Sunday, October 30, 2011

S'no Way

A bright and sunny day here, with a little more than frost on the pumpkin the day before Halloween. Trick or Treat?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Young@Heart comes to New London

We spent Friday night in New London enjoying dinner and a concert.  Dinner at Chaplin's was superb, we will definitely return.  Chaplin's clearly has a following and reservations are recommended.  The menu was varied and we highly recommend the seafood specials, and the homemade desserts  

After dinner we strolled to The Garde Theater to see the Young@Heart Chorus.  Several years ago we saw a documentary about this dynamic group of musicians from Northampton, MA called Young@Heart.  It was fantastic to seem the live at a local venue, and once again we were inspired by their energy and talent.  We hope you get the chance to see them perform live, and also recommend the film.

Please see some highlights of the evening at this link.

Monday, October 10, 2011

We were happy to be back in Keene NY for an amazing fall weekend.   We enjoyed Indian summer weather with clear sunny skies, temperatures in the 80's during the day and mild evenings.  We were pleased to see that Keene Valley and Keene were recovering after some devastating floods as a result of the heavy rains brought by Hurricane Irene.   We were shocked to arrive at Styles Brook Road, our turn for Keene Farm,  and find it completely gone.  Thankfully some kind neighbors allowed a temporary road through their property to provide access to the farm and the properties that still remained along the road.  It is hard to imagine a "brook" could do some much damage, including washing away several homes.  

We arrived early enough on Friday to claim our favorite spot at Keene Farm, set up camp and enjoy a peaceful late afternoon cup of tea.  We spent the weekend with friends we haven't seen since last fall when we celebrated Andrew and Brenda's nuptials at this same spot.  Many thanks to Martin, Michelle, Allison and Katrina, The Rogers Family, and Brian Kinzie for coming down for the weekend.  We did some great hiking during the day and enjoyed peak colors across the High Peaks region.   The evenings were very mild and suitable for dinner and the usual festivities including plenty of singing accompanied by Martin on guitar and many others on the ukulele.  The highlight of the weekend was a surprise visit from Andrew and Brenda who were there "in spirit" all the way from Kelowna!

Downtown Keene NY

Back at Keene Farm

Styles Brook Road: End of Pavement
Styles Brook rerouted by Irene

Baxter Mt

Sunset from Keene Farm Ledges

Andrew and Brenda "in spirit"

You can see more photos here

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Quite unexpectedly, we had the first frost of the season last night.  Brrrrr!  Autumn/fall is undoubtedly here and we'll need to get busy in the garden this coming week.