July 28, 2011

Roadtrip: By the Seashore

By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea...

It was brief, but it was wonderful to stop in to our favourite spots and visit family. As always, the trip is never long enough and we leave wishing we could stay longer. We are back on the road again. I am sitting in a hotel lobby, taking advantage of free wireless while getting in these few words and photos. The photos were taken along Bearskin Neck and Rocky Neck, two artist colonies in Massachusetts, USA.

shades of blue...

love hearts...

be still my....

pedalling along...


mom's place....

by the sea...

 We are now eight colleges down, with three more to go. Dickinson, Colgate, Hamilton, Williams, Middlebury, Union, Skidmore, Wheaton are a few of the schools behind us. I can tell you now that if I could, I would be applying along with Claire. I have driven these many miles thinking of all the possibilities. The wheels are turning.....

I have to say, I miss blogging. There does not seem to be enough time in the day. Internet time has been tight and has not allowed me to get around and say hello. I look forward to catching up on my return next week. In the meantime, three more days to go and then home to Miss Christine and Mr. H. We miss them!

Wishing you all many many thanks for your lovely comments thru our travels, I hope you all are having a wonderful week!!

Jeanne xxx

July 25, 2011

Roadtrip: Blueberry Mornings in New Hampshire

If I had to list one of my favourite foods in life it would have to be blueberries. I will take them any way I can get them and these fast few days I have been lucky enough to find them in a field outside our front door. We are taking a much deserved break from our college search. We are staying with family outside of Hanover, New Hampshire, home to Dartmouth College (not on our list) and a stunning countryside.

We have been coming here to Hanover for over 20 years. Two brothers, one living in New Hampshire,  upon 100 acres of glorious country and the other, travelling the globe with a blog crazy wife and kids. It is so much fun when the two meet along the way. Luckily for me, my sister-in-law is a dear friend and a delight to be with. Walking, shopping, talking, sharing a glass of wine as we watch the sun set over the mountains with lots of laughter mixed in. When I leave here I feel that life does not get any better than this.

Our college search has been fascinating. Six colleges to date, five more to go. We have learned so much...I have learned so much. My daughter, Miss Claire, has wonderful choices, assuming she can get in to them. Two or three have risen to the top of her list. I am hoping by the end she has more. There is so much to say about this topic. I have taken extensive notes which I hope to share someday when life slows down. That will be coming soon.

In the meantime, I am going to appreciate what is now sitting outside my window and enjoy. We leave for Massachusetts this morning to visit more family. My Mother opened a new art gallery this year. I can't wait to see it and will be sure to bring you news from Rocky Neck....Massachusetts.

I think the following photos will give you the feeling of the moment. I am off to enjoy my morning usual, muesli and blueberries with a cup or two of strong coffee by the side. :)
Wishing you the very best...

Jeanne xxx

Leaving you with music by Train, the song is called Soul Sister. We
listened to it while the sun set last night. Hope you enjoy it!

Photos taken by me and Miss Claire
Music via You Tube

July 20, 2011

Roadtrip: Studious Spaces

Mother and daughter are clocking up the miles. 
Coming to you from New York...

Rootin Tootin Cowgirl...
Loving... a shop window in Saratoga, New York

Starry Starry Night...
 An Adirondack Rocker alongside a shop front in Clinton, New York

A Studious Space....

On a studious porch in Schenectady, New York

Patriotic pets...
Discovered on a bathroom wall (really) in Schenectady, New York
(painter unknown)

We are checking off our list.
Five colleges and five more to go.
The last two days have been frantic.
We are loving it!
Next stop, Massachusetts :)

Jeanne xxx

July 19, 2011

Roadtrip: Doing the Bear Wave

If I tell you that I am wearing the double scoop espresso chip ice cream cone that I had after dinner tonight, will that tell you what kind of day we had? I write that with a smile. Mother tried to take photos and balance an ice cream cone while glancing in a store window. This did not work. Wearing a white shirt did not help either. Luckily, she still managed to eat the whole thing. :)

Great visit this morning....Dickinson College in Carlise PA at the top of the list. One down, nine to go. :)

Miss Claire's photo pics for the day, from 260 miles of open highway through Pennsylvania to the country roads of upstate New York.

