I know, Goldenrod is considered a perennial weed, but the color is just so pretty, and as a dyer, I know what a pretty shade it can bring to the dyer's palette....and I think you know just how much I enjoy this color!
Yesterday, Hannah and I took a ride over to Vermont to visit with a good friend and as I was driving along admiring the fields of gold, I thought to myself....."hmmm....what a perfect Friday's flower!
We traveled thru the windy Crawford Notch up to the backside of Mt Washington where the Cog railway runs up to the top of the mountain. If you click on big you can see the path in the middle of the mountain and a little puff of smoke that would be the train.
A little bit further on our journey as we passed from New Hampshire into Vermont the countryside took on a different look. New Hampshire's mountains are a bit stark and steep with a lot of rock, but as you move into Vermont, the open fields become a bit more customary with lots of soft rolling hills. You can see the field of gold (goldenrod) in this picture.
Along the way we caught glimpses of Autumn in the air. Many of the trees were starting to show their fall colors. I find it almost incredible to think that summer is well on her way out, especially since we have hardly had much of a summer to really enjoy. I am holding out hope that the Gods will smile down us for surviving the humid, damp, rainy summer and give us a warm, mild (dry) autumn.
As we traveled on a bit further, we arrived at our destination just outside of Stowe. Some of you may remember a lovely black and tan cavalier that I had to part with due to a personality conflict here with the dogs. It was she and her children, along with her owner that we were going to visit. :)
I was contemplating bringing home one of Kali's kids, but in the end, I decided that it was probably a good idea to give Gypsy a chance to be the baby for a spell, especially since she is learning her manners and doing a pretty good job at it . :) I have also come to the conclusion that maybe I do not have the energy level to raise 2 baby pups the way I once did. It is good to know what one's limitations are as we age, isn't it?
Gypsy did have a great time though romping around the yard with some dogs closer to her own age.
After a nice lunch and visit, it was time for Hannah and I to head on back towards New Hampshire. I had promised Hannah a side trip to the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, so we took the back roads up and over Smuggler's Notch. What a beautiful, beautiful trip it was!
A little tea in the Austrian Tea room and a stroll thru the beautiful Von Trapp Gardens energized us for our journey back thru the White Mountain Forest.
All in all it was such a beautiful day and a wonderful reminder of what a beautiful part of the country that we live in. :)