S: VT - Infusion of Green - 2011
FC: VT - Infusion of Green . . . for the high desert dweller
1: "A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature." ~ Henry David Thoreau
2: Great Grandpa and Grandma Wright bought this 15 room home, at 237 South Willard Street, for $20,000 in 1923. They lived in this 5 story home from attic to basement with table-tennis balls whizzing in the basement, skis and skates stowed under the roof. The house was built by a lumbermill owner. It has 13 foot ceilings, cherry and black walnut woodwork throughout. The attic was used as a ball room when it was time for parties. In 1922 Grandpa Wright heard about a wonderful bargain on the banks of Lake Champlain, seven miles from this house on S. Willard. It was 19 acres of woods and farm lands with 500 feet of water front, 5 camps fully built and a big barn just right for remodeling. Grandpa looked at his large family, did some figuring on all those future summers, and bought it.
4: The Arrival
6: Cozy Cot | Bayview Bungalow | Locust Lodge & East Cottage | Breezy Bank
7: Breezy Bank | Ploof Cottage | Locust Lodge | The Ice House
8: Sunday - 7.17.11 Our 1st full day and the weather was warm and sunny. First thing we went down to the beach for a quick walk around then back to the cottage for coffee on the porch. We went to Friendly's for brunch then drove to Jericho to see the mill. I forgot my camera but Dave took several pictures. On the way back to camp we stopped at Hannaford's to pick up some groceries. Back at camp Linda, Patti & Jim came up to visit on the porch. I gave Linda her Ireland book, then we sat and talked about travel for awhile. Late afternoon we went down to the beach. I took a quick swim and Dave took some pictures. After that we showered and went to the Shanty for dinner. I had clam bellies and Dave had fried scallops. It was a beautiful evening so we walked down to the ferry and around the nearby little park. Later we had vanilla ice cream with maple syrup for dessert.
10: Barns in Stowe
11: Emily's Bridge
12: Smuggler's Notch
13: Brewster River Gorge
15: Tuesday - 7.19.11 Went down to the beach to take some pictures. We invited Linda to the cottage for breakfast. Dave made some of his wonderful French toast and we used the rest of the raspberries. On the way to Shelburne Museum we stopped to take pictures of Great Grampa Wright's house on 237 Willard St. we had a great time visiting and shooting the various exhibits at Shelburne. When we got to the covered bridge, around 4, Dave's camera battery was dead so we called it a day. We saw the wonderful art at the mansion, took a tour on the Ticonderoga and shot the train and depot. It was nice and cool when we arrived but by mid afternoon it was quite warm. At that point there were still several exhibits that we hadn't visited. We stopped to pick up a pizza at Leonardo's on Pearl St. on the way back to camp. Linda and Patti joined us for pizza and wine. Still no sunset to shoot. Dave loaded the day's pictures and we all reviewed them. A lot-o-pictures.
24: Friday - 7.22.11 We had reservations for brunch at Shelburne farms. Dave took quite a few pictures of the interior of the mansion. We ate on the porch. It was a beautiful sunny day and was quite comfortable during breakfast. After breakfast we walked around the grounds and Dave took pictures from the outside however the heat ended up cutting that short. We got back in our cars and Joyce showed us around the grounds for more photo opportunities. Later back at the cottage some of us headed down to the beach for conversation, swimming and reading. Dave took some more pictures and worked on his photos for awhile at the cottage. Next on the agenda - off to Winooski to do some laundry while Joyce and Ed went out to get corn and salad fixin's. We had a nice meal with some leftovers from the night before.
27: Until Next Time