Well, January was hijacked by the flu, so I have been silent. I really didn’t think a flu could be as bad as it was. I kept hoping it would be over in a couple of days, but oh, no. It’s a sneaky little virus that keeps returning for impromptu visits when you think you’re finally rid of it. But rid of it I now am, in Los Angeles too, and enjoying the sunny weather.
Now for my news. Knitters have been emailing me to ask when South Seas Knitting will be back in business. I’m sorry to say that it’s not going to be returning. David and I have made the decision to return to live in California for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is our kids and David’s Mum. We want to spend more time with them. Los Angeles will be our home once again.
What am I going to do with my incredibly large stash of yarn? I do have a plan. I’ll keep you posted as soon as I settle in here.
For now, I’d like to share with you another beautiful place in Woodstock. We love that town and found ourselves heading back there after a snow storm.
This cottage was just across the road and down a bit from the last one and every bit as charming. We met the delightful owners Phil and Sarah, an English couple, in Brooklyn.
I’ll start with the outdoors:
It’s next to a family farm where they sell their own fresh maple syrup tapped from trees on the property, and where the owner rebuilt board by board the red barn that his thrifty father had taken down and stored.
a snowbound scottie
and a real dog, Rosie
bothering chipmunks under the house
from one apple tree to another……do you see why I want to return in spring?
to sit in this glider
or read Mrs Dalloway while sipping iced tea?
Stepping inside we took off our brand new sorels.
everything I love: color, crockery, hand made things
and a clean, well-equipped kitchen
We loved this place and I really do want to return in spring to swing in the hammock under the apple blossoms.
We said our goodbyes to Phil and Sarah
and they to us
Driving back to Brooklyn, David decided to take the New Jersey route which involved crossing Manhattan. By the way, the Apple navigation app works great. Ours has an Aussie accent because Davids’ phone was bought in NZ, so we call her Sheila and she guided us with 100% accuracy from start to finish with no annoying bells or “recalculating route” delays. She just gets on with the job and doesn’t make a fuss, a typical Down Under kind of a gal.
Crossing Manhattan, past the Chrysler building!
across the 59th Street bridge…….feelin’ groovy to be almost home
and what a view. I’m a nervous nelly in the passenger seat, but I sure was glad David was driving on this gorgeous day.