Sunday, March 30, 2008

What I Did On My Spring Vacation . . .

"Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends." ---H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Spring Break has been great!! I had a list a mile long of all the things I needed to accomplish during my week off, but, as usual, not much has been checked off that list. The first half of the week, I spent really relaxing (which is something I don't do very often). Then, for the last half of the week, I joined my best friend for a weekend of antique shopping.

We had such a good time. The weather ended up being pretty good---only a few drizzles and no real rain until the trip home. It seems like we did lots of walking and lots of shopping, but we also managed to eat some great food! Pasquale's was one of my favorites--the food was good and sitting out on the deck listening to live music was fun. But the food at Fishes And Loaves was also great, as was our favorite "steak on a stick" booth at the festival itself.

We stayed at our little farmhouse B & B and enjoyed visiting, sharing purchases and chatting over bakery goods and were able to get on the road pretty early each morning, pushing our carts past the hundreds of local and national vendors. Valine and I never seemed to be able to keep up with the rest of the group (much to their chagrin, I'm afraid) because we stopped to browse so much. And, of course, Valine makes friends with everyone, so each purchase meant extra minutes spent chatting with the vendor.

But, taking that extra time meant that we found the things that were the most special to us. And for me, it meant noticing a few extra things---for example: the flowers that many booths used as decor were absolutely beautiful and no matter what the booth actually contained, we seemed to be drawn in to any booth decorated with fresh flowers. One vendor even displayed this great vintage truck full of spring blooms!

And as I was perusing the merchandise on the front porch of a small shop, I noticed this little guy sunning himself on top of a vintage quilt.

All in all, we had a great time and came home with our vehicles packed with our purchases. I had a couple of favorite "buys", but I think this was one of them---my small glass bird vase. It makes me smile every time I look at it. And when I got home to find my "peppermint" azalea in full bloom, it seemed appropriate to display a few in the vase.

Now, if only I could have one more week off to get all those "other" things done around here. . .
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JJB said...

like the new header!! can't wait to hear more about your trip

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