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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Enchanting Northern Trip...



This weekend, the first thing I asked myself when I arrived home after visiting relatives in beautiful Bennington, Vermont was "Why did it take so long to make the trip back here?"
Nestled among some of the most breathtaking American scenery, filled with orange, red & yellow mountains, wildlife, fall foliage, maple syrup & a dog named Sasha...My sister had asked me a month ago..."Sis, do you want to make the trip to Vermont to visit some relatives?" Ummm... I first thought to myself "Nope, can't do it...family, the dogs, work, time away before the holidays..." but when I thought about the years that have slipped away, time that seems to be going by quicker than I can count... my next breathe I said, "Yes." And I'm glad I did....I would have missed all this....



Fifth generation farmhouse, that once was a tavern....




Front side view...


Side/back view...if you look closely there's a flag for practicing golf!



Next to the farmhouse is the historical wood workshop where my cousin makes custom golf clubs. The workshop is heated with several wood stoves...


Part of a family owned rock quarry...that was once craved out to supply stone for some local churches, & other buildings in Vermont...I climbed the mountain behind the farmhouse to see this...I'll admit I was on the watch for "bears"...but someone was there who was one step ahead of myself, my sister, & cousins. Someone who knows the land well, & takes a daily walk with my cousin among this beautiful land was....

Sasha!

Sasha, an adorable six year old Bernese Mountain dog was in true form. This beauty~bright & an incredible gentle giant for 92 lbs., was our escort for miles on the mountain, through trails of leaves & historical pathways. She stayed one step ahead of us, knowing the trails as if she had carved them out of the mountains herself! This was the only "little bear" I would see all weekend! Whew..... :)

Also, this weekend my cousin made my sister a custom set of golf clubs....to read her story, please visit... http://mudpuddlegirl.blogspot.com/

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

6 comments:

denise said...

Ah, what a beautiful trip, and so full of history! One of my biggest regrets was not taking photos of my grandparent's farm before it was sold. (I was in college, and didn't really think about these things...) So glad you got to make a special trip there. You'll always cherish it. :)

playing with soap said...

Beautiful pics!!! Also, I think Sasha is smiling :) in the photo. She must have been a darling.

Carrie ~ Gigi said...

Denise~ When I was in college, I would have never thought (or wanted) pics of this farm. In my "more mature" age, I appreciate it in a way I would have never back then.

Carrie ~ Gigi said...

I think you are right, playing with soap...I think she is smiling! Thanks for pointing that out! She is such a happy dog & is loved soooo much & she loves my cousins to no end. You can see it in her eyes when she looks up at them... :)

Michelle said...

Such a gorgeous spot to live. I love the farm. I'm sure its hard to say goodbye to it after its been in your family for so long. And Sasha fits right in, isn't she a cutie too!! I bet all of Vermont is beautiful, especially at this time of year.

decor8 said...

These photos are really pretty, I live near Vermont but barely drive over there. I have to change this soon!