So, after the late night on Saturday, we actually got up before nine am. Even judiang got up before nine (because she misread the clock in her room and thought it was after ten - heh heh). The morning was a nice slow one as we had cereal for breakfast and chatted with folks in the kitchen. Then it was photo time. We took pictures around the farmhouse and neighboring homes. I love the stone buildings in this area and got a really nice picture of a stone church.
One of the neighbors saw us out taking pictures and she invited us into her house, which was a former stone schoolhouse. She even let me ring the school bell, which was very cool. :-) Out back of her house was some very beautiful scenery and several stone benches. We all sat on one stone bench in the back in a little nook. And then, being the geeks that we are, we all took photos of the other three on the bench. Judi posted hers already. So here is mine.
Next we returned to the farmhouse and gathered up hergrace's boys and then headed off to the Vermont Country Store. The last time we visited Vermont, Steph took us there and I loved it. (Well, I've always loved their catalog, so being there in person was even better.) I sampled almost every sample they had in the place (well, I was hungry) and bought quite a few small items. And still hadn't seen the entire store before we shuffled off to a late lunch in Manchester.
When we got to Manchester, Steph took us to Flat Road Grill for lunch. I had the Crocque Monsieur (grilled roll with ham, apples and Vermont cheddar), fries and a very nice cream soda. I enjoyed the sandwich - apples are a fun addition!
We parked at the bookstore in Manchester and shopped there. I bought a book (surprise, surprise) and enjoyed looking at the store, which had lots of neat other items.
We then walked around Manchester, which is an Outlet Town (like an Outlet Mall only all throughout a town). Steph and I were foot people, so we went into a shoe outlet store and looked at all the nice shoes. And oggled at the Mephisto shoes. Someday, baby, I'll buy a pair of Mephisto. When I'm rich.
Our next stop was a sock outlet. Mmmmm, socks! Steph recommended The World's Softest Sock, so I found some nice lavender colored ones. Only to discover they were mediums. I needed large. And the large socks weren't nearly as fun colors as the mediums. Ah well. I bought red, green, and white - 3 pairs for $15.
One of the neat things about Vermont is that they have mountains! And while we were shopping in Manchester, we had many lovely views of mountains. (Ohio is rather bereft of mountains - at least where I live.)
We returned to the farmhouse and dropped Judi and the boys off. Then Steph, elsaf and I headed off to a local market for supper supplies. Alas, they were closed, so we went to a grocery store in Springfield. The grilling decision was made for us when we discovered they didn't have enough wild salmon for everyone. So we got some chicken breasts and salad fixings. Plus two types of sour dough bread.
Steph and Elsa worked on the supper - Steph made the marinade while Elsa chopped up the veggies. Then Steph's father-in-law grilled the chicken. Supper was WONDERFUL. We sat around the dining room table and had a very nice evening.
We then ate ice cream in the kitchen while folks cleaned the supper stuff up. Then the girls and I (and Steph's youngest) sat down to watch the new Doctor Who. Only, due to many, many technical difficulties, we were only able to watch 15 minutes of it. Still, we did get to watch Curse of the Were-Rabbit while things were getting resolved.
Around 1am, we shuffled off to bed, and now it's the next morning. We're going to celebrate Dairy Day Monday. :-)