Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Been a of trip to Nappanee and bike ride to St. Joe

So...Autumn has arrived, it is beautiful. This is mom's road, the golden tunnel.
Temps are mild but soon to change. I had the opportunity to take mom to a B&B a week ago.We headed East to Nappanee, the heart of Indiana's Amish country. Along the way we saw a beautiful color show.

At the quilt show I attended recently with my bud Leslie, I picked up a flyer and met the lady who owned a B&B in Nappanee. The lovely Victorian Pink Lady on the flyer caught my eye. I've always loved the ones in California. So she informed me although it was a Quilter's retreat, she also offered rooms to other guests. I knew immediately that I would be visiting soon. I showed mom the website and she fell in love. So, a couple days later we were off on another adventure.

The Victorian Guest House was greeting us with open arms on a mild sunny Autumn day.
I took a pic of mom while she  was standing,  by the post waiting for me to get our bags......

but then she came all the way back down the steps and insisted on taking one of me as well. Mother!
The foyer was a beautiful sight. Very welcoming. We were led upstairs to our room, The Coppes Suite, and it was perfect. The stairwell was beautiful, I could have set up camp right on the second landing,LOL.

 The bathroom, well, you know I love my bubble baths....65 gallon 100 yr old tub...need I say more?

We took a little tour of the B&B. I gasped when I saw this beauty. The owner's grandmother had it stuffed in a bag in her closet. Can you imagine what they thought when they found this? Whoa! Although it is a traditional pieced fan quilt, which I love, the seams were crazy stitched. Close ups in the upcoming issue of Crazy Quilt Gatherings.
Ok, here is one peek..
 We dropped off our things and went to meander around the town. Mom seemed to be getting hungry...
so we decided it was time to find some Amish fare. But first, we stopped at Veni's, the sweet shop on the next block from the B&B. Shameful!
  The young lady was charming.
We browsed antique shops, specialty shops, a fabric shop.
 Even a grocery store. The most orderly one I've ever seen.
We enjoyed seeing the horses sprinkled about the town. Several bikes too.
 Mom and I were both tired from the richness this little town offered and was ready for bed earlier than expected. Naturally, with mom there is never a dull moment. Laughing is just an ongoing activity for us, hence my deep laugh lines I've owned since a teen. The bed was a bit high for her so I helped her up then grabbed my phone for a pic as she was perched tettering on the edge of the bed laughing so hard she almost fell off.
So we headed to Shishewana the next morning. Mom wants to return next year...I'm thinking 2015 CQ Retreat??????? If I can find 10 more ladies???? Tootles for now.

I haven't been there since I my mother in law took me to Lolly's. It was a bittersweet visit as I remembered our time together ooh-ing and aah-ing over fabrics. The town was pretty quiet because everyone was at the flea market but I knew mom couldn't walk that much so I didn't mention it. I'll have to grab a girlfriend or two for that.
We stopped at Yoder Department store of course. It was a tradition,lol.
 Then we found another antique shop.
 Even more horse drawn carts naturally.

Last stop of the day was Essenhaus for lunch. It was a memorable overnighter! Thanks mom.

It was gorgeous Saturday, 80's and sunshine and DH wanted to take a bike ride. I thought I would be hot so I only wore a sweatshirt, no layering. Well, it started off alright but when we got to St. Joe, riding along the lake, brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
 Silver Beach

   I was shivering. DH got his leather jacket from the back but I knew he gets colder than I do so I told him to wear it. I kind of regretted that decision after a few seconds later,LOL.
 I thawed my fingers under my behind and thought if I kept busy taking pictures of the colorful show nature provided, I would forget about the chill. It worked for a while. The leaves were a confetti explosion of Autumnal colors.

Speaking of St. Joe, I better get going. I'm heading up to play with my pal Leslie k today for a couple hours. I missed the sunrise this morning, but this was from two days ago. So pretty!

 More to share later. Have a glorious day!


  1. Hi Pat! You stepped right back in time there so it seems! Everything looks so pretty and romantic and as if nothing bad is going on on the world! That cottage radiates so much warmth. I can image you could put up your tent there LOL. Glad you had such a good time with your dear mother there. Now enjoy the memories! Nobody takes that from you both anymore :)

  2. What a lovely trip with your Mom ... very special!


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