Happy Wednesday friends!
John and I were away last week on a fabulous unplugged road trip to Cooperstown, New York and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
We were so unplugged we didn’t even have a cell phone with us, and I have to say it was quite wonderful. Technology is an amazing thing, but I feel the need to escape it sometimes… probably more than sometimes actually.
We love road trips and this one was to celebrate John’s 60th birthday.
Here we are in Cooperstown, New York, the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. We’re both big baseball fans and have been here a few times.
It’s such a lovely town, especially off season. This is the first time we’ve been there in the fall and we loved it.
We stayed at the Tunnicliff Inn this time, which has been run as an Inn since 1802. It was very charming, and a lovely buffet breakfast was included. We’ll definitely be staying here again.
A must go to in Cooperstown is one of our favourite book stores, Willis Monie, right on the main street.
There are aisles and aisles just like this one, and every subject you can imagine.
Love! We could spend hours and hours here quite happily.
I found five books of poetry for my collection, the oldest on the right going back to 1929,
I love discovering poets I’ve never heard of, like a couple of the books above, and I’m attracted to interesting book names… like In the Glass of Winter, and The Tree That Walked. Love those! Then I open up the book to a random page, read a couple of lines, and if I like what I read it’s a keeper.
If we ever decided to move to Cooperstown this is the house I would want to live in. That lovely green with the raspberry and pale pink. Yum!!!
It’s hard to tell in the picture but the window frames are pale pink, and all the corbels around the eaves of the house echo the pinks of the front porch. Love!!
There are many fancier houses in Cooperstown but I’m a simple girl, and this house totally does it for me.
I’d love to redo the outside of our house to look just like this. Maybe some day. Oh a girl can dream can’t she?
And I had to take a picture of this amazing pink tree in Cooperstown. What a beauty!
Does anyone know what this is? I’d love to plant one for myself. If it can survive in New York it should do OK here in midwestern Ontario.
One of John’s long time interests is the American Civil War so from Cooperstown we made our way to Gettysburg PA where we stayed at the Gettysburg Hotel right in the heart of downtown on Lincoln Square.
Can you believe that both of us forgot to take a picture of the hotel this year? lol. The above picture is from our trip in 1997.
We took a day trip to visit Harpers Ferry in West Virginia, and Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.
I do love history, but not in the same way as John… so while he took pictures of important monuments and such I amused myself with my own subjects.
Like this sweetheart who welcomed us at the beginning of the climb up to to Jefferson’s Rock in Harpers Ferry (named for Thomas Jefferson). How pretty with that heart dangle, and very friendly too.
I swear I must have been a cat in another life. lol. I feel like every one of them is a personal friend of mine. No matter where I meet them.
And these still vibrant colours in Antietam National Battlefield.
And this gorgeous huge birch tree near Burnside Bridge, also at Antietam. There were many large and gnarly birches in the forest, but this one was so beautiful it almost looked unreal.
This is the barn of my dreams.
And I could quite happily live in this amazing original log home in downtown Gettysburg. If all the yellow was pink it would be absolutely perfect. lol.
I did take a few pics inside Gettysburg National Battlefield, like this view from Little Round Top.
And this one of the birthday boy.
We had dinner on his birthday night at the Dobbin House, built in 1776 and the oldest building in Gettysburg, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s now a museum, restaurant, tavern, and B&B with an authentic colonial atmosphere.
Even though this was really John’s trip, I did do a little thrifting along the way. We took the pickup so I wasn’t tempted to bring home anything big, but I did find a few small things.
Like this rectangular silver chafing dish complete with lid, some aluminum molds, and a single aluminum salt shaker.
I’ve been looking for a rectangular chafing dish for a project for a long time, and I found it in a little thrift store in Fairfield PA just a few miles outside of Gettysburg.
I’ve never seen aluminum pot lids like this before. They really have a handmade look, and I love that.
I love this vintage metal card holder. The old baking pan is missing its insert, but I’ll find a way to use it.
More vintage finds… two porcelain china brooches, three pairs of earrings for my project stash (two clip-ons and one screw back), a plastic flower brooch, some wooden clothes pegs, and a tea strainer.
Some vintage metal embroidery hoops.
And two vintage lucite bead necklaces with matching clip-on earrings. These are probably from the 50s, and will be going into my etsy shop.
Most of the other things I found will be used in projects eventually. I say eventually because I have so many ideas for projects that they might be far down the list, but who knows. I tend to go with what inspires me at any given time.
There were still a few fall colours on our drive home through the mountains of Pennsylvania and New York, but I find mountains inspiring whether they have any colour or not.
This vacation has rekindled our love of road trips, which we used to do quite often, but our last one was way back in 2000 when we went through Eastern Canada and the U.S. on our way to Newfoundland. There’s just something about being on the road.
Have you been on any road trips lately?
We’re already thinking about going on the road again next summer…. maybe back to the Virginias… which we’ve been through before, years ago, like way back in the 90s , and we loved it so much.
But now I have to get back to work on finishing my hallway floor. It seems like ages since I started, and it’s time to get a move on.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on!