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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

i LOVE rhinebeck!

is it possible to be in love with a town? rhinebeck far exceeded all my expectations! the town is charming, and not crowded or commercial.

it did rain, and rain. wednesday on my way down to fort lauderdale tom and i were on the phone trying to decide whether or not to go, the weather channel was showing flooding in the rhinebeck area. called the chamber of commerce, the festival was not cancelled. called hope in new jersey, she said come, so we did ;-)

got into new york late thursday afternoon, our hotel, the delamater inn, is part of the beekman arms, the oldest continually operated inn in the united states, 1766. if you click on the delamater link, our room is the first photo.

friday, we went sightseeing in the rain. first stop, the vanderbilt mansion, spectacular grounds. then on to fdr's home and library in hyde park. south to the cia, it is huge!
back to rhinebeck and a late lunch at the coach house tavern, yum.

saturday morning, off to the fair! first stop, the tee-shirt booth. 2005's featured breed is the tunis. met up with hope and kevin, thank god tom and kevin hit it off right away. the neta (new england textile artists) meetup was at 10, i was kind of surprised there weren't more members there. got to meet sherry (also a ft member) and chris of woolybuns. sherry is on my right, chris on my left, i'm in the middle with the yellow rain slicker.

at 11, kevin decided to split, and tom also took the opportunity. he had a great time at the aerodrome, even though the weather stunk.

hope and i bummed around, and were having such a good time we forgot about the 1 o'clock blogger meetup. i am blaming it on the artichokes, which were well worth the long line ;-) met up with nilda, nathania, steph and jaya.

drooled over norm hall's wheels, did snag a tiger maple niddy noddy. hope fell in love with dave paul's hitchhiker wheel. i had a nice long chat with gil of robin wheels. his wee robin is adorable.

i got to hug linda diak of grafton fibers in person! she is fun and crazy, and a spinning wheel enabler extraordinaire :-)

tasted some excellent wine and cheese, hope bought some yummy maple cotton candy. we met up with adrienne and caryn, 2 of hope's friends from boston.

5 o'clock met back up with tom at the double O, had drinks and dinner with a huge bunch in the bar. the double O is right across from the entrance to the fairgrounds. amy of joined us. the food was fabulous, but it was so loud, i could hardly hear anything. nilda's girls were angels :-)

sunday morning back to the fair! tom just dumped me off (yeah), he went back to the aerodrome, on to an antique car show in staatsburg, then to the mills mansion.
i bummed around by myself all morning, then met up with nathania and theresa of knitting the blues. .
had a yummy sausage with peppers and onions for lunch.

theresa made me eat one of her tastebudds chocolate truffles, omg, i had to go buy 2 dozen. i am now hiding them from dd....
ran into a bunch of bloggers at robin's wheels, kim of the woolen rabbit was giving spinning lessons.

the sheepies and cashmere goats were too cute, especially the twin lambs :-)

later on in the afternoon, i ran into a good basket/knitting friend, barbara, from miami of all things!

time to call tom, we drinks and dinner at the tap room of the beekman arms. met a bunch of local people at the bar, and exchanged #s with one couple, hopefully we'll see them next year!

monday morning, time to leave rhinebeck :-(

stopped by morehouse merino in milan, but they weren't open yet, we'll come back next year.
took the tour at west point, don't think it holds a candle to annapolis, but maybe that's the navy mom talking...

i'm making our reservation for 2006 soon! next installment, the haul ;-)


Blogger e's knitting and spinning blog said...

Sounds like more than fun!
Can't wait for the second instalment!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

Glad you had a great time. Love your pictures!

3:27 PM  
Blogger melanie said...

Wow, sounds like a fabulous time! Can't wait for the next instalment to see if you were enabled into a new wheel. Maybe I should start a pool.

3:56 PM  
Blogger jenknits said...

Love the 1st picture of you and the sheep! Looking forward to photos of the haul. Glad you had a good time, and stay safe from those dang hurricanes! New screen porch beware!

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Cassie said...

Well, now I know for a fact that I didn't walk by you once at the festival -- if I had seen that sweater, I would have had whiplash from trying to get a glimpse.

Again, sorry I missed you. Next time I promise I'll make plans so we don't miss each other. I was really overwhelmed and a little nervous about all the social stuff this year.

10:08 PM  
Blogger cindy said...

How nice to put a face with a blog! I enjoyed meeting you at Rhinebeck and seeing your lovely Oregon sweater in person.q

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Nilda said...

SO much fun to meet you finally. And your sweater was just to die for. Look forward to seeing you up here next year.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Thanks for all the fab pix -- and yu look adorable in your lovely Hank 8!

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

Love the pictures!! Tho I think a gorgeous blond in a gorgeous sweater was going a weeeeee bit too far - still you are forgiven! ;-)

10:47 AM  
Blogger judy said...

I am so happy you finally clued me in to the fact that you now have a blog!! It was good to see you, wish we had made time to hang out. Your spinning porch is really wonderful. Are you taking reservations for htis winter??

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Kerry said...

I'm not going to bet on the new spinning wheel since you just got your Reeves, though the clue makes it tempting. Can't wait to see what you brought home!

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Lisa S said...

look at you, all linky and everything. Wow, this looks like my kind of place, Miss Moo. Your sweater looks gorgeous on and how smart of you to make it and have someplace NOT sweltering to wear it! I recognize a couple of familiar faces in them there pictures. Did you smuggle the lambs home?

Stay safe, dear girl. May that 'cane be nothing but a weak blow when she hits Florida and may your screen porch keep on standing.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Drool - Oh my, I could go for a Wee Robin...

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Teresa C said...

Finally making all of my blog rounds-Hee-I have one of the Taste Budd chocolates left. I've been rationing all week. Luckily they do mail order. Or maybe not so lucky. It was great to meet you and to sit through lunch with you. Looks like you did a bit of shopping after I left. It's a good thing I left when I did. Now I'm saving for next year. See you there?

10:47 AM  

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