"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Friday, September 26, 2014

Gatherings Across North America

Taking flight from Portland, Oregon over a week ago I have found the odd moment to knit a dishcloth.
My last college roommate at CMSU, Ginger and her husband Charlie were my gracious hosts in Missouri.
Ginger drove our college friend, Betty and me to the Enchanted Frog antique market.  We saw a number of items from our parents' era, that were familiar to us, as well as items we recognized from our own youth, that prompted good memories.

We also saw some priceless treasures like these Native American arrow heads that caused us to marvel at the varied history of our nation's past.

Ginger drove us to Jamesport, Missouri, a community that is a delightful mix of modern convenience and the clippity-clopping of Amish horse drawn carriages.

This house looked right at home.

After leaving Ginger and Charlie's I attended my 45th !!! high school class reunion in Lee's Summit, Missouri.
Then I flew to Newark, NJ, where my youngest son, Tim, drove me to see my oldest son and family [photos in the next post] and then to Massachusetts to visit my 94 year old uncle, who told us about his varied career, including being a flight engineer on the plane that flew over Hiroshima to take photos the day after the bomb exploded.
He has a fantastic collection celebrating Native Americans, including some needlepoint pieces.
My sisters flew in from California so that we could all visit our uncle together.
Next, Tim drove he and I to York, Maine, to visit the Nubble Lighthouse on a fabulous, perfect day.

Driving to Prince Edward Island we saw the beginning of the changing of the leaves in Fall.

My son, Tim, took this photo soon after we arrived on Prince Edward Island.
We were amazed at the number of beautiful old churches we saw on PEI.

One night we enjoyed eating delicious muscles.
While I enjoyed exploring the Anne of Green Gables national park, Tim had fun playing golf :-)
Green Gables

We visited these beauties at Green Gables Alpacas.
PEI is known for growing potatoes and turnips, and harvesting seafood, as well as being the former home of Lucy Maud Montgomery who created the wonderful stories about Anne Shirley.  I had the best time soaking up the atmosphere on PEI and hope you visit it one day if you have not already done so.  Have you read any of Montgomery's stories?

Gracie xx


  1. Wow, you're sure covering a lot of ground and seeing lots of your friends and family! I know you're having a wonderful time. I miss you! I can't wait to see your next post of your older son and his family. Have fun and fly safe on your way home. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Oh my, what a wonderful trip! And so lovely to be able to spend time with so many members of your family.

    I read Anne of Green Gables many, many years ago and loved it.

    Those autumn colours look stunning, my daughter and I dream of visiting New England some day in the fall, it is the favourite season for us both.

    Have a lovely weekend, Helenxx

  3. You have been on you're travels, I used to love the Anne of Green Gables books when I was little and have read most of them, thanks for sharing.
    Clare x

  4. It is always so nice to meet old friends and just rewinding the memory down the lane. When we see life from this point we feel we cherished a lot when life was a bit slow. I am 38 years old but I can see a huge difference in life since last 10 years ...it has become very busy for kids with Internet and all. Not sure, in future, what will they feel when they look back in life.
    I enjoyed seeing all the pictures:)

  5. What a fabulous trip Gracie! How wonderful it is to meet up with the family and getting to see old friends.I'm you are having a wonderful time. Your photos are more than impressive and I so enjoy seeing views of the part of the wprld you and your family live in.
    Have fun!!!!

    Amanda x

  6. What light and colour in your photos, they are beautiful. You always have so much time for your family and friends, it must make you a very happy and contented person. Love your posts as ever. Love Jo x

  7. Traveling is always so much fun. Seeing new things or even old things with new eyes. :) So glad you were able to visit with your uncle. He certainly has had a long life and seen so much change over the years. Looks like you had a wonderful time. That photo with your sisters and all that brilliant green grass and leaves is just so incredibly beautiful. Best wishes, Tammy

  8. Gracie I just love that you travel and travel to places you love to see those you love. You have taken me places I have never been and they are so beautiful. Plus you have time with dear friends and family especially your sons.
    I am so happy you are having a wonderful time.

  9. Oh Gracie such a wonderful time you are having. So many places I would love to visit as well. The colours of those trees are stunning. Beautiful photos. Hugs Anne x

  10. Fabulous photo's Gracie :) I feel like I am enjoying your adventures right along with you!
    Hugs, Sarah x

  11. Gracie it looked like a lovely time with family and friends and enjoyed all of your pictures, some beautiful photo's xoxo

  12. It looks as though you're having a great time with your family. It's so nice that Tim is able to drive you on your journeys. Time together to explore new places-priceless. I enjoyed he Anneof Green Gables books years ago. It looks like a fun and interesting place to visit. I can't wait to see pictures of your loses son and his family too. How great that you and your sisters were able to visit your uncle. Stay safe my friend,

  13. What an amazing trip you are having! I LOVE Anne of Green Gables and it was wonderful to see your beautiful photos from there--and that historic church? Love, love, love it! Maine--definitely a place I want to see if I ever make it to the NE! Amish country too. How blessed you are and how happy I am for you:) Continued safe travels!

  14. Gosh you have been travelling far and wide! I love your photos. So many happy smiles, and lots of love in there, along with gorgeous scenery. Coincidentally, my sister gave me the book "Green Gables Knits" by Joanna Johnson which has patterns inspired by the Anne of Green Gables stories. So fascinating. I read them when I was much younger, and we listened to them during car journeys when my daughter was younger - I've been thinking I'd like to reread them again.

  15. What a fantastic trip, meeting up with so many old friends and family too! Your photos are so interesting....you have visited so many beautiful and special places, Gracie....what a time you are having!
    Looking forward to the next instalment. Enjoy the rest of your trip :)
    Helen xox

  16. Wow you have had a wonderful time with family and friends! I downloaded Anne of Green Gables on my Kindle last week and I am enjoying re-reading it. It lovely to see your photos above. The light house and sea look so good too! I would love to visit New England in the fall.The colour of the leaves already look fabulous. Sarah x

  17. What a wonderful trip you had, Gracie. So many friends, relatives and good times with everyone. I liked Anne of Green Gables when I was a little girl. I would enjoy visiting that place. Your photos are lovely and I'm glad you had such a good trip. Thanks for sharing and have a good week.

  18. What a wonderful post this already was, and then I saw that YOU WENT TO GREEN GABLES???!!! (Oh. So sorry for yelling. But, GREEN GABLES?!) What a special treat! Anne of Green Gables has always been a real favorite of mine, to be sure! I would love to take my Emma up to see Green Gables one day. I'm so happy that you had such an amazing trip, Gracie! P.S. How did that Raspberry Cordial taste? *hugs* :)

  19. Goodness you get about! It all looks like fabulous fun though :)

  20. Dear Gracie,

    I am absolutely thrilled to see through you a few pictures of PEI. I have always been a fan of the Green Gables stories and enjoyed reading them a few years ago to my eldest daughter. Such joy. Thank you for sharing.

    Stephanie xx


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