A few years ago I took a road trip to Brattleboro, Vermont, with my friends Brenda and Victoire (both of Henhouse Fibers). My daughter was quite small then, and getting away for a day took lots of planning and arranging. As we got on the open road heading south I felt free and excited—the feeling that only a road trip can bring to one who is in the early years of parenting.
Brattleboro has a destination fabric store called Delectable Mountain Cloth, and it was our first stop of the day. The shop specializes in natural fiber textiles. The silks are amazing to touch and eye and the small downtown shop is brimming with beauty—ribbons, fabrics and buttons. They will happily cut you a large piece or a tiny piece from anything, so you come home with a bag full of treasures every time.
On that particular day I found some ivory sheer silk with deep red dots, a scarf of chartreuse green edged with persimmon red, and ultramarine seam binding of a color and quality I’d never seen elsewhere. I bought 5 yards. I have about 6 inches left in the studio that I keep just to look lovingly upon. It’s such a pretty color.
Working our way back north after wandering through other shops in Brattleboro, we had the destination of Burdicks Chocolate in Walpole, New Hampshire. Burdicks is a special experience and I couldn’t wait to have lunch in their Parisian inspired café with my two dear friends. What none of us remembered was that this particular day was Bastille Day, and Burdicks was putting on a special French menu! There was a band playing music outside the shop! Yippee! Victoire, who is from France, was particularly delighted by the surprise. Our plans of a modest lunch were scrapped for a feast of paté, cheese, lightly dressed greens, delicious soups and tender meats.
And. Of course. Chocolate.
Photo by Amélie Dupont, © Paris Tourist Office