Monday, 30 July 2012

Holiday Highlights Part 3 Lanaster County

I promise this will be the final post about our vacation! I love visiting Amish country so much my hubby was good enough to take us to Lancaster County - there's nothing like driving through the fields of corn dotted with barns and silos and Amish buggies!

Weavertown one room schooolhouse~

Of course there are so many great shops to visit along the way, like Bird in Hand

Strasburg is so pretty and in a prim store there I had to take a pic of this fella!
And of course there is Intercourse and Kitchen Kettle Village and the Stagecoach shops~

The Dutchland Quilt Patch in Ronks is great to browse through and pick up some gifts even for Christmas!
And what need I say about the Amish bake shops? The cakes are out of this world!!! Yummy!

I love the red flowers and tin jug so they came home with me
and so did a family Heirloom Weaver table runner in lovely greens and reds for Christmas

as well as some odds and ends - needfuls - but my longsuffering husband isn't so sure!!lol!
Well that's all folks and thanks for stopping by!

Best wishes

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Holiday Highlights Part 2 - Occoquan & lots of photos!

Hello again, and first off let me thank everyone for their visit and comments on my last post!

We're home a week now and it has been tricky getting back into any sort of a routine and normal sleep pattern as well as coping with the rain that never seems to go away here, even for 'summer'.
You can be sure it's a nuisance when laundry needs to be dried and I love hanging clothes out on the line to dry.

So thanks for indulging me last time around and here goes with pt 2.

This is when I have to thank Jan from Life on Buttermilk Hill. It was through her blog and her trip to the craft show in Occoquan Va. that I first heard of this really picturesque little town.
I knew from her pictures that it was a 'must-see' place and I was not disappointed. Thank you Jan for helping me out!

It is so pretty along the river and I loved seeing the old buildings~

One of the first shops we entered was a lovely prim/country store, 'Glory Be'.

I didn't take pics inside as I was so busy chatting to the store keeper, a lovely lady who has relatives living in Northern Ireland and I was so surprised to discover one of her relatives was a History teacher in my high school! I remember him well!

I did buy this fab star as it matches the bag I got last year!

I also thought these were perfect for a summer basket display~

Another fantastic store is 'Personally Yours', which is in the building formerly used as the town bank~
Inside, the rooms were filled to the brim with gorgeous primitives, and accessories:

I loved the way even the old bathroom was put to good use to display more treasures!

I absolutely want everything in this bedroom!!!lol!

Another antique store was Village Americana, well worth a visit. The furniture was beautiful - sorry to say I lost the few pics I took apart from these - the wallpaper upstairs was amazing - pineapples!!
And in another room~
As a treat for the kids and parents!! we headed in to Georgetown to DC Cupcakes which we'd seen on Food Network. There was a line outside up the hill but it moved quickly

Lots of chocolate cupcakes to choose from! They were so good!
Hope you enjoyed the visit and made sense of it all!

It's a pity I can't rewind as I'd love to go back and do it all again!
Thanks again for stopping by!
Best wishes

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Holiday Highlights - Berlin, Ohio

Well, we're back home after a wonderful few weeks on holiday in the US! We've survived the storms on June 29 and the 104 degree plus temps and we'd do it all again tomorrow! I hope you can indulge me re-living some of our trip's highlights for the next couple of posts!

We stayed in Front Royal for a brief stopover and I spied this antique shop but it was not opened that day - mind you I couldn't have afforded the crocks let alone have packed them in my suitcase!
Then we had to travel through the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains - very scenic!

My big highlight this trip was to visit Amish country in Holmes County, Ohio. I was definitely not disappointed! Loved every moment of it - we arrived Friday evening of the 29th and heard the storm warnings but we thank the Lord for His protecting hand upon us as the worst of the storm hit further south of Berlin in Coshocton. We only realised how bad it had been when we drove down that way the next morning to go see Roscoe historic village. There were trees down along the road and power was out in the village and people were telling us of homes damaged in the storm.

These are a few pics of Roscoe historic village, really pretty and great shops!

It was just lovely in Amish country! The farmland rolls to the horizon and the farm buildings and barns pepper the landscape and it is not uncommon to follow a horse and buggy and see Amish/Plain folk in the gardens or young people on bicycles!

I have to say we found everyone so friendly and helpful wherever we went and it really added to our enjoyment.

And of course there were lots of store to see in Berlin itself!
One of my favorites - the kids will tell you that they had to drag me out after a loooooonnnnggg time in it!!! - was the Country Craft Cupboard. I couldn't believe how many patterns they have - as you can see by my face!!
I picked up much needed supplies, wool fabric and such and lots of patterns that I will hopefull y find time to make sooooon! So excited to find them!!
The next shop was great too for OOAK prims and handmade in the USA items in Country from the Heart owned by Tammie Weaver who has so many hand painted goods~

I couldn't pass by this cute little bunny especially as it was handmade in Ohio!

One of my favorite finds was this antique Amish bonnet - a beautiful reminder of Amish country!
The stitching in it is amazing and you can see the marks of hairpins inside.
Treated myself to this Buttermilk Basin design pillow~
So the sun set on a fab few days in Ohio - sigh~ So beautiful and so many memories to treasure!

It's good to be blogging again and thanks to you all for visiting!
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Best wishes