The highlights of my summer were visiting Niagara Falls for the first time; Stratford Ontario for some Shakespeare (King Lear); and swinging through Frankenmuth MI for some German food and Christmas shopping. Here are a couple of the best pics:
We stayed in Buffalo NY while visiting Niagara. Hubby and I both enjoy seeing Frank Lloyd Wright homes/buildings when convenient to our other travel plans and so we spent one afternoon touring the Darwin Martin complex in Buffalo. Spectacular! Highly recommend. Also highly recommend Caramici's Bakery and Bisto down in the Little Italy part of town. We had dinner on a Saturday evening there and both agree that it was lick-the-plate good!
Horseshoe Falls (Canada)
the largest waterfall in North America
After being awe-struck at the Falls, we headed westward to calmer water in Stratford, Ontario to catch King Lear. The place where we lodged had a beautiful lake on the premises and some of the biggest mosquitoes you've ever seen in your entire life. I loved the place, but would have died of dehydration (of the blood) if I hadn't bathed in Deep Woods OFF.
Everything about Stratford, Ontario (and King Lear) gave me warm and fuzzy flashbacks to those precious days I spent at Oxford studying Shakespeake and British history. I've been lucky enough to see Shakespeake on stage in Stratford, England twice and now Stratford, Ontario once. Here's hoping hubby can tolerate a few more Shakespeare plays in his future. I hear Utah has a killer Shakespeare festival! :-D
While he drove us from point to point, I worked on the JBW baby sampler for a friend from work. I actually took two WIPs to stitch on the road because I was sure I'd be done with the baby sampler before our return home. How. Ever.....it kept getting bigger with each passing mile. When did 8"x 4" get sooooo big??? I'm in the home stretch now though. Don'tcha just love all the sweet mini motifs in the JBW Designs? I know I do...
To Do: chart "Lilliana" for the center area
(color is much prettier in real life)
And finally, another Christmas ornament finish to share. Prairie Schooler this time. Again, I'm not in love with the finish, so it will be easy to give away!
Have you started your Christmas stitching yet?????? Stitch Happy!