Tuesday, September 22, 2009

... 5:18 pm EDT (Northern Hemisphere)

This past week I have been on a Most Excellent Adventure - the perfect 'Warm Welcome' to Fall...
It started in Alexandria Bay (1,000 Islands, NY) - climaxed by an evening at BOLDT CASTLE (see photos in previous post!!)
From A-bay we ventured through the Adirondacks, across Vermont and into NH. A few antique shops were visited along the way, and we netted a 'new-to-me' Royal Haeger souvenir!! This olive peacock (center), was captured and now roosts proudly among two of my other peacocks!! My first of yet another glaze - the exact shade of hazy olive-green that predominates our Fall foliage right now as we eagerly await the vibrant crimsons and ambers of the new season!!
Our Destination: Concord, NH (DH does part-time photography for a NASCAR magazine, and this weekend the race was in NH!). It was my first visit to Concord, and it quickly became a favorite! It is the perfect blend of 'tree huggers', 'right brainers' , 'middle class' and 'suits' - in other words 'broad', but not to any one extreme! Does that make any sense?

Full of inspiration to reawaken my creativity with the new season...

... A stain glass shop to rekindle my spark for soldering

...an antique mall filled with interesting ideas (hmmm... a button flower bouquet could be fun in a piece of Haeger!!)


...a bead shop with LOTS of eye candy!

...and even a store window display validating my 'plarn' creations!!


Saturday while DH was at the races, I got a paper, some maps and set my course for adventure!! Time for a walk...

Beautiful morning! Enroute I stumbled onto a Farmer's market, and an Arts festival. LOTS of sales happening. Nothing 'earth-shattering', but loads of fun and everyone I met was very friendly! Small metal shelf, sterling necklace, Scarves, hankies, Dennison Poker chips, vintage packets of beads, garlands, grapevine wreath, a Serta Sheep (my first!), and a couple of sweaters (it was COLD, and I wasn't prepared...). Good thing that I was limiting myself to the amount I could comfortably carry (DH had our vehicle at the races)!! Okay, so I did stop back to the hotel room midway to unload... All-in-all a MOST enjoyable 6++ mile siteseeing walk!!

6 comments:

Barbara at Oodles and Oodles said...

I had NO IDEA that was Boldt Castle - it has really been fixed up from its former dilapidated state. I used to live in NH and spent a lot of time in Concord, where one of my best friends lived. It's a wonderful city - just the right size.

Kate Spike and Her KatS said...

What fun! Please post pix when your leaves turn color--we don't really "get" Fall so far South and it's still hot and humid down here. We just go from green to brown, no in-between reds and golds.

Shara said...

Boldt Castle looks like a wonderful place to visit. You lucky duck! Sounds like you had a great weekend - good score for you on the peacock vase!

~~Carol~~ said...

Heart Island! I wanna go to Heart Island!! Sounds like you had lots of fun. Tell me you didn't drag Mr. STUFF through the bead store? And I can't believe I've never seen one of those peacocks, and you have three! All in all, lots of great treasures that were worth the 6 mile walk!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I would have been right there with you on that 6-mile walk! :-) What a fabulous idea to grab the local paper and pound the pavement...I love that idea!!

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