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The wedding weekend took place at a beautiful bed & breakfast-style inn called the Fontainebleau. The 1814 inn is just lovely. I only wish I hadn’t been having so much fun so I could’ve taken a few more snapshots! Well, that’s not true.

The innkeepers were very gracious, and the rooms are beautifully appointed. Breakfast was wonderful both mornings (I found myself wishing for a big plate of fresh fruit and freshly baked honey bread on Monday morning). It was quiet, beautiful, and full of subtle historical character. It made the perfect setting for Jon and Julia’s big day.

The kitchen / antique rug beaters on an old brick wall / the library / white and silver mantle / Henry asleep in the comfy inn bed

(part 3 is on its way!)

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I’m always looking for good books to add to Henry’s library. Currently I’m focused on a creating a little board book collection, and I recently picked up a little gem called Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett. It’s simple, beautifully illustrated, and perfectly silly.

I just love the apple-colored bear.

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1. I picked up Barnheart in Manchester, VT on a trip we recently made to Northshire Bookstore. I had just read this author’s book on keeping chickens, and her memoir seemed like a story I could relate to. And relate I did! Turns out, the author lives on her farm in the next county. 2. In honor of National Poetry Month, I picked up one of my favorite books of poetry. 3. Full of useful tips, I’ve been perusing Making It for advice on saving money, using less, and becoming more self-sufficient at home. 4. This is one of the most important books I’ve read recently. A great read about the impact of nature and spending time outdoors on the psychological and emotional health of children. I’m not quite done with it yet but I’m so glad I stumbled upon it.

but not much more.

So says this print from The Black Apple that hangs in Henry’s nursery.

We’ve been in Schaghticoke for nearly a month now. We’ve explored all over our area – drives to specific places like Albany and Troy (our nearest cities) and drives to not-so-specific places which always end up being more fun. Passing farms and tiny old towns, covered bridges, wooded areas, foothills, creeks, and waterfalls. We’ve walked up and down our village and around Electric Lake behind our house. It’s starting to feel like home here. Home, or a really long vacation in rural upstate New York.

In keeping with the spirit of exploration, Last Thursday we took a trip to Bennington, Vermont (I’m in love) for pancakes with real Vermont maple syrup. While we were there we stopped at the Bennington Bookshop, which began our 2-day bookstore adventure.

On day 2, we ventured to find a used book store in Hoosick Falls that I had heard about back in Buffalo. Turns out, it wasn’t a store at all. It was an enormous barn filled to the brim with old, rare, and used books. There was a cast iron woodstove in the middle to heat the barn, and it smelled wonderful. An old man of at least 80 owns the barn (called Dogears Book Barn) with his wife, and we were greeted by him, his big scruffy dog, and the sound of 1940’s music on the radio. It was kind of magical. We left with three used children’s books, lots of poetry, and a kids’ geography book from the 1870’s that I fell in love with (and picked up for $5).

After the Book Barn, we stopped in Cambridge, NY. It was a sweet little town more like Vermont than the often post-industrial upstate New York. We stopped into Battenkill Books, one of the better independent bookstores I’ve been to. We met one of the proprietors, who also happened to have a son named Henry. We got Henry a few board books and a pamphlet on building chicken coops. We’ll certainly be going back.

You would think since I spend my days working in a library (not to mention we live right upstairs), I wouldn’t care so much about bookstores. Not the case. I love bookstores, used and new, and I can’t wait to visit the next one.

Working as a librarian has its perks – I’ve been reading like crazy again.
Here are the books I read this week:


I wish my bookshelves were full of coralie bickford-smith designed books.