Okay here is my first little recap of Sweden....
On the first day, we arrived in Stockholm and took in the city. Here are some photos from Gamla Stan which is the old part of the city.
We saw lots of old buildings, did some shopping, stopped for some hot drinks in a cute cafe, and generally enjoyed the fact we were in Sweden (and it was sunny!).
Here is the royal palace--some excitement during our trip was that a crown princess was born. It was big news!
Day two was spent at museums--the Nordiska Museet (a cultural museum), Junibacken (a fairy tale place inspired by the works of Astrid Lindgren), and lastly, as pictured above, the Vasa Ship. We spent one more day in the city and then it was time to head north!
We took a train to the town of Mora, which was where the finish for all of the Vasaloppet Week races(and where we were staying for the next 4 days). Here is ma mere and I with the largest Dala Horse.
This is what the finish looked like. I took this photo the evening before my race. Let me tell you, after skiing 30km to get here it looked pretty good.
This past weekend I went camping with my family--unfortunately the weather didn't quite cooperate so it was a bit cold and rainy. I still had a lot of fun and the view from the campsite was gorgeous!
in the afternoon...
obviously these pictures were snapped prior to the rain...&& looking forward to peak color which usually happens in about a week I'm told!
yesterday I got back from a week of travels in Scotland! I quite enjoyed it and the company (there were 34 of us there for a family reunion).
Here is is small recap of the week....
day 1: explored the little town of Linlithgow where I stayed (and tried my best not too be too tired after taking a red eye flight). There were some rather large swans that reside there on the loch...
day 2: took a lovely canal boat ride and couldn't help but be reminded of the book The Wind in the Willows.
day 3: took a trip into Edinburgh to Holyrood Palace & did some shopping (more on that in another post!)
day 4: took a visit to Stirling castle & went fabric shopping (I couldn't resist!)
day 5: toured the palace in Linlithgow to round out the tours of medieval structures.
and then it was time to return to the states--a quick but great visit! I'll leave you with perhaps my favorite photo of the trip, the canal at sunset...
Last weekend I had a little mini-vacation to the great state of Vermont. Here are some snapshots of my travels...
I went to Rokeby, a historical house that was owned by a Quaker family and was a stop on the Underground Railroad. We toured the place and took part in a pie and ice cream social. I chose a slice of the strawberry peach rhubarb pie which was delicious!
Another outing was to the Shelburne Museum, where I saw exhibitions of an old hand-carved mary-go-round, quilts made in memory of those with Alzheimer's, circus posters, crazy quilts, and a 1950's house. Also (not pictured) was a gallery full of Ansel Adams' photography. It is a fun place to go with so many varied things to look at!
My boss has so kindly lent me a bike for the summer and I have been enjoying getting to ride around this beautiful little town of Black Rock.
Spring break is winding down and I am back in Savannah. For the first half of break I went to the not so snowy, but muddy north and visited my grandparents, who live in Vermont. The first activity that I did was to go through my Nana's attic in search of treasures--a treadle sewing machine was at the top of list of things to find and find it I did! I actually found so many wonderful things like this cute pair of my mother's childhood shoes
Other highlights of the week included eating sugar on snow--maple sugaring season was going on while I was there and one of the reasons I was crazy enough to go north for my spring break, besides the fact that Vermont is what I consider to be home.
Another little gem of being there in March was getting to see the little lambs at Shelburne Farms--oh so soft and cute!!
There are four lovely things that I would love to share with you...
1.Lake Michigan, I got to go there since I've spent the last week visiting some very dear friends of mine that reside in Northern Indiana. I was very pleased to be back since one of the things I miss most about Wisconsin is going to the beach.
2. Vintage treasures, picked up at the antique store where Miss Sharon Rose works. I can't seem to pass up an unfinished quilt square and I'm sure I'll put the other little finds to good use(aren't the hankies just the cutest??).
3. Ms. Sharon's beautiful etsy shop, which she set up while I was there. I love love love her work and I can't tell you how happy I am that she is on etsy it just makes my heart sing (I'm quite an avid supporter of etsy if you haven't noticed already) So check out her shop and heart her lovely things!
4.Last but not least, two cute train cases that I am trying to decide which one shall be my sewing box during my studies in France.
Since the last time I posted I have been to southern Illinois and back to visit my very best friend Megan! We had a wonderful time antiquing and finding treasures for our apartment next year at school, once we return to Savannah from France. That's right, France. We will both be studying in Provence from September to November this fall. Besides going antiquing, we saw an exhibition of Gee's Bend Quilts (amazing+inspiring), did a little quilting of our own, explored historic St. Genevieve, and caught up with my long lost friend Kelsey. I used to live in Missouri, pretty much across the river from where Ms. emmiekay resides so it was neat to be back in the neighborhood. I lived there for 8 years and despite living an hour away I did not meet Megan until college. Here of some photos of the adventure!
emmiekay + le boyfriend