Midmorning yesterday, Susanne suggested a trip to Annville to look at leather chairs she had seen at a friend's house. Soon we were underway and stopped for lunch at Cross Roads Café, a place east of us on US 22. I have no idea what we had to eat (a whole day has passed -- what do you want from me?) but I did manage to take some pictures while there.
mille feuilles, sometimes called Napoleons. I've loved them when I was a student in France. These particular treats now reside in the pastry case at Cross Roads. The last one I ate was years ago in Québec City.
Leaving the restaurant, we continued east on US 22 a very short distance into Lebanon County, and then turned south toward the home of some friends we met through LEC, the French student homestay program I administer in our area. This couple has hosted both students and chaperons and are big supporters of LEC. On the day I was to drive the last group this year to the airport, I had to have eye surgery and so Paul volunteered to drive the van. I have been wanting to take him a bottle of thank-you wine since then (in fact, I bought it shortly after the trip) but something always came up when I planned to drive out there.
Anyway, I dropped off some Vouvray, which pleased Paul a lot, and had a brief chat with him and Ellen. They gave me directions to Annville from their house. We had a nice drive through the countryside until we reached our destination.
Kreamer's, a very nice furniture store, especially if you like early American/country style furnishings. The store is absolutely spotless. I wonder what is their secret to such cleanliness! You never see anyone cleaning. It's the same at our house, but somehow that does not work for us.
Heirloom Family Weavers a few weeks ago.
A nice green Caesar salad.
Oops, someone spilled red wine!
This sparkling water has special non-spilling qualities.
A second salad course.
We can have our own tea party.
I wonder if this is Vouvray by any chance.
Don't you just hate it when this happens?
But this is the worst! Ha ha.
By now Susanne had found out that her leather chair had been a floor sample, and a new one would cost twice as much. Once again, Susanne's friend had run off with the prize, and we were left holding an empty bag! We are plotting to get even with them in the near future.
So we left Kreamer's, headed west on US 422 and turned north on Gravel Hill Road at Palmyra and back to US 22. Once in Dauphin County, we turned west on Old Jonestown Road and stopped at an antiques shop at Shellsville. Susanne had seen an old "shabby chic" cabinet that she thought might be suitable for our redware collection. We went into an outbuilding to check it out. It's shabby, alright. There's a lot of cool stuff out there.
Here's the cabinet Susanne likes.
Do you think it's grungy enough?
This old doll was having a bad hair day.
This old wooden bench is a beauty!
Behind the main shop, Dawn has all sorts of old wooden and metal pieces. Susanne thinks she will buy the shutters and nail them to the back wall of the garage. I think not.
We have a duck like the one here in the center. It comes apart and holds Easter candy. I didn't check the price, but I think they are worth some money now. The one we have was always part of our Easter display when I was a kid.
What appears to be a three-drawer chest is actually a trunk on the top two-thirds and one drawer. It's a great-looking piece, called a mule trunk. It actually tried to kick me when I walked behind it. We need a bigger house so we can buy stuff like this!
If you're doing a kitchen restoration, maybe you'd like this little gas stove.
Susanne bought me a birthday present! Here she pays Dawn for my newest piece.There were some Breininger redware pieces, some by Becky Mummert, and one Colonial Williamsburg combware platter (I call it combware but I am having doubts that that's its correct name).