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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Weekend in New Hampshire!

I'm back from my lovely long weekend with my friend Molly and her family. As many of you already know, Molly and I met through penpalling almost 20 years ago now. Wow! Has it been that long??? Anyhow, she has become one of my bestfriends and we visit each other quite often. This past weekend Noah and I went to spend some time with them. We arrived last Thursday and stayed until Sunday mid-day. We were supposed to stay until Monday morning and spend the day in Maine on Sunday but Noah wanted to go home so we left early. It was just too much newness and uncertainty for him. Both of which being very difficult for autistics. We still had a nice time and made the most of our weekend. We were busy and the weather was gorgeous, except for Friday when it rained.

Molly and family live in a quaint little town called Keene. The downtown area has lot's of little shops and restaurants. It looks so charming and inviting.

Noah and Molly's daughter Jadira in downtown Keene.

On Friday we decided to go Blueberry picking at "Monadnock Berries". You could say it is in the mountains, on the top of a hill. It is so nice and rustic. The view is spectacular.

A cute sign telling us in which direction all is located.

Noah, Molly, Jadira and Molly's son Diego blueberry picking. Actually Noah was eating more than picking.

The blueberries were gorgeous and delicious.

Jadira and Noah sitting at the entrance of a little gift shop with berry preserves, snacks, etc.

The entrance to another gift shop with beautiful crafts.

Eating a delicious meal prepared by Molly and myself. I had brought some meat and all the fixings for fondue from Canada since they can't buy it where they live. They all love fondue, especially Diego.

On Saturday and Sunday we went to Molly's family cottage in Hebron, New Hampshire. Here we are at the beach where Noah and Jadira had a absolute ball swimming.

We also went to the Hebron Fair which is a yearly craft and food outdoor market. There were such lovely crafts but it was difficult to get a good look at everything with Noah. It was also quite crowded. But, I did find a couple of things. There was some beautiful pottery, handmade jewellery, handmade soaps, etc.

Noah found something too, a stuffed dinosaur.

Molly, Noah and I at her uncle's cottage. They have a spectacular view of the lake off their deck.

Noah, standing in front of an ice cream place where we shared some homemade coconut ice cream. It was absolutely delicious.

And, that was our weekend in a nutshell. :) Molly is talking of coming to Sherbrooke for a visit next weekend with Jadira so that would be awesome! :)


  1. Hi Jacqueline!!! It looks like you all had a fabulous time. WOW!!! You have been penpals for 20 wonderful!!! I bet the shops were lovely and I would've love to pick blueberries too. We have strawberries & cherries and other fruits/nuts to pick nearby. Cherry and strawberry picking season is typically from May to June. I enjoy looking through your pictures. Thank you for sharing. :)

  2. This places looks so quaint :) And you met 20 years ago. Wow! I hope I have a penpal for that long. That's really amazing.

  3. @ Jessica- Yes we did have a fabulous time! I love craft markets and just being in New England! Thanks for taking a look at my post. :)

    @ Gracie- Yup, we've been pals for almost 20 years and Molly is now one of my closest friends and it all started with a letter. :)