Sunday, July 12, 2009

12 of 12 July 2009

Oh it was a glorious day for this month's 12's. Don't know what 12 of 12 is? Then visit Chad Darnell's blog and get the 411. While you're there check out some of the 12's from people all over the world.

To celebrate the fact that it was NOT raining today, I had to get Ethan outside for some vitamin D. I decided that we would talk a hike around Shuman's Point which is located on Lake Wallenpaupack.

First, Ethan asked for a bath. I had to oblige

All of Ethan's favorite bath toys

Black Eyed Susan in my wildflower garden

Hiking at Shuman's Point on Lake Wallenpaupack

Stone walls that go right into the lake, because Wallenpaupack is man made and there used to be a town down there.

Here's a view on the old wall and you can see, it goes right into the lake.

We took a break on one of the outlet beaches and ate some blueberries

Praise be to the good weather gods!

My date for lunch, he's so cute I guess I'll excuse the fact he eats with his hands.

After the hike I was invited to take a tour of one of the Arts Alliance member's garden. These pictures don't even do these gardens justice. They were breathtakingly beautiful.

Everything was terraced.

The coolest mailbox I've ever seen!

Thanks again for stopping by and checking out my 12's

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Adventures in Vermont

I was finally able to get back to my home state of Vermont to visit family and friends this past week. My family has not seen the baby since this time last year, and some of my family had not even met him yet.

I had lots on my agenda, so many people I wanted to visit and places I wanted to go with only a week to do it in.

First stop was the Rutland County Farmer's Market to pick up some fresh food and fixin's for my stay. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this market has grown substantially since I lived there. There were so many wonderful vendors, it was hard to not spend all my cash. I discovered that you can use your credit or debit card to purchase $5 tokens that were good at any of the food vendors, brilliant idea!

My first purchase was some marinara sauce and sesame salad dressing from Bob and Irene Gordon and their Gordon's Pond Products. Irene makes these products from their home, the ingredient label even includes LOVE. Ethan especially loved the salad dressing and enjoyed dipping his veggies into it.

As I was walking around a sign caught my eye and I knew I had to stop at this booth! FILTHY FARM GIRL made me stop dead in my tracks! I had to stop in. A very warm young man named Richard was manning the booth and was very helpful in answering the questions I had about Filthy Farm Girl and how it came to be. The company is 100% Eco friendly, packaging is made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper by Greenline Paper. They even carry soap for your pooch: Filthy Farm Dog "Muddy Puppy".

If you are ever in Central Vermont on a Saturday make sure you check out the Rutland County Farmers Market, a gem in the heart of the city.