Hello my poppets, we’re home from our holidays! We’ve had a fantastic couple of weeks, which I’m going to cram into one big blog post. My apologies, I didn’t take my camera, so I don’t have any photos yet. My Plucky friend took some though, so I may add some at a later date.
The first stop on our trip was Rhinebeck, and WOW, was it amazing. It was a little overwhelming, actually, so many vendors, so much to look at, and so! many! people! My eyes were out on stalks. I was tickled to see that one of the vendors had travelled all the way from Pembrokeshire – she only lives about 30 minutes from us!! We arrived early, and left fairly early, before it got too crowded. Unfortunately, that meant I only bumped into one yarnie friend, the lovely Agnes, but as she came over and gave me a hug, and was wearing a Posh Yarn shawl, that just about made my day!! We also met Lolly, from Lolly Knitting Around, which was pretty exciting, because I’ve always loved her blog. But I wish I could have met a few more of my yarnie friends, Nancy, Carol, David, Ysolda, Grace…….. Next time!!
We spent the next week in Connecticut, where the autumn colours were more spectacular than I had ever dreamed. You really can’t see the leaves in their full glory from a photograph, you have to see it in person. They look like they are lit from within, and the fallen leaves on the ground just glow. It brings a lump to your throat. We were fortunate to have incredible weather the whole trip, bright blue skies and sunshine every day. We visited picture perfect little New England towns, took a ferry to The Hamptons, wandered around the Yale campus, crammed in as many yarn stores as we could find, and ate at some amazing restaurants. I was thrilled to bits in a yarn store in New Haven when it turned out that one of the owners has been a long term Posh customer. We nattered for ages, and she recommended a restaurant to us that was so incredible that we ate there two nights running! Thanks for that, Linda, and for the lovely welcome you gave us in your store.
Oh, the food, the food, the food. I tried all sorts of things for the first time, including tamales (at Rhinebeck, which were drool worthy), clam chowder, lobster, and jicama. I crammed in as many types of pumpkin products as I could manage, and chased them down with as many margaritas as I dared. I must confess though, I really missed a decent cup of tea.
We finished our trip with a weekend in New York. That was…….. something. I don’t enjoy cities, and I don’t suppose there are many more intense cities in the world than New York. Manhattan, quite frankly, scared me to death. Brooklyn was a little more mellow, I enjoyed that more. We visited Purl Soho (wasn’t a fan) and The Brooklyn General Store (loved that one!). We did a little shopping, met up with some friends, ate cupcakes, bought shoes (I couldnt come home without shoes, could I?!).
We got home in the wee small hours of Tuesday. I think I have my jetlag licked, but Tony isn’t feeling so hot. It’s just as well that I am, though, because I have one more day to recover before I have to dive headlong back into work. We have the show on Saturday (although everything is pretty much ready for that) and then a giant update on Sunday (previews coming tomorrow). I’m pretty excited about the show, so many customers are coming, from far and wide, and I just can’t wait to meet you all.
The time off has been just what we needed to get our creative juices flowing again - I think we were both getting a bit tired and stale before the trip. We’ve come back with so many ideas and plans for the business, which we’ll start to roll out over the next few months. It’s good to be back. I had a wonderful time, especially getting to spend so long with one of my dearest friends, but East, West, home’s best. I missed my cats! I missed my Posh posse!! I missed my bed!!!
Did you miss me?