...a hunting we will go,
Heigh ho, the dairy-o, a hunting we will go!
Ha ha~I couldn't resist using those lyrics for the title. No need to worry, though~Kristy and I are definitely not bear hunters, just leaf hunters! We had pretty good weather while she was here: upper 50s and lower 60s, a little bit of rain, and almost no wind. Since she left on Tuesday, the weather has taken an autumnal turn. It's been in the mid-to-upper 40s, rainy, and windy. In fact, it was only 32 degrees when I awoke this morning. It's a good thing she came when she did, as the wind has stripped a lot of leaves from the trees. Anyway, we toodled around town hunting for leaves. First, we headed over to Longfellow's Wayside Inn. This Inn was opened in 1716 and proudly stands as the nation's oldest continuously operating inn. Famous American Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow first visited the inn's tavern in 1862. "Inspired by the coziness of the Inn's atmosphere and pastoral landscape, Longfellow wrote a series of poems focused on a group of fictitious characters that regularly gathered at the old Sudbury Tavern. The poems were published in 1863 as the Tales of a Wayside Inn. Innkeeper Lyman Howe was the inspiration for the 'Landlord's Tale,' more widely know as 'The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.' The Tales of a Wayside Inn brought the Inn to a level of national significance. Capitalizing on the Longfellow connection Edward Rivers Lemon purchased the Inn in 1892, renamed it 'Longfellow's Wayside Inn,' and operated it as a 'retreat for literary pilgrims.'" (Taken from http://www.wayside.org/about. Go to that link if you're interested in more info about the Inn.) Yes, I know there is a swirl of controversy about "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," most of which is centered on the myths versus facts expressed in the poem. If you're curious about that scoop, click here. At any rate, here are some glimpses of a New England autumn.
Next, we ventured to Bolton's Nashoba Winery (very pretty, wine not so great).
I drove along some back "country" roads to get home. This is a pretty typical road in Bolton.I shot the next two photos through my open sun roof, looking directly above my head. That seems to be a better modus operandi that lying on the street, which is what I've done in the past. (See, Mom, I am getting smarter with age!)
Hope you enjoyed this little snapshot of autumn in Bolton!