Sunday, April 15, 2012

In a nutshell

It’s Sunday morning and I’m home from my road trip to visit friends in CT. I’m enjoying one of my favorite shows on TV as I write this. I don’t know how many years it’s been since I began watching Sunday Morning on CBS, but it’s one of my favorite rituals I. Some Sundays, I have other things to do. But I usually catch at least part of an episode.

I took a lot of photos over the past few days and haven’t really had time to edit them much, so for what it’s worth, here’s my excursion in a nutshell.

That sounds funny ~ like I’ve been inside a nutshell.

Please at least try to contain your excitement here.


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I took a walk in a park across the street from Lauren’s house where we came across this interesting cairn. Apparently, there is a gentleman who secretly builds these when he walks his dog. No one in the neighborhood knows who he is, and I cannot figure out how he got this one to balance like this. It’s pretty darn amazing.


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I took photos of ducks feeding on the bottom of the little creek that winds through the park. Synchronized swimmers.


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I ate dessert . . .


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. . . at this tiny little restaurant.

Lunch was a memorable event.

Schoolhouse Restaurant


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I shopped for pansies.


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And drove down George Avenue.

It made me miss my pup.

But I had these two lovelies to pet . . .


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Sweet Dora is Lauren’s girl.


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And the stunning Stella belongs to Annie.


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Cocktails on Annie’s deck in the late afternoon.

Isn’t her view amazing?


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Dinner with Julie, Daryl, Lauren, and Annie at a fun place in Wilton.


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Saturday morning at a local diner, taken with my camera phone.

I like oatmeal.


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Springtime in New York City, where I stopped to take a walk with Daryl and her husband.

Photo taken at 79th & Riverside.


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It was great to get away . . .

. . . but it’s also wonderful to be home.

Because that’s where my heart lies.

More to come. Enjoy your week, my friends ~

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Jeanette said...

Nice pictures! Looks like a lovely, relaxing trip!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Glad you had a lovely time away - I am sure you needed the break.

Jill of All Trades said...

It's funny that the rock creation and the duck's behinds kind of go together artistically!

Anonymous said...

Sweet little restaurant and looks like a lovely time.

Cait O'Connor said...

I enjoyed that trip with you....

Hilary said...

Fun series of photos and you had me at dessert. Yum! Lauren and Annie's dogs are gorgeous critters, like your George. And it's always great to see some of my other favourite bloggers featured in photos.

Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos ! Looks and sounds like a wonderful trip and visit ! Thanks for taking us along ! Have a great day !

GailO said...

A wonderful taste of your busy weekend:) That balancing rock is rather amazing! The food looks yummy, the dogs look adorable, and the company looks good:) Great pictures!

Hilary said...

Yup, the dessert stopped me cold.
That's my problem. It looked lovely.
I also love oatmeal, and gosh, you made me want to just 'get away' for a spell.
good for you. I know it helps.

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

How I envy your little get-a-way trip!! But, just looking at the photos made me relax, thanks for the virtual trip! (those little fluffy butts in the air made me laugh)

Skogkjerring said...

Wow my friend that is some nutshell!! You taught me something, the word Cairn. I have seen these on mountain tops I´ve visited here in Norway (none that have a rock balancing so amazingly as the one in your photo but still) but I never knew what to call them in English except a bunch of rocks piled together. I was told people leave them as markers that they´ve been there. The mountain tops are covered with them in all sizes and shapes. So now I know that word, thanks!
Those fur babies were just too cute and that beautiful tree outside the building in New York- WOW. Oh and girl...what was in that desert, was trying to figure that one out...looks heavenly. Speaking of heavenly, the little schoolhouse restaurant (which looks like a small Norwegian church) looked very interesting, thanks for the link which I´ll check out, I doubt I´ll ever get there for a meal, but I´ve learned one should never say never in life....
Have a great week ahead! :-)))

Daryl said...

fun ... so smart that angle you chose for the cairn .. Julie and I look so serious ... what great shots of Dora and Stella .. we had such a good time, didnt we

abb said...

Good times - always better shared with good friends! And we did both!

Gail said...

It is good to get out with friends but sometimes, for me, it is such an effort. I envy your ability to do this.

Beautiful pictures and what a great adventure.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, the ducks behinds is my favorite!

Debbie from Illinois

Caroline said...

I like oatmeal too...especially steal cut!!! OK...your post made me giggle a bit here and there. I love how you write. And that balancing rock...cooooool!

sharon said...

Love the rocks! Interesting what people will do in there spare time. looks like you had a nice break!

JaneK said...

love the shots; jealous of your weekend... sounds so fun...

but impressed that you used he word cairn. Seriously never heard of it beside the city in AUS. Your knowledge of things never ceases to amaze me.... seriously. so thanks for the beauty and education!!

and although I could figure it out through the context (I do have a couple of brain cells that work) I looked it up and here I will post for those of us who don't know it:

Cairn is a term used mainly in the English-speaking world for a man-made pile (or stack) of stones. It comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn (plural càirn). Cairns are found all over the world in uplands, on moorland, on mountaintops, near waterways and on sea cliffs, and also in barren desert and tundra areas. They vary in size from small stone markers to entire artificial hills, and in complexity from loose, conical rock piles to delicately balanced sculptures and elaborate feats of megalithic engineering. Cairns may be painted or otherwise decorated, e.g. for increased visibility or for religious reasons.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Looks like you enjoyed a lovely weekend! I would love to live on the water, but I suppose I'll have to be content with my new birdbath fountain! Have a great week!

beth said...

what a great time !!

that balancing rock is way too cool....are you sure you didn't see a hot glue gun laying around there somewhere ??

and i love the fact that daryl doesn't have a butt .....
i've always wanted to start a no-butt group and now i can :)


Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Looks like you had a lovely time, and the view from that deck is killer! Have a great week! I'm on vacation! Yay!

Reena said...

Oh, how much fun was all of that! What a wonderful time. That photo on 79th & riverside is just stunning!

Mary Lou said...

No p lace like home! Looks like a fun trip!

Anonymous said...

I find it a thrill to get away even for a weekend trip.....but I too always love coming home......smiles

A Scattering said...

We PVR Sunday Morning to be sure we don‘t miss it if we are out. It is a true gem. I never miss the nature moment at the end.

Hugs to you and yours. Elaine

Bluebird49 said...

Wow--thanks for sharing all that! I have no idea where to start! The dessert? The oatmeal? (I love it, too!) The rocks that the mystery man builds. (Can anyone say, "Crop Circles??") The little restaurant--what a charming little place--Lauren-I want to live near you!. Then Dora and Stella? ABSOLUTELY CHARMING! No more than our GEORGE, of course--that is already assumed!
Whew--I am just overwhelmed with what I should not be---E.N.V.Y. at your fun getaway. Then I think how much you deserve it so much-- that the envy slides away and my joy for you comes in it's place.
I am so so very happy that you will share your excursions with your dear friends and that you've found such a diverse collection of blogging sisters!
I guess what I am most envious of right at this, okay, I'll say it: how Daryl looks in those jeans--long, skinny legs (which "go all the way from her a$$ to the floor!")and that long beautiful silver hair! Ohhhhh! NOW, I can say E.N.V.Y. and thoroughly mean it! Please find more get-away shots to share! I am SUCH a voyeur!! ;) Take another get-away as soon as you can--I'll bet you're still sparkling from this one, Sparkle Girl!

Lili said...

Wow the cairn one is awesome! And the little duck behinds made me smile. Love the soft flowering tree in contrast with the NYC backdrop...very cool. xo ~Lili