Friday, July 7, 2017

Aaah...... that's better.........

I do hope the last post, didn't send you all over the edge, but I think I needed to get that out of me. Thank you to those who dropped a quick line, I really appreciated it.

Well, I have to tell you, that I am feeling much better this week. The Grand Pooh Bah and I went on a road trip to New York State. We had planned to go at the beginning of May, but work commitments put paid to that, so it was decided that the past weekend would be the perfect time to be away.

 We had a really cracking trip. The scenery was fabulous, the sun shone, and we laughed and talked our way down.

A view of New York State

We were making our way to  Haverstraw which is on the banks of the Hudson River, about 40 minutes outside New York City. It was a long drive, and we stopped in Warsaw for lunch. and then again in Corning for gas.  I hadn't been there for some years, and the Grand Pooh Bah had never been, so I suggested that if we had time on the way back, that we should stop and do the Corning Museum of Glass.

We eventually arrived in Haverstraw around 7.30pm. The b and b was interesting, and had been beautifully restored. Our room overlooked the Hudson, and it was a beautiful spot.

The town itself was very interesting. It has a large Hispanic population and there were plenty of wonderful Latin and Mexican restaurants to choose from, we had the most amazing meal in a small restaurant, enchiladas and rice and refried beans, all home made, and then we rolled back our room.

The next morning dawned sunny and bright, and we looked out at the smooth river. We didn't have much of a plan today as we were meeting up with one of our lovely Israeli quilters who had been part of our Quilts of Israel show 4 years ago. So we got up to a wonderful breakfast that had been prepared by our host, and then sat on the front porch and did some sewing. We had both taken a workshop a couple of weeks earlier, so we were both eager to carry on.The Grand Pooh Bah was working on a piece which was sand and sea foam all done in chainstitch. I was working on my map. The Map of Angry. I will post photos, but just needed to work through some issues and it seems to be doing the trick, I have started another piece which is related, called "Incandescent." I am not the best at this but it is all a learning curve and I'm enjoying it.

Anyway, we had a very relaxed morning and had planned to get the ferry across the river to Ossining, the only problem was that the ferry was only a commuter ferry so didn't run all day. Oh well, we'll just have to drive round. But first, we had to have lunch, so we went to a great restaurant in West Haverstraw called Off the Hook, and did fish and chips. It was decidedly delicious, and we had a great meal, which set us up for our drive.

There are two ways to get to Ossining, either driving around the bottom or going around the top. We took the top route which was interesting as it was a very windy road curving this way and that, which sent the Pooh Bah into overdrive.  We decided to stop as we saw a sign for a scenic lookout and boy, it was on a corner and straight in! The views were amazing, and the grand Pooh Bah was happy of the break!

We got to Ossining and met up with Tami, and she took us back to her apartment for a quick break, and then out to Croton Dam to see the views.
 For those of you who don't know, and I didn't, Ossining is home to Sing Sing Jail, the big square building.

Croton Dam

Looking into the river

looking down onto the bridge the photo above was taken from

We had a wonderful walk, and then back to Tami's apartment, where her husband had prepared the most wonderful meal. We eventually left late, but after excellent food, a wonderful evening viewing quilts and talking about Tami's trip to Israel, where she is right now, and my forthcoming trip.

More to come..........

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