Monday, October 10, 2011

I'm Finally Here

"Adventure must start with running away from home"
William Bolitho

I am finally here and I do feel like I ran away from home. I arrived in beautiful Massachusetts yesterday morning. First thing I did was get my rental car and head off on an adventure. I put in a destination in my navigation device and headed off. OK Boston was confusing and my navigator had to recalculate a  couple of times but I was on my way and no one to account too.

My first stop was at a rest stop. I was looking for one of the hotel coupon books. It was the nicest rest stop I had seen. The had the cutest gift shop inside. I found out that the town I was in was the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed. Each guest at the rest stop got a free apple.

Johnny Appleseed

The leaves are just starting to change here and I so enjoyed just driving through the state. I saw on the drive a large field of pumpkins. That really made me feel like fall. I was on a county road and saw a sign for a farmer's market that was starting in just a few minutes so I just had to stop. I parked the car and looked what I parked in front of. I have always loved Victorian homes.

This one was across the street from the market.

Here is the farmers market, OK I know it was small, only about 10 booths.

I enjoyed just looking at all the fruits and vegetables. I just had to buy a small pumpkin. Will use it to decorate my room at the retreat. When I was talking to the lady who sold it to me I told her I had just arrived from California this morning and she said we were at the airport dropping off their daughter going to California. I was starting to get hungry and there was a booth selling homemade bagels. I just had to try the pumpkin one with cream cheese.  I will just say delicious.

Later down the road was the cutest decorated fruit stand.

I just love the big Mums they have on the east coast. I just bought a post card here.

I was heading to the town of Deerfield. Yankee Candle has one of their two flagship stores there. On the way I stopped at a country store and a chocolate store (yes I got a couple of vanilla creams). Here is a couple of shots at the candle store. I tried to take a picture to show just how big the place was.

All along the building was these hanging mums. They must have been 4 feet wide.

I was really starting to get tired and hungry by now. About 20 miles away was my favorite place to stop while travling, a Cracker Barrel restaurant and gift shop. I stopped and had a wonderful meal. Afterwards I was so tired I just wanted to find a hotel. I had only managed a couple of hours sleep on the plane. I checked into a hotel about 4 and I can tell you by 5:30 I was dead to the world. I sleep so good that it is now 5:00 am so I am up reading blogs and typing ths.

Not real sure what today will bring. I have a couple of craft shops in mind and another country store. Mainly I enjoy just driving thru small towns. Will let you know what interesting I find on my adventure today.

Alway keep love in your stitches,


Bekca said...

I love the Victorian homes too, they're stunning. It sounds like you are having a real adventure, enjoy it! Best wishes.

cucki said...

hello dear, i am so glad that you are having lovely time..
i love the place so is really very lovely and looking so much fun..
and the hanging mums are so beautiful
enjoy your time dear..
love and hugs xx

Lee said...

Love reading about the start of your travels, you have made it so interesting look forward to your next posting and more news.

Tricia said...

I'm so happy that you are on your way! Drive safe and have fun today!

Denise said...

I had no idea you were planning such a side trip! Good for you. Have a great time - keep us posted!

Lesleyanne said...

Sounds like you are having a lovely time. Great pictures. I love the ones of the houses.

Mouse said...

ooo love the houses .. and the pumpkin is way cute .... huge yankee candle store there .... can't wait to see where the next bit of your adventure takes you :) love mouse xxxx

Nancy said...

Glad you are enjoying your trip! That bagel looked good!

natalyK said...

Yeah, you are almost here my friend. See you soon!

Catherine said...

Oh how I wish I was traveling with you!

Karen said...

Everything is so beautiful! What a fun adventure. I can't wait to see where you go next!!!!

Pumpkin said...

You definitely got to see some neat stuff! Love all the pumpkins...of course ;o)