|~ a cozy evening corner at Creekside Cottage ~|
We have been away for a few days...and were blessed to have been invited to gather some memories with our friends at Creekside Cottage.
Deanna and I met on our blogs, quickly became blog friends, and now we (and our families!) are face-to-face, hug-your-neck kind of friends. We have been able to coordinate visits two or three times a year, sometimes here, sometimes there. It is always a delight to share time with them.
We began this visit with Moses, a spectacular production at Sight and Sound Theater. Their married daughter Lindsay and her husband Joseph work at the theater, and they gifted us with tickets! What a show! Then Lindsay, who is an animal trainer, led us on a fabulous backstage tour. We were all amazed at the size of the stage and the huge set pieces, as well as the precision with which every single detail must be planned. We enjoyed meeting the animals who were in their holding pens and stalls waiting for the next scheduled show. Lindsay introduced them by name and told us of some of their specialties and quirks.
|Lindsay guiding our backstage tour|
|Bekah is learning about ancient Egypt in her history studies, so I photographed her with the hieroglyphics. :)|
After Moses, it was time for a little shopping. Off we went to Fresh Vintage by Amy, a delightful store that Deanna had introduced us to on our last trip to Lancaster County. I love this store too, but Kati and Bekah are totally smitten with it! 'Round and 'round we went, circling the store once, then twice, and then back to one spot and another to make final purchase decisions. Both girls gathered some "fresh vintage" treasures!
|one of Bekah's treasures...a button ring|
Then it was on to Creekside Cottage! Tim was home by that time, and he and Ron began to catch up. Bekah disappeared with Sarah and Kyle. Deanna and I exchanged birthday gifts. We all sipped coffee or apple cider and chatted away until it was time to gather around their table for delicious dinner of Chicken Tortilla Soup. (Oh my, was it good!) Rachel had made a mouthwatering pumpkin dessert, served warm and with a mug of hot coffee. We chatted through the evening, then made our lingering good-byes.
Creekside Cottage is a warm and welcoming place! It is comfortable and open and charming and cheerful. Deanna has so many beautiful and personal touches in her decorating. But more importantly, the people in the home are gracious...the hospitality there is also comfortable and open and charming and cheerful! We feel at home at Creekside!
|beautiful scarf and jewelry from my friend who shares my love for autumn|
|Sarah, Deanna, Tim, and Rachel|
Kyle in front :)
It is good to take time for gathering memories with friends!
For Deanna's sweet words about our gathering, go ~here~.
This is day 9 in the series gather. Click ~here~ to see more.