Holidays where the air is clear

Kites at Harkness Memorial State ParkA while ago, I visited New England, staying with friends where the air is clear. It was hot and a bit humid during the day, but it would settle into cool temperatures by 1 AM, which is clearly a huge benefit of living up north, in the hills. It was one of those long weekend holidays, with somwhat stressy driving on either side of solid days of beautiful weather and really good seafood.

There was time for sketching, late night reading (my friends have an enviable library of mysteries of the “cosy” sort), and drowsy attempts to identify which frogs I heard through the open windows. There were trips to parks, where I sketched in the shade.

I goggled at the giant frogs of Willimantic (on the bridge… very large, with shiny gold eyes). Go to this article to read more about it: Bridge Ornaments. A friend and I visited a museum up there, that was housed in a section of the old American Thread Company (ATCO). I’ll possibly post pictures from that part of the trip in my Flickr (in the sidebar).

I regret nothing… not even coasting home at 2 AM to cats who had lost all hope that even the house sitter would return. [They were thrilled by their people arriving at a weird hour, and then they gave me the stink eye for the next 2 days.] I do regret leaving the cool weather and coming back, but I did have work to do and cats to feed.

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2 Responses to “Holidays where the air is clear”


  1. 1 Anne Bonney August 5, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    I agree with your assessment about the “quality of the climate” in New England. Thanks for posting your sketch, it is lovely. And I loved the story about the Fog Fight. Connecticut is not on our usual route to Maine every year. It may be worth a trip! We make do with the flying monkeys in Burlington, VT. I know your your cats will recover from their snit. Mine always do!

    • 2 wordtapestry August 5, 2018 at 11:34 pm

      Check out if you can swing through Willimantic sometime. It’s a bit less busy than I remember it. Wyndham Textile and History Museum was informative. Worth a stop. And Harkness Memorial State Park was lovely and cool.


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