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The Answers and a Road Trip

First, the answers!  Here are the answers to Friday's literature quiz:

  1. Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.  Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
  2. Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.  George Eliot, Middlemarch
  3. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
  4. Call me Ishmael.  Herman Melville, Moby Dick
  5. 1. Nihilism stands at the door: whence comes this uncanniest of all guests?   Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power
  6. Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.  Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
  7. I am a sick man. . . I am a spiteful man.  I am an unpleasant man.   Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
  8. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.   Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice
  9. In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.   Ludwig Bemelmans, Madeline

Fun, huh?  Maybe not. . . if you don't particularly care for the classics.  I got all of them except #5 and #7.  (Don't expect Nietzsche to appear on my reading list any time soon, though.)


Now. . . for the Road Trip.


My mom and I hit the highways last Thursday to visit Erin down in Ohio.  Erin opted to stay on campus this summer - with a full time job -- rather than move home for a few months -- with no job.  I'm pretty certain that the fact that most of her friends AND her Very Special Someone were also staying on campus for the summer may have had some sway in her decision!   Anyway, we miss her; so when she suggested a visit, we packed our bags and hit the road.

Granville, Ohio is a charming little town!  There's an inviting main street . . . 


full of little restaurants and galleries and shops.  (I must note that there used to be a fabulous little knitting store in town.  My mom and I were both looking forward to stopping in.  But.  It's gone.  Without a trace.)


We enjoyed checking out all the other little shops. . .


in fact, those very cute little farmer's market totes hanging near the green door found their way home with each of us!  Textile designer extraordinaire, Amy Butler, lives in Granville.  While we didn't visit her studio, we certainly took note of her presence in several shops and galleries in town!  (I was hoping that the fabulous yarn store would be stocking Amy Butler's new yarn line. . . and I could purchase the yarn right in Amy's "hometown".  But.  You've already heard how that worked out.)




(I covet that bag!)

We were totally charmed by the homes and inns lining the main streets of town.  Gorgeous gardens.  Historical homes.  Architectural splendor.  So many of my favorite things to photograph!  Doors . . .


windows . . .


peeling paint . . .


bricks (sometimes in combination WITH doors and windows) . . .




We had a great time with Erin, too.  Shopping in nearby Columbus . . .


eating . . .




It was so much fun to be together!  A perfect road trip, all around!


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Diana Troldahl

What a pretty town! (I knew #5 was Nietzsche thanks to an old boyfriend, but didn't even want to know which book LOL)

I got the Moby Dick one right, and knew #8 was Austen, but again, not which book. I love Austen's sly humor.

Lori on Little Traverse Bay

Amy Butler in Granville, OH? Who knew! (I'm a transplanted Buckeye...) Looks like a great road trip! I hope you bought that bag.

Loved #9! We can never have enough Madeline!


The trip looks like a load of fun for you all. Love the colors, fabrics, houses and bags in the post!


Beautuful photos of the area...I love photos of doors and windows, too.

Amy Butler has yarn now...hmmm - guess I best be on the lookout.

Glad you had a good time...


Oh, so fun! What a cute town.


What a sweet town! I must know: what does Erin' t-shirt say?


I think I first heard about Amy Butler from your previous blog about Granville!


You three ladies are beautiful. Make sure you capture a picture of the three of you one of these days! And that brick it for sale? :-)


What a charming town!

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