Saturday, October 3, 2009

Summer 2009 ... Simple Pleasures That Made Me Smile

Autumn sights and smells surround the Snow Goose ... the leaves are at peak, the fireplaces crackle and we are serving our fall breakfast specials like Baked Apples and Pumpkin Waffles.

Snow has already fallen on the High Peaks, but before the first flakes fall here in the valley, I want to take a look back and share a few of my favorite things from Summer 2009.

One of my favorite spots in the world -- I had to fight a lot more guests for my hammock time this summer!

Our family spent a fun day tubing at Schroon Lake for Sodie's 13th birthday. They even got Mom out on the tube ... here's the photographic evidence!

One of the benefits of our very rainy June and July was that the little waterfall just beyond our driveway flowed most of the summer

On summer Sunday mornings, I played the organ at this little chapel in St. Hubert's. More than one Sunday found me running up the road with the hymnal under my arm... leaving guests at the breakfast table! (Doesn't this church just make you want to hum "the little brown church in the dell?!")

Our personal flock of hummingbirds brought many moments of joy to us as they zipped and zoomed around - sometimes 5-6 at a time. They are, however, very hard to photograph with our less-than-speedy camera.

We love the Keene Valley Farmer's Market. One of our favorite stands features the one-and-only Dimitry who sells wonderful olive oil and goat's cheeses. Our girls look forward to his hugs and their weekly sample of bread dipped in olive oil with garlic, tomato and basil. We make the same thing at home, but somehow it never tastes as good as Dimitry's ... which is served "from Bulgaria with LOVE!"

Wayne gets his weekly cup of coffee from John of Adirondack Country Gourmet Coffee. His coffee beans come straight from his friend's farm in Honduras. Our guests rave about the fresh roast and perfect blend. If you'd like to try a bag, just email John at

And last but definitely not least ... my new keyboard! A birthday gift that I will enjoy for many years to come.

It was a good summer ... now onto FALL!!