John & Jane's USA Adventure

We have been out of cyber reach for 4 days whilst in the State of Maine. We have been staying in an Airstream Caravan with no wifi and have deliberately avoided TV or Radio on our travels, but now we are back in the world once more.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Let’s go back a few days to Niagara Falls. Tourist trap or not it was awe inspiring visually and spiritually. The sheer volume of water. The boat entering the chaos of spray and wind and noise yet we all looked vaguely ridiculous in our pink “Maid of the Mist ponchos” which we must say were essential. It was like being in the heart of creation. We moved towards Vermont where our next stop was to be at a B and B in St Johnsville. This beautiful 19th century house in the heart of countryside that could have been Dorset was a delight. Our Hosts, Judith and David seemed to have only one goal in life, to make their guests feel at home. All the skills of a rural home maker were on display. Quilting, lace making, antique restoration and any amount of home baking. More importantly we ate with them and sat at their fire side talking about different lives.

Episcopal Church of St Andrews in Newcastle

Episcopal Church of St Andrews in Newcastle

As we moved from Vermont to New Hampshire the colours of the countryside intensified. The “leaf Peepers” that’s what the watchers of the fall are called, were in their element. Moving into Maine the colours diminish somewhat but the constancy of water everywhere brings a new delight. This is where we met Snow Goose II. She is a classic towing Van from the 40’s but now fully updated for comfortable but careful living. (No long languid showers, but enough water for the job in hand) Sunday started at the Episcopal Church of St Andrews in Newcastle? As you can see a rather astonishing half timbered building right by the river. Yet again a warm welcome and a liturgy you would have no difficulty in recognising. Ironically we listened to a Stewardship sermon, I must say this made me smile, at last it wasn’t John giving it!

Time to stop I think, and reflect a little on what has just past and what lies beyond.

With blessings John and Jane