Woodstock on the Ottauquechee

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    1. Thank you Dina 🙂 A cherished compliment from a wonderful photographer herself. I was a bit gobsmacked too by that figure 😀 And why you will love the Woodstock in Oxfordshire. It is so pretty and quiet. Though the American one made me happy too. xx

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  1. An eloquently written post and lovely pics, which your readers have come to expect, spoiled as we are. I loved your concluding summation as to what travel does for you. But for me, what great about traveling, even if for a brief getaway, is that it knocks one out of one’s routine. Simple as that. I know, most folks lock in, like pitbulls, obstinately clinging to rigor. I think too much routine for too long can make one disastrously myopic. An occasional shakeup is exactly what is needed.

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    1. And see how I love your comments. They always make me smile. Apart from the generosity in them, there is something to make me think. You are so right about the necessity for the shakeup because without it we do run the danger of slipping into a myopic existence. May I confess on a completely different note that I do not care for pitbulls, especially the metaphorical ones. Now let one judge me on that 🙂 xx

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      1. I’m generally not a fan of pitbulls either, based on both personal experiences as well as the frequent newsworthy incidents, though I should clarify that I find fault more with the owners than the canines.

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  2. I agree with you that your travel makes you feel like reading hundreds of books at the same time. We observe more and faster than we can absorb at the time. There’s a Chinese saying, “Walk 10,000 miles, better than studying for ten years.” There’s some truth in it. Your photos captured the essence of Woodstock. Excellent photos, Dippy!

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    1. Thank you Miriam! 🙂 That Chinese proverb captures the essence of my thoughts perfectly. As I travel I find that it is way better education than the one I received in a classroom. But I suppose everything has its time and place. xx

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  3. When I first saw the title I thought you were talking about a festival. Woodstock is a festival as well as many towns isn’t it? But anyway, as always i loved reading and seeing all the pictures. I love how you talked about your love of traveling, and how it comes from meeting so many people, listening to their stories and being a part of their lives even for a while ?

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    1. Thank you love. Correct, that is the first association that springs to the mind – the famous festival of the 60s. It was held in the town of Woodstock in upstate NY from where it derived its name. I believe there is a Woodstock in your country too 🙂

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      1. There is?? That’s news to me. Course theres many many towns I dont know the name of I’m my own country. Especially all the small ones

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    1. Thank you 🙂 It reminded me of your covered bridge experience and the wedding – I think I want to lay my eyes on all these wonderful bridges (which would be a tall order), especially the ones in Iowa that they showed in The Bridges of Madison County.

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  4. Wow. I love your photos, your description of the town and the description of your conversation with the lady in the antiques shop!

    I didn’t know what a Gym Dandy was in the text…and I’m still not sure I know what it is after seeing the photo! Is it a sort of buggy?

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  5. I suddenly feel like watching The Bridges of Madison Country 🙂
    Such a nicely written story. I had to look at your pictures twice, I really liked them a lot. And like you, my husband and I also like interacting with the locals during our travels. It adds depth to our travels.
    – Amor

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    1. Hey Amor, thanks. It is what makes any travel experience complete 🙂 You and I get it.

      The Bridges of Madison County…I am planning to rewatch and reread it. I sob like a maniac when I read it – more than when I watch it.

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  6. Visited Woodstock in Vermont in mid-nineties, your writing brought it all back for me. Spent a very pleasant week exploring Vermont in the fall.

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    1. Bringing back memories…ah I love it when that happens. I am sure you have stories too from your visit. I wonder if it would have been very different in the mid-’90s. But then I am thinking maybe not…Vermont in the fall sounds dreamy. We were planning it but then decided to head to Pennsylvania for our first fall. But we have to see Vermont in the fall surely. xx

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  7. If you have an open mind and an open heart, travel is the greatest education. Your story of the elderly lady you spoke with is a wonderful example of that fact. I loved Woodstock VT … such a gem and like you I have spent much time in Woodstock Oxon so the comparisons flowed free and that is a gift for an open mind and an open heart. I wonder what Churchill would make of the old lady’s views 🙂 xx

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    1. Hah Churchill. He would have turned up his pug nose and squashed her straightaway with his witticisms perchance? I would not be caught in that crossfire. Instead I would arm myself with a sizeable bowl of ice cream and witness the repartee 😛

      Thank you Osyth…it is a liberating feeling to learn and unlearn. I would rather unlearn than hold on to rigid thoughts for a lifetime, and if travel helps, why bring it on 🙂 xx

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  8. I love it when things link up like that. From one Woodstock to another. The universe is so small and everything is connected. And I love the names – Ottauqueechee and how did a ski area get to be called Suicide Six? Lovely post.

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    1. Thanks Tracey 🙂 I read in your other comment that you googled it. We were tickled by it too.

      From Woodstock to another indeed. Life sometimes has its own surprises in store for you and isn’t that quite so wonderful? It is like Forrest said, a box of chocolates. xx

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    1. Hah yeah I used to always wonder about it even when we used to go to Woodstock in England. But clearly Woodstock has fans all over the world 😉

      Thanks Jen. I use a Samsung Edge. I am quite a diehard Samsung fan. My husband however will vouch for iphone of course 😛

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  9. Enjoyed reading about the historical connection between the Woodstock in Blighty and the one in Vermont. Wonderful photos and sensory descriptions of the area. The covered bridge is so lovely but the thought of a ski run called “Suicide Six” gives me the shivers 😉 Now, if I could only pronounce Ottauqueechee

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    1. Haha sounds like a mouthful ain’t it and so full of character. Places with such evocative names just ace it. Thank you for the lovely comment. Suicide Six does sound more ominous than it actually is. So you could say it is a misnomer 🙂

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  10. I have always wanted to visit Woodstock, since I’m only a few states over. I will have to bookmark this so that I can find those covered bridges you visited! They look so cool and we don’t have many of those in Connecticut!

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