Saturday, 9 August 2008

Back from vacation

Hi! We're just back from a wonderful week in the Adirondacks. We rented a cottage on Mt. Arab near Tupper Lake. It was a beautiful spot and the cabin was lovely, rustic, and everything you could want for a family get-away. It was built over fifty years ago, so there were hardwood floors, log bunkbeds, and an enormous stone fireplace, and even a cast-iron claw-foot tub in the bathroom. The owners were delightful, hospitable, interesting people and we had a lovely time. The girls enjoyed swimming in the lake (the beach and dock were for cottage-renters only so it was very quiet). The weather was a bit wet, but we still had a good time. If you want the latest in sleek, gourmet kitchens, this is not the place for you. If you want a quiet place for children to swing in the hammock and pick wild blueberries, then this is your place. The owner even let us ride one of his rail-bikes - a bicycle he's adapted to ride on railroad tracks. His wife is a talented watercolour artist and I purchased some of her creations. (She also brought us some tasty leftovers from a couple of her meals, including Thai fried rice and lemongrass soup.) Here's a link to their website. We stayed in Mountain View, but looked at the others too. I would love to go back to Val-Al sans enfants....a girl can dream....

I'll try to post some pictures when we get them downloaded, but we are going to be very busy around here this week and next, getting ready to move. And, sniff, sniff, I have packed a good portion of my stamping gear. That is my incentive to move - so I can get my stamping area back. I'm hoping my mother will help me get it organized when she comes to visit in September. She's good at organizing and laying out spaces efficiently so her expertise would be greatly appreciated (wink, wink). But we'll still make time to stamp together too :-)

Anyway, this is by way of an apology in advance for my lack of posts and original creations. I had hoped to be uber-organized and have a bunch of blog-fodder pre-stamped and ready to post. But this went the way of all such plans that I have. I really ought to know myself better. What I will try to do is post links to other interesting blogs that you might not have found.

Happy stamping!

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