but we went to norfolk, ct instead of the virgina one and i think we made a good choice.
when dianna was in baghdad she made friends with anne garrels. dianna was anne's producer and somehow managed to convince her that we (lindsay, dianna, and i) should be invited to her house in connecticut. anne extended the offer, and we accepted, immediately. we had the MOST delightful time hanging out with annie and vint. i am really hoping that we are invited back. i tried to be on my best behaviour, but even that sometimes is still rough.
here are some photos of what we did...
the sunset was really gorgeous, though this doesn't totally capture it.
most definitely the hostess with the mostess
the next morning we headed over to their house for some breakfast. here is lindsay enjoying vint's famous cereal mix with greek yogurt and fresh-picked raspberries.
vint took us on a tour of his amazing garden.
i thought i was clever to bring some tomatoes, basil, and other goodies from my garden
it was totally unnecessary (though his tomatoes weren't ripe yet)
this is a masterpiece in gardening.
this is an action shot--vint is giving us a lesson in setting up good cages for tomato plants.
and feed the birds
the biodiversity is astounding
we saw a myriad of hummingbirds and other fowl
everything was super fresh and in season, if not picked seconds before being served.
and SUPER delicious
there is a pond nearby named toby.
we swam and skinny dipped across it a couple of times.
we gave a young french teenage boy quite a thrill (more like a scare)
we thought we were alone and had left our clothes up on the dock
as i got out to get my stuff, there he was walking up
the road to the pond
annie gave us a guided tour of the place
she even walks cool
she is showing us all the names of the couples who had been married
with that carriage
they make maple syrup during the long winter--we took home a few samples
(though i think this is actually a butter churn)
i wasn't so thrilled, but he wasn't about to move, no matter how much kicking or jabbing i inflicted upon him
it really felt like an omen, going from beauty and perfection to dark and dreary.
all three of us brought our bikes on my bike rack.
they almost came off my trunk on the new jersey turnpike.
i got seriously stressed
it was so scary
thankfully we were spared the horrors of watching three bikes fly off my trunk and crash into another car.