Our own little winter carnival

The mountains met the sea this weekend when we had our own little winter carnival with friends from Maine. In the summer we sometimes sail with them. This winter they got to be "in these hills."

Lou's chalkboard welcome

Lots of local foods--our own maple syrup, homemade pizza, local cheeses

Chatting at the puzzle table

A huge crokinole tournament and a big round of Apples to Apples--truly our favorite party game.

A bit of antiquing

But most of our time was spent outside in the snow

We have a big sledding hill!


and a few more snowballs

A sad snowman

Odin ran alongside all the sleds

A bonfire to keep us warm

And a gentle snowfall to end our weekend.
It's been 25 years of a wonderful friendship!

Cadi  – (January 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM)  

Apples To Apples is a favorite in our house, too. :-) In fact, we played it last night.

I just love the picture of the house on the hill wit the bonfire in the snow.

Happy 2010!

Ilse  – (January 18, 2010 at 11:14 AM)  

What a wonderful winterweekend you had !!

Whe had american pancakes this weekend with maple syrop, and the boys were talking about those wonderfu maple sweets they once got from you togheter with our book swap.
Mmm so good.


Jane  – (January 18, 2010 at 12:25 PM)  

Looks like a great time with friends. What a wonderful sledding hill you have!

sarah  – (January 18, 2010 at 2:13 PM)  

So much fun! Love the bonfire in the snow!

Lisa Anne  – (January 18, 2010 at 9:13 PM)  

It is so much fun to have a house full of old friends, sounds like a great weekend.

Susan  – (January 18, 2010 at 11:09 PM)  

what fun! Sledding and a snowman and a bonfire - throw some hot chocolate in there and you've pretty much got perfection.

kristin  – (January 18, 2010 at 11:55 PM)  

it looks like a wonderful time for all!! you have a perfect winter playground for enjoying the season.

and apples to apples? new to me, but looks like a good one to check out. xx

Dawn  – (January 19, 2010 at 6:12 PM)  

What fun! I'm a little bit jealous about the amazing sledding hill you have. ;)

Julie  – (January 20, 2010 at 10:00 AM)  

Looks like so much fun was had by all, what a wonderful winter's weekend. Not heard of Apples to Apples, but am going to check it out - always up for a new game!

Tammy  – (January 21, 2010 at 11:55 AM)  

We sure love playing Apples to Apples, too.

And that sad snowman is pretty darn cute. :)

Anonymous –   – (January 22, 2010 at 4:06 PM)  

What wonderful images! it looks like your weekend truly was as much fun as a carnival. I'm envious of your sledding hill.

Sometimes in the deep mid-winter I need to be reminded of why I love this season--thank you for doing that!

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