A bear wave.....

Peace at last....

In flight...

Stars and stripes nearly forever...

 Ticking away...

Fast Eddie...

Time for Mom to clean up!
Photos by Miss Claire.

July 18, 2011

Roadtrip: A Bulldog, a Motorcycle and a Diner

It has been two years since I visited the USA. There is nothing like hitting home territory again. It starts when I leave JFK airport in New York, inching up thru the traffic in Queens, passing the enormous globe from the old World's Fair site and Citi Field Stadium, (home to the Mets baseball team) and then onto the leafy highways of Connecticut. 

Once settled we dawned our big white bibs and tucked into a delicious meal of  lobster and shrimp alongside freshly steamed corn on the cob. We cracked, we split, we nipped and enjoyed every last bite, just the way New England lobster should be eaten. All this followed by a tray of several different flavours of local ice cream. It was all so familiar and it was a great feeling. Family around the table, enjoying a meal and catching up on all the latest news. We all tottled off to bed happy for the opportunity to be together again.

Miss Claire and I started our two week road trip today. We farewelled child #4, Connor, and his grandmother and went on our merry way. We are off to visit ten colleges across six states along the East Coast. First stop Pennsylvania.  Claire was my co-pilot, taking photographs along the way. We had fun and decided to post our favourite photos from each day of our trip.

Without further adieu...I would like to introduce our favourite pics of the day.

For the love of Mack....

It's all in the ride....

A New Jersey moment...

As humble as apple pie..

A college campus quad in reflection...

While I was taking in the serenity of the campus on a Sunday evening, Claire was still thinking about the football team she glanced upon during a practice session. I can see I will have my work cut our for me with this one. :)

Best wishes to one and all for a fabulous week!

Jeanne xxx

 images ~me and Miss Claire
posted on the road....

July 15, 2011

'Roadtrip' USA!

Packing my bags ... 

Daughter #2, Miss Claire and I, are meeting in New York tomorrow for a two week "Roadtrip' around the East Coast of the USA. We are checking out colleges for next year. Son #2, Sir Connor, is coming along to spend time with his grandmother. Son # 1, Patrick, is heading back to Australia tonight and Daughter #2, Miss Christine will be resting at home in England with Mr. H.

At least I think that is what is happening. My quandary, aside from the whereabouts of my children, is what to take photos of while we are driving the highways and byways of the East Coast. Miss Claire is a keen photographer as well. We will be driving through Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut...plenty of territory to cover.

If only we had the convertible...

or room to spare for a few chairs, an umbrella, rugs and a picnic basket.
I am sure I will be thinking of that as we pull off the highway in search of food.
 Somehow, it just won't be the same.

I imagine we will come across plenty of road signs.
We will be looking for the curious and interesting ones.

In between drives, we will be scanning college brochures and prepping
for interviews. Ten colleges to visit...makes my head spin just thinking about it.

The rest is an open book and I am looking for suggestions!
If you were taking this trip, what would you be looking to
take photos of? I will be checking in and attempting to post from the 'road'.

If you have any advice for this mother who is about to embark on the
college application process, I would love to hear from you!
Best wishes for a relaxing weekend! :)

Jeanne xxx

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

July 14, 2011

Thru my Looking Glass @ Hampton Court Palace

Great news!
My daughter, Miss Christine flew in this morning
and is now safely tucked away in the comfort of home.
Happy Mom. :)

Blogging seems to be getting more and more challenging these days.
I am sure you can appreciate the feeling.

I felt like the White Rabbit from the Alice in Wonderland story book last week.
I did a mad dash thru the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, something one should never do.
Taking photos and checking my clock as I went along....here is what I saw thru my Looking Glass.

A wonderful painting ensconced in a flower garden.

A magical mystery tour filled with enchantment....

Thru my looking glass, a secret spot...

 and a crowd enjoying a garden party.

I spotted the Queen of Hearts, 

with a beautiful face...

and a working garden,
viewed thru a raindrop on my lens.

A whimsical sunken garden with a chess covered vertical wall,

a thoughtful garden window,

an inspiring zen garden...

 and a sign pointing the way home...

to Alice's tea party. ;)

 Where life got curiouser and curiouser,
more tea please!

Images via me.
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