Tuesday, July 29, 2008

the kind

We are home. And our trip went too fast, but was just what we needed to recharge our batteries.  It was just the right kind of vacation.  The kind where spending time with old friends was about creating new memories.
The kind where eating a packed lunch out of  farmers market containers would have to serve as the only picnic type lunch we would have.  (It rained all the way there.)
The kind where you can't wait to wake just to see the sunrise.
The kind where a hike up Mt. Monadnock is both exhausting and exhilarating.  (The drop where the kids are sitting did not go straight down, I promise.)
The kind where lemonade never tasted so good.
The kind where hitting balls into the water is the goal.  And the game.
The kind where making rag jewelry is the craft.
And the jewelry of choice.
The kind where an old canoe is still making people happy.
The kind where the only purchase made will let you be able to taste this summer trip well into winter.
The kind where knitting takes place but was never photographed.  Which is super hard to believe considering I took over 700 photos.  

64 comments:

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Beautiful pictures. Looks like you had a fun vacation. Those bracelets look like a fun craft. How do you make them?

raining sheep said...

Wonderful vacation...the pictures are superb and it sounds like great time was had by everyone. Those bracelets are cool!

Knitterella said...

Man, what a dream of a vacation. Looks sooooo good and makes me sad that summer is in it's last month. I better get the most out of this month!

You are a fantastic photographer!

Love the rag jewelry. Looks like you always have a 'group craft' or something on your trips and that is awesome! I want to start that tradition with my niece and nephews.

What a great post - thanks!

Rosa said...

That looks and sounds like a wonderful vacation. I hope my family can take the time to do a leisure vacation, instead of packing a ton of events into the trip.

Sarah Jackson said...

What a wonderful vacation, Leslie! I love the photos you chose out of your 700. Makes me ready to head out on vacation again.

lindy said...

That looks like the best vacation! It reminds me so much of my childhood vacations at Lake Chautaqua (sp?) in western NY.
The bracelets are great, too. My daughter and her friends would love to know how to....

Anonymous said...

However do you make the bracelets? Please tell!

Happyplace. said...

What wonderful pictures. It sounds like the perfect vacation!

Kirsten said...

The best kind of vacation if you ask me! Beautiful photos - as usual.

Jane said...

What fun memories! Add me to the list of loving the bracelets! And thank you for reassuring the mom in me about the edge of the mountain. Phew! :) Our lake vacation is a few weeks away...but I want to be there now after seeing your pictures!

Stacey said...

Beautiful. The white mountains in the summer is so nice! I used to live about an hour from Mt. Monadnock....

Scoutj said...

Did you know we lived in Dublin, NH before we moved here? You were in our back yard!

sewstylish said...

Sounds like a nice a trip. We leave for Maine in a few days and I can't wait to have our summer fun. Could you explain how you did the rag bracelets? they look like something fun the kids could make maybe while I'm relaxing and knitting.lol.

kim said...

Oh, that just looks like the most delightfully relaxing vacation! I love the photo of the water through the window. So glad you had a great time.

leslie said...

oh my. you were just on the perfect vacation. i am so happy.

TAMI said...

Maple syrup - "taking the summer into the winter" - LOVE THAT!! Rag jewelry?? Will have to do some research on that because it looks like a GREAT project for our Munchkins.

Welcome Home.

teri said...

great post, leslie! and i'm adding my voice to the clamor for a rag jewelery tutorial! welcome home.

mel said...

Oh my! I just had to say hello and thank you for the photos - I grew up in NH and spent my first adult years in Keene & Peterborough - hiking Monadnock many times, and oh the Maple syrup - I have friends in Westmoreland still. What a wonderful trip - thanks for sharing your memories and bringing back mine :)

Ivywindow said...

Sounds like bliss. Love the rag jewlry too.

Jen! said...

Your vacation looks like it was really relaxing and fun! I'm a little jealous! :o)

Teyani said...

this wonderful post brings so many great New England memories for me. I grew up back there, and hiked that small mountain :-)
Is that on Lake Winnipesaukee? One of the most gorgeous places on earth, I'm truly convinced. (that and upstate NY)

rockbridge said...

what a great trip! the feelings of peace and contentment and happiness really come across in your pictures. glad you all had such a nice time!

nicole said...

Sounds and looks heavenly. So glad you had a great time! Love that rag jewelry.

Beth said...

It sounds like a perfect vacation! The morning picture is especially great. I can experience what it felt like just by looking at it. (Does that make sense?)

Virtuous said...

What a nice relaxing vacay!
Glad you got backs safely!

Peggy said...

Welcome home, friend. Lovely post, great photos. I echo the desire of others to know how to make those rag bracelets. Very fun.
Okay, now I have to tell whoever reads this that you must all go see Mamma Mia. I'm almost a little screwy when it comes to this one. I've never had such fun at a movie. It's a total upper.
Glad you're home, Leslie.

ali said...

I love that the main souvenir is a couple big jugs of pure maple syrup! Practical, useful, clutter-free goodness, excellent choice.
Great photos, though 700 with no knitting pics is rather curious...
Oh, the joys of digital photography, can you imagine the cost of 700 pics' worth of film for one trip? not to mention developing costs... I am so thankful for digital cameras!

