Leaf Peeping in New England
Back in 2001 my husband and I planned our first visit to the New England states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. We planned to spend time with our daughter in Washington first, then embark on our adventure to become ‘leaf peepers’. The grand expedition had to be timed so that we could see the best that New England had to offer. We bought a guide book (yes, back in the day) and made our plans.
We settled on flights for late September that would work in well with our trip to DC, New England and then back to DC. On the 11th of the month, I was on the phone with my daughter when the first plane hit one of the twin towers. As everyone knows, that awful day unfolded with sickening horror on tv sets throughout the world. We lost all communication with our daughter shortly after our conversation except for an email telling us that the military was on the streets and the downtown area was being evacuated. I was frantic. Another arrived very late at night telling us that she was fine, and at home. I was slightly reassured. Flights were cancelled, the skies closed to air traffic and we wondered if we would be able to get across the pond to visit her, but gradually air traffic resumed and we arrived in DC on our scheduled date.
We set off on our planned itinerary which took us along leafy trails, through small towns and hamlets; we stopped where and when we wanted and took time to enjoy the amazing spectacle that was New England in the Fall. These are six of the photographs that came back with us, though I’ve long forgotten the names of most of the little places that we passed through.
It was dreich here this week…every single day was dark and accompanied by that fine drizzle that soaks everything. I did manage to get a good number of plants into the ground, but the camera stayed firmly in its bag. As my thoughts always turn to New England when autumn leaves start to colour and fall (it’s a place I love) I thought I’d share some of the photos with you, instead of my very wet and muddy garden. We have friends now in CT and have been fortunate to have made several visits, though this was the only one during peak leaf season.
Have a good weekend everyone, I hope the sun shines for you. Please take care and stay safe.
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To join with other garden enthusiasts from around the world, and see how they garden, just take six photographs and post them to Twitter and/or your blog each Saturday. You can get all the details from The Propagator who kindly set it all up.
All photographs copyright of Catherine Wood unless otherwise stated