As I mentioned in my last Sunday's post, we had a guest this past week visiting us...Tom's sister, Toots, from Connecticut. No...really, her name is Sue, but from forever ago, she's Toots to everyone. One of the places we took her around town was my all-time favorite shop, Appalachian Piecework. You've seen this shop before here on the blog...I take everyone there it seems! Come to visit me, and I'll take you, too!And here's more of the front entrance: Here's the beautiful vintage quilt that greeted us inside the door, just lovely: Here are Hannah and Sarah talking with Laurie, the owner and amazing crafter of so many of the pieces in her shop (I didn't take my camera with me...big mistake, so these not-so-good photos were all taken on my phone): Laurie is working on sanding a bracelet made from hickory to make it smooth. She also had some unique hickory baskets on display: There were so many new things to see, including some unique swinging/moveable wall quilt racks (didn't snap a picture of these) that I now want Tom to make for me. Here's a vintage fan quilt that Hannah is standing beside: The Shenandoah Heritage Market was another of our outings, and I was hoping we'd see a horse and buggy. We were rewarded with this scene: Of course, while she was here, Toots wanted to see the progress on Jonathan's house...but we were iffy on whether we could get down the driveway with all the snow we had last weekend still hanging around.
Uh-oh, looks like we're going to have to park on the country road and trek up to the faraway house...we definitely found out that Jonathan's driveway is longer than it seems when you're walking in deep snow! Here I am below trudging along, seemingly on top of crusty snow, but my boots kept breaking through down into deep drifts. Sarah is holding onto me, thankfully! The arrow is pointing to our destination far ahead: We made it! Sue enjoyed looking around and taking pictures. Here are Tom and Sue inside Jonathan's house: And a view from the porch looking back towards the way we walked in: Okay, time to head back to the car...we walked single file so we could step into each others' footprints, and then we rounded the bend below... ...to see our destination far in the distance. This was our workout for the day for sure!Still smiling after the journey: We sure enjoyed our week of food, fun games, treks in the snow, and catching up with each others' lives. Come again, Toots!
As a side note, if you missed our October post about Tom's brother, Steve, coming to visit, you can read that here. Now, we just need to get Tom's other sister, Ellen and her family, here to visit this year!