Saturday, October 22, 2016


Saturday morning  I dropped Darrell off where he was giving his all day workshop and I headed out to see some local quilt shops.

The first on the list opened at 9:30am, which I was happy to see.

in Victor, New York

A very nice store, they had everything you could possible want.  There was a class or workshop going on in the classroom and they were having a ball.  Everyone was laughing and talking and it sounded like a lot of fun.

I had decided I had enough fabric and would limit myself at the shops I saw today.  Now I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy more at this first stop.  They had some wonderful fabrics that I passed by.  (I would have gladly made this my one and only stop if I had only known).

On the road again, headed to the next shop.

in East Rochester, New York
There's a banner on the outside, saying 30 years in business.  (It looked it).

Their fabric choices were not my fabric choices.  I was hard pressed to  pick out a few things to buy.

They did have a triangle ruler that looked like it would work better than the one I have at home that I've been using on a current project.  Plus they had a bowlful of what they called "Quilter's Candy"   - little 6" by 6" pieces of fabric folded up into little squares.  They were only 25 cents, I couldn't resist.

Off again, this time to:

also known as Discount Sewing Center and Jackie Lynn's Fabrics
in Rochester, New York

Nothing much happening here.  There were shop cats, but they were standoffish.  I found a few things and was happy to move on.

If you want a sewing machine, this might be the place to go.

That green is a fabric I had before and I used it all up, so I had to buy more, I love it.

Done for the day with quilt shops, I went back to the room.  My phone was almost dead.  I didn't have a charging cord with me and I was afraid if my phone died I'd never find my way back without Waze.

Friday, October 21, 2016



We left our hotel in Utica and drove straight to Rochester.  Darrell had to be there by noon to set up for his workshop.

While he did that, he dropped me off at a nearby mall because I wanted to go for a long walk after having spent the last two days mostly sitting in the car.  Since it was raining so hard, I figured a mall would be a good place to get some exercise yet stay dry.

It was a little less than a mile to make one circuit around.  I made a few rounds than sat down and had some coffee and sketched. 

I made another round before Darrell finally picked me up.  I noticed that the older couple in my sketch were sitting in the same place two hours after I sketched them.  

That evening we went out to dinner with members of the Rochester Woodworkers Society then went on to St. John Fisher College where Darrell gave a slide show and talk.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


After leaving the quilt shop, we headed south on some back roads.  We stopped at the Vermont Country Store where a covered bridge had been moved to.  The Kissing Bridge.

After a short respite and a few purchases, we headed out, looking for a place for lunch.  We lucked out and found a nice little cafe that served fresh and organic.  Garden Cafe and Market in Londonderry Vermont.  We had Turkey Reubens again.  They had lots of original artwork on the walls, including a painting of Clinton and Monica (very strange).

It really rained the rest of the way through Vermont.

We entered New York State on our way to the capitol, Albany.


Next stop Hen House Fabrics in White River Vermont.  A very nice shop owner.  


After a very comfortable night we walked down the block to a fantastic little cafe, Coffee Corner Diner.  We were pleasantly surprised to see a table full of people playing musical instruments.  We thoroughly enjoyed them while we ate our breakfast.

We then walked down the street to Capitol Grounds to get lattes.  Darrell couldn't resist buying this t-shirt.  We love Bernie and were kinda hoping we'd run into him in Vermont.

With lattes in hand, we checked out of the hotel and headed south, trying to make time.  

It clouded up and started raining.

While trying to find a quilt shop (that we found out was out of business) we stopped at an old cemetery)

We made a u-turn and headed back to the highway.

On the road again, headed south.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


After the stop in Littleton NH, we headed west to Vermont.

Welcome to Vermont!

We meandered our way to Montpelier, the capitol of Vermont and headed straight for the State House.  It was getting late and we made it there with just 15 minutes to spare.  They said we could take a quick tour on our own.  There was no metal detectors at the door, but there also wasn't a guest book.  It is a very small, but one of the most beautiful and well maintained capitol buildings we've seem.   The dome is wood covered in gold leaf.  Everything is very well crafted.   It was charming.

The Vermont State House

The stairs in the Vermont State House

We checked into the Capitol Plaza Hotel just down the street.  We had a room on the 4th floor overlooking the main street.  We walked a few blocks to a Thai restaurant, Royal Orchid for dinner.  It was just okay, not as good as the Royal Orchid in Renton, Washington.


What a cute little town Littleton New Hampshire is!  And here is their cute little quilt shop, One Stitch, Two Stitch.

And on into Vermont!


After our night in Gorham, New Hampshire at the Top Notch Inn (very nice place), we grabbed coffee at White Mountain Cafe and Bookstore and had our breakfast at a picnic table behind the cafe, next to the river.  The weather was very pleasant and it was quiet and peaceful.

Breakfast by the river.

We headed out on the road to Mount Washington.

We saw some wildlife in New Hampshire.

First destination today was the Mount Washington Auto Road where you can drive your own car to the highest peak in the region or you can take a shuttle.  We drove our rental car.

When we pulled up to the booth to pay, the man there said, "Are you sure you want to go up?  The roads are windy, steep and narrow with no guard rails, there is one section that is not paved.  And there is zero visibility at the top with 70 mph winds."
What the heck, why not?  We paid our $36, which included a dvd spoken tour and a bumper sticker.  We inserted the dvd and started up.  We were one of the first ones to go up, so we didn't encounter anyone heading down, which was nice.  The road was steep. But it was soooo beautiful!

At the half way point, we stopped and got out.  It was definitely windy!

Once we got above the tree line and into the clouds we couldn't see much of anything, and I didn't take any pictures.  At the top, we could barely see the parking lot, but we parked and took some stairs up.  The wind was blowing very hard!  We couldn't see the building and the only way we found it was by following the rubber mats that were laid down.  Once into the building and out of the winds we caught our breathe and wondered how we'd ever get back to the car.

We bought some souveniers, which were on sale, because this was the last week they'd be open this year.  We went down to the museum to read about the history and see the historic photos.

We tried to go up to the summit, which was outside the building and a few steps up some rocks, but the winds were too strong for me.  I couldn't see anything, my hair was whipping about and the rain had fouled my glasses.  My collar on my coat kept smacking me in the face.  I was not having a great time.  But we loved it.  
It's unfortunate that because of the cloud cover we didn't get to see the 360 degree view from the highest point in the White Mountains (6288 ft elevation) but it was a rare event to experience that kind of weather.

 We were very happy we came!

Back in the car, wet and dishevelled. 
The trip down was harrowing.  They said to use low gear and give your brakes a chance to cool off by pulling over occassionally.

Once we were down, we pulled over at the gift shop to let the brakes cool.  You could smell that they were overheated.  I used their restroom and tried to comb the tangles out of my hair and make myself somewhat presentable again.

Then we continued south on Hwy 16 to North Conway where we picked up some Turkey Reuben sandwiches at a small organic grocer/deli called The Local Grocer.  We left there and headed north to Hwy 302.

We stopped for a short walk in the woods at a place called Wiley House.  There was a stream with a big fish pond.  We traversed the bridge across the pond and meandered in the lovely trees.  It was a beautiful day!

We were now headed north and around to the other side of Mount Washington on our way to Vermont.

The other side of Mount Washinton - still covered in clouds.

We pulled over at a view point to take this picture of the other side of Mount Washington.  There is a huge resort which was opened in 1902, the Mt. Washington Resort Hotel.  We decided we'd stay there next time we come this way.  

We continued on to Littleton New Hampshire to a little quilt shop I wanted to stop at.  After I did some shopping, we walked over to the river and sat at some picnic tables in the sun and enjoyed our sandwiches and the quiet.

We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather for our trip through New Hampshire.