Vacation part II

We are staying in a cottage on Leetes Island, Guilford, CT.  It is one of the original cottages and the family that owns it did just enough renovation to make it comfortable. But they left all the charming features of the old cottage.

Sun Porch at the cottage

Sun Porch at the cottage

Features like the original front door were left untouched. To me it is like a door out of a fairy tale cottage.

Cottage Door

Cottage Door

September Hydrangeas

September Hydrangeas

Changing clouds

Changing clouds

I did nothing but watch the changing clouds for several,hours this evening.

Yesterday we set out to visit The Clinton Antiques Barn, our favorite browsing spot. We were disappointed to find it was closed.

We drove back to Madison, the town between Guilford and Clinton. Guilford, Madison and Clinton are coastal towns on the Long Island sound, charming New England towns with beautiful greens. I   spent time browsing in Walker and Loden, a favorite gift shop that has been in the same spot for 24 years.

I spoke with Bill Walker, one of the owners and Emily Smack. Next time I talk to Bill I’ll ask what the secret is to their longevity in this small town.  Here are a few photos of some of the varied gift categories.

Walker and Loden

Walker and Loden

A great collection of paper Products Design products

A great collection of paper Products Design productTim Coffey's Halloween dishes

Tim Coffey’s Halloween dishes

Tooth Fairy Pillow

Tooth Fairy Pillow

We like to spend time with family and friends on our vacation. Lunch with Dennis’ Aunt Willy is a treat. Willy  is the youngest McGill and just had her 88th birthday.. Dennis’ mom was the oldest. Dennis grew up with most of his family living nearby in Milford. The house next door to Willy belonged to his great-grandparents and then to his McGill grandparents. The grape arbor that his grandfather, Bill McGill, put up is still there in the backyard. When he and I first met, his mother Alice lived in a house down the street. For me, a city girl, this was and still is wonderful. Many of our family lived in walking distance in our Bronx neighborhood, but to have a house, garden and grape arbor still there from your childhood is amazingly wonderful to me.

In Aunt Willy's garden

In Aunt Willy’s garden

It ‘s been hot and humid the last few days but it’s supposed to cool off after some rain later.

For those of you who are familiar with the saga of the 50 dervishes (See Vacation Part I post ) I have to tell you that their idea of a vacation is to be very lazy. They have gotten so plump that they can’t even spin anymore or swim.

50 dervishes were stowaways in my suitcase

50 dervishes were stowaways in my suitcase

They have been so lazy

They have been so lazy

A most amazing sight

A most amazing sight

We’ve had thunder and downpours since yesterday. Tonight we had the most beautiful rainbow and the biggest that either of us have ever seen. The last time I saw a rainbow I was a little girl. You don’t get to see many rainbows in your lifetime – at least not in the city.

So make a wish!

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3 responses to “Vacation part II

  1. Rose Berlin

    Hi Andrea- We were at a barn wedding in Guilford last weekend! It was a lot of fun- BBQ, mason jars for glasses, jars of homemade jelly for favors I’m glad to see the trend to get away from the big fancy halls and matchy-matchy decor!

    • Hi
      Sounds like a fun wedding
      I like smaller more casual weddings myself. We are loving it here. Been getting quite chilly at night
      But we have cocoa and marshmallows to warm us later.The dervishes are being better behaved.
      Love to Rick
      Love
      Andrea

  2. Nancy Somerfeld

    Andy, sounds lilke a dream vacation!

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