Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Beautiful Fall Day

Last weekend I had the wonderful luxury of spending some time with my sister and my parents.  My husband, blessings be upon him, held down the fort with the kids while I was out of town.  It was so good to hang out with my sister in Corning.  We spent some time on Market Street, visiting the glass studio where my sister is learning how to create stained glass pieces, stopping by the ceramic studio to pick up some ornaments to work on, browsing through an antiquarian book store, and going to my sister's favorite coffee/tea shop.

Hector Falls, not far north of Watkins Glen, NY.

The ceramic studio is the same one I used to work with in Corning, but under new management.  I was able to talk to the owner, and she was willing to give me the same deal I had before for purchasing and firing objects.  That was wonderful news, since it's likely to be a while before I get my own kiln.  I bought a half dozen ornaments and a votive candle holder to work on, and spent the evening decorating them at my parents' house.  I'll have a lot fewer ornaments available to sell this fall, but I got a late start.  Such is life.

 Autumn glory in my parents' back yard.

Not only did I enjoy seeing my family, but I also thoroughly enjoyed the drive.  It's 2 1/2 hours or so each way for me to visit them, through the heart of the Finger Lakes wine region of New York.  I absolutely love that part of the state, and I often think about what it would be like to retire there someday.  As I drive, I look at properties and views, and think "What if. . . ."  I also stopped to pick up a bottle of wine (Jester's Juice from the King's Garden Vineyards, a sweet blush wine).  I like to try new wineries from the Finger Lakes region every so often.  (The wine was VERY good, by the way!)

The weather Saturday was grey, but Sunday was glorious.  I took my camera so I could get some photos around my Mom and Dad's yard, and on the trip each way.  I got some good shots.  I hope you enjoy this glimpse of my favorite drive!

 A river birch in my parents' back yard.

 Looking out over the lower part of Hector Falls, toward Seneca Lake.

 Twin hickory trees - that rich, vibrant gold is my favorite color of fall.

Bronze-gold oak leaves against a white pine tree in my parents' yard -
a nice contrast in the sun.

 The bridge over the little creek at Mom and Dad's house.
The kids used to play "Pooh Sticks" with my Dad there.

Looking northwest from Hector Falls over Seneca Lake.
Gorgeous!  Someday maybe I'll live near there.

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