The rock pic did make me nervous, we love to head to Taylor's Falls each year, but I did inherit a bit of my mother's nervousness when it comes to heights, anxiety, and the fear of falling to one's death... sigh... still like a good climb though!

Glad you had a wonderful refreshing and recharging time! Now get back to work! (just kidding)

Happy knitting-
ali

iknitipurl said...

Sounds like the most relaxing and beautiful trip. Glad to see that you made new memories and experienced new things.

Chrispy said...

Monadnock brings back memories of climbing it each fall with my high school classmates. Our school in Dublin called it a team building exercise. I called it make fun of the slow kids (ie me). I did take my husband up there right after we got married and the hike was much easier and more enjoyable but God had to be laughing because we went up with a bunch of high school kids from a friends alma mater.

Philigry said...

sounds like you had a wonderful time. love your pictures!

emily said...

looks like my kind of vacation!

zebraknits said...

W hat a lovely vacation it was! Glad you have all those great memories to share!

I can't blame you for taking hundreds of photos, every beautiful moment as this is worth capturing.

tiennie said...

What a fantastic trip! I want to wake up in that room - wow!

Lin said...

Gosh, I really wish I had come too! It looks fabulous.

bizzy mommy said...

that rag jewelry is way cool!

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello!

I just found your lovely blog while browsing for knitting inspiration! Well I found it! :o) You have a wonderful place here, and your knitting is absolutely beautiful! I am so happy that I now have another lovely place to visit! Thanks!

Smiles...

Beverly

Meggie said...

Glad you had a good time, Leslie. It sounds like special memories were made for all the family. Hitting golf balls from a dock...how cool is that?! Magnificent shot from atop the mountain! Welcome home!

Kristy said...

It looks like a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing :)

sheepish one said...

you make all of those moments permanent memories with such wonderful photos, leslie. beautiful pictures, though my favorite is the empty canoe...
enjoy what is left of summer vacation!

amandajean said...

looks like a wonderful trip! your photos are always so fantastic.

t does wool said...

mmm...memories...

Leslie said...

Wow, that looks so relaxing and fun! I love all your photos. And the rag jewelry...cool.

Knit and Purl Mama said...

I wish I had a place to go hit balls into the water! LOL (practice my golfing too!)

My Love is..... said...

what an awesome vacation. thanx for sharing!

house on hill road said...

leslie, it looks pretty much perfect. i am so glad you had a great time and are home safely!

ok...you are going to have to dish on the rag jewelry. i have lots of fabric scraps to let my children to town with.

ericandles said...

My mother and I are on the phone together right now trying to figure out those rag bracelets. They are so cool! Please tell us more!

Louise said...

Our next holiday is in late September when hopefully it is a bit warmer. I can't wait now after seeing your lovely photos!! Just the kind of holiday I like.
And yes, we want to know about the rag bracelets too!!

kristin said...

perfect. welcome back.

Ann said...

ponytail holders and strips of fabric...am I on a roll. I can;t wait to make one. Please provide DETAILED instructions. LOL. Love your blog!

mle said...

How lovely! glad you had a wonderful time!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Wow Leslie, what a fantastic trip!! So cool.

Julie said...

What fun pictures... looks like a great trip!

I also had lemonade, just the other day, that never tasted so good!

Renna said...

It looks like the kind of vacation I love to take! I love the photos. :-)

MadMad said...

And they are beautiful pics, too! Glad you had a great time! It looks so fun! (And I am so putting Girl on bracelet duty tonight!)

La Cabeza Grande said...

From the prose to the photos, thanks for taking us along with you!

Mama Voss said...

First of all, I love your blog. So simple, refreshing and pleasing. Your trip looked wonderful, like the kind of trip we enjoy. I'm glad I'm not the only one that takes a ton of pictures. We went on a 45 minute hike last week and came home with 125 pictures!

Elizabeth said...

Tried those rag bracelets today with my daughter before she went off to a friend's cottage for the week. She is going to show her friends how to do it.
We also tried the ones where you wrap the pony tail holders but these were much easier.
Thanks for the inspiration!

Kara said...

That trip looked so darn summery Looks like you had an amazing time! And rag jewelry? How darling!

sue said...

Just looking at your photos makes me want to go on holiday for a while too. Love the rag jewellery and the tutorial looks great too.

FlipFlop Mom said...

Oh.. I'm going to make that jewelry with the neighborhood kiddos!!! and my fresh air son!! thanks for sharing...

And Westmorland Syrup... mmmm.. few towns over from me!!! I LOVE maple anything!!!

SJ said...

Love this post.

I grew up with Mt. Monadnock practically outside my back door and have climbed it many times. Isn't it beatiful? Seeing your post made me anxious to climb it again, though I now live in NY.

Stewart & John's was a yearly favorite too. Did you eat breakfast there or just buy their syrup?

I miss NH! Thanks for bringing some of it back!

Linn said...

I just came across your blog via house on hill road, and it's just lovely! I'm so glad I found it!

Ella said...

Some kind of delicious! Sounds just perfect!

Sandy said...

It all looks perfect. I love those beautiful serene spots and sharing them with your friends and family. I love the photos.