Bits and Pieces

Tomorrow the trek home begins – one day spent on 4 planes on a roundabout trip home, from Newburgh, NY to Charlotte, NC to Phoenix, AZ to Portland, OR – don’t ask me, the airlines decided this! Then the next day on Amtrak for an arrival home at dark time. Rain is in the forecast, and I’m hoping it will be gentle and not rain on me during those periods of time when I must be outside. But now, a few highlights from the past several days.

The first, a day spent with family that I have not seen for many, many years. They are family from a previous marriage and I fear I allowed the ending of that marriage to end contact with this part of the family. So here they are – my niece’s daughter (my great niece,would that be?), her mother (my niece), me and my former sister-in-law who, by the way, has changed not at all except her hair is not quite as dark as it was.

It was a really nice day and I am so happy I had the opportunity to spend some time with them. It is now up to them to come visit me.

From a day The Author and I went to visit her son and his family, a quick stop we made at Boscobel, a historic mansion, for a couple of quick photos in the rain – the fountain in the pond on the grounds and the mansion, framed by a walkway of big old trees.



A horse standing in the meadow of the Stonecrop Gardens where we visited one morning
and a flower from that garden with one of the many bees that were very busy gathering the last of the nectar available before winter sets in.

After the gardens and a stop for lunch we ventured towards a winery, passing this red barn just beyond the stone fence – one of many in this neck of the woods.

While at the winery, we made the supreme sacrifice of participating in the tasting, followed by the supreme sacrifice of buying some wine to take home with us.

There was artwork on the side of the library in Beacon

the colors of fall


and a wonderful sunset.

There will be more of this adventure to follow, gradually, as the urge strikes me once I am home.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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10 Responses to Bits and Pieces

  1. Kathy says:

    I am so glad you reconnected with that part of your family from the past. Enjoy your trip home. Four flights? That’s even worse than flying to the U.P.!!


  2. Four flights for the return trip — Holy Toledo, girl! I love your photographs, especially the red barn. It sounds like you’ve had a Grand Old Time during this lovely visit. Way to rock re-connection!


  3. Merci – loved your photo reportage – the colors of fall and those amazing clouds – seems like a great journey – best of luck for that crazy return trip!


  4. suzicate says:

    Looks like a great time!


  5. lisa says:

    I’ll toast those “supreme sacrifices”!! The shots you’ve shared will become wonderful memories once you’re safely tucked away back home for the winter. They will warm your heart. Safe return….although I don’t envy your travel schedule! xo


  6. Robin says:

    Beautiful images, Carol. Wishing you safe travels, and looking forward to more of your adventures. 🙂


  7. I’m glad you were able to reconnect with this long-lost part of your family, Carol. You really had a convoluted return flight(s) home. Looks like it was a great trip overall. 🙂


  8. Karma says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this look at parts of your trip. You found much beauty to enjoy.


  9. Louise says:

    Welcome back Carol, always enjoy your thoughts & photo’s


  10. Heather says:

    Your face is positively radiant! Looks like you had a great time! I’m glad you made it safely home.


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