Friday, September 19, 2014

Quebec II




Quebec Encore

Two Days In Quebec Is Not Enough

We had the opportunity to visit Quebec City this month.  Beautiful and the people were so friendly and kind.  The city is so clean as were all the little towns we drove through on our journey.  It is easy to see why the Canadians are such a happy bunch.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Day Off - Part Two

We stopped in Searsport, Maine so that Tom could visit the Penobscot Maritime Museum and they just happened to have an exhibit of some of the Gee's Bend Quilts.  Tom went happily off to look at old boats and I wandered around looking at the quilts.  Gee's Bend is a teeny little burg located between Selma and Montgomery Alabama.  A very poor area with limited access to the city and the things available to the majority of us.  During the Civil Rights era of the 60's and 70's Gee's Bend was virtually cut off from access to the rest of the state because blacks were not allowed to use the ferry.  These quilts are not well done.  They don't hang true, seams don't match and fabric choices are pretty wild in some cases.  What they are is an incredible testament to these people who truly used anything they could find to create quilts that were functional.  Like our grandmothers and theirs before them who didn't have a quilt store in every town to buy fabric from.   

At the end of the day we stopped at Union River Lobster Pound for dinner.  We both had scallops and they were delicious.  I took this picture for family back home so they could see the outside lobster pots that are used here for cooking.

Finally, we finished the evening at home with a good movie called Conspiracy.  It is the story of a woman that was hung for her part in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.  I also finished the binding on this lap quilt that is being sent off to Tom's niece as a wedding gift.  I did a matching pillow as well.

Another project complete and in the mail!

Searsport - Bucksport, Exploring The Coast

We had a picture perfect day yesterday for our day off.  The sky was clear and blue and the clouds were amazing.  We tooled along stopping for breakfast and at several antique dealers along the way.  We need nothing but still enjoy looking.
We stopped on Verona Island and had a nice chat with the lady that runs Searsport Rug Hooking company.  Last winter I attended a seminar in Punta Gorda, Florida that she sponsored and I plan on attending this year as well.  We chatted about the teachers and the classes being offered and I am quite excited about them.

I know my hooker friends back in Florida will love that I stopped at her shop.  I did not buy anything here as I have several projects that I want to do before I buy any more.

Driving around the island we saw so many well tended vegetable gardens and so I caught one of them on camera.  Everything is growing beautifully here and canning season is in full swing.

This is the bridge at Fort Knox that takes you across from Verona Island down towards Searsport.