Northampton, Massachusetts has many local treasures. For the knitter-weaver-spinner type person, there is WEBS, the east coast mecca of yarn and fiber - and my sister Annie drove down from Vermont for the day just so we could visit WEBS together! Annie had never been before, and I
There is wonderful local produce (more than just carrots!) and some truly great thrift stores. The Bridge Street Goodwill had a sale on babies and children's clothes, so I brought home a big bag of clothes for Baby Won Kenobe (our first grandchild, due to arrive in July!)
There is also a fabulous array of restaurants to sample, and many of these have interesting art and decor.
This transparency weaving is on display at Paul & Elizabeth's along with other beautiful textiles.
Spring will surely come to Northampton soon, and for those who need to be reminded of why it's worth waiting for, there is the Smith College Bulb Show.
The Botanic Garden at Smith College has an amazing group of greenhouses, and on this sunny but blustery cold day we joined a happy throng of folks to view the riot of color.
This first of the two rooms of bulbs was mostly tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
The second greenhouse was an homage to the painter Claude Monet and featured enlargements of some of his Giverny paintings and a corresponding color theme.
The great man himself was present, brush in hand.
These black hyacinths received a lot of comment, and the tulips below look slightly carnivorous!
The greenhouses for the Bulb Show are kept quite cold to slow down and extend the bloom, so after seeing the glorious color, we headed back into the Palm House to warm up. Here is a sampling of some of the pattern and texture from those plants:
All in all, we found much inspiration and encouragement in this visit to the Botanic Garden.
We returned home in time for what everyone hopes was the Last Snowstorm in Virginia on Friday, March 20th, the first day of spring. We got 6-8" of snow but it warmed up so much the next day that we went hiking on the mountain on Sunday. Next week - Hiking around Bear's Den.