Tra-la-la the Road Took Us to Hoosick

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      1. 🙂 I only eat 100% Canadian maple syrup. None of that fake stuff. Though I think Vermont is probably the same. I’d eat it too, as long as it’s 100%. It’s right on the Canadian border isn’t it? It’s not like trees care about national borders.

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      2. Maybe we should have a maple syrup playoff (though I am neither American nor Canadian)? I have an idea. Should we should have two judges alongside – a bear and a moose? Neutral players you know 😉

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      3. Ahahahaha I love it. Maple syrup, bears and moose. I foresee fantastic times. But I shall just be the outsider watching and cheering on this strange skirmish – while hoping for a bear bringing me a tray of maple-laden cookies and a moose for a hug.

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    1. Quid pro quo 🙂 You take me into the city so effortlessly and with all those luscious recommendations. Which reminds me that it is time to hop over to yours and catch up on all that I have missed. Btw we were at Smorgasburg last weekend and it was food coma. xx

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  1. Would love to take a road trip through Vermont also! Enjoyed reading and seeing your wonderful photos – especially loved seeing the notorious no-neck Hoboken Motorcycle Gang 😉 The area looks like Americana at its best. Hope you enjoy your Norman Rockwell book. He’s one of my mom’s favorite artists – Neek

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  2. You make road trips sound so dreamy. I always inevitably get bored and fall asleep ?
    That giant ice cream cone looks great, as does all the food. It’s making my stomach grumble even though I’ve already had breakfast ?

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    1. Thanks Angela, it was actually too pretty but I confess I am a great sleeper inside and outside the car. A moving car is even better. I bet you have cookies tucked in for hard times 😉 That cookie jar is too cute to go unused. I think I spotted a dozen bad boys waiting in there. Might I step in to give you a hand? 😀 xx

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      1. I do love our new cookie jar. I’ve yet to christen it with baked goods. It came with what tasted like supermarket cookies. They were nice, but i could make better ?

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      1. I’m very grateful for the small village I grew up in. In fact, it’s always a piece of home I carry with me, no matter where I go. 🙂

        T. R. Noble is my name 🙂 in regards to initials, and the author name I want to go by. Ms. or Mrs. Noble works as well.

        However, to humor you, you can use the name, “Risa,” if you like 🙂

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      2. Home. That word just makes everything right, is it not? I did think of you as Ms. Noble. It has a certain ring about it. Too solemn so I shall go by Risa. It is pretty and different. I could work with it 🙂 xx

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      3. It’s a beautiful word, and whenever I feel unsettled in where I am I think of that word, and how God has blessed me with having home in my heart. I thought you had used Ms. Noble before. Yes, I like the name Risa. I’ve used it for past character names, and have always enjoyed it. 🙂

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      4. Okay then Risa, I have to confess that I am not a believer (here my parents would bemoan my lack of belief). But I do believe in something out there that defies definition. There must be an explanation for this universe and its strange workings. xx

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      5. Well, there are many believers out there who don’t honestly believe as much as they claim to. I think honesty is better than being hypocritical 🙂

        I believe in God and Christ being the explanation. I personally believe in the workings of His hand in my life because I too believe, at some point, this can’t all be a coincidence. When too many things happen in my life it goes from being a coincidence to a pattern and that’s not what a coincidence is, to me at least 🙂

        Thank you for your honesty! Not everyone feels they can be that open, and I’m glad you are.

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      6. We humans are conditioned to be hypocritical, is it not love? But well in the spirit of fighting it as much as I can, I do believe in faith. So here’s to our faith in what we believe. Christ, humanity, goodness … I will take all of it with a dollop of curiosity. xx

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  3. What a trip! I loved reading about all the little details that you picked up on along the way – it reminded me of that common cliché that it’s ‘the journey is the destination’. Wonderfully written as always 🙂

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    1. Thank you Rachel 🙂 but you are kind. Cliches are so apt, is it not? They certainly get to the point fast enough. The journey is indeed the best part of any travel especially if you are on the road. xx

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    1. Absolutely the convenience of living in a city cannot be denied. But I do find it rather noisy and every time that I am in the country, I feel like I belong. I would not mind living in a small village in the mountains with a bookshop and a cafe to perk things up 😉

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  4. Omg, so much blue sky!! I love it and the maple syrup, egg, bacon AND CHEESE muffin sounds so good I cannot deal with this post ? I’ve also nominated you for a blog award so keep a look out on your notifications girl!!xx

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    1. You need one then hun 😀 Thanks! I shall look out for the blog award. Only give me a few days pretty. I spilled water on my macbook and now he is off at the repair centre – it is bloody sad and I am a blooming idiot.

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      1. Oh noo that’s sad but no worries take as long as you need hun! And haha no you’re not, I’ve done it so many times ?

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  5. This post reminded me of your English adventures. Was it much different in feeling (given that the accent doesn’t count)? How many days do you recommend for a visit?

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    1. Aw thanks love. I miss the sheep and the cows and the people but well this was lovely. I would say if you are heading straight to Vermont and like hiking five days would be great if not a full week. Get one of those lovely log cabins in the forest and get ready to meet the bear of your dreams ❤️

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      1. hahaha what a twist of the plot! I remember the first time I visited Yosemite and how they recommended to hold your children on your shoulders (to look bigger) and scream and throw stones in the unlucky case that you had a (lovely) encounter with the bear of your dreams hahah. Were you safe? Thanks for the recommendation 😉

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      1. I am great. Chilling in the Charente (France) milking goats, trying to coax eggs from chickens (they have stopped laying) playing ball with the border collies and sleeping with cats on the bed. Bliss! How are you getting on over in the Big Pond? Feeling settled yet?

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      2. Chilling in the Charente sounds fine and onomatopoeic almost. Do give a hug to all those beauties for me, individually. I think we are okay now that we have started driving into the country. The last few months of exploring the city was a bit overwhelming.

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  6. Ah…maple syrup! You have hit on a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I dump it on almost everything. It makes me proud to be Canadian (we produce 70% of the world’s output; thank you Google). I eschew all the other syrups. I have mixed memories about the Vermont road trips my parents dragged me on as a child when we lived in Montreal. I think the farms and green beauty were lost on me then (I’m sure I’d love it now).

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    1. The few Canadian readers I have, have expressed mock horror so I hear ya. Though I did visit Vancouver and Victoria two years ago and indulged in a few touristy things, I missed out on buying a bottle of maple syrup for myself because we had shopped tonnes already and our suitcases which had to be lugged back to Northampton were bursting at the seams. I seriously had to sit on them for Adi to zip them up. But I shall remedy that gaffe the next time I am in your country.
      Vermont is not too bad as you shall find if you do visit now – because how our perspectives change as we grow older. xx

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    1. Thanks! To make offenders out of maple syrup and the very good things of life… need I rant more about air travel 🙂 I think Canadians would bop you for choosing to gather it from across the border. But to live dangerously, eh?

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