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Friday, July 18, 2008

the traveling germans

Today I'd like to finish telling you about the time my parents were here and the daytrips we went on.

July 8: Olana.
Crafty Girl and I went there together last year, and we have been saying ever since that we have to take Oma and Opa here. I did not take a lot of pictures this time around, but I'll let you go to their website if you want to find out more. It's definitely one of my most favorite places to visit simply because of the color schemes inside the house...I took copious color notes again this time. I can't wait to try some combinations on yarn soon.

July 10: Grafton Peace Pagoda

which is on the way to Williamstown, MA and The Clark. We decided to just walk the grounds this time around, as my parents were more interested in the modern art of MassMoCa.

View of the Berkshires from the hill above The Clark.

Our next stop, after a picnic, was this: a fascinating place.
MassMoCa is an old factory building that was restored and turned into a contemporary art museum. We spent nearly 4 hours in there!

Naturally, taking pictures of the exhibitions is prohibited, but we were OK here: biospheres for visitors to become part of.

Before heading home, we had dinner in North Adams. Definitely a place to go visit.
Please remember to watch the little video I took; it can be found at the end of the post. (That's where blogger put it for me--don't know how to change that.) It was an experiment for me, see what you think.

On July 11, we stocked up on groceries and ran errands, but made it downtown to the Hudson River to go for a walk.

July 12: I went on a guided Wildflower Walk with my parents,

before meeting the rest of the family up at Thacher Park for a picnic and a hike.

On the last day of my parents' stay, July 14, we went to a local diner that makes its own ice cream. I can't have any dairy, so I enjoyed an iced tea.

Afterwards, we went to Five Rivers one more time. My parents (both 70 years young) are avid hikers and get itchy if they don't get to walk a lot!

Here's saying good-bye....

I hope this video link works for you.

This weekend, Dear Husband, Crafty Girl and I are headed to Brattleboro, Vermont, where I'll be taking 3 knitting workshops with Beth Brown-Reinsel. Hubby and daughter will be exploring the area and the hotel pool...while I get to learn about Norwegian Purl, Swedish Cast-ons, and Latvian Mittens!
I'll be bringing my laptop, so feel free to visit and write to me.
Otherwise, I'll see you on Monday!


elise said...

You went to so many of my favorite places! This is why I love the Northeast! BTW...Brattleboro is not that far from Northampton and in addition to WEBS (need I say more) you can hit HAdley and stop in at Trader Joe's. Just sayin....

~Michele said...

Did they happen to have the video of the worlds largest knitting project, the American flag knitted on the telephone pole sized needles, set up anywhere at MassMoCa? I can't remember what year on the 4th of July it was done on there but the video was part of the "Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting" exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design last year and it was really neat to see how the whole operation worked in the courtyard area of the MassMoCa.

melanie said...

You'll be driving right by! I'll be waving while sitting at the Farmer's Market in Bennington...

What pretty photos! You certainly capture something special about where we live, because it looks so much more interesting when you show it!

Knittingchick said...

What a whirlwind tour your family had! And such great places to visit. Your photos of Thacher Park look like the day we went there. The weather was perfect. One of these days I'm going to get to Olana too. Thanks for inspiring me.

JessaLu said...

What a wonderful visit you had with your parents - thanks for sharing it with us!

Hope you have a great trip to VT :o)

magnusmog said...

Modern art, wildflowers, family then knitting workshops.....hope that makes up for drinking tea when all around are eating ice cream :)

Anonymous said...

It looks like you made the most of your parents' visit! Great! The video worked just fine! I'll be anxious to hear more at our next knit night in August!


AlisonH said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful family.