In mid-October my husband, sister and I headed out of the city to the Finger Lakes region of New York State, near where I grew up. I try to get back every fall and usually miss the peak foliage, but this year we were a bit early as most of the leaves were still green. Since I usually bring my husband home only for the holidays when there are lots of structured events and obligations (whoops, I mean traditions), we decided to make this a low-key weekend without any real plans. Above is the view of Keuka Lake from the winery of Dr. Konstantin Frank where we met a few friends for a wine tasting. "Dr. Frank" is known for Rieslings which are one of my favorite wines to drink. After our tasting we headed into the small town of Hammondsport and were lucky to run into a fall festival with a cool little bluegrass band. It's a cute town with a little square and all the businesses on the square competed in a scarecrow decorating contest. Here's my favorite:
The rest of the short weekend was spent with my mom and walking around town. One night after dinner we took a little amble around the neighborhood and were literally stopped in our tracks by the sight of an 8 foot bear - stuffed - in the front window of one of the grander homes in town. We knew the house had changed hands recently, but can't believe gossip of the bear hadn't reached us. The bear was lit up and in a sort of menacing pose and I could see a bunch of other game hanging on the walls. I so wish I had a better photo to show you so you could appreciate the...ridiculousness, I guess...of this bear. In one sense it was rather beautiful and looked like a panorama from the Museum of Natural History, but, come on (!) who puts a bear in their window??
That's it for now. Who knows, maybe I'll be back with some sewing projects soon. Dare to dream!