Friday, July 29, 2011

my vacation, so far

This year we bought a house, so no big trip to Europe after all (which was one of the things on my list of things to do this year ). But that’s ok, things are shaping well pretty nicely nonetheless.

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So far I was in a volleyball tournament. We won, no thanks to me though…

My nephews are now the proud owners of our volleyball trophies, which somehow made them very happy. I’m not quite sure why, but whatever.

I guess a trophy is a trophy!

Went out to the Eastern Townships (close enough) and spent some time in nature, soaking my toes in the river.

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Ventured out to Vermont, rural Vermont. And by rural, I mean rural. And while I’m pretty much a tried and true city girl, there were some lovely things to be seen and done in Vermont.

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Paul and I went to Simon Pearce, a restaurant in Quechee that also makes hand blown glass and pottery (probably not hand blown but handmade, so…) Added bonus, the restaurant and factory are powered by the river waterfall and uses local produce and dairy in their menu. Yay for sustainable, high end, foodie dining experiences! Also, a little known fact about Marya, she is a big lover of the pottery and glass. There is a place in Victoria BC that makes hand blown glass and I loved visiting it and watching them make funky glass creations. If I could have afforded it, I would have bought some hand blown creations (then and now) but alas, I can’t justify spending that kind of money on things my klutzy self will break. It’s really on a matter of time!

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There were of course, other highlights to the trip.

For example, quirky trees behind one of the restaurants we ate at in Stowe, Vermont.

A visit to the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory, which was cheesy but fun in the way you should expect from Ben and Jerry’s, really. Complete with a moooovie and a sample of one of their newest flavours, late night with jimmy fallon. It was surprisingly good actually. Who knew chips in an ice cream could be tasty?

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On the way back we drove through the Champlain islands, which were quite lovely. I’d like to go back again and spend some time in that particular area swimming and enjoying the water.

In between it all I’ve had lots of time for crafting and been trying my hand at beeswax candle making. What have I learned so far? That I’m definitely going to have to buy a mould release spray because beeswax just doesn’t come out of metal moulds easily.

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