Let’s visit central Massachusetts.

I recently flew up to Hartford and then drove on up to the beautiful Connecticut River Valley in Massachusetts. Gorgeous, picture perfect weather helped to enhance the entire trip…but oh, what beautiful countryside. I was staying at my brother’s house in Leverett but we drove all over, exploring. Among the highlights of the short (two day) trip was lunch at

The Alvah Stone Restaurant in Montague.

Lunch in Mass._wmSet along the Sawmill River and with eating available outside, it was a lovely spot on a summer day.  I had a light lunch but that pea soup was unusual and delicious. After lunch we wandered over to the adjoining Montague Bookmill, a used book store in part of this old grist mill. I even found a small, wonderfully informative book all about tulips (my favorite flower…) which has already been very useful as I begin to look at the fall bulb catalogs.

We walked along the Connecticut River, high up on the man made bluff:



To end the afternoons we swam at Puffer’s Pond in Amherst. We figured the water temperature was about 70°; quite a change from the 88° here in North Carolina at the pool!



Kind of idyllic, no?



Time to plant these sunflower babies!



With my newest young friend! Don’t you love those legs hanging down?



Time to leave….

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