a fabulous saturday in chatham, ny
carl and i celebrated our 15th anniversary on 25 October and had decided beforehand that we would go away for the weekend. deirdre haber malfatto (superdewa) and i had often talked about getting together in her neck of the woods and so voila! i talked to deirdre and she was free and we decided that it would be perfect to go and meet deirdre’s family and spend a day with them! and, as luck would have it, cara farnell (tumbleweedineden), who i had not yet met, was also available to get together too! so the date was set for 27 october!
carl and i drove to great barrington, massachusetts where we had booked a room. We really enjoyed the drive: it was beautiful and restful but i was sooo excited to meet everyone! i think i would have shot pictures along the way if we had given ourselves more time to get there. but, alas, great planning is not my way!
after getting lost on our way to deirdre’s house (getting lost IS our way) we were greeted by her lovely family: her handsome and welcoming husband, jason, and her smart, fun and sweet daughters, shoshanna and elisheva AND my sweet flickr friend, cara!!! we also got to meet hazel and ivy, their beautiful pet rats!!!
we went to the village of chatham to have a lovely lunch at ralph’s (i had a burrito that was perfection) and then stroll around. the village is lovely and i could easily see the appeal of living there: warm and cozy and filled with interesting stores and fabulous architecture–funky and fun–just my cup of tea!!!
after tons of picture-taking, talking and just plain enjoying each other’s company, we went back to deirdre’s house. let me say that i have never been so comfortable in someone’s home on the very first visit! the whole family is so inviting — and shoshanna was very kind to let me hold and love-up her rats!!! we talked, laughed and told stories–it was splendid!!! getting to know everyone was so delightful!! their home is so warm and filled with their personalities–it is an old country house that i would love to live in!! then jason and deirdre prepared us a fantastic meal and we all sat around their big dining room table and just dug in!! deirdre made us a huge and fantastic apple pie for desert and i know a good time was had by all!
here are a few moments that i captured of our great day:
elisheva, carl and deirdre
these decorations are all over chatham but no one knows who is doing it!
i wish i had inquired about these lovely pieces on a bakery wall!
cara and deirdre!
my dear carl
shoshanna with ivy and hazel
deirdre’s fabulous apple pie!
and shoshanna with her little babies, hazel and ivy!!!
i wish i had taken a shot of jason!!! and there were so many other shots i missed — but for a good reason — i was in the moment with great friends!!!!
all shots taken with my canon 60d. most are shot with my 100mm 2.8 lens with the exception of the deirdre’s pie and shoshanna and her babes. they were shot with my 50mm f1.4.