N. Hero House


By |2015-08-01T17:50:23-04:00August 2, 2015|Travel|

Do you like road trips?
Do you prefer them to flying?
Or do you just like to get there and be done with it?

Barns in Holyoke, MA IMG_8098_wm Barns in Holyoke, MA

I am on the fence. In some ways a road trip is so relaxing: you are in your own car, there is plenty of room for (almost) all that you want to take, the road side stops can be fun especially with your own picnic fare, and there is often the opportunity to make an unexpected stop (flea market anyone?) But on the other hand….. it can be long, so…….long. We tend to split the driving although my husband likes to drive more than I do, and I don’t mind being a passenger and/or navigator. Husband, not so much. Nevertheless, we put in some long days on the highway: several 8-10 hour days.

Early in our trip we were in Hudson, New York. Many, many years ago we lived close to Hudson and each time we return we are SO amazed at the changes and gentrification taking place. It has become a premier go-to place for antiques, art and new restaurants. Believe me, when we lived nearby there was n-o-t-h-i-n-g in that town.

Hudson, N.Y.1 Vignettes from […]


By |2015-07-23T21:38:49-04:00July 23, 2015|Friday Flowers, Travel|

Flowers in New England
We saw some mighty fine vistas, flowers, lakes and enjoyed some lovely cool weather!
For this week’s Friday Flowers I want to highlight just a few of the colors and flowers from our road trip to New England.

IMG_8031_wm Rosa Rugosa. They are everywhere!


Garden at N. Hero House IMG_8139a_wm Helianthus (don’t know which variety…)


IMG_8295_wm Chives, in full flower!


IMG_8293a_wm Love in a Mist aka nigella


IMG_8246a_wm Roadside daisies

And here, on one of several visits to family and friends:

Loved these gerberas sitting on the railing at my brother’s house. And, the light in the morning was just perfect!




Another stop on our road trip :
Sweet wildflowers in the most charming farm house in upstate New York.

Wildflowers IMG_6364_wm


Lake Champlain views:

N. Hero Cove IMG_8176_wm

To be continued.
I will show you some more images next week in a more complete travel post!

Have a lovely weekend everyone….



By |2014-05-13T22:48:45-04:00July 31, 2013|Travel|

North Hero, Vermont is an island in Lake Champlain.
It is actually right between New York and Vermont, but lies within the Vermont state lines.
It’s accessible by a bridge at the south end, or a ferry from Plattsburgh. We love the ferry! The drive up the New York Thruway is wonderful: on a Sunday morning we had no traffic, and the air was SO fresh when we stopped along the way.
Our destination?
It is everything a small hotel should be. It’s small so very personal. The rooms are very clean and well done. Most rooms have private screened porches right on the lake. The swimming is…. there are no words to describe it! You can rent kayaks and canoes. The entire staff is helpful and welcoming.
It’s a gem.
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Bouquet on our porch
Moonlight over the lake
And the food….well….they serve lunch out on the “pier” of grass most of the day Thursday – Sunday and the […]
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