Friday, 27 September 2013

From the 'old' (England) to the 'New' - part two

....and into Vermont!

OK - so we only just rolled over the state border from New Hampshire but there was a noticeable difference in the lush forestation and certainly explained the reason why Vermont is known as the 'Green Mountain State!

We visited Quechee Gorge, Vermont's 'Little Grand Canyon:

In particular, we visited a glassworks studio which had amazing views of the weir
and a beautiful covered bridge:

Further along the road and over that amazing bridge (newly constructed to replace one which had been washed away recently!) there were some quaint little shops - the sort that run one into another - where we bought souvenirs and enjoyed tasting samples of fudge and cheese; you could say it was sort of a 'balanced diet'!


Later in the holiday, we crossed to the other side of New Hampshire and over into Maine, to indulge my penchent for lighthouses - don't ask me what it is, but seeing these quaint New England
lighthouses just seems to sum up the rugged vistas of the North Atlantic coast.

We visited the Nubble Light at Cape Neddick, apparently the most photographed lighthouse in America - you can see why:

....and here I will totally bore you with a few more pictures I took (under the tutelage of my cousin!)

Then we headed over to Perkins Cove - seriously out of my price-range!
A random selection of shots, from the bridge and it's unusual bird-houses: the views from the coastal pathway:

Of course, if I ever won the lottery I think I could be tempted to buy one
of the palatial houses along the coast road in Ogunquit:

This one quite took my fancy!


With our time in New England drawing to a close, we ventured northwards in New Hampshire to the White Mountains 
- I'll leave you with a few of the pictures I took here;
'breathtaking' seems too simple a word to describe the views!

DD and O trying their best to conceal a look of horror as I backed away to
get them 'in shot' - a little too near the edge for their liking!

And no wonder - I was a wee bit nearer the edge than the (unknown to us) chap in this picture:

Too early for the wonderful 'Fall' colours, but I did manage to get a picture of leaf-change on one branch - probably because we were so far north:

DD and I were sad to leave this corner of New England; we had such a wonderful holiday with K, my cousin, and O, his wife. There was much feasting and merriment (and I think I've forgiven them for taking photos of DD and I coping with eating a lobster, complete with our bibs in place!) - plus the cookery 'lessons' and photographic 'tuition' washed down with truly 'wicked' cocktails  (just so O could play with her new Ninja Bullet blender!), we had such a fantastic time.


One last look - my favourite picture of all: 

(click on the picture to get an idea of what 'breathtaking' means!)

Saturday, 14 September 2013

From the 'Old' to the 'New' - England, that is!

Earlier this week DD and I flew back home from visiting my cousin and his wife in Merrimack, New England. We had a wonderful time touring various places (managed to clock up visits to four states!) and as cousin's wife is a chef we were VERY well fed! :-)

The new camera I got before my trip to Prague earlier this year came into good use. Before, I'd never got past the 'point and click' stage or even moved off the 'Smart' setting; however, my cousin is a whizz with photography so I picked his brains for a few pointers and under his careful tutelage I ventured into new 'territory' selecting the different features my camera has to offer!

Herewith (over the next few posts) some of the things we saw and got up to (I'll try to keep it in chronological order so I don't forget things!)
starting with a trip over the state line to Massachusetts:

Amazing restaurant in Lowell, 'Life Alive' - surprised by the wonderful food, as well as the interior decor!

Suitably replenished we strolled across the road to the New England Quilt Museum. There was a special display of antique quilts from Pennsylvania on view - some of the colours were as bright and fresh as they were originally. Although photos without flash were permitted for personal use we were told they could not be used on blogs or websites :-/  So, here's a link to their own site, if you're interested.

With handicrafts in mind, we ticked off one of our 'must do' items with a trip to 'Michaels'! Here in the UK the nearest thing we have is Hobbycraft - but it's weeny compared to Michaels. In anticipation of our visit DD and I had deliberately packed 'light' in order to leave plenty of room in our luggage for yarn, etc.!

Only half-way round the store!

A few days later, at a Labor Day BBQ, we learned of yet another craft store which out did even Michaels - so that was swiftly added to our itinerary and DD, together with my cousin's wife and I, decided to drop in for a quick look. A couple of hours later, the three of us had spent some serious money!

Some of our treasure!! I'll be posting about this on my alter-ego, The Knitting Assassin!

Next - a trip on a schooner out of Gloucester (Of 'Perfect Storm' fame)

One of the boats in the harbour

Hoisting sails on the 'Thomas E Lennon' - we declined the offer to join in!

Views around the shore

Back to the dock - and a view of the lobster buoys hanging from the rafters

A few days later we visited the Butterfly Place in Westford.
The photography 'lesson' for the day was 'close-ups'!

An Atlas or 'snakeshead' moth
(see the Snake-head image on the tips of the wings!)
This was a 'biggie' - about 8" across.

Butterflies weren't the only things in the enclosure:
Koi carp in one of the pools

Tiny Japanese Quail were scurrying about under our feet!

That's all for now........more to follow, as we venture into Vermont!