One of the highlights of going to New England in October is meant to be the colours... the leaves on the trees are often magnificent. However Mother Nature threw a curve ball, and instead we got to enjoy a very late version of summer. It was warmer than it had been in Wales for most of August, and hardly rained for the first week. It was glorious!
We were staying in a lovely Air BnB that was in the middle of nowhere. We stayed in Air BnB's for the whole time we were away and had a really great experience in all of them. It was a lovely way to stay in different spots, and meant we got to meet some really interesting people.
Every day we drove past this patch of open ground, one day spotting a full-on photography shoot. Huge light reflecting screens, fans blowing the model's hair... and styling that was full-on boho, complete with floral crown....
I threatened to make Jill replicate the whole scene, but in the end made do with taking arty shots of the milkweed pods.
The next day we headed west, and it was the perfect spot to say goodbye to a really beautiful few days. After a bit of a sat-nav adventure (there were many sat-nav adventures...), and a trip through a farm yard that reminded Jill and I of driving on rural Welsh roads, we arrived at a cabin by a lake, where we sat and drank gin. The weather finally became autumnal, which really meant any chance of beautiful colours disappeared because it rained Welsh style, and turned really windy...
Then we reached the coast, just in time for a storm to roll in... and of course, when it rains you go to the seaside!
We went up to Gloucester and Rockport on Cape Ann, and spent a very soggy day exploring a whole variety of places (we found a distillery, a yarn shop, a quilting shop, a fishing museum, and went to Joanns). This part of the USA all seemed very familiar, we could see why the early settlers liked it there.
Even through the rain Rockport was a colourful delight, I'm trying to work out how to translate this shed in to fibre...