We are still not back in our bus; it may be another three weeks or so until the damage is repaired Turns out that the damage was far more extensive than I thought--all of the air conditioning blown out and loads of wiring to be replaced. Not to mention the smell. Our clothes reeked of smoke, and apparently the inside of the bus will have to be cleaned by a company that specializes in smoke removal. Sigh.
We have perfected the art of finding an inexpensive motel along the route to my talks and trails and have also stayed in the homes of some very generous folks.
SO--back to Canada! We crossed from Ontario into New York at Niagara Falls and had already scheduled a day off to play tourist. Here we are before we got soaked on the Maid of the Mist boat ride. If you have never been, you MUST take the boat! There is truly no other way to see the falls!
On to LeRoy, New York, where we had been invited to stay with Lynne Belluscio, the quilt trail coordinator, Historical Society director, Jell-O Museum director, and a really generous host.
Yes, there really is a Jell-O museum in the town where it was invented!
When we got to Lynne's home, we were greeted by her lovely Whig Rose barn quilt. Just one example of the fine work I would see.
The next day, Lynne and I took the tour of their 200 ro so barn quilts. I encountered my favorite Corn and Beans--love this on the white barn!
And speaking of that, here is the only Jell-O barn you will ever see! It actually has Mail Pouch Tobacco on the other end, but it's not an original--just going with the theme.
So now I owe you New York chapter two and Pennsylvania. Of course, I will be out on the quilt trail again tomorrow, so I need to get myself caught up!
Don't forget that 2014 calendars are ready--they are about half sold out! And as always, if you have a quilt trail story to share, get in touch.