitted load.








The day ended with ice cream just as all perfect days do. Thanks for looking at my pictures again and please join Judy at Let's Take a Trip. I see that she went to Hawaii yesterday. ;>

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I Remember Laura

Oh how I've wanted to participate in Miss Sandy's "I Remember Laura" Blogathon at Quill Cottage. It's all about quilts this week. My goal had been to whip up a quilt...tabletop quilt that is, but I've discovered that I am not Wonder Woman, after all.

Instead, I am sharing this quilt, which my dear mother made for me a few Christmases ago. I love the color combinations and the beautiful flannel background that she used. It's made over an old blanket so my mom is very frugal. Although pieced, it is not yet quilted and I hope to figure out how to do that without taking it to someone.



A close-up of the block...



Such a party gal I've been this week participating in three events. Hope that you'll click on the link above to join Miss Sandy at Quill Cottage!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

This and That

A few loose ends to tie up...

Just the mention of Italians yesterday and wouldn't you know that I couldn't stop thinking about them all day until suppertime when nothing would do save ordering some at the local Mom and Pop store.





His has all the trimmin's and hers has no onions and no oil. Yummy!

This is a pic I was supposed to put in my Drive-by post and overlooked.



I like the classic black shutter on the white.

Finally, a before and after that I've been meaning to share. Regulars here will recognize the corner.



And a close-up...



Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Let's Take a Trip

Judy is hosting "Let's Take a Trip" at My Front Porch this week and I want to play, too. She gave me permission to share a day trip; now I'm wondering if she'll give me permission to play twice because I am taking another day trip Thursday.

Since one should seize an opportunity, I've decided to focus on my Pemaquid Point Day from last September. You can read about the day as posted then right here; I have selected some new photos to share as well. (Perhaps you'll notice a titch of difference in my cropping skills. ;D)

We wound down to the coast that September day via Jefferson so that my daughter could show me this scenic view.







Of course, I think that all scenic views are improved by having my daughter pose in the middle of them.

This is the church spoken of...



We had already picked up our picnic lunch consisting of Italians and chips. I found the graphics on this chip bag interesting so took a photo.



Pemaquid Point is a cozy spot high upon a bluff overlooking the Atlantic. Its main draw is the scenic lighthouse and the beautiful vistas of seascape.



staking our claim...



lobster boat...



Funny to think that a few hundred years ago, lobsters were used as bait or even to fertilize fields...they were that numerous. People who ate them never told anyone because it was considered shameful to resort to eating such a creature. Personally, I don't like lobster unless it is dragged through mayonnaise and lands in small bits in a lobster salad roll.

We left Pemaquid after a few hours and wended our way along taking lots of pics...



The following pics were taken for my father who, as a true son of Maine, drinks Moxie until it runs out his ears and loves nothing better than eating at Moody's Diner.





Closing with a favorite photo from the day...



Hope that I'll see you on the tour!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Drive-Bys: Around the World

It was one of those lowery days when I wasn't sure if the sun would shine or if it would pour rain at any given moment, but I was most eager to capture my drive-by photos. Gosh! It's scary! Now I see what Melissa means. And, it can be dangerous, too. Be careful out there, gals!

So please forgive the quality of some of these photos because I am a coward and couldn't always stop. Plus people were looking at me funny. And I was hanging out in the cemetery to boot.

Let's start at the lake where you can follow the path of silver to the ridge above where these homes live.



This is one of my favorite roads ever anywhere. I love how the canopy of the trees on either side of the road meets in the middle creating a tunnel of green.



Okay, here I am at the cemetery at the top of the ridge...



Across the street is this beautiful home,



and up close...



with this view from its west field...



Apparently, what particularly charms me about the homes I am showing are the verandahs.









New England home colors are often sedate, but here's a pink house.



Back to sedate...





Finally, returning to my own humble abode...



and my new posies.



Thanks for looking at my pictures...please join the rest of the tour at Melissa's The Inspired Room.

DB