You'll have to forgive my long absence--I can't quite believe it's been over three weeks since I last wrote. I'm still not tip-top and am now convinced that it's going to take a total of 2 to 4 months to recover from overdoing it in August. Ah, well. I guess it's another life lesson. I just didn't think my health was still that fragile. I'm still planning on going to TBAI next year (it was just TOO much fun to miss!), but I'm going to make sure I don't schedule the Renaissance Festival and a busy, busy vacation before and after it. Enough of my whining--on with some photos!
I haven't told you yet that my parents surprised me this year with a birthday gift certificate for one of Ginger Brame's adorable bears. So while at TBAI, I had the additional fun of choosing a bear just for me! Ginger had SO many adorable bears that it really was a challenge choosing just ONE, but I finally found that little George Alvin had stolen my heart. Our eldest daughter, Corinne, joined me in looking at the bears on Ginger's table. Sweet Molly, spoke to her and also had to join our family. I think it was a lovely use of some of Corinne's high school graduation money--it certainly will always be a treasured reminder of her accomplishments.
Here's George Alvin taking a quick break in the kitchen at Hancock Shaker Village. Poor dear, he was whisked away on a long road trip before he could even settle into his new family. Thankfully, he seemed to roll with it fairly well.
Molly seemed ready to check out everything in the Shaker kitchen. She's a curious little bear. She was raring to go anyplace on our schedule. So she was quite excited to hear that after Hancock Shaker Village, it was on to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to visit the Strawbery Banke museum.
George Alvin and Molly had quite a lot of fun seeing all of the old houses.
I was also glad to see that the Hitty dolls (I carved them out of wood many, many years ago) warmly welcomed the two newcomers into the fold.
Take care everyone!