Sunday, 22 December 2013

Happy Christmas Wishes


Since it's only a few days away until Christmas Day I thought I'd pop on to say Happy Christmas to all my blogging friends. 

Can you believe it's that time of year again - 'cause I can't!!!

I hope you are all ready and organised.  
I am - I know I can't quite believe it either!!

The presents are wrapped, the decorations are up and lookingv very festive if I do say so myself :))

Can you guess who's this wee hand print is?


Yup, it's our wee Riley :))





We are all off to Dundee on Christmas Eve and we are going to spend Christmas Day with Laura and her wee family.  It should be lots of fun.
Not only that, but I won't be in charge of Christmas  dinner for the first time.  I will, or course, be giving Laura a wee hand, but I know she will have it under control. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Day and that Santa is good to you :))

Best wishes to you all!!!

Friday, 13 December 2013

Stowe

Here I am with another set of holiday pics. 

 We were our way to Vermont, Stowe to be exact.  

Since this holiday was to be for our silver wedding anniversary I decided I wanted to be in Stowe for the day. 
I scoured the internet for a nice hotel, and I certainly got one.  
We stayed at the Green Mountain Inn - we loved it :))

Before we arrived there we had a bit of driving to do.  So off we went and we passed through some beautiful and stunning scenery! 

 Lots of hills, mountains and trees.


Stowe is a lovely town and since it was 'out of season' it was quite quiet too. 
The weather had turned decidedly chilly and was glad of my new jacket and gloves, let me tell you. In fact we were eating our breakfast on our first day there and it was actually snowing - just a wee bit and it didn't lie, but it was definately snowing :))

Here is out hotel. It even had rocking chairs on the front verandah.

Since it was halloween they even had decorations out.



We took a stroll around the town.
The town church.

Shop front complete with halloween decorations!



It even had a covered pedestrian bridge!


Everywhere you look - beautiful scenery!!

We went to visit Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory and took the tour, which was very interesting and not only that we got a free ice-cream too which was really yummy.  I think it was called the Americone Dream, we don't get that flavour here which is a shame. 


There is a graveyard for all of the flavours that have been discontinued!!


It has to be said we really enjoyed our time in Stowe, and the hotel is to be recommended. The room was really special and the staff were wonderful and so friendly.

The day we left Stowe it was raining and the weather had really turned quite dreich (wet, rainy and miserable).

On our travels we knew we would be passing some covered bridges and were keen to get some pics.  We did get the pics but the rain put a bit of a dampener on the day (please excuse the pun).

We also stopped by this beautiful spot. It was so peaceful and pretty.  My pictures don't show it as it was quite murky and rainy, but the clouds were hanging over the hills. 
It was worth getting wet to get the shots though :))

This shot was taken through the front window of the car - just look how big that sky looks!!!



And to finish this post off - I just had to put this shot up to give you a laugh.  
As it was our anniversary we had some champagne and strawberries, I know we like to spoil ourselves, lol. 
Anyway we wanted to take some selfie pics.  
Everytime I look at this picture it makes me smile, we had such a laugh taking them.  
My problem is when I smile my eyes seem to disappear so Danny had said try to smile with your eyes open so that will explain the strange look on my face, he he.
 

I hope it makes you smile too :)) 


Next - on to Niagara Falls ...

Monday, 2 December 2013

Trees, Mountains and Red Jackets

 Well we were on the road once again,  heading towards Maine and the White Mountains.  

We did a couple of stops along the way.

The first stop we did was Concord.  
This town was lovely (I think I say that quite a lot, in this trip report, but it's all true) and full of history. 
 It was very autumnal feeling with lots of lovely colourful trees



First of all we visited the Minute Man National Park.  What a fascinating place and so much to see, we really only popped in for a wee while. 
Another thing I  always seem to be saying is "I wish we had spent more time there". 





The North Bridge


When we had finished in the National Park we visited the town.
There were lots of lovely big white churches





and leaf strewn streets, with a lovely red fire hydrant :))



Finally hunger got the better of us and we stopped at 'Helen's' for some lunch.  
Again a highly recommended place.  I had the tastiest triple ham and turkey sandwich and Danny had his favourite hotdog.  
All extremely tasty :))

We left Concord (wishing we could stay longer!) and headed on towards Freeport.

The reason for the visit to Freeport was to go and see the L.L. Bean store.  I've ready a lot about it and wanted to buy a lovely warm jacket. 
We arrived at Freeport at about 5pm and it was starting to get a bit dark. 
As we had already googled where to stay we headed straight to the hotel. 

The Harraseeket Inn was our choice - and a very good one as well. 


 By the time we had something to eat and got to visit the shop it was about 9pm.  
Wow those shops were something else, they sold just about everything. 
I did get my jacket - a lovely red one, which I'm sure you will see in a picture of before the end of the holiday, and a pair of warm gloves.  I figured I would need them as the temperature was getting lower every day. 

The next morning, after a very restful night's sleep and a very tasty breakfast, we were on our way again. 

This lake was another stopping point but we just stopped and took some pictures before carrying on our journey. 

 Aren't the trees lovely?


 The mountains in the distance!

Then along the Kancamagus Highway. 

Beautiful scenery along the way!





This pond was called 'Lilly Pond',  there was quite a thick layer of ice on it (mind you it was quite chilly).



 Mountains everywhere you turned.  Very impressive they are too I think you will agree!!

We spent 7 hours on the road that day!!!
Phew that was a long post tonight, hope you are still with me :))

Next stop - Vermont and the Green Mountains.