Then we drove back to Sturbridge and on Saturday we got ourselves all ready to "hit the tables", went downstairs to where we had seen a table with a dollhouse on it and a couple of women were sitting there but no cash boxes or anything. We asked where we were supposed to go to pay to get into the show and they said "that's not til Sunday". They explained that there was the preview show Saturday night which we could attend (it was on Friday night the year we went) but we didn't want to do that - it lasted only 3 hours and cost $18. So we stood around with drooping spirits for a brief spell but soon rallied and went to an antique store we had seen and had a delightful 2 or maybe even 3 hours there and, of course, found bits and bobs to buy. :)
Finally Sunday was the show and we went in about 10 and probably left around 3:30 or 4:00. It was, as usual, a nice show although I had it in my head that the Boorums would be there and wanted to talk to them about framing, but they weren't there.
And I bought yet another set of books for the bookcases and a houseplant because January and Maggie have lots of houseplants. I had hoped to get more but all the plants were flowers.
I wrote all this up before I took my pictures and forgot a couple of the goodies I bought at the show so here they are and they're for January's library also:
I just love this little mouse sneaking out at night for a look around. I bought it at "Two's Company"'s table - don't know if they make them or someone else does, but they're sure cute.
And the open book has an almost readable title that is something to do with grammar and on the inside pages, you can read "cases of nouns" and "numbers of nouns". It's very ink-splattered and has obviously been well used by some studious scholar.
This last picture is a plant called a mandrake which apparently is a plant that "crops" up in the Harry Potter books and if you uproot it, it screams! Unfortunately, I can't remember where I bought it.
The show pretty much died around 3:00 or a little before which was sad for the dealers but it made more time for talk with them. We stopped at Carol Spence's table on the way out because I had seen her pieces when I first went in and loved them but didn't have any real need for them and after buying the globe, I couldn't just buy one cause I loved them. I asked her about a website and she doesn't have one. So we started talking with her and her delightful daughter about Etsy and I really encouraged her to look into that. Then it turned out they live in this same general area (the daughter is quite near to the town my sister lives in, Carol is in CT but that's close also) and so I asked if they were familiar with this gallery in Northampton that I love. The daughter was and thought that was a wonderful idea for an outlet for her mom's work. I don't know for sure, but I think maybe she hadn't had that great of a show and they seemed quite happy to have these possibilities, so hopefully one or the other or both will work for them.
On the way home I saw this beautiful church and had to have a picture of it. I'm not happy with it cause no matter how much I straightened and unstraightened it, it always looks crooked. But here it is cause it's the only "tourist" picture I have! I love coming to Massachusetts because there are so many lovely old towns with these beautiful churches and old homes, huge trees and, at this time of year, tons of rhododendrons!
I really enjoy my visits with my sister and I'm pretty sure she does too. I think "old age" has really mellowed both of us and it's just real nice spending time together. Lots of remembering (although we both don't remember what the other one does a lot of the time), lots of discussion of clothes, cooking, my kids, her gardening... We're basically each other's only family now - I have my kids but they know me as mom, my sister knows me from the time I was born.
She is also an avid gardener and the flowerbed in front of the house is coming along beautifully. I took this next picture of the purple flowers that are under the middle window because they are just so gorgeous and the colors in the picture of the house don't really show up well.
And, finally, I'm also delighted to be reading a novel written by my brother-in-law. He's been writing as long as I've known him but I've never seen any of it. My sister decided that she would try self-publishing one of his novels, so Larry chose which one and she's been working diligently on it. She finally got it far enough along to order the first proof and it arrived while she and I were doing our weekend adventure. I asked if I could read it and she said she'd love for me to because she's read it over and over but worries that she may have missed little mistakes here and there. I've really been enjoying it - it's a very readable "yarn" and the central theme is quite topical to some of our current troubles today even though he wrote it 30 years ago!