Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Take the long way home ....!

What a busy weekend it was! We headed out on Saturday morning to Massachusetts via Albany to attend my mother in law's 80th birthday dinner!

My little Pumpkin works at a boy scout camp for the summer and we headed that way to pick her up. Although it is always fun to take a different route, it did extend our driving time by 2.5 hours. We left at 8:15 a.m. and arrived in MA at 4:15 p.m.

We went to a wonderful Asian restaurant for dinner. And yes, my MIL was totally surprised to see us. We are the only ones that live "far" away, she didn't expect us to make it.  Here we are gathered at the restaurant table:

Now, I'm a big fan of sushi and apparently so is the rest of my family! So my niece, Michelle, ordered the Love Boat! Now that's heaven on a boat!

Presentation is everything ..... this is the best I've seen so far! It was all so yummy!

A great time was had by all of us. We returned home, via the long way again, Sunday morning as Pumpkin needed to be at work by noon. Although I enjoyed seeing everyone, by the time I arrived home I was beat!

Would you believe that last week I logged 1,300 miles (2,092 km) on my car?  Of which 900 was done between Saturday and Sunday! I think I'll stay put for a while! lol

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Off on an adventure ... !

Sunday, I just had to get away and clear my mind. I get like that every now and again. So, I took off in my car with no specific destination except eastward.  As I drove through the Vermont country roads, a thought came to mind, "Hum ... maybe I'll head to Center Harbor", a mere 4.5 hour drive south east! As I drove in that direction, it suddenly became clear as to where I should have my adventure!

Have you ever been to the Vermont Country Store? I had heard a bit about it, even perused one of their catalogues. So nostalgic! They are known as purveyor of fine foods and nostalgia.

They have two (2) locations and the history is quite interesting. The original one is in Weston and a newer one in Rockingham, Vermont. I had time on my hands, why not visit both? They are just 25 minutes apart!

First stop was in Rockgham, Vermont.

It really does feel like a country store. I didn't think of taking pictures of the inside, I was to busy enjoying being nostalgic! So much to look at!

They have a covered bridge called the "Kissing Bridge". I guess you're suppose to kiss when you drive through. Since I was by myself, I just gave me a kiss! No sense not following traditions! lol

Afterwards, I took off for Weston, Vermont. It was approximately a 25 minute drive westward. I passed through the quaint town of Chester, VT. The drive was so scenic. Beats highway driving anytime! I so enjoy going through the winding roads, admiring the scenery! What a lovely way to be greeted!

The Vermont Country Store is quite large and takes up a couple of buildings.

They have a wide array of what is commonly known as "penny candy". But, let me tell you, they cost more than a penny now! lol I found my childhood favourite - Soucoupe Volante which translates into Flying Saucers!

I was a six (6) year old in heaven! What fun I had perusing the various products. I will definitely be going back!

Since, as of late, I've been on a cookbook acquisition mood, I bought their cookbook! Lots of wonderful recipes as well as history of the store. Such a lovely book to look at!

All and all, I logged over 400 miles on my car! What a great day I had!

How was your weekend? I hope you had a wonderful one!

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you later!

Monday, July 4, 2016

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