So, I'm back from my "mums weekend away" and I'm happy to report it was a wonderful time for us all. The weather was fabulous and I took a lot of pictures - but fortunately for you all I am only sharing a portion. ;) You have to remember as much as I write this blog for my readers (or I should say, conversing with my readers), I also use it as a personal/family journal. Someday I'll be glad to remember all the sights and scenes of my trip. Goodness knows when I might do this again.
First a quick bit of backstory. My college roommate Kathy organized this weekend away for the girls - all mums now - who lived together throughout our four years of college. Only six of us could make the trip but it was such an awesome time. We had so much fun catching up, relaxing and kicking back.
And now on to the pictures ...
This is, obviously, a drive by shooting - but I remembered on our way out of town that I never photographed our hotel. I promise the pictures get better after this.
Our room is one of those windows in the second row from the top. We looked out over the harbor and had sliders that opened onto the rooftop.
My view from where we ate dinner Friday night:
And my delicious dinner:
"Georges Banks Scallops"
The next morning, bright and early we headed out to the world famous Newport Cliff Walk.
Special thanks go to my friend Mo who strolled along with me and patiently put up with my shutterbug impulses. :)
Most of these are self-explanatory, but I've added notes here and there ...
I'm not sure which buildings were privately owned and which were part of Salve Regina - but they were all overwhelmingly beautiful. I felt as though I stepped into an Austen novel ...
I know you're not surprised I came home with an awful lot of nature photos. There were interesting bits of flora and fauna all along the walk.
Rosa Rugosa - commonly known as Beach Rose.
This is a seed center (totally made-up term); the vibrant pink petals are more visible and recognizable of course.
Bittersweet nightshade - just like the vine that grows near my back fence.
Pretty little purple wildflower - not sure what it is.
I'm going to call this a morning glory because that's what it looks like, but I'm not 100% sure. Morning glories are annuals so it doesn't make sense these vines would endure year after year. I guess maybe they do though - to quote Jurassic Park, "Life finds a way."
A tiny little spider web - so beautiful!
I have no idea what this is, but in the glistening June sun it was certainly lovely.
Pretty daisies bloomed all over the cliffside.
Cool little shelled creature, clinging to the side of the cliff shown above. That was some jaunt if he came up with the tide!
I recognized the seagulls but the big black seabirds were a mystery to me until my friend D. told me they were in fact cormorants.
I couldn't decide which ocean shots I liked best, so you're getting them all!
After the cliff walk we had lunch - during which I saved my friends from a marauding swarm of bees. Ok, story. So we're sitting there enjoying a delicious lunch by the sea when I notice an extremely large swarm of bees hovering over the fence just behind where we were sitting. At first we tried the whole "don't move they'll ignore us" tactic for all of 5 seconds and then we ran - literally ran - to the other side of the restaurant (assuring our waitress we were not skipping out on our bill). A waiter turned the hose on the swarm and it flew out over the boats docked nearby. I wonder if it was a disturbed hive or perhaps a colony relocating? Either way it was one of the more memorable - not to mention humorous - moments of the weekend.
We next enjoyed a one-hour boat cruise of Newport Harbor.
We took the 3:00 tour aboard the Amazing Grace. Our tour guide was funny and full of interesting Newport maritime history and trivia.
This boat, a lobster boat called the Freedom, is the sister ship to the vessel featured in an upcoming show on the Discovery Channel, Lobster Wars - if I understood the tour guide correctly.
Above you see Fort Adams where years ago Bill and I attended the Newport Folk Festival.
After the boat cruise we stopped for ice cream and then retired to the hotel to freshen up and look over college photo albums. Dinner at a local pub was followed by a showing of Twilight back at the hotel. Chatting and giggling ensued until roundabouts 2 a.m. Good thing we had no kids to wake us up the next morning!
I had to show you our friend, a seagull who seemed insistent on gaining access to our room. Seriously, he stalked us.
Sunday morning we woke to rain and found breakfast at a lovely local restaurant. After we finished the omelets, coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice we headed for home and the families that missed us.
I was pleased to get a shot of St. Mary's before we left town - the first Catholic parish in Rhode Island and the church in which JFK and Jacqueline Bouvier were wed.
And then we were on our way home!
Thanks SO much for taking the time to read through my post and take a peek at my pictures. It really was a gift, this weekend away. I thank my family for making it possible and my friend Kathy for making it happen. To all my King House girls - whether you were with us in Newport or with us in spirit - I love you all. Thanks for more than 20 years (!) of friendship and love.