Ever since I was a little girl I have loved to "just go for a ride". See what we might find. Back then, rides were not easy to come by as most of my family did not have a car. When one of my aunt's came, or when my Dad was home on his leave from the Army...we would sometimes take a Sunday drive. I loved those days, especially if we stopped for ice cream on the way home.
I still love taking those drives...and one of the things that I do, and I would bet many of you also do, is dream about the inside of certain houses that I pass...like the one above. Lace curtains, front porches, pretty lights and flowers and also I get a sense that inside "that" house it is warm, cozy and filled with wonderful smells and a sense of peace. Perhaps someone is sitting in a big, wrap around chair by a fire, reading a lovely book, with that perfect cup of tea in a china cup. Now I'm not sure why certain houses stir those kinds of memories but they just do.
This is Route 100 in Vermont...it is one of the most picturesque roads in New England. Sweet, gently winding roads full of farms,cows and horses in the fields, road side stands and country stores. I love this old country road. The houses on it evokes memories of days gone by..like something you would see in a Norman Rockwell painting..fall is particularly beautiful in Vermont...this house, right on the bend in the road, with the light and deep shadows and just the perfect amount of reds, orange and yellows took me back to what I think were gentler times. Those upstairs windows stirred some deep memory and I would have like to have visited.
I love Sunday rides, any day of the week. Just to go and see what happens. When my kids were little and now with the boys...I would always tell them we were going on an adventure and they think that is really cool...so now, before the snow flies and it gets to cold, take yourself on an adventure, stir up some warm hearted memories and when you do, record them either in your camera or in your heart.
I should also remind you that in the winter, after a fresh falling snow, close to Christmas, ride by a few houses at dusk...and think about what's going on it there... lights in windows, trees dancing with ornaments, chestnuts roasting on a open fire, Christmas carols playing softly in the background...and babies dreaming of sugar plums..
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