I’m still working on this piece. I’ve finished the body and am now moving onto the arms. It’s the first sweater I’ve made for myself…it’s time I’ve knitted for me!
This sweater is from Doomsday Knits..lots of great projects in the book, this is my favorite.
We moved into our new home yesterday. After 77 days of travel and motel living, we are settling.
I’m in love with our new home. It’s a 1910 Victorian. The pictures above are of some of the windows. The couple who owned the home before us restored it beautifully. The windows are original; they were lovingly returned to working condition and are such a treasure.
More pictures to come … after much unpacking, laundry and cleaning.
1. covered bridges
2. so many lakes and streams and rivers and ponds and creeks
3. the friendly people
4. the beautiful White Mountains
5. the history of the place
6. old houses
7. Inn and Pubs…Inns that have pubs
8. the wildlife
9. the night sky..so many stars to see
10. small towns
12. the history and traditions
13. town fairs
14. maple walnut ice cream, okay I can get that anywhere, its’ just especially good here
15. hiking trails
16. incredibly beautiful libraries, every town has its own library
….and things I have yet to discover
Franconia Notch in my humble opinion is the jewel of New Hampshire…but give me a week and I’ll find other jewels, enough to string into a necklace, of other remarkably beautiful places in this state. The first images are of from the the tram that takes one up to Cannon Mtn. There were teases that we might see bear on the trails below us, but this was not the case. In fact, in the three weeks we have been here, I have yet to see a bear or a moose. I wouldn’t be so anxious about it, except there are signs for moose everywhere warning us that they are ever present and ready to launch themselves from the woods and onto our car…not one moose sighting yet. I digress. The views were spectacular, visibility up to 100 miles. We could see Canada, Maine, Vermont, and New York. We paid for that visibility with wind and chilly air. It was so cold and I had come so unprepared that I had to buy a fleece lined jacket from the gift store, seriously. It was a bargain though and kept me warm all day. Here’s a sighting of the another tram making it’s way down. The trams move in coordination with each other, when one slows down, they both slow down. The season just opened for parks in Franconia Notch so there weren’t a lot of people on the tram the morning we went up. It was nice, I could move around and see from all sides with ease. As we reached the top, the tram got a little bumpy; we were warned, but it was still a bit of a surprise. A the top, there were trails and a cafe, bathrooms, and seating. Chris and I made it to the observation tower, but it was so windy it was unpleasant enough to cause us leave as soon we got there. One of the tram operators told us that the wind keeps the bugs off of you; this was true and I was appreciating that. In the same turn off as the tram was the Old Man of the Mountain Memorial sight. The “OMOTM” was New Hampshire’s most iconic symbol, until it fell off the side of the cliff. The image above shows what remains. After it fell apart, New Hampshirites had a contest to build a memorial. An artist won, she created a sculpture that allows one to stand in specific places according to one’s height, and have the image of the OMOTM reappear. It’s very cool. The lake below the OMOTM is worth the trip as well. It’s absolutely stunning and the NH Tourism Board planted a fly fisherman while we were there who was just as cool to watch.We headed next to the Flume Gorge. This park was amazing and I would and will come back here over and over again. The pictures included don’t seem to be any order, I apologize for that; I’m having media difficulties. But regardless, the place was spectacular. The pictures really do no justice and it was probably a good thing that my camera battery died and I just had to walk and enjoy the sights without the pressure of having to document everything. There weren’t many people on the trail the day we went, but the path gets narrow and it’s a “one person at a time path” in places which can make the trail seem crowded even when there are few actually on it. It was nice that we able to get pictures without lots of extra people in the background. On a busier day, it would be impossible. We found this little guy on the trail; he was completely unaware of the foot traffic.Once you get passed the flume part of the trail you have the option of heading back to visitor’s center or going on an extended loop. we opted for the extended loop, which was just as spectacular, but different. It was really one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. There were more falls and pools of water, amazing boulders and geology. It was just lovely. Definitely a spot I will take visitors. The season run from May to October so visitors will have to come in the warmer months!
Chris and I have been making day trips the last couple of days. First a drive around the NH border of Maine–Bethel,Center Lovell, Fryeburg, then thru North Conway where we watched the US v Ghana soccer game. Today we drove north, skirting the Vermont border and ultimately hitting the Canadian border and back down. Both days were filled with beauty. It seems I think I’ve found the most beautiful spot on earth only to discover yet another beautiful place the next day.
Today in Lancaster I spoke with a shop keeper and we agreed that people can handle the New Hampshire winters because the summers are such a reward.
I’m feel so fortunate to be living here. My soul is at peace in the natural world and I have hit the jackpot.
I took Luka to Dog Mountain today in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. We stayed for two hours; if I had packed a lunch I would’ve stayed all day. For the third day in a row, I felt I was in the most beautiful place I had ever been in and I didn’t want to be any where else.
Mirror Lake loon
Hike at Weeks Park
1. Take your favorite dog on a hike.
2. Have lunch at a place called “Grandma’s Kitchen,” that really does make you feel like you’re at your grandmas’s for dinner.
3. Find a kayak on sale at a place one hour and fifteen minutes closer than the place you were going to go to to buy kayaks.
4. Buy 2 kayaks and actually fit them into your car.
5. Take your maiden voyage in the above kayaks at the lake in your back yard.
6. Get up close to a nesting loon.
7. Get up close to the papa loon.
8. Kayak with the guy (or gal) you love most in the world.
9. Want to be no where else than where you are (THIS IS THE KEY TO HAVING THE PERFECT DAY!!)
10. Meet your lovely neighbors who invite you to “vespers”…their version.
I just had my perfect day.
It’s been a long trip. I think we’ve held up remarkably well considering it all. So much driving, so much pressure and stress, a lot of unbearable waiting, uncertainty.
We will end up where we are supposed to be.
I’m working a sweater from the Doomsday Knits collection. I’ve been restless, anxious, uncertain lately. A lot of change is in the air. I react to change in two ways typically…I either rush forward, full steam ahead with energy and excitement OR I burrow under the covers, paralyzed with fear. I fear I’ve been burrowing. I’v e got too much to do to burrow!! I’ve turned to knitting as a way to soothe my anxiety. When I’m knitting, I am hopeful and creative.
It’s interesting that the sweater I have chosen to knit is from a book with the word “doomsday” in the title…the patterns included all inspired by end of the world scenarios. One of the things my husband and I have in common is our appreciation of apocalyptic stories. I think what draws me to such tales are the survivors. Those that make it through ‘the end of the world’ and rely on their ingenuity, guts, luck, and belief that they can carry on in some meaningful way. That’s what I need to do right now…have a little belief in myself. I can thrive in any circumstance.