Sunday, May 14, 2006

Aaaahhhhh... New England In The Spring!

Well it has taken a while for me to get myself together enough to redo this post... somehow I kept losing either the pictures or text, and then I just gave up for a couple of days! I have no pictures to share with you from Boston. Sigh. My camera was not working... actually, to be more accurate, the rechargable batteries were not working. By the time I got batteries for my camera, it was time to head for Hartford. Hopefully, I will be able to get some pictures from some generous person who will share his pictures so I can post them at a later time.

Boston was terrific! It was rainy when I arrived the first day which put a bit of a damper on sightseeing, but we were still able to do a bit and go out for a nice lobster dinner near the aquarium. Thursday I did a bit of recuperating from back problems due to lifting luggage around. I always overpack and this trip was no exception. So, I slept in, did some reading and then we went out to a wonderful restaurant at the Copely called the Oak Room. The dinner was scrumptious... and we polished off a very good bottle of wine! Friday night we met up with my son, Jason and his girlfriend, Sheila, and imbibed a bit to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Saturday, Jason, Sheila and I headed for Hartford in Jason's car. He actually lives in a small town called Old Wethersfield. Yes, I do have pictures...

Jason's abode in Old Wethersfield

Plaque on Jason's home

Jason and Sheila in Jason's livingroom...
Sheila is a former Miss Connecticut... cute, smart and a real sweetheart!

back yard with new plants

more bushes and a new addtion to the patio out back... you can tell where Jason has redone the bricks and where he has yet to straighten them out!

Some more new bushes... notice the rework on the brick patio!

side yard

Cemetery behind Jason's house...
the photos don't show how vivid the colors actually are...

Neighborhood view...

another neighborhood view

Some of Jason's artwork

My first night in Hartford, Jason took Sheila and I to some of his favorite hangouts...
these drinks were yummy!

Breakfast at O'Rourkes... a wonderful Irish diner with the best breakfast!

Posing in front of the odd sculpture next to O'Rourkes Diner in Hartford

St. John's Catholic church... Mother church of the Diocese...
just happens top be across the street from O'Rourkes!

Elizabeth Park in Hartford

Jason not quite tiptoeing through the tulips...

funky trees

Posing under the trained funky trees

These trellises are not filled out yet and the rose bushes are still quite barren...
however, in about a month this will look quite spectacular!

This Gazebo is in the center where all of the trellises meet...
it too will be covered in flowering vines fairly soon!

These trees were in bloom everywhere!


I couldn't resist taking a picture of this cute elderly couple smelling the lilacs!

Sunday afternoon after Elizabeth Park, we toured the Mark Twain house at Nook Farm. Nook Farm was a community of the "movers and shakers" of the time. Harriet Beecher Stowe (who wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin) also had a house there as you will see in the pictures below. There is a museum there that we toured before taking the tour of the house. I wish I could have taken pictures inside the house, but it was not allowed.

Harriet Beecher Stowe house

Jason heading towards the Museum entrance

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) House in Hartford (Nook Farm)

Mark Twain's House
The famous bed that Sam and his wife slept in backwards
is in this house which has 19 rooms and 17 fireplaces!

This was a fabulous tour... if you are ever in Hartford, it is worth taking the time for the tour!

I had such a wonderful trip! It was so much fun to spend time with my son and his girlfriend. This was the first time that I have been able to visit Jason in his own place since he graduated from college! It was nice to be able to go when I did... kind of an early Mother's Day for me. I hope to go again sometime... as long as Jason has the room and the time! I'm thinking that the fall trees would be quite spectacular to see!


Jim said...

No wonder we hadn't been hearing from you. From Sunday on you have been writing about your vacation. Your pictures are excellent.
You shame me some, I only have had three short posts about ours so far. And we have been home for over a month.
It sounds like you had a really good time. I haven't read it all yet. I may comment again on my favorite here.

Jim said...

OK, I read it all now. Yes, the fall is maybe even pettier than spring up there.
Thanks for reporting on Mark Twains' place. I have never seen it, it is on my list. He is one of my favorite authors also.
Tell Jason someone in Texas thinks Sheila is a keeper. Wow!

Ron Southern said...

Uh, sorry there were "no pictures". Better luck next time.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Your pictures were great and I just don't know what to comment on because I liked it all. You son is very talented and also that brick work is time consuming and tedious work...I've done it. He did a great job.

Tropical Screamer said...

Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. :)


Rachel said...

How exciting! Love the pictures! That garden is awesome. You have a very handsome son and his girlfriend is very pretty. Nice looking couple!!

So glad you had a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing these awesome pictures. Delightful!

PBS said...

That was a fabulous virtual tour! The colors are beautiful, I like Jason's art, brilliant photos!

Fred said...

Beautiful pictures, makes me want to visit there. And Mark Twain's house is gourgous.

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