I have to tell you all, I MISSED YOU! I plan to take some time this week to catch up on everything you have been up to. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend full of good fall things. I did sneak a few peeks at a few blogs when DH was watching the Red Sox but typing on his laptop drives me nuts so leaving messages was just not an option, I am sorry. I could never use a laptop all the time!
Despite a little drizzle and clouds here and there, for the most part the weather was perfect. Cool and crisp and OH MY, the foliage was just gorgeous!!! I have plenty of pictures to share with you. Driving in NE in the fall is just the best. At every single twist and turn, hill and valley, the colors just surround you. Every shade of red, orange, yellow, and green are the backdrop for everyday views such as a 4 way stop, the local gas station, or an abandoned barn. Some how the most mundane settings become works of art. It is as if God has taken a paintbrush to the landscape. It is a visual treat before the long and gray winter begins. We did a lot of back road driving. We often would plug an address into the GPS and then chose the LEAST USE of FREEWAYS option and that is the way to see NE!!
On Thursday, we headed north to Wolfeboro, NH and stopped by the dock on Lake Winnepesauke. It was a little cloudy and gray but the views were wonderful. We had our picnic lunch on a bench overlooking the lake. See the mountains in the distance? Every time we head north to the White Mountains, I get goosebumps when we first see them.
We then continued a bit north to the town of Tuftonboro to Apple Hill. I have wanted to get to this shop ever since I learned about it 2 years ago. I was not disappointed. When you approach the shop, it and the owners home sit a top a little hill on the corner of two roads. Just so inviting. The shop is in the red barn on the left and the house is to the right.
As you enter the barn on the right, this is the welcoming entrance.
I didn't take any pictures inside because you can see it all on the website - it's wonderfully colonial. I got the cutest mustard cubby and some wax corn. I love that both are made by NH artisans. This is the gorgeous garden between the house and the shop. So well done! I will definitely put this on my "must see again" list!
After we left Apple Hill, we headed to the Kancamagus Highway and here are several pictures of the foliage as we drove up and down in the mountains and along the river. In some pictures you can see the water rushing over the rocks. It is always so pretty.
This next one is pretty close to what we saw most of the ride. It just takes my breath away!
Can you see it reflected on the hood of my car?
I'll have more of our trip and eventually get to the treasures I took home in my next post. DH was very sweet and because we were on such a relaxed schedule and driving back roads, and because he got a side trip to the ocean, he was more than agreeable in letting me stop at some prim shops. Because he was so sweet, I kept my buying down to a minimum. I did my part to boost the economy while being vigilant about our retirement funding! More on those treasures next time when I get pictures of them.