Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Swimming the Connecticut River, Farm Visit and Simon Pierce tour

Casey's dad, Dave, took us on a boat ride on the Connecticut River. It is beautiful and really cold. It was so refreshing. We found a rope swing on the bank and pulled the boat over and the boys had a blast swinging from it.

We also ran through Dartmouth on the way home. It is beautiful and a wonderful school!! Who knows...the kiddoes might end up attending Dartmouth. It is just so far from home!!! Maybe a great school close to home would be nice too!!! Mike (brother) and Casey (sister-in-law) seem to just adore it since they both happen to be Dartmouth alumni.

We have been very busy. Yesterday we visited Billings Farm and also toured the Rockefeller's home in Vermont. It was very neat. We learned about dairy farming, the museum was neat to see the older ways of doing things. I am sure grateful for the modern-day inventions that we have but it is also bitter sweet. Here are some videos of the farm. It is just beautiful here. If I could pack up the beauty of the northeast and take it down south to the hospitality that we have....I think it would be just perfect!!

We also took a tour of the Rockefeller Mansion. It was really neat to be able to walk through such a large home with so much historical significance. It was left just as though they were going to walk back through the door any minute. The view and gardens were magnificent. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park (19th century home)

This is a view from the front porch. Can you imagine spending your evenings out on the front porch looking out at this view. God is GREAT!!!

We also went last night to have dinner at Dave & Brooke's house (Casey's dad and mil). It was just really neat. I think the home was built in the 1800's (not 100%). They had a couple of lambs and Dave makes his own maple syrup. We had lamb burgers, lamb chops, regular beef burgers, and hot dogs. It was GREAT!! Our salad was straight from Brooke's garden. I really enjoyed getting to know her better. We also walked away with more maple syrup to take back home!!!

This is a picture of the house across the street through the yard. Unfortunately I did not get a total pic of the house. I just got pics of the garden, flowers, boys, sheep, etc. Also the lovely pic of the window with the flowers in the window box is off the house and on the shed leading into the garage and maple syrup shop.The boys had a BLAST tying each other to the tree and then chasing each other around.

We had a tour today at Simon Pearce's. I had not heard of it but it is high-end glass ware. They blow their own glass. We all had the opportunity to watch them make (blow) a few wine glasses. It truly is an amazing craft. I did not take pics as I forgot my camera. Sorry!! We also watched them make some pottery. The entire little business, restaurant, facility is powered by the power of the water/dam that is right beside it. It is truly an awesome thought to use no power other than the water to run a full-size business. I hope to get some shots before we leave town to share with you guys. I am sure you can look it up online also. It is in Woodstock, Vermont I think. We have been in so many small towns I forget. Go to http://www.simonpearce.com/ Really amazing especially to watch it in person. The boys really liked it. Clara and I were HOT!! Clara's favorite part was to watch the beautiful waterfall out in the cool air. =)